For decades, Porest (aka Mark Gergis) has left a trail of confounding agitprop sound art, tilted pop, diabolical radio dramas and carefully rearranged realities on the Abduction, Seeland and Resipiscent labels. Porest’s blatant embezzlement of human syntax and cultural misunderstanding broadcasts vital mixed messages. Collaborations have included: Aavikko (Finland,) Sun City Girls (USA) and Negativland (USA,) among others. Gergis was a co-founder of the long-running experimental Bay Area music and performance collective Mono Pause, as well as its offshoot Neung Phak, performing inspired renditions of southeast Asian music. Since 2003, with the Sublime Frequencies label, an ethnographic music and film collective from Seattle, Washington – and more recently, with his own record label Sham Palace – Gergis has shared decades of research and scores of archived international music, film footage and sound recordings acquired during extensive travels in the Middle East, South East Asia and elsewhere.