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CoDI Off-Grid sgwrs #3

Leafcutter John

16:00 Mer / Wed 17.02.21

Described by The Guardian as "a musician who combines acoustic and electronic music with an irresistible compulsion to build Heath Robinson- like inventions”, sound-artist Leafcutter John has released seven studio albums, toured extensively and collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Imogen Heap, Talvin Singh and Shabaka Hutchings.

In his 60-minute presentation, Leafcutter John reflects on his work and influences.

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Bradford-born, Wakefield-raised, John Burton grew up fascinated by sound but it wasn’t until halfway through his painting degree at the Norwich School of Art and Design that he discovered a computer he was using to write his dissertation could take him on new sonic adventures by recording and manipulating sound.

His first recordings reached the offices of Planet Mu Records in 1999, where its founder and Aphex Twin collaborator Mike Paradinas encouraged John’s more experimental efforts. During this time, he acquired his artist name, suggested by a friend who compared his creativity and industriousness to a leafcutter ant.

Since 2000, John has released seven studio albums, toured widely and received a prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation award. Aside from his solo work, he’s written for theatre, dance, and radio. He was also a key member of experimental jazz band Polar Bear, recording five albums with them and picking up two Mercury Prize nominations. John has performed with Shabaka Hutchings, Talvin Singh, and Imogen Heap and
supported Matmos, Otomo Yoshihide,Yo La Tengo and Beck.

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