cl0v3n makes discomforting human and humanimal sound rooms using small live voice loops. I manipuplay them, often by stretching the wave to granular extremes and record the improvised composition onto a laptop. Most pieces were recorded much as you hear it as the recording is an outcome from my listening and the play it gives rise to. I have a few pieces up on bandcamp, many more in the wings, and am beginning to do live concerts using these sound materials, live speech and less figurative vocal sound.

South(West) Ohio Poets Summer Gathering at Chase Public, Cincinnati (2015)

Reading Jackson Mac Low’s “Forties 19” w/ Charles Bernstein, AWP Conference, Boston (2013)

from “Suddenly Everyone Began Reading Aloud”: A Celebration of Bob Cobbing at the Kelly Writers House (2007)

Program 4 on Radio Radio, New York (2003)

In this Radio Radio program, cris cheek discusses “performance writing” and plays/performs “Public Announcement,” “How Can this Hum Be Human” and other pieces.

Program 10 on Radio Radio w/ Sianed Jones, New York (2003)

For Radio Radio, cris cheek and Sianed Jones present and discuss several versions of their book/CD/performance project Navigations in Sound and discuss how in-situ studies of ethnopoetics have contributed to their own performance styles.

Music of Madagascar (1994)

After hearing the Hira Gasi festivals of Tana, the capital of Madagascar, cris cheek travelled across country in pick-up trucks and dugout canoes to record the strange and still almost unknown yodelling music called karnaky as well as the exuberant serenades of the south west coast – accompanied by some virtuoso football whistling. In an episode of Phantom Power, Mack Hagood interviews cris, who discusses the strangeness and surprises of listening back to the sounds of that other time and place.


balsam flex

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american dream

The Jitters (with Philip Jeck)

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