Jon Leidecker has been producing music under the name Wobbly since 1990, improvising with recordings to produce music which inherently questions the act of being captured. Recent performances deploy a battery of mobile devices driven by their built-in microphones, reacting spontaenously with error-prone yet intelligent variations on the notes and sounds they believe themselves to be hearing: a tightly-knit ensemble with inhuman reflexes, which the human performer influences more than controls. Currently touring and recording with Negativland and the Thurston Moore Ensemble, other live and studio collaborators include Zeena Parkins, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, People Like Us, Matmos, Laetitia Sonami, Fred Frith's Gravity Band, Thomas Dimuzio, Porest, Tim Perkis & Xopher Davidson, Tania Chen, Sue C., The Freddy McGuire Show, Sagan and the Chopping Channel. Radio Web MACBA commissioned a nine hour podcast overview on the history of recorded collage music entitled 'Variations' in 2008, and related lectures have been presented at Mills, Oxford, Peabody, & Stanford. In 2015 he inherited Negativland's long-running Over The Edge radio program, broadcasting from KPFA FM in Berkeley.
Jon Leidecker has pursued the medium of electronic music since the mid 1980's, emphasizing live performance and collaboration. Early works utilized sonic collage & musical appropriation, growing out of a series of appearances on Negativland's live-mix radio program Over The Edge -- improvising with recorded sounds to produce music which inherently queries the site of the resulting performance. Recent work investigates the history and aesthetics implied by the physics of acoustic and electrical feedback, as well as research into the technology and workflow required for immersive sound diffusion (initiated as a member of the engineering team of Dolby's 3D sound format Atmos), and the use of mobile devices and their built-in microphones as cybernetic improvising partners.
In 2008, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona commissioned the podcast 'Variations', a nine hour tour through the histroy of recorded collage & the practice of 'sampling' through the 20th Century, charting how the definition of composition changed as the medium used to store 'finished' works migrated from written notation to the capturable and increasingly manipulable sonic recording.
Currently touring and recording with Negativland and the Thurston Moore Ensemble, other live and studio collaborators include Zeena Parkins, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, People Like Us, Matmos, Laetitia Sonami, Fred Frith's Gravity Band, Thomas Dimuzio, Porest, Tim Perkis & Xopher Davidson, Tania Chen, Sue C., John Oswald, Carl Stone, Otomo Yoshihide, Blevin Blectum & Jay Lesser, Kevin Blechdom, Evolution Control Committee, Phipps Pt., Andrea Williams, Mitchell Brown, Big City Orchestra, Hrvatski & Huun-Huur-Tu. Other groups include The Freddy McGuire Show, Sagan, Chopping Channel, Amen Seat, Sideless, Animals & Giraffes and Extra Soft Earthquakes. In 2015 he inherited the radio program Over The Edge, which continues to broadcast weekly from KPFA FM in Berkeley.
High Resolution Splinter Photo by Joe Gerhardt
Performance Photo by Michael Zelner