San Diego, United States
Author & Punisher Biography 2015
Author & Punisher is a sonic and visual artist venturing into a new league of unwieldy,
music and live performances utilizing his custom designed instruments on his albums
and dynamic live displays.
Author & Punisher’s newest album entitled “MELK EN HONING”, produced by Phil
Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, and more) due out Summer 2015, is
melange of his various drone machinery together, multiple physical rhythm machines,
some synth and the new electromechanical masks that began to appear in A&P
performances across the U.S. and Europe in 2014. After a year of heavy touring and
festival appearances, the goal with this album is to try to capture the live dissonant
power of the A&P experience. The effort is a combination of Anselmo’s persistence and
expertise and some of Shone’s new experimentation with various vocal devices. It is a
vocal prominent, bass heavy album that combines A&P's signature elusive drone
sequences and hard hitting rhythms with unexpected terrains of melody and musicality
that sustain Shone's reputation as an unorthodox innovator in a class all of his own.
After leaving a career as mechanical engineer in Boston he left there for Southern
California to focus on art and sculpture earning his MFA at UCSD (University of
California San Diego). Shone, the creator and sole manipulator of Author & Punisher,
combines his technical background in industry (list industries) with conceptual sculpture
to create what Wired Magazine hailed as his own “special brand of doom metal.”
Abandoning the typical guitar and drums set up, Author & Punisher makes aggressive
rhythmic and oscillatory soundscapes. His instruments are inspired by his experience as
an engineer where he utilized precision motion components designing robotic systems
for high tech industries, most recently at a University lab using electron microscopy to
analyze cells. Incorporating key functional elements into his designs, Shone builds
intuitive relationships with the sound he is creating. The first of his sculptural sound
machines were forged in the metal and machine shops of UCSD, ultimately yielding
A&P’s first 3 albums and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation
towards custom made, precision machinery that he calls Drone Machines, Dub
Machines and now his series of electromechanical Masks. From the raw materials he
utilizes he spawns all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate
All aspects of the A&P sound begin with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison
to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation. They are direct, physical, heavy
experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences.
Each material interaction inside the machine as well as between man and machine is
scrutinized to enhance the physical experience. Whether it is force feedback, waxed
wood handles, linear bearings, textural coatings, proper weighting, industrial connections, homemade loudspeaker cabinets, all of these elements combine to produce and reflect the power and quality of the music Author & Punisher creates. Shone’s electromechanical arsenal and physical approach to live production has become to heavy music what Survival Research Laboratories was to live, unscripted performance art.
As experimental as Shone 's music seems at times, he has refined his sound with thick and pulsating high fidelity drone that seems to lay a sonic lead blanket waving over your core. It lingers only as long as it needs, regrouping and intensifying with pounding live rhythms and textural vocals. The sound builds up anxiously but always rewards the listener with a hint of hope through epic sonic releases, leaving you feeling exhausted but satisfied.