John Ferguson

John Ferguson is a post-digital electronic musician. His work is inspired by notions of instability and focuses on tactile approaches to the live manipulation of audio/visual materials. Predicated on interpretative listening and real-time (re)negotiation, his combination's of hacked electronics, wireless gaming controllers and custom software/mechanical systems are frequently loud and exuberant. The resistance inherent within these instrumental ecologies significantly affects the compositional process, raising issues of causality, agency and legibility, whilst foregrounding ambiguity as an alternative to functionalism in interface design. John is active as one half of Whistle Pig Saloon (with Robert van Heumen), involved in multiple collaborative projects with Bennett Hogg, and has shared the stage with Atau Tanaka, Gwilly Edmondez, Graeme Wilson, John Ayers, Mat Postle, Bill Thompson, Adam Parkinson and Will Schrimshaw. In 2008 he completed a short European tour culminating at Club Maria in Berlin, where his work with the Tron Lennon improvisation duo (with Paul Bell) was nominated for the Transmediale award 2008. Through this project he has also contributed to the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Vol. 15), Fool's Gold (Edinburgh College of Art: Issue 1) and John recently completed his PhD thesis 'New Relations for the Live Musician?' and is currently teaching on various undergraduate modules at the International Center for Music Studies, Newcastle University.


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