“grassy area of riverside or shore (Irish)”
Taylor Deupree is an accomplished sound artist whose recordings, rich with abstract atmospherics, have appeared on numerous record labels, and well as in site-specific installations at such institutions as Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (New York), ICC (Tokyo, Japan) and the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (Yamaguchi, Japan). He started out, in the 1990s, making new noises that edged outward toward the fringes of techno, and in time he found his own path to follow. His music today emphasizes a hybrid of natural sounds and technological mediation. It’s marked by a deep attention to stillness and a quest for the fragility of sound and that which almost falls apart. His passion for the studio as a recording instrument is paramount in his work, but there is no hint of digital idolatry. If anything, his music shows a marked attention to the aesthetics of imperfection and the beauty of nature, to the short circuits not only in technological systems but in human perception.
Deupree dedicates as much time to other people’s music as he does to his own. In 1997 he founded the record label 12k, which since then has released well over 100 recordings by some of the most accomplished musicians and modern sound artists of our time. Many share with Deupree an interest in stark minimalism, but the label has also found room for and located a common ground with, the acoustic avant-garde, the instrumental derivations of post-rock, and the synthetic extremes of experimental techno. He also has operated as a full-time mastering engineer out of his woodland studio for the past 10 years and has had the pleasure of working with a wide range of inspiring artists and genres lending his love for the studio together with his musical knowledge and creativity.