[photo by Jon Yu]
Jeremy Young is an American sonic artist, improviser and creative strategist living and working in Montréal, Canada. His creative work includes instrumental and electroacoustic composition for recording and live performance, reel-to-reel tape collage, sound-poetry and audio-visual scoring. His main interests as an artist lie in the analog treatment of surface-based audio (piezo mic'd objects and surfaces, manipulating tape and tone via texture and voltage) and promoting the notion that both the audio signal and the medium on which it is recorded, edited and played back, should equally contribute to the creation of a sonic narrative, an underlying principle of musique concrète. For this reason, Jeremy's live performances feature no digital equipment or processing. He has performed and released material throughout Europe, Asia, the US, UK and Canada.
In 2014, he was awarded a Media Artists' Assistance Grant by Wave Farm (NYSCA) to create 125 unique artist edition double-sided loop pieces towards developing sustainable audience engagement with the sonic arts, housing all the loops online in a freely streamable living archive and commissioning 125 sound artists to create new work using each singular piece. Visit The Chants Beneath Project here to view the list of participating artists.
In 2016, he was commissioned by the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève to compose a new full length work of sound based on their massive ethnomusicological sound archives. Stream the resulting work, The Poetics of Time-Space here.
His primary sonic project is a collaborative trio called Sontag Shogun that makes use of hybrid analog/digital sound treatments and nostalgic solo piano compositions in harmony to depict abstract places in our memory. In 2016, Sontag Shogun expanded to include live scentscape artist Alex Beth Schapiro as the official fourth member. Young also performs around the world in duos with Osaka-based pianist and composer Shinya Sugimoto, London-based sonic artist and composer Janek Schaefer, Topeka-based cellist and composer Aaron Martin, and Alexandria-based violinist and ethnomusicologist Daniel Merrill. He frequently works in collaboration with avant-garde filmmakers and has recently undertaken projects and performances with Paul Clipson, Tomonari Nishikawa, Joel Schlemowitz, Neza Agnes Momirski and Guillaume Vallée.
Jeremy is increasingly interested in the relationships between sound and text, which has led to the publication of an essay on the triggered soundscape, as well as an ongoing exploration of audio-literature through books and podcasts. He has worked to amplify the voices of many independent fiction writers through interdisciplinary collaboration and a focus on widening platforms for audience discovery of new literature. In 2012, he was awarded a project residency at Sound Fjord Gallery in London to create an extended work of sound poetry, a written source text and performed text manipulation called The Able & Chronicled Sportsman: Poem in 4 Vocal Iterations.
Jeremy is a graduate of Goldsmiths College's MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship in London. His research identifies and maps the intangible value of access to physical space in an online commercial context, serving as a guidebook for digital start-ups and service-based organisations looking to cultivate a more engaged relationship with their consumers, clients and audiences. He has worked as a digital business strategist for Club Inégales, production coordinator for The Vision Festival/Arts For Art and a development and community engagement intern for Sound and Music. At the heart of his approach is the desire to connect people (practitioners, networks, audiences) and ideas (artforms, communications, theories) collaboratively, and experiment with the unique patterns and values that arise in between. He advises organisations and artists on publishing projects, events, exhibitions and audience development and is currently supervising the interactive online curriculum of educational resources on Music Business for Soundfly.com. In 2011, he co-founded Palaver Press, a craft sound & text publishing imprint and research unit with Catherine Métayer, and co-launched the 308at156 Project Artspace in the Flatiron District of New York City with Michael Yi.
You can stream all of Jeremy's published music for free at:
Miguel Copon's Prepared Guitar blog ran an extensive interview about his work in 2015.
Nick Schofield interviewed Jeremy on-air for "Underground Sounds" on cKut about The Chants Beneath Project in February 2016. Listen here:
Latvia's VETO Magazine recently ran a feature on Jeremy's work in 2014.