US, California, San Francisco Bay Area

ACME Observatory
Presenting avant rock, free improv, esoteric world music/s, advanced jazz, composition, and electronics.

Amoeba Music
Online version of the Bay Area record shop.

Aquarius Records
San Francisco music store that's old enough to drink.

Asian Improv
San Francisco based record label.

Bay Area Improvisers Network
Serving the San Francisco Bay Area Creative Music Community.

Big Sur Experimental Music Festival
Annual event bringing together diverse line-up of adventurous modern musics.

Chris Brown
Composer, electronic musician, pianist, improviser and instrument-builder.

Buchla and Associates
Designers of unusual electro-acoustic instrumentation for electronic music.


The Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics is a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool.

The Center for New Music and Audio Technologies is a music research, composition, teaching, recording and performance facility located just north of UC Berkeley.

A commity message board with sites for Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland OR, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Melbourne and Sydney.

Beth Custer
performer, composer.

Daft Alliance
San Francisco label that specializes in electronic/ambient music and prog.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante
Composer, improviser.

Edgetone Records
The inner groove on the edge of tone. New music and books.

Lisle Ellis
Bassist, improviser, Trummerflora Collective member.

Evander Music
An independent record label dedicated to the presentation of jazz and improvised music.

Stephen Flinn
Stephen Flinn S.F. drummer and percussionist, he works with unusual sound sources including found objects.

Philip Gelb
shakuhachi player.

Harsh Noise
Product info and resource for noise.

Matt Ingalls
Composer, improviser.

Vijay Iyer
Composer, pianist.

Henry Kaiser
Improviser, guitarist, producer.

US Berkeley radio station. Supports some new music all genres.

Most supportive radio station for music under the radar on the West Coast. Best contact: Mitch LeMay

Community supported radio from Berkeley

San Francisco University Radio Station. Supports some experimental and new music.

Standford University's student-run radio station.

Listen Labs
An independent think-tank, record label, and production company.

Luggage Store Gallery
A weekly Thursday night creative/experimental music series presented by the Outsound.org Research Collective.

Miya Masaoka
Musician, composer, sound artist,

Thollem Mcdonas
San Francisco composer and pianist from free improvisation to world to avant jazz.

Meridian Gallery
San Francisco venue with 'Composers in Performance' creative music series.

Music & Arts
Independent Jazz and Classical music label.

Noise FX
A resource for musicians who require more noise in the mix.

New Albion Records
Dedicated to new and experimental music.

Bill Noertker
Bassist, composer, improvisor.

Other Minds
San Francisco based organization dedicated to new and unusual music in all its forms.

Outsound is a volunteer collective of new sonic musicians who among other things are involved in running music performance venues, recording labels, and other D.I.Y. endeavors in San Francisco.

Ovenguard Music
Experimental music label and distributor.

Pax Recordings
San Francisco-based independent label dedicated to creative-improvised and experimental music.

Dan Plonsey
compsoer, saxophonist.

Creative music label.

Prem, KUSF
Genre-oblivious music on KUSF, 90.3 FM (San Franscisco).

Racer Records
Independent record company specializing in intelligent rock, folk rock, experimental pop, and freeform jazz.

Rastascan Records
Artist run improvised music label.

Gino Robair
Composer, percussionist.

Rent Romus
Saxaphonist, improvisor.

Rova Saxophone Quartet
Goup with roots in post-bop free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music as well as traditional and popular styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

SIMM Series
Bimonthly San Francisco Series dedicated to presenting new music including but not limited to electronic, free improv, noise, avant jazz, etc.

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Designed to raise the local, national and international profile of the Bay Area as an important center for new electronic music and sound art.

Sandbox Trio
Improvisational ensemble.

A collection of people and resources dedicated to the creation, promotion, and support of performances of creative music and new sonic art in the San Francisco Bay Area.

John Shiurba
Improviser, guitarist

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Performing with an array of homemade instruments, industrial waste percussion, and the legacy of John Kane.

Carl Stone

Stricty Ballroom
Concert series presenting a wide variety of chamber music in an informal setting, with a particular emphasis on electroacoustic works, both improvised and composed.

The Werepad
Venue for film and occasional live music.

The Transbay Creative Music Calendar
Experimental, Improvised, Noise, Electronic, Free-Jazz, Avant Garde, Modern Composition, and Other Forms of Contemporary Sound in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tri-Cornered Tent Show
Web Site for Tri-Cornered Tent Show and related music. This IS a place to discover. Independently produced, NON COMMERCIAL music and literature.

Ultra Independent Recording Coalition (U.I.R.C.)
A point of distribution for musician run labels in the  San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond) sponsored and administered by Edgetone Records.

Pamela Z
Composer, performance musician, extended vocalist, audio artist.