Mr. Dithers is the drone/experimental/noise project created by Mark Samansky. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Samansky worked in FM rock radio for many years as a morning show personality and music producer. His interest in the avant-garde began when hearing the track "A Little Noise In the System," by Pauline Oliveros. He developed a side music project with his co-host Alan Baxter called "The Sad Boys," in which they used old analog tape machines for pre-amp distortion, loop boxes and echo devices. They were banned from a public broadcasting station in 1982 after performing a "comedy sonic art piece" during a televised fund drive. TV station management had invited them to perform a "classical guitar duet." The resulting cacauphony blew out the tv studio monitor system and Baxter and Mark's radio station was presented with a steep bill. Fortunately the performance was preserved on an old video recorder and is available for view on this site. "Feedback for PBS"
Samansky's early influences were Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, and Tangerine Dream. Later on Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Merzbow, and Nine Inch Nails would imprint their tonality into his sonic textures. Samansky says the two albums that most shaped his musical perceptions are "Deep Listening" from Pauline Oliveros and "Cluster '71" from Cluster. Since discovering last.fm Samansky has become a big fan of Tony Conrad and Holger Czukay. Speaking of Holger, "Tago Mago" is his favorite album from Can.
It wasn't until Samansky posted some drone/noise pieces to Youtube did he realize there is now a very passionate experimental community supporting the avant-gard. His Youtube channel goes by the name "Analogger." His Myspace site is "Mr. Dithers."
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