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



1993Short StoriesKronos Quartet1
1994Angelica 1994Various Artists1
1998AngelicA 1997Various Artists1
2001CIMPosium -Volume 9Various Artists1
2003Art Bears RevisitedVarious Artists1

Album + Compilation

1985Rē Records Quarterly Vol.1 No.2Various Artists1
1987Desperately Seeking SuicideVarious Artists1
1991Death of VinylVarious Artists1
1991Rer Quarterly - Selections From, Volume 1Various Artists1
1994DeconstructVarious Artists1
2000Sonic Boom: The Art of SoundVarious Artists1
2004The Art BoxArt Bears4
2004Haunted Weather: Music, Silence and MemoryVarious Artists1
2008Smiling Through My TeethVicki Bennett1
2013An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music: Seventh and Last A-Chronology 1930–2012Various Artists1

Album + Remix

2001Weekend RemixWalter Ruttmann1
2009Shir Khan Presents: ExploitedShir Khan3
Messiah RemixVarious Artists1


2001Sound Unseen Second Annual Underground Film + Music FestivalVarious Artists1

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