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SAUSAGE FIESTA is hot & ready for sale, visit Tinysplendor.com

From the dinner table, to the metaphorical, and to the beyond, this zine is a celebration / collaboration of the meat cased intestine that we all love!

“The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it." 
~ Lawrence J. Peter

Contributers: Ari Bird, Vivian Fu, Sanaa Khan, Louise Leong, Laurel Maha, Cynthia Navarro, Max Stadnik, Kenneth Srivijittakar

Zine Pavilion Spotlight: Tiny Splendor

Tiny Splendor is a small press and publisher based in both Los Angeles and Berkeley California. We specialize in producing artist zines and prints primarily with our Risograph printers but also in a wide range of traditional forms of printmaking. We strive to bring quality artworks to as large an audience as possible and to provide accessible means for artists to produce new work. Every year we select a number of artists to publish free of charge and we also print for hire. Our mission is to include all sectors of society in the culture of art. Not only through publishing, but also by empowering people to express themselves through our resources on a level that may otherwise be cost-prohibitive.

http://tinysplendor.com/

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In the heart of Fruitville, Oakland, Lexagon (Alexa Burrell), plays sweet electronic melodies to classical sounds that vibrate the walls of her cozy apartment. Her album, Electric Meats, is inspired by the simplicity of meat consumption, our own bodily flesh and system and the complex sciences behind piezoelectricty. Get to know Alexa and her music at soudcloud.com/lexagon

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What started the love of making music? Music has been a part of my life since age old times. My father is a drummer and sax player and has always had instruments cluttering up the house. I remember how  he would play sax in the tunnel at Golden Gate Park while my sister and I roller skated through the reverberations. Music was an escape from an otherwise highly sheltered and religious upbringing and I always felt like it was a type of freedom otherwise inaccessible. I  picked up the clarinet when I was 9 and have been playing ever since. What brought you to electronic music? I was became interested in electronic music in high school when a friend showed me Fruity Loops. I loved how quickly ideas could become tracks and was instantly fascinated by the opportunities at hand. Then my high school friends and I started a noise band by the name of “Black Crow Fernando and the Cosmic Clambake Orchestra” . We sucked and didn’t develop anything, Just a lot of drones and thrashes through a delay pedal, but I found the free-spirited nature of our jams refreshing when compared to  my experience as a clarinetist in wind ensembles. Then college happened and I discovered the Electronic Music minor in the music department.  The director, Peter Elsea along with guest lecturers  Max Mathews and Jon Appleton inspired me to expand my notions of music, performance and composition.  How does your traditional practice influence the electronic music you make now? The clarinet is my musical backbone. I use the technicalities I’ve learned from playing clarinet to execute other ways of making music, or just bust it out to rock a melody that's been floating in my head all day.  I love its earthy timbre and I believe it’s inspired my vocal exploration with new formants like pitch bends, articulation and throat singing. I often use excerpts from classical clarinet sheet music and “sample” them into a live loop jam or composition. I prefer “covering” samples as to  cutting up someone else’s recordings from vinyl.  I’ve also been influenced by the musical arrangements of classical music compositions. I love the separation of voices in traditional music and I try to maintain that when working electronically.  What inspired the title Electric Meats? Honestly, I can’t say. It been a long time coming. I’ve had a meat fixation for a while though.  From the ages of 8 to 21, I was a disciplined vegetarian.  I was very sensitive. My sister made me cry one time by telling me that the blueberries in my pie were babies and I was a berry murderer. Then I met some friends in college that got me into meat. I felt amazing. Reborn rather. Hot links, why you so good to me?! I think  bioelectricity is a big deal. We need to remind ourselves that we be resonating, magnetic meat sacks.  Visualizing that is fucking incredible to me. I don’t know what’s more awesome. I think  Antipop Consortium’s “Born Electric” track had some influence too. What’s your most random habit? I love to smell my knuckles when I’m concentrating or nervous. It’s weird. I’m over being ashamed about it and I certainly have no desire to quit the habit. I just smell soo good.

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My prints from the Museum of Art History (MAH) art sale! Yay! Tiny Splendor is awesome, they give 100% of the profit back to the artists. In turn, they artists attempt to make affordable art. Good for broke bitches like me!