Thomas Wincek is an instrumentalist by choice, and a computer operator out of necessity. His primary interest lies in the intersection of organic and electronic means of making sound. He has studied sound, sound composition and improvisation with Nicolas Collins, John Corbett and Rob Drinkwater. As the main force behind the experimental electronic dance act Emotional Joystick, he has worked at integrating the tenets of improvisation and sonic exploration into the rubric of contemporary dance music. As a result, he has released music on a variety of independent labels, toured many portions of the United States and Europe, and has had the opportunity to play alongside such acts as Tortoise, Venetian Snares, No Means No, Dillinger Escape Plan, Otto von Shirach, Doormouse, and Eight Frozen Modules.
Recently he has become an active member in the indy-rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees (polyvinyl), and is working with them on their new album, and providing rhodes piano on stage.
The Emotional Joystick project is also being restructured, with a focus on a minimalist, band oriented aesthetic, and live shows continuing in that vein, as well as incorporating contributions from some of the many musicians he has made contact with over the years.
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