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John Grzinich

John Grzinich
Sound-video artist, project coordinator & photographer

MoKS &


South Estonia

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Born in New York state, John Grzinich now lives and works in Estonia. Primarily working with sound since the early 1990s. Around 2000 I started experimenting with digital video, producing a number of short pieces and a few longer films. Besides continuing to make personal audio-visual works, in recent years I have concentrated on giving workshops on various aspects of sound that encourage collaboration through improvisation, social communication, scoring, performance, mapping, recording and editing.

Since 2003 John has been an event and project coordinator at MoKS – Center for Art and Social Practice , an artist-run international residency center and project space in southeast Estonia.

A number of CDs of John’s compositions have been published on such labels as SIRR (PT), Staalplaat (NL), Edition Sonoro (UK), Mystery Sea (BE) CUT (CH), CMR (NZ), erewhon (BE), Intransitive Recordings (US), Orogenetics (US), Elevator Bath (US), Pale-Disc (JP), Digital Narcis (JP) Taalem (FR), and Cloud of Statics(CH).

John takes varied artistic approaches to sound generation, recording and production work with techniques that range from the construction of original instrument devices and installations, to the capture of acoustic phenomenon through environmental field recordings to digital multi-tracking and manipulation. The resulting compositions are often studies in extended evolutionary permutations of a selected set of sound sources. These sources can concentrate on different properties of sound instigation and emanation that can range from the textural animation of inanimate objects or an open-air mechanical noise field to overtone resonances from a set of wires stretched across a room.

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