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    The Interstitial Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of interstitial art: literature, music, visual and performance art found in between categories and genres – art that crosses borders. Find out more!

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    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

    Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity.
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    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

    Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter.


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    Musicians are natural boundary-crossers. While most composers, performers, and listeners start out loving a particular musical tradition, few ultimately limit themselves to one idiom. They are constantly seeking out new sounds and singing new songs, re-imagining old genres and conceiving new forms. Interstitial musicians don't confine themselves to listening to only one kind of music, and everything they hear – be it Jazz, Klezmer, Afro-Pop, Gamelan, Leider, Hindustani music, Samba, Birdsongs, Bossa Nova, Beethoven, Bebop or (sure, why not?) Britney Spears – becomes part of their toolkit. Even the instruments range from the traditional to the almost inexplicable, the rewired circuitry of children's mechanical toys and the scratched vinyl of a spin DJ's eclectic performance. The IAF is here to give support to musicians who work between or across musical categories and traditions.

    On these pages contributors present an ongoing selection of musicians and composers, old and new; of well known musicians and those whose very Interstitiality may have kept them from the public ear.

    Geoffrey Long, 2010
    Zoe Keating
    "Although I love to put Keating's albums on while working, it's almost impossible for me to do any writing when 'Legions (Reverie)' from Natoma begins because it always hijacks some primal subarchitecture of my brain, and it's the end of the album before I realize my fingers have stopped typing and I'm staring off into space. It'd be infuriating if the music wasn't so damned lovely."
    Jorge Socarras, 2010
    "A couple of years ago while in Rio, upon returning to my hotel from my first hang-gliding experience, I found an email from two gentlemen in Berlin. They explained that they'd come upon an old master tape with Patrick's and my name on it. Attached was a jpeg image of the reel box, and I instantly recognized the handwritten scrawl: Catholic. Apparently, they'd been blown away by the tracks and wanted to release them on their music label. I couldn't believe the tape was extant, no less how on earth it had gotten to Germany, or these gentlemen had tracked me down. That in itself comprises a long, serendipitous story, but the result was that the Catholic album finally did get released late in 2009 – thirty years after Patrick and I had made our first attempt."
    Cecil Castellucci, 2010
    Michael Fiday
    "I knew he was a cool guy when he rolled up in this car that sported a Pixies bumper sticker, had a few guitars with him and then proposed that some of us fellows (composer Peter Wyer, writer Jamie Quatro and me) form a cover band to play at the local pub for open mic night. But I became even more intrigued when he talked at our nightly family style dinners about the piece he was working on based on Hunter S. Thompson and then presented some of his Haiku works at Colony Hall. I said to myself, this guy is totally interstitial!"
    Warren Senders, 2004
    Willy Schwarz
    "What amazes me about Willy Schwarz is the meta-cultural tightrope act he carries out every day with such ease and grace. I've never met anyone so completely at home in so many different places. Name a country; it's a pretty good bet that Willy knows, not just a song or two, but a solid evening's worth of performable repertoire."
    Here is an ongoing list of interstitial recordings recommended by diverse contributors. These are works that do not fit neatly into any one category, often driving the music marketers crazy. Different contributors have different ideas about what makes a piece of music interstitial, which is why we have asked them to annotate and sign their recommendations.
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