Listen: Jeph Jerman in Conversation with Aram Yardumian
Published by Errant Bodies Press.
Text and interview by Aram Yardumian. Text by Steve Jansen.
This oral autobiography of the underground experimentalist also serves as a history of the 1980s tape and electronic music scene in the US
Since 1980, Jeph Jerman (born 1959)—sound artist, field recordist, percussionist and visual artist—has released over 200 sound works, under his own name, under the moniker Hands To and with countless collaborators, improvising with natural found objects, crude homebuilt devices, tape machines and occasionally traditional instruments. He now makes his home in Cottonwood, Arizona.
This book-length interview traces Jerman’s life and work, from his earliest sound experiments, free rock and jazz units, and postal collaborations, to his more recent work with decaying matter and landscape. Illustrated with previously unpublished photos, this highly readable conversation also sketches the 1980s American home-taping and electronic music scenes in which Jerman was a key figure, convening a community of anti-luminaries such as G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, Eric Lunde, Mark Schomburg, Tim Barnes, Dave Knott and Dan Burke. Listen also includes a selection of Jerman’s visual art.