David Barnes (Barnz) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and recording musician.
His recent work combines acoustic instruments (hammer dulcimer, viola, acoustic guitar, drums, cowbells, hub caps, casserole dishes etc.) with electric guitar, Rhodes piano, Hammond organ and a wide range of sampled sounds. David strives to create ambient/experimental music that can both be played in the background while getting work done, or listened to with headphones for a more intense musical experience.
In the early 90's Barnes was probably best known as the front man/ founding member of the Philadelphia rock band Puncture Project. But he was also the driving force behind several experimental groups including Bastard Finders, The Echo Chamber Ensemble and Post. His most recent collaboration is a duo called "Minus 103" with Steve Coxe. Minus 103 has just released their first self-titled album, which will soon be available through iTunes and Amazon, and can be heard on LastFM.com, Pandora.com and several college radio stations around the country.
Many of Barnes' solo works and collaborations can be heard on:
and can be downloaded for free at:
Complete Barnz discography:
Metrognome - 1988 (with the band Metrognome)
Puncture Project - 1988
More is Better - 1989
Puncture Project - 1989 (with the band Puncture Project)
So much for sparse - 1990
Bastard Finders - 1990 (with the group Bastard Finders)
Like Medusa - 1990 (with the band Puncture Project)
Experimental Percussion Ensemble live - 1992 (with E.P.E.)
Got One! - 1992 (with the group Bastard Finders)
Adult Puppet Show - 1992
Barnzstuff 1993 - 1993
Undergrowth - 1993 (with the group Bastard Finders)
Will you love me when I'm dead? - 1993 (with the band Puncture Project)
Fear of Icicles - 1994
Shing! - 1994 (with the group Bastard Finders)
Barnzulatronics for Piano - 1994
Barnzulatronics for Guitar - 1994
Noodle Release - 1995 (with the group Noodle Restraint)
Echo Loop Compositions - 1996
Taking out the Timber - 1997
Hinges - 1997
Leisure - 1998
Passing Storm - 1999 (with the Echo Chamber Ensemble)
Cactus Behavior - 1990-1999 (compilation)
Reproductive Behavior - 2004
Post Box Set - 2005 (with the duet - Post)
Keepers - 2005 (with the group Bastard Finders)
Scream On! - 2007 (with the duet - Post)
Lost in the Garden of Delay - 2009
Minus 103 - 2010 (with the duet - Minus 103 (previously called Post))
Barnz has also appeared on numerous compilation CDs.
(All albums are solo albums except where indicated)
Barnes is a recipient of grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pew Charitable Trust, Meet The Composer, The Individual Performing Artist Program, and 2 Fellowships from the MacDowell Artist Colony. His compositions for self-designed percussive sound sculptures and orchestral strings have been performed in several venues up and down the east coast including The Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors festival (NYC), the Kennedy Center (Washington), Jacobs Pillow (Tanglewood), MTI (Phila), The Painted Bride (Phila), The American Composers Forum Sonic Circuits Festival, The Worcester New Music Festival, Mobius (Boston), The Dance Complex (Cambridge) and many other venues in Boston and Philadelphia. He has written and recorded scores for many modern dance companies, theater groups and filmstrips.
Currently residing in Somerville, MA - USA
Biggest influences include: Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, David Byrne, David Bowie, The Beatles, King Crimson
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