about

dp re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically via audio de/construction, psycho-acoustics, sonic rituals; sound as communication in direct and primal form, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience, an unrestrained language. sound as a means to activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden by civilised experience. dp's work engages, invites rumination, endorses sentient and environmental e/quality and encourages intervention and action; therapeutical stimulation is acknowledged. a form of release is evoked, a liberating cleansing, a sound catharsis that opposes the omnipresent reduction of existence, that puts us in touch with our sentient origins as well as with the realities of our times. dp rings in the era of humanimal..

dp has been sonically active for over 25 years, has appeared on more than 150 releases and has played around 400 concerts in 40 countries.

psycho-acoustics. composition. field recordings. sonic rituals. audio exorcism. humanimalism. voice. body. organics. electronics. video. performance. interdisciplinary. multimedia.

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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 a french mother and an english father.

is impressed by the Goons, Spike Jones and Stan Freberg in his infant years. after discovering metal as a pre-teen and hardcore punk in his early teens dp expands on the DIY idea and starts dabbling in sonic autodidactics. in 1987 he co-founds hardcore-extremists Fear Of God who exist for a mere 18 months (and people still go on about 'em).

subsequently continuing solo dp experiments with the voice and develops an interest in body and concrete sounds, field recordings and the still prevalent search for experiences and phenomena that test and cross borders, habits, inhibitions and conventions.

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

between 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 and Roger Drein as PK.

dp's love for field recordings, particularly for the compositional and mind-altering sonorous qualities of insects and frogs deepens during a 6-months trip through Thailand in 1994/1995. 1994 also sees the release of his first solo album.

in 1997 an injury damages dp's back for life. this leads to sonic immersion and works at intensified levels.

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

dead peni is a solo-project initiated in 2004 using electric bass, a drum-machine, voice and backing tapes. the peni bows not only to Rudimentary Peni but also to the lifelong companions of dp's musical world, metal and hardcore-punk.

around 2005 dp & Francisco Meirino join musical forces resulting in one of dp's most satisfying and long-lasting collaborations. in Francisco's home town, Lausanne, dp also co-curates (with Tochnit Aleph) a night at the LUFF festival, and since then attends that festival every year (that he can).

field recordings trip through Vietnam in 2007.

in 2008 dp joins a bunch of Zürich squatters to form Ketsu No Ana. the band folds once 3 members disappear to South America and the squat that was their rehearsal room is evicted.

since 2008 dp & Marc Zeier (G*Park) let their stark field recordings-based audio-treatments clash live. an album is planned.

on a field recordings trip in Indonesia in 2010, frogs in the rice paddies of Rua, Sumba, offer dp his most psycho-active animal song experience to date.

in 2011 dp ventures into 7 countries of Latin America for 40 concerts in 60 days, including a stay in the Ecuadorean Amazon for field recordings, where he learns about the Yasuni-ITT Initiative.

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

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


projects, groups & collaborations

SCHIMPFLUCH ASSOCIATES * SCHIMPFLUCH * OHNE * KETSU NO ANA * DEAD PENI * DP & FRANCISCO MEIRINO * DP & G*PARK * 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 and many more…



live

current live sets:

the LIVE ACTION is a constantly evolving actionistic and physical performance. live-loops and samples of body and voice sounds and prepared backing tapes create an intense live experience, sometimes more compositional, sometimes more performative. it communicates the idea of “humanimal”, a progressive, empathic conscience that understands the human potential as part of a whole (as opposed to the more common notions of superiority or dishonesty, to name but a few) and opposes the present social reduction of existence. this set combines existentialist, primeval, radical and progressive philosophical elements into a bold statement, a sonic ritual or an audio exorcism.

the VIDEO ACTION is an actionistic, physical and confrontational performance that happens along to a prepared video. loops and samples of voice, heart, breath, screams or objects and backing tapes are forged into a composition. this piece communicates intimate and personal views, political and social critique, questions, thoughts and statements on personal, social and global levels. it is a polemical, poetic and personal humanimalist catharsis, a challenging exercise in sonorous and mental liberation.

the FIELD RECORDINGS set: raw and untreated sounds of nature, mainly of insects but also of amphibians, mammals, wind, water and weather, recorded in national parks and natural environments in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ecuador and Switzerland are magnified, layered, juxtaposed and formed into a composition, revealing a rich sonic world that takes you onto an hallucinant journey. an accompanying text (which comes on a leaflet that is distributed in the audience at the end of the set) relates the importance of the insect world for human existence.


dp has played 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


and in these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, USA



timeline

1969 born in Zug, Switzerland, from an english father and a french mother
1974 first 7" bought (Abba 'Waterloo')
1976 first album bought (Kiss 'Alive I')
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 (Swiss Thrash Metal band) 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-Thrash (later called Grindcore)
since 1987 organiser of hundreds of concerts, at first mainly hardcore/metal acts (a.o. first swiss appearances of Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Carcass, Godflesh etc.), then more experimental music
since 1987 solo-works as Dave Phillips/dp
1988 move to Zürich
1988 - 1994 work for RecRec, an independant label and music-distributor in Zürich
1988 - 1999 Tower of Beef/D&S/Doug&Chuck, with Stephen Thomas; studio-works, dance/ballet & film-music, noise-rock, collages, plunderphonics
1990 - 1994 participant of „Psychic Rally“, experimental 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 (though one might appear)
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, later on Daniel Löwenbrück/Raionbashi
1994/95, 2001, 2004 Field Recordings in Thailand
1995 move to 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 tours in England and Taiwan with Rudolf Eb.er as Schimpfluch-Gruppe
1997 Japan-tour with Rudolf Eb.er as Schimpfluch-Gruppe. heavy back injury, 4 months spent horizontally
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. Field Recordings in Thailand. Auszeichnung des Aargauer Kuratoriums “Beitrag zum künstlerischen Schaffen”
2002 tour through Europe, especially eastern countries, with OHNE.
2003 move to Zürich. dp solo-appearances in the US (august) and UK (autumn). reformation of FEAR OF GOD - unfortunately this mistake lasts for 6 months. participation at “EMA – electronic music archive”, curated by Norbert Möslang for Kunsthalle St.Gallen
2004 Field Recordings in Thailand. turntablism at various events. dp euro tour in the fall. OHNE at ‚Avanto Art’ in Helsinki. new project ‘dead peni’, a doom/metal/sludge one-man-band
2005 dp US-tour with Lucas Abela. dead peni mini-tour. tour-soundengineer for MONNO (Berlin). 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’. first and only performance of ‘hole/holy’ at LUFF. participation in ‘Camp Victory’ a noise-opera by Gilles Aubry and Stephan Montavon, with 3 performances in Lausanne. collaborative works with Francisco Meirino (Phroq).
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 in form of use of a recording studio in Zürich from the city of Zürich culture departement. appearance at the 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 (Observatori), Sczcecin (Musica Genera) and Athens (Biennale). 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-project “Ketsu No Ana” with dp on bass & vocals
2009 tour and duo with G*Park in Northern Germany; dp tour of Holland; dp tour of Russia; dp tour of 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 tour of Japan. dp tour of Norway. 'Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival' Festival in Bristol, dedicated to the legacy of Schimpfluch
2013 festival in Rome to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Luigi Russolo's "Art of Noises". dp tour of France. a concert series is started, hosting new music in Zürich. together with rudolf eb.er the schimpfluch associates label is founded


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