JG Thirlwell will be familiar to many as an experimental musician, perhaps best known under the Foetus umbrella; Thirwell is an Australian born, now US based composer, producer, recording artist, and performer, based in Brooklyn NY. Thirwell studied fine art at at Melbourne State College, until in 1978 he moved to London and joined seminal punk band prag VEC before forming the first incarnation of Foetus, the results of which he released on his own (wonderfully named) Self Immolation Records.
With a extensive body of work that spans over 25 years, Thirlwell has performed under such aliases as Foetus (all incarnations – available via Mute), Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, DJ OTEFSU, Garage Monsters, Flesