August 17, 2014
August 17, 2014
Author & Punisher hs released 5 albums over a period of 10 years. The first two albums: THE PAINTED ARMY and WARCRY (EP) were self released and recorded by Tristan while he was in art school at the University of California, San Diego studying sculpture. During this time he designed and built what would become his master’s thesis project, the DRONE MACHINES, which would become the name of the third album, later released by Heart & Crossbone out of Tel-Aviv, Israel. DRONE MACHINES is probably the heaviest of the A&P albums and also the longest at around 70 minutes. This album is definitely is motherfucker with most of the tracks written and droned out on the DRONE MACHINES themselves. After graduating, Tristan began touring extensively, which forced him to design a new set of lighter more dynamic instruments, called the Dub Machines. These machines spawned a new album called URSUS AMERICANUS in 2012 released on CD, digital and viyl, this marked the first release with Seventh Rule Recordings out of Portland, OR, a doom metal and industrial juggernaut of a label. Unlike the previous album, URSUS AMERICANUS was written and played entirely on these machines. At about 45 minutes, this is an intense jarring album with the most notable track being Terrorbird (see the video here). Throughout the process of touring, more songs were written and other more traditional instruments were added to the mix giving birth to WOMEN & CHILDREN in 2013, also released on Seventh Rule on all mediums. Expect new material from Author & Punisher every year in different capacities.
Iconoclastic in the truest sense of the word, Tristan Shone inverts the tenets of doom metal completely, relying on cold steel and soulless machinery to sonically replicate the despondency of life. Described most succinctly as “industrial doom,” this one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers. From Shone’s background and current position as a mechanical engineer, his designs and devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics with also a focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines are designed to require significant force from the performer, aligning he/she with the plodding doom-influenced sounds that are created.
“Traces of doom, dubstep, industrial, noise, and honest-to-goodness pop show up within Shone’s best songs. His music is immediate but mysterious, a chimera that’s recognizable but strange.” – Pitchfork
“…a powerful and chilling piece of music…” – Metal Injection
“..extremely loud, bass-heavy, powerful and industrial, calling to mind Godflesh-gone-‘roidal.” – MetalSucks on the A&P live experience
“Women & Children is a record that wants to hurt you and never stops probing your psyche for a weak spot.” – Exclaim
“Shone’s apocalyptic noise blends elements of industrial, doom, and dubstep, and contorts that mass into some chilling, unrecognizable form…” – Stereogum
This documentary, shot in early 2014 by Augie Arredondo in Tristan Shone’s studio in San Diego gives a glimpse into the functionality of the electromechanical masks; the newest element in the arsenal of devices. There is also some live footage from the Echoplex at the end of the video.
Author & Punisher concert visuals, mixed and recorded live at The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD. by Cutmod (Will Michaelsen) Videos feature live 3 camera feed detailing the interactions with machines providing both great detail and also abstract morphing. See what DECIBEL had to say about this.
Music video for the track ‘TERRORBIRD’ off of Author & Punisher’s URSUS AMERICANUS album (2012, Seventh Rule). Directed by Augie Arredondo starring Tristan Shone and Rob Crow.
Some great footage from MUSIC TECH FEST 2013 in London, UK during Author & Punisher’s May 2013 European tour.
This mini documentary was shot by Lenovo for their ‘Doers’ campaign where they chronicled some of Tristan’s artistic process from design through fabrication.
Yahoo news came out to San Diego to look at Tristan’s Dub Machines and one of his newer Masks in this short interview and performnace clip.
After completing the Dub Machines, Augie Arredondo came down to the studio and shot some quick footage of A&P writing and practicing TERRORBIRD and LONELY.
This interview done for Ground Control Magazine and directed by Augie Arredondo, is based around the first set of machines A&P made from 2007-2010.
Interview with Wired Magazine in 2011 discussing Dub Machines, science, music and the future of music.