Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. He is the leader of the hardcore/improv. band, PERIL and has played, toured or recorded with, among others, Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, The Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Clifford Jordan, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero. Following time spent in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe, and involved himself in many projects there, including the development of new “virtual” MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam. His recent performance activity focuses on solo percussion concerts using only the acoustic sounds of the drum kit and associated bits and pieces, but still incorporates the influence of his earlier work with electronic sound sources. Buck’s acoustic material is informed by his experiences with sampled sounds, loops and the over-layering of various materials. Blending sounds, cross-fading textures and juxtaposing patterns and motifs continue to be primary concerns, as he experiments with the richness and subtlety of acoustic sounds in a living and breathing space as opposed to electronically produced, speaker driven sounds. His solo CD, “self_contained_underwater_breathing_apparatus,” a forty minute solo improvised studio performance, was released in 2002.
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