about

sound as communication in direct and primal form, a language, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience and a consciousness, vibration. dp re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically. works that oppose the omnipresent restriction and reduction of life and living, that activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden under the debris of civilisation, inviting rumination, encouraging intervention, endorsing catharsis, liberating, cleansing. therapeutical stimulation is acknowledged.
sonic activism, ritual protest music, humanimalism

dp might touch topics such as environmental sensitisation, sentient perception and awareness, existentialism and existential e/quality, but it’s also how these and related topics interconnect that interests, the hyperconnectivity some call chaos. dp rings in the era of humanimal

methods are audio de/construction, composition, sonic rituals, psycho-acoustics and performance. tools are voice, body, field recordings, electronics, objects, video

dp has been sonically active for 33+ years, has appeared on over 250 releases and has played over 700 concerts in 50+ countries

keywords: ritual protest music, sonic activism, humanimalism. composition, sound art, psycho-acoustics, experimental, noise, musique concrète, performance. voice, body, microphones, objects, electronics, field recordings, video

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biography

dp is a sonic activist, composer, performer and researcher based in Zürich, Switzerland. born in Zug, Switzerland in early 1969 to british and french parents.

Spike Jones and the Goons mark his infant years. discovers heavy metal age 8 and hardcore punk age 12. in 1987 he co-founds hardcore-extremists Fear Of God.

expanding on the DIY idea dp continues solo, dabbles in sonic autodidactics, experiments with voice, body, concrete sounds, field recordings and tapes and pursues the prevalent search for experiences and phenomena that break out, transgress conventions, habits, inhibitions and borders.

1988 to 1994 dp works for RecRec, a Zürich label and distributor of independant music (and a cooperative). learns a lot about the 'other' music. meets Rudolf Eb.er and Joke Lanz whose ideas and approaches prove to be of similar inclinations. common ground is established and pursued. known also as 'Schimpfluch Gruppe' this loose constellation includes Marc Zeier and, later on, Daniel Löwenbrück.

from 1988 to 1999 dp plays music with Stephen Thomas as Tower of Beef/D&S/Doug & Chuck, and from 1991 to 1993 with Reto Kühne (Messiah, Fear Of God) and Roger Drein as PK.

dp's love for field recordings, particularly for the mind-altering qualities of insects and frog music intensifies during a 6-months stay in Thailand in 1994/1995. 1994 also sees the release of his first solo tape. dp works 2 years for Jecklin, Switzerland’s then-biggest classical music record shop.

in 1997 an injury damages dp's back for life. this eventually leads to sonic immersion and works at intensified levels, though no stage is re-entered until 2001.

OHNE is born in 2000 with Tom Smith, Daniel Löwenbrück and Reto Mäder, forcing 4 distinctive characters to constant tumult and some interesting results.

first solo shows outside of europe, other projects, collaborations and bands follow, such as dead peni (solo doom with bass, drum-machine, voice and backing tapes), Ketsu No Ana (grindcore/metal with Zürich squatters), or perverts in white shirts (with Nathalie Dreier) toying with melody and rhythm.

field recordings are collected around the globe. solo concerts and tours happen regularly.

'Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival' Festival in Bristol/England at the end of 2012 celebrates the legacy of Schimpfluch.

the Schimpfluch Associates label is founded with Rudolf Eb.er in 2013.

dp occasionally curates and hosts experimental live music, mostly in zürich, i.e. a concert series called atonal_zurich between 2013 to 2017, later renamed atra..



interviews, features, podcasts

radio wdr3 on the schimpfluch & tochnit-aleph affiliation/germany, feb 2020 (podcast in german)

mandy wong on video action/university of alabama, dec 2019 (text)

radio sygma/moscow, may 2019 (podcast) soundcloud version mixcloud version

electronic tuesday/praha, september 2018 (podcast with interview and new excerpts)

