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Tom Recchion


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Tom Recchion has been a artist/composer/art director in Southern California since the 1970’s. He is the co-creator of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). At the time he discarded object making (though he employs it now) and concentrated on the ephemeral nature of sound. His early practice in low-tech sonic exploration presaged many of the genre’s exciting developments of the last quarter-century: record manipulation, live tape loops, free improvisation, found and invented instruments, installation, and more.

In the LAFMS his group, The Doo-Dooettes, became one of the 3 anchor points for the collective’s endeavors as well as playing in Airway, and many other groupings of the collective.

He’s collaborated with Half Japanese, Jad Fair, David Toop, Christian Marclay, Mark Trayle, Oren Ambarchi, Keiji Haino, Max Eastley, to name a few, as well as plays in the improvisational group Extended Organ (Paul McCarthy, Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen and Mike Kelley).

Currently and most proudly he is a secret member of Smegma, under the name Victor Sparks, and has formed a ‘spin-off’ group, The Rodney Forest, with fellow Smegma members, Ju Suk Reet Meat, and Oblivia/Rock and Roll Jackie, who will have a record on Qubico sometime this year.

He’s remixed for Oren Ambarchi, The Electric Company, Sun & Jim Thirwell. He also occasionally writes for WIRE magazine and has many recordings released. The solo releases “Freak Show” (cassette only), “Chaotica”, “I Love My Organ” and “Soundtracks To A Color: Gold & Black” (which accompanied a large scale installation), were released in 2004.


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