Wobbly

Artist

Jon Leidecker has been producing music under the name Wobbly since 1990, exploring the many ways in which society’s relationships with music were changed at the moment we gained the ability to capture, manipulate and reamplify sounds at will.  Technology promises us the ability to permanently document any sound as if it were an object; musicians react by using it to redefine the act of improvisation, creating a music which inherently resists the act of being recorded. Recent performances deploy a battery of mobile devices driven by their built-in microphones, reacting instantly with error-prone variations on the notes and sounds they believe they are hearing:  a tightly-knit orchestra with inhuman reflexes, resulting in structures which the human performer influences more than controls.  Wobbly’s live and studio collaborations with Negativland, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, Matmos, Fred Frith, John Oswald, Thomas Dimuzio, Huun-Huur-Tu, Sagan and the Freddy McGuire Show compliment live mix media collages executed twice a month on Negativland’s Over The Edge radio program on KPFA FM.