Campbell (aka the preterite) is a turntapelist, for lack of
a better term. Inspired by proponents of experimental work with
vinyl, both avant-gerde & hiphop, the Berlin-based American
expat built a one-of-a-kind instrument out of relics of the tape
age, his "cassette scratch orchestra", composed of cast-off phrase
trainers, selfmade scratchbunnies, a re-purposed & prepared
analog cassette multitracker & piles of found &
self-dubbed tapes. Campbell works in a variety of contexts, most
notably solo as "the preterite", improvising freely, scratching
abstract-emotive tone poems on the fly. Aside from composing for
theater & dance, he curated the innovative "baender bender"
concert series in Dortmund, Germany, & has collaborated with
countless musicians as diverse as Claus Van Bebber & DJ
Elephant Power, to name a few. He is also a member of a number of
long-term bands with releases on Denovali and Leo Records among
others. A solo debut double CD was released on the American label
Weird Forest in Fall 2012. Previous festival appearances include
Bent Festival (NYC), Moers New Jazz Festival, Traumzeitfestival,
Jazzfest Berlin, Klara Festival (Brussels) & HMKV Industrial
on Tour (Poland), among many others.
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