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Multifaceted artist John Oswald nearly always incorporates an electroacoustic element to his productions. His works are part of the regular repertoire of Kronos Quartet, Culberg Ballet of Sweden, Ballet of Monaco, Deutsche Opera Ballet Berlin, Modern Quartet and Penderecki Quartet. Among his recent activities are a sound procession for Brazilia; a choregraphic work for twenty two choregraphers (among which Bill T Jones, Margie Gillis and Holly Small); commissions from groups such as Ballet de l'Op?ra of Lyon, Change of Heart, SMCQ as well as Dutch National Radio and the CBC. He has just completed a work for orchestra, robot piano and the sung and disincarnate voice of Glen Gould for the National Ballet of Canada. In the recent years, he has created a collection of photographic portraits for a series of Moving Stills. One of his 'plunderphonics' (audio-video collages made from existing works) was presented at Hayward Gallery of London in May 2000. He is currently creating the soundtrack for Stress, a Bruce Mau film which will be projected onto eight screens, to be presented in Vienna in May. Among his recent productions, there is a radiophonic creation in four languages (Brazillian, Dutch, English and German); writing of the animation and score for Homonymy (for chamber music and cinema); writing of a music for the classic silent film Metropolis; production of a soundtrack for the gay porn movie Hustler White; as well as his participation in the movies Un?ut by John Greyson and Sonic Outlaws by Craig Baldwin. John Oswald's work is all about metamorphosis, 'd?tournement' and eclectism often realised from existing materials. In 1990, his most famous recording, Plunderphonics (sound collage made from existing musics) whose cover artwork represented a naked Michael Jackson with a woman's body, has been destroyed by the prudes of the recording industry. Since then, his music was published by Elektra, Avant, ReR Megacorp, Blast First, Swell and empreintes DIGITALes transforming the musics and performances of Stravinsky, Metallica, James Brown, Gy?rgy Ligeti, Dolly Parton and many others. A retrospective of his Pluderphonics is currently under preparation. The first disc of his production around the Grateful Dead, GrayFolded, was chosen as the number one international production of the decade by the Toronto Sun. The final version of GrayFolded, finished this year, was selected as the best productions of the year by Rolling Stone, New York Times and many others. That same year, his recording of improvised music, Acoustics, was the first choice of critics at Coda magazine. Copyright (C) 2000 DIFFUSION i MéDIA Accessed 24.04.2007 from
25 Selected Statements
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Kissing Jesus In The Dark Plunderphonics - 1980 USA Edit
Mystery Tapes - - 1980 USA Edit
Plunderphonics E.P. CD released by artist 1988 USA Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Beatles Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Black Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Brown Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD CD released by artist 1989 USA Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Mirror Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Mist Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Net Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Pocket Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Rainbow Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Plunderphonic CD: Ten4 Plunderphonic Work 1989 Canada Edit
Bell Speeds Composition Empreintes Digitales - Electro Clips 1990 Canada Edit
Discosphere CD Rer 1991 USA Edit
Plexture CD Avant DIW 1993 Japan Edit
Sonic Outlaws Film Appearence - 1995 USA Edit
Homonymy Soundtrack - 1998 Canada Edit
Stress Film Soundtrack Vienna 2000 Austria Edit
69 PLUNDERPHONICS 96 2CD + 46-page Hardcover Book Seeland 515CD 2001 USA Edit
A0 - SOUND TRAVELS,Toronto 2001 Canada Edit
Hustler White Film Soundtrack - 2003 Canada Edit
Metropolis Soundtrack - 2004 Edit
Balsteroid Convection - SOUND TRAVELS,Toronto 2004 Canada Edit
Uncut Film Appearence - 2005 USA Edit