Two years ago I went down to Austin, TX to play a set at the New Music Art and Sound Summit with my band, Donny Who Loved Bowling. This year’s summit is virtual and online and such, and DWLB will be part of that – we will be world-premiering a new 30-minute piece, with video accompaniment by Rebecca Ramirez.
2021 artists include: Joey Reyes & Jordan Willis, Christopher Whitley (with McKenzie Bezic, Julia Dixon, Douglas Friesen, khat knotahaiku, Zach Matteson, Kumiko Sakamoto, Camille Schiess, and Mark Sutherland), Lily Taylor & Sean Miller, Tonya Lyles & Mickey Delp, Juan Alfredo Rios-Rodriguez w/Héctor Tednoir, Erica Saucedo, Chris Payeur, Ciyadh Wells & Matt LaComette, Donny Who Loved Bowling (Joe Griffin and Christopher Petkus) with Cynthia Goosby, Scott Charvet, Andrew Trent, and Rebecca Ramirez.
One of my ongoing musical projects is a mostly-instrumental, somewhat-experimental, avant-garde-ish duo named Donny Who Loved Bowling. We have just released our tenth full-length album, “All Cities Contain Ghosts Volume Two: Died Chicago.” It’s part of a trilogy of albums we composed during the COVID lockdown, and we’re mighty proud of it.
For the last couple of years I’ve been solving sound design challenges – especially for live work – by constructing instruments that give me the sounds I want to make. These builds are put together from found objects, boxes from thrift stores, various bibs and bobs from surplus stores…all over the place. All of them have a contact microphone, and some also have a preamplifier or onboard effects devices. I’ve put a gallery of them over on my new Instruments page.
Sometimes I put one or two of them up for sale on Reverb.com or my Etsy shop (though there’s nothing there right now). I’ll post an announcement when something goes up!
In addition to being a sound designer, I’m also a musician. One of the projects I’m involved in is the musical group Donny Who Loved Bowling. During the lockdown we’ve been very busy making music, and today we are releasing the first of three albums written and recorded in 2020.