John Oswald

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John Oswald is best known as the the creator of the music genre Plunderphonics, an appropriative form of recording studio creation which he began to develop in the late sixties. This has got him in trouble with, and also generated invitations from major record labels and musical icons. Meanwhile, in the ’90’s he began, with several commissions from the Kronos Quartet, to compose scores, in what he calls the Rascali Klepitoire, for classical musicians and orchestras, including B9 (2012-13), a half hour condensation of all Beethoven’s Symphonies.
He also improvises on the saxophone in various settings, dances, and is a successful visual artist, best known for the chronophotic series Stillnessence.

Annotation last modified on 2014-05-25 12:59 UTC.

Also performs as: Mystery Tape Laboratory (John Oswald), rascali klepitoire



1989PlunderphonicJohn Oswald1
1991DiscosphereJohn Oswald1
1993PlexureJohn Oswald1
1994AcousticsHenry Kaiser, Mari Kimura, Jim O’Rourke, John Oswald1
1997Giorni feliciLa 1919 featuring Franco Fabbri, Henry Kaiser, John Oswald, Fausto Rossi2
2003AparanthesiJohn Oswald1
2004Arc d'apparition; WhisperfieldJohn Oswald1
2010PrePlexureJohn Oswald1
2021At One TimeHenry Kaiser, John Oswald & Paul Plimley1

Album + Compilation

2001Plunderphonics 69/96John Oswald1
2020Plunderphonic Tunesplunderphonics1
2020Plunderphonic Songsplunderphonics1

Album + Compilation + Live

1996ImprovisedJohn Oswald / Henry Kaiser1




1988PlunderphonicsJohn Oswald1
1991ElektraxJohn Oswald2

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