In the hands of Tristan Shone, Author & Punisher is a complete industrial doom and drone metal band. Heavy drones and pounding rhythms are driven by his custom machines, fabricated to demand significant force to perform with.
Digital technology has allowed us to exert tremendous sonic energy simply through a push of a button or turning of a knob. But Author & Punisher’s Triston Shone believes that heavy sounds should be made by heavy instruments and physical thrust. His carefully engineered machines nearly overwhelms the body of the performer, putting to shame everyone else’s tiny plastic usb controllers.
Prior to the festival performance, he will be an artist-in-resident at STEIM working on new aspects of his instruments.
Author & Punisher (Tristan Shone) has performed and shown his machines in festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad extensively, releasing his third album, yet first sculpture/art based album entitled “Drone Machines” in 2010 on Heart & Crossbone Records out of Tel-Aviv. His new record, focused primarily on the newer Dub Machines, will be released in the Summer/Fall fo 2011.
Drone/Dub Machines are custom made machines fabricated from raw materials and utilizing open source circuitry. The devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation, robotics and mechanical tools and devices, focusing on the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines require significant force from the performer, aligning he or she with the plodding drone and doom influenced sounds that are created.
Alongside fabricating machines and composing sound for performance, Tristan works at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research as a mechanical engineer and the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts at the University of California, San Diego as a researcher in sound interface design. http://www.tristanshone.com