News

Monday, June 12, 2006
New Escape Mechanism website launched. A big THANK YOU to stAllio! for his web skills and generosity. Stay tuned for more regular updates, and be sure to visit the Some Assembly Required website for regular updates as well.

The radio program now has a BLOG, with a new sound collage artist featured each and every week. Some Assembly Required is also podcasting. Tune in online, every week, for a new archived episode!

Friday, April 21, 2006
St. Paul Art Crawl: Jonathan Nelson and Kurt Schulz. The Group Show featured new paintings by Kurt Schulz and visual collage by Jonathan Nelson (including five of the "Music Box" Series - featuring tracks by Escape Mechanism), in St. Paul, Minnesota (April 21-23).

Jonathan Nelson at mnartists.org
Kurt Schulz at mnartists.org

Saturday, November 19, 2005
Three of the "Music Box" Series by Jonathan Nelson (featuring tracks by Escape Mechanism) featured as part of the group show, "Heteroclite," at Density Studios (Minneapolis, MN). The exhibition ran November 19-December 17, 2005.

Monday, June 06, 2005
Escape Mechanism's collaboration with playwright Abi Basch ("Fear of a Fuhrer") resulted in an Austin Critics Table Award for "Outstanding Original Score." Escape Mechanism shares the honor with musician Adam Sultan, and would like to thank the Austin Critics Table Awards!

Read The Austin American Statesman's article HERE.

Thursday, May 12, 2005
Sound Collage by Escape Mechanism in a new play by Abi Basch: "A Glossary of War Words." Presented May 12-15 by Austin Script Works, as part of their Out Of Ink Festival, at the Blue Theater in Austin, Texas. "A Glossary of War Words" is directed by Sharon Sparlin, with film by Adam Sekuler and sound collage by Jon Nelson (Escape Mechanism).

Wednesday, April 20, 2005
"Now Showing" reviewed in The Pulse.
Read the review HERE.

Thursday, April 07, 2005
"Fear of a Fuhrer" debuts at the Blue Theater in Austin, Texas.

Six original audio works by Escape Mechanism are featured as part of this original play, written and directed by Abi Basch. For more information about the production, visit the Refraction Arts Project website.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Two sound installation pieces by Escape Mechanism featured as part of "Now Showing: New Works by Jonathan Nelson and Amy Rice," at Rosalux Gallery (Minneapolis, MN).

The exhibition ran April 5-29, with an artist's reception on Friday, April 15 (2005).

Jonathan Nelson at mnartists.org
Amy Rice at mnartists.org

Sunday, April 03, 2005
"Now Showing" makes The City Pages "A-List."

Friday, April 01, 2005
Escape Mechanism's sound installation piece "Listserv" exhibited as part of The Fuse Box Festival, at the Blue Theater, in Austin, Texas.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Eesti Radio's Klassikaraadio (Estonia) did a scattered focus on Recombinations artists, including Escape Mechanism, on its Fantaasia radio program.

Monday, November 01, 2004
Resonance FM (London's "first radio art station") programmed a short feature on Recombinations on their Big Ears radio show, playing tracks by Splatt and Escape Mechanism.

Monday, November 01, 2004
Rift Magazine reviews the live Escape Mechanism CD.
Read the review HERE.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Escape Mechanism nominated for another Minnesota Music Award.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
The live Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by Rod Smith for City Pages.
Read the review HERE.

Friday, July 02, 2004
Recombinations releases available at Illegal Art's Webshop.

Thursday, July 01, 2004
The live Escape Mechanism CD receiving airplay on many college radio stations, including KUOM, WMUH, WREK and WXDU.

Sunday, June 27, 2004
CD release party for Recombinations recording artists Splatt, Escape Mechanism and the Coherent Encoherence at the Kitty Cat Klub. The event is sponsored by Chemical Theater, Cumulus and Some Assembly Required.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Article about Recombinations appears in The Minnesota Daily.
Read the article HERE.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Recombinations officially launches with 3 new CD releases.

"Will a Computer Give you Kids?" by The Coherent Encoherence, "World of Splatt" by Splatt and the self-titled "Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism" join the re-release of the self-titled debut CD by Escape Mechanism, as the first four titles available from Recombinations.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004
The LIVE CD by Escape Mechanism, "Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism" is released on Recombinations, along with the re-release of the self-titled debut CD by Escape Mechanism.

The CD features the talents of Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hansen, Jon Nelson (Escape Mechanism), Andy Levi and Danny Sigelman, recorded live at venues such as The First Avenue Mainroom, The Soap Factory and The Walker Art Center.

Read More about the Cast of Thousands HERE.

Saturday, February 01, 2003
"Minneapolis Summit" reviewed by Sentire Ascoltare Online Magazine.
Read the review HERE.

Friday, January 24, 2003
"Hooked on phonics: Audio artist celebrates 4 years on the 'Assembly' line" appears in the Star Tribune.

Read the story HERE.

Wednesday, January 01, 2003
VideoCD document of live collaboration with Escape Mechanism, Steev Hise, the Tape-beatles and Wobbly released as a mini VideoCD, produced and released by the Tape-beatles. More information at the Minneapolis Summit website.

Wednesday, January 01, 2003
Escape Mechanism is featured on the 2003 Art-A-Whirl CD compilation.

Sunday, September 01, 2002
Live collaboration between Escape Mechanism, Steev Hise, the Tape-beatles and Wobbly released as a mini-CD by Dutch label, Staalplaat.

More information at the Minneapolis Summit website.

Wednesday, June 05, 2002
New Escape Mechanism website launched.

Friday, May 24, 2002
Escape Mechanism featured on the Art-A-Whirl CD compilation.

Friday, May 17, 2002
May 17, 18 and 19 - Sound installation piece by Escape Mechanism, titled 'Listserv,' installed in a new arrangement at the Northrup King Building, in Minneapolis, as part of the 2002 Art-A-Whirl.

Wednesday, October 03, 2001
Debut of a new sound installation piece by Escape Mechanism, titled "Listserv," at the Soap Factory, as part of the new series, 'Shafted Sound.'

For this exhibition, "Listserv" was installed in stereo, with the left speaker at the bottom of the Soap Factory's elevator shaft, and the right positioned near the top. The piece was experienced from within the elevator car, where the split-stereo effect was perfectly focused.

Sunday, September 30, 2001
Escape Mechanism featured on the 2001 Sound Unseen CD compilation, along with Steev Hise, John Oswald, The Tape-beatles, Wet Gate and Wobbly.

Sunday, September 30, 2001
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) perform live at the The Oak Street Cinema, opening for The Tape-beatles, as part of The 2001 Sound Unseen Underground Film and Music Festival. The first of four evenings of media collage (also featuring John Oswald, Wet Gate, Wobbly and Steev Hise), sponsored by Some Assembly Required.

Check out some photos taken at the Sound Unseen film festival.

[See postcard.] [See City Pages article.] [See show poster.] [See announcement.]

Monday, July 23, 2001
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) perform live at the First Avenue Main Room, as part of the 'Future Perfect' showcase.

[See announcement.]

Sunday, May 06, 2001
Music video for 'Today' by Escape Mechanism airs on Radio K's video showcase, Video K.

Friday, March 09, 2001
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) perform at the Walker Art Center, at the art opening for Yoko Ono's exhibition, 'Yes Yoko Ono.'

[See postcard.]

Friday, October 13, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) perform at the Walker Art Center's 'DeFacto(ry) Films' showcase at the Soap Factory. The event was curated by film collage artist Craig Baldwin, to conclude his artist's residency at The Walker Art Center. The Iconagogo Collective provided another stunning film and video collage performance in collaboration with our live, improvised media collage.

[See blurb.] [See announcement.]

Sunday, August 20, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) host KFAI's community radio program, The Waves Project, playing favorite recorded moments from our live performances.

Sunday, August 13, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) perform, along with film and video projections by the Iconagogo Collective, at the Loring Bar. Invited to play two separate events happening that same night at the Loring, the first set was for 'The Polar Bear Club.' The second set was a part of a release party for Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Tuesday, August 01, 2000
The Collage Jukebox incorporates the Escape Mechanism CD into their international, collaborative 'investigation in the field of... sound... music, visual arts and... other disciplines.'

Tuesday, July 04, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson), in conjunction with the film projections of local arts organization Red Eye Cinema, perform at the 4th of July exhibition, "Multiplex V," at the Soap Factory.

[Corey Hanssen's poster.]

Sunday, July 02, 2000
The Droplift Project CD is released. Escape Mechanism is one of many collage artists featured on this unusually distributed compilation CD. Adbusters, Entertainment Weekly and many others review the The Droplift Project as performance/CD release.

[See announcement postcard.] [See Bizarre article.]

Saturday, June 24, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) play "The New Atlantis" showcase at the Soap Factory.

[See poster.]

Monday, May 22, 2000
After a successful legal battle with California-based toy company Etoys, the online art collective, etoy, released the CD compilation "Toywar." The CD features work by a variety of artists including Escape Mechanism, The The Evolution Control Committee, Steev Hise, The The Jet Black Hair People, Negativland, People Like Us and Wobbly.

Saturday, May 20, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) perform live at the Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, as part of the 2000 "Art-A-Whirl."

Wednesday, April 12, 2000
After obtaining permission from the artist, at the opening for the Walker Art Center's "Let's Entertain," the debut Escape Mechanism CD is surreptitiously added to Piotr Uklanski's installation piece, "Dance Floor." The piece, which was a part of "Let's Entertain," was a functional disco dance-floor, installed in the museum's coat room, where it blinked away in time to the music, with coat racks and coin-operated lockers where the dancers would have been. The CD played on repeat for over a week.

Saturday, April 08, 2000
Escape Mechanism nominated for a Minnesota Music Award.

Friday, April 07, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) interviewed by Dan Haugen on his live radio program, The Local Sound Department, on KFAI.

Saturday, April 01, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) performed for over three hours at the Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, as part of the Spunk Art Collective's spring art show.

[See announcement.]

Sunday, January 02, 2000
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Gregg Boullosa, Corey Hanssen, with Jon Nelson) play "The Polar Bear Club" at the Loring Bar, in Loring Park.

Thursday, October 28, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by John Sekerka, as a Pop Culture Press Web Exclusive.

Sunday, July 04, 1999

Escape Mechanism collaborates with National Project's Kevin Karpinksi for the fourth annual 'Multiplex' at the Soap Factory.

Monday, May 17, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by John Gore, for Sonic Detours Independent & Underground Music Writers & Publishers Network.

Tuesday, April 06, 1999
Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism (Danny Sigelman, Jon Nelson) play as part of Radio K's 'Gigawatt Showcase' at the Weisman Art Museum. Actually, we just played between the headlining acts, but it does mark the first occasion where I creatively mixed multiple elements with another performer (DJ Sandpeople) in a live context. Thanks to Danny Sigelman for the invitation and encouragement!

Friday, April 02, 1999
Michaelangelo Matos reviews three of Minneapolis' 'electronic' music artists, including Escape Mechanism, in the April issue of London's 'The Wire.'

Friday, April 02, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by Anton Warner in Ink 19.

Thursday, April 01, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by DJ Kristo for Orbit.

Thursday, April 01, 1999
Escape Mechanism is #16 on the City Pages "Picked to Click IX" list.

[See listing.]

Thursday, April 01, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by John Bartlett for Exclaim.

Monday, March 08, 1999
Escape Mechanism is listed as #179 on the CMJ Top 200 for the week of March 1, 1999 - thanks to KBGA (Missoula, MT), KRNU (Lincoln, NE), KRUI (Iowa City, IA), KUCR (Riverside, CA), KUNM (Albuquerque, NM), KUOM (Minneapolis, MN), KUWS (Superior, WI), WDBK (Blackwood, NJ), WLUW (Chicago, IL), WMBR (Cambridge, MA), WNCW (Spindale, NC), WPRB (Princeton, NJ), WUNH (Durham, NH) and WUOG (Athens, GA).

Monday, March 01, 1999
Escape Mechanism is listed as #177 on the CMJ Top 200 for the week of March 1, 1999 - thanks to KBGA (Missoula, MT), KRNU (Lincoln, NE), KRUI (Iowa City, IA), KUCR (Riverside, CA), KUNM (Albuquerque, NM), KUOM (Minneapolis, MN), KUWS (Superior, WI), WDBK (Blackwood, NJ), WLUW (Chicago, IL), WMBR (Cambridge, MA), WNCW (Spindale, NC), WPRB (Princeton, NJ), WUNH (Durham, NH) and WUOG (Athens, GA).

Wednesday, February 24, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by Chris Morris for Flagpole Magazine Online.

Wednesday, February 10, 1999
Escape Mechanism is one of two artists focused on in an arts feature in the Twin Cities weekly newspaper, City Pages.

Thursday, January 28, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by Henry Horman in The Pulse.

Tuesday, January 26, 1999
Escape Mechanism CD reviewed by the Michigan Daily.

Sunday, December 06, 1998
Released debut full-length CD by Escape Mechanism.

Tuesday, October 28, 1997
"Box of Blue Paperclips" reviewed by Lloyd Dunn, in Photostatic Retrofuturist (Psrf) no. 48.

Sunday, October 19, 1997
"Box of Blue Paperclips" reviewed by Conrad Teves in Toast.

Monday, October 06, 1997
Escape Mechanism EP, 'Box of Blue Paperclips,' released (cassette only).