After leaving a career as mechanical engineer in Boston [TRISTAN SHONE] left there for Southern California to focus on art and sculpture earning his MFA at UCSD (University of California San Diego). Shone, the creator and sole manipulator of Author & Punisher, combines his technical background in industry with conceptual sculpture to create what Wired Magazine hailed as his own “special brand of doom metal.”
Abandoning the typical guitar and drums set up, Author & Punisher makes aggressive rhythmic and oscillatory soundscapes. His instruments are inspired by his experience as an engineer where he utilized precision motion components designing robotic systemsfor high tech industries, most recently at a University lab using electron microscopy to analyze cells. Incorporating key functional elements into his designs, Shone builds intuitive relationships with the sound he is creating. The first of his sculptural sound machines were forged in the metal and machine shops of UCSD, ultimately yielding A&P’s first 3 albums and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made, precision machinery that he calls Drone Machines, Dub Machines and now his series of electromechanical Masks. From the raw materials he utilizes he spawns all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate sound live.
All aspects of the A&P sound begin with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Each material interaction inside the machine as well as between man and machine is scrutinized to enhance the physical experience. Whether it is force feedback, waxed wood handles, linear bearings, textural coatings, proper weighting, industrial connections, homemade loudspeaker cabinets, all of these elements combine to produce and reflect the power and quality of the music Author & Punisher creates. Shone’s electromechanical arsenal and physical approach to live production has become to heavy music what Survival Research Laboratories was to live, unscripted performance art.
As experimental as Shone 's music seems at times, he has refined his sound with thick and pulsating high fidelity drone that seems to lay a sonic lead blanket waving over your core. It lingers only as long as it needs, regrouping and intensifying with pounding live rhythms and textural vocals. The sound builds up anxiously but always rewards the listener with a hint of hope through epic sonic releases, leaving you feeling exhausted but satisfied.
― the late great, Sunday, 7 October 2018 19:54 (eight months ago) Permalink
repetitive stress injury waiting to happen right there i tell you what
― j., Sunday, 7 October 2018 20:30 (eight months ago) Permalink
I've been trying to like this guy for three or four years now, but as cool as the machines are, the music sounds like generic industrial doom that any schlub could make on a laptop. Maybe he's better live than on disc, like GWAR.
― grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 7 October 2018 21:48 (eight months ago) Permalink
nah it’s pretty much the same live
but the machines are fucking awesome
― the late great, Sunday, 7 October 2018 22:17 (eight months ago) Permalink
live show is basically steampunk but I daresay I'd enjoy watching actual steampunk for 15 minutes or so too
― still wackford after all these squeers (DJ Mencap), Sunday, 7 October 2018 22:49 (eight months ago) Permalink
Cecilia - Adoration (2018)
― montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 22:58 (eight months ago) Permalink