15 questions/berlin, february 2018 (interview in english)

radio international/kyiv, november 2017 (radio piece)

fyh/poland, august 2017 (interview in polish)

animals sounds/london, may 2017 (podcast & interview)

heathen harvest/california, may 2017 (interview in english)

bnr/sofia, may 2017 (interview in bulgarian)

sygma/moscow, september 2016 (interview in russian)

pan african space station/cape town, september 2016 (radio session/spoken word piece)

continent/new york, august 2016 (text piece)

guests from chaos/greece april 2016 (podcast)

a propos de minos/nancy feb 2016 (radio live action & impro session)

the wrong rock show/cape town december 2015 (podcast)

vice/milano august 2015 (interview in italian)

african paper/berlin august 2015 (interview in german)

blackened disco/moscow june 2015 (podcast)

coltra/moscow april 2015 (interview in russian)

radioart106fm/israel august 2014 (podcast with humanimalism manifesto read by meira asher)

the wire: listen july 2014 (article)

ràdio web MACBA ‘on duration’ curated by dp (february 2014) (podcast)

noisepaper/tashkent june 2013 (interview in kyrillic)

ethical magazine/spain may 2013 (interview in spanish, pages 18 - 29) english version

norient/bern june 2012 (interview & podcast)

wfmu blog/USA april 2012 (interview)

luff does tokyo festival/CH+JP april 2012 (schimpfluch interview)

soma/sao paulo october 2011 (interview in portuguese)

time out/tel aviv december 2010 (interview in hebrew)

delirious insomniac/chicago april 2010 (guest podcast)

tbwb/nyc june 2006 (interview)



projects, bands, collaborators, live appearances

SCHIMPFLUCH GRUPPE * PERVERTS IN WHITE SHIRTS * DEAD PENI * OHNE * KETSU NO ANA * DP & FRANCISCO MEIRINO * DP & G*PARK * SCHIMPFLUCH ASSOCIATES * PK * TOWER OF BEEF / DOUG & CHUCK / D&S * FEAR OF GOD

dp has performed, recorded & worked with: Rudolf Eb.er, Marc Zeier, Francisco Meirino, Daniel Löwenbrück, Joke Lanz, GX Jupitter-Larsen, The New Blockaders, Phil Vane, Reto Kühne, Tom Smith, Reto Mäder, Antoine Chessex, Christian Weber, Masonna, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Randy H.Y. Yau, Scott Arford, John Wiese, Mark Durgan, Damion Romero, Ben Jones, Has Gaylani, Kid Commando, Leticia Castaneda, Tomasz Twardawa, Neil Campbell, Eric Boros, Stephen Thomas, Monno, Lucas Abela, Mario Löffel, Mike Reber, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Rani Zager, Eran Sachs, Alex Drool, David Opp, Alexei Borisov, Olga Nosova, Aspec(t), Pei-Wen Liu, Chris Galarreta, Michael Esposito, Mei Zhiyong and many more…


dp is guilty of hypocrisy by adding to the pollution problem through travelling to play live in: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Ukraine, USA


and at these Festivals: Luff Lausanne, Avanto Helsinki, Liquid Architecture Sydney, CCC Bern, Observatori Valencia, Ieperfest Ieper, Beyond Music Los Angeles, New Music For A Final Mess San Francisco, Crashcourse Berlin, Harbinger Soundclash Vol. 1 London, Termite Club Leeds, Kokeko Paris, Overgaden Sound Art Copenhagen, Opdrift/Drifting Mankind Enschede, No Fun Fest New York, Nojzfest Ljubljana, Avmotional Bukarest, Musica Genera Sczcecin, Liquid Architecture Melbourne, Alt Music Auckland, Biennale Athens, Triebjagd Bern, Theremin Moscow, Primate Arena Tel Aviv, Ertz Bera, Neon Marshmallow Chicago, Colour Out Of Space Brighton, Cocart Torun, Altera Napoli, Asim’tria Cusco, Saint Ghetto Bern, Industrial Noise Fest Curitiba, Akouphène Geneva, Supersimetria Barcelona, LUFF Tokyo, Bergen International Festival, Theaterspektakel Zürich, Rue Du Nord Lausanne, Tam Tuumb Rome, Sonor Festival Nantes, Noisefest Kortijk, Shards Of Ordnance Birmingham, Sound Around Kaliningrad, Screamscape Fribourg, Openair Wipkingen, Flussi Avellino, Tokyo Noise Zürich, Epicurean Escapism Berlin, Bruisme Poitiers, Ende Tymes New York City, IOIC Silent Film Marathon Zürich, Bruitisme La Chaux de Fonds, ZNFI Trbovlje, NNOI Festival, Wolimierz Borderline Noise Festival, Ondulor Festival Geneva, Festivalkongress Fieldrecording Bremen, Textures Festival London, Kyiv International Biennal, Bruitisme Bordeaux, Synthposium Moscow


dp has released on these fine labels: Schimpfluch, Tochnit Aleph, Blossoming Noise, Ideal Recordings, Monotype Records, Rrr, Alku, Entr’acte, Fragment Factory, Heart & Crossbone, Ini Itu, Nihilist, Scrotum Records, Noise Below, Absurd, Urbsounds, Banned Productions, Second Sleep, FOAD, Subjam, Aaltra, Noisendo, The Tide Of The End, Cruel Bones, The Epicurean, Silken Tofu, Nazlo Records, Total Black and many more.



timeline

1969 born in Zug, Switzerland, from a british father and a french mother
1974 first 7" bought (Abba 'Waterloo')
1976 first album bought (Kiss 'Alive I')
1980 first live concert attended (Kiss & Iron Maiden)
1981 plays cardboard drums at one-off concert of punk band 'Neo Pogos'
1984 first musical activities (on real instruments) with Reto Kühne, short involvement with Messiah (Thrash Metal) and first experiments with a microphone and a tape-recorder.
1986 - 1987 member of Bunch of Lies (B.O.L.) with Reto Kühne, Erich Keller and Nasty
1987 - 1988 founding member of Fear of God with Reto Kühne, Erich Keller and Osi Oswald, Hardcore/Grindcore
since 1987 organises concerts, at first mainly hardcore/metal (a.o. first swiss appearances of Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Carcass, Godflesh etc.), later on experimental music
1988 resides in Zürich
1988 - 1994 work for RecRec, independant label and music-distributor in Zürich
1988 - 1999 Tower of Beef/D&S/Doug&Chuck, with Stephen Thomas; noise-rock, studio-works, dance/ballet & film-music, collages, plunderphonics
1990 - 1994 participant of „Psychic Rally“, radioshow on LoRa (Alternatives Lokalradio) Zürich with Rudolf Eb.er & Joke Lanz
1990 - 1996 participant in Joke Lanz‘s Sudden Infant, some performances and releases
1991 - 1993 PK with Reto Kühne (Fear Of God, Messiah) & Roger Drein, conceptual & ritual music, improvisations and field recordings, various studio-works, no releases (yet)
since 1991 member of Schimpfluch-Gruppe, a loose collective dealing with psychophysical tests and trainings, with Rudolf Eb.er/Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, Joke Lanz/Sudden Infant, Marc Zeier/G*Park, Daniel Löwenbrück/Raionbashi
1994/95, 2001, 2004 field recordings in Thailand
1995 resides in Aarau
1995 - 1996 Shitfun, live-project with Joke Lanz and Mario Löffel, electronic rhythms, feedback manipulations, noisescapes, 2 gigs
since 1995 turntablism as eva d., all styles my style
1996 Schimpfluch-Gruppe tours in England and Taiwan with Rudolf Eb.er
1997 Schimpfluch-Gruppe tour of Japan with Rudolf Eb.er. heavy back injury.
1999 - 2002 “Zeitgenossen“, monthly radio-show for new music with Reto Mäder (rm74) on Radio Kanal K/Aarau
2000 founder of OHNE, with Tom Smith (ex-To Live & Shave in L.A., ex-Pussy Galore), Daniel Löwenbrück (Tochnit Aleph label, Raionbashi) and Reto Mäder (rm74, Hinterzimmer)
2001 first live-appearances since back-injury. Auszeichnung des Aargauer Kuratoriums “Beitrag zum künstlerischen Schaffen”
2002 tour through Europe, especially eastern countries, with OHNE.
2003 resides in Zürich. dp solo-appearances in the US and UK. reformation of FEAR OF GOD (a mistake that lasts 6 months). participation at “EMA – electronic music archive”, curated by Norbert Möslang for Kunsthalle St.Gallen
2004 dp Euro tour. OHNE at ‚Avanto Art’ in Helsinki. ‘dead peni’ is born, a doom/metal/sludge one-man-project
2005 dp US tour with Lucas Abela. dead peni mini-tour. tour-soundengineer for MONNO. swiss tour and duo ’AC/DP’ with Antoine Chessex. co-curator with Tochnit-Aleph for LUFF (Lausanne Underground Film Festival)’s ‘Nuits Bruit des Corps’. participation in ‘Camp Victory’ a noise-opera by Gilles Aubry and Stephan Montavon, 3 performances in Lausanne. collaborative works with Francisco Meirino.
2006 dead peni tour with ‘Allee der Kosmonauten’ (Berlin). Schimpfluch-Gruppe (Eb.er, Lanz, Phillps, Löwenbrück) in London. dp tour of Japan and South Korea. 6 months grant for a recording studio in Zürich from the city’s culture departement. AVmotional festival in Bucharest. collaborative works with Randy Yau, Antoine Chessex.
2007 Schimpfluch/dp & R&G tour of Australia and New Zealand. dp at festivals in Valencia, Sczcecin and Athens. field recordings in Vietnam
2008 collaborative studio and live works with Marc Zeier/G*Park including participation at Colour Out Of Space Festival (Brighton). new band “Ketsu No Ana” with dp on bass & vocals
2009 tour and duo with G*Park in Northern Germany; dp tour of Holland; dp tours of Russia & Italy; Ketsu No Ana live dates in Switzerland
2010 field recordings in Indonesia; dp US tour; dp and Francisco Meirino tour of Spain, dp tour of Israel, music for flim “La Chienne” by Klaudia Reynicke
2011 lives and works in Tel Aviv for 2 months. 40 concerts/60 days dp tour of Latin America. field recordings in Amazonia. festivals in Napoli, Torun, Bern & Lausanne
2012 festivals in Barcelona, Bergen, Tokyo. dp tours of Japan & Norway. 'Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival' Festival in Bristol, dedicated to the legacy of Schimpfluch
2013 festival in Rome for the 100th anniversary of Luigi Russolo's "Art of Noises”. dp tour of france. the "atonal" concert series begins (first called ‘entart’), hosting new live music in Zürich. the ScHimpfluch Associates label is founded with Rudolf Eb.er
2014 dp tour of China/Taiwan & UK, festival in Birmingham
2015 dp tour with Anemone Tube in Germany and Holland. festivals in Kaliningrad, Fribourg, Zürich & Avellino. 'ritual protest music' tour of Europe with Mei Zhiyong. field recordings and concerts in South Africa.
2016 tour of France with William Nurdin. KREV 25th anniversary participant at Cabaret Voltaire Zürich. tour of USA as Schimpfluch-Gruppe with Joke Lanz & Rudolf Eb.er. festivals in Zürich, Berlin, New York City, Poitiers, Helsinki, Moscow.
2017 dp Balkan tour (Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia). dp tours in Poland & Ukraine. festivals in Trbovlje, Grosswoltersdorf, Wolimierz, Geneva, Bremen, Kyiv, London. first perverts in white shirts live appearance.
2018 dp tour of Russia. festivals in Zürich, Bad Bonn, London, Moscow and Zürich again.
2019 dp tours of Spain, Israel, Central Europe. IOIC tour of South America. schimpfluch AA tour with Rudolf Eb.er & Alice Kemp. festivals in Moravany nad Váhom, Jerusalem, Augsburg, Strasburg, Stuttgart
2020 dp tour of Canada.