In 1986 Jeph Jerman began recording and performing under the name "Hands To".
Most of the early soundwork was sampler and tape loop based, though over the course of ten years it evolved into using environmental recordings with very little to no manipulation or electronic processing.
In 1996 in Seattle Jerman embarked upon a weekly series of concerts at Anomalous Records which brought him into contact with the city's improvised music community.
For the next three years Jeph played with anyone who offers cooperation. During this time he began giving solo performances using only natural found objects(stones, shells, bones, driftwood, pine cones, etc), as soundmakers,
a practice which continues to today. Eventually Jeph Jerman stopped using the name "Hands To".
In 1999, the "Animist Orchestra" was founded. The "AO" focuses on making music that hopefully bypasses individual egos of it members.
Most of Jerman's previous work could be interpreted as being 'idea-based'. Jeph Jerman find that most of his work nowadays is sound-based. He believe this is due to his growing interest in listening, in what happens when one listens, and his concomitant disinterest in contextualizing sound.
"Qualia" is recorded during the period since january 2007 to june 2011 at:
The chapel, Seattle WA.
The stone, New York City
Chris Wolf's kitchen, New York City
Additional recording and assembly at estudio sonor,
Shortwave receiver, metals, field and performance recordings.
Analog cassette and micro-cassette decks and digital four track.
Image by Jeph Jerman. Eco-dyed fabric by Julie Schubert.
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