Boyd Rice: Composer, Performance art

Genre: Noise | Xprmntl

Sound description: Metallic music for machine-minded misfits.

RIYL: Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, Devo

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Influences: Brian Eno, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, the Residents, Kraftwerk

Background:

Noise music pioneer Boyd Rice describes himself as a tiki enthusiast, staff writer for Modern Drunkard Magazine, and onetime magister in Anton LaVey's Church of Satan.

Growing up in Lemon Grove, Rice became fascinated with offbeat and experimental music, from classical tunes played on a Moog synthesizer to minimalist music by the likes of Laurie Anderson and electronic pioneer Brian Eno. His own compositions are stark and metallic, and are often performed loud beyond all reason, but through it all there's always an element of musicality and, on occasion, a genuine melody.

Rice's writings, art, photography, lyrics and other miscellany have now been collected in the book Standing in Two Circles.

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