Joseph Anderson

Residence: Seattle, USA

As an adolescent, Joseph Anderson was inadvertently exposed to Edgar Varèse’s Poem Électronique and the dangerous “music” and writings of anarchist John Cage. Since then he has been under the misguided impression that all sounds are likely music. Study with Russell Pinkston failed to disabuse him of this notion — which later lead to his exile in the UK for a number of years, where he studied the art in a post-industrial red-brick town with a Jonty Harrison. During his four years of exile, Anderson was a member of the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST). Since returning to the US in 1998, he has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area promoting this questionable “art of sound”—through the auspices of a collective of like-minded artists calling themselves the New San Francisco Tape Music Center. Recognitions for his efforts have included the “Grand Prix” from the 1997 Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition for Change’s Music, and he has been commissioned by organizations such as BBC Radio 3 and the Society for the Promotion of New Music. Having recently left employment with Analog Devices’ Audio Rendering Technology Center in San Jose, California as a signal processing engineer, he now finds himself re-expatriated as a lecturer at Hull University’s Scarborough Campus.

Date: April 14, 2003

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