JOHN BOWERS (UK) works with modular synthesisers, home-brew electronics, reconstructions of antique image and sound-making devices, self-made software, field recordings and esoteric sensor systems. He makes performance environments which mix sound, image and gesture at a fundamental material level, sometimes accompanied by spoken text. His practice often combines improvised performance with walking, urban exploration and the investigation of selected sites to conduct research in an imagined discipline he calls ‘mythogeosonics’. He has performed at festivals including the collateral programme of the Venice Biennale, Transmediale/CTM Vorspiel Berlin, Piksel Bergen, Electropixel Nantes, BEAM Uxbridge and Spill Ipswich, and toured with the Rambert Dance Company performing David Tudor’s music to Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest. He contributed to the design of The Prayer Companion - a piece exhibited twice at the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and acquired for their permanent collection. Amongst many musical collaborations, he works with Sten-Olof Hellström, Tim Shaw and in the noise drone band Tonesucker. He helps coordinate the label Onoma Research and works in Culture Lab and Fine Art, Newcastle University.
Ignorant noise pollution — the byproduct of manipulating FX pedals, tape loops, and consumer electronics.
Although an established artist comfortable in both the visual and digital realms Pete is a newcomer to the performance sphere and as such consider himself less musician than sonic explorer. His interests have led him to examine the physical properties of a Sinclair Spectrum and monitor in front of a live audience, recording the Metro for performances, and creating breadboard electronic instruments. Pete is a Creative Arts Practice Masters student at Newcastle University's Culture Lab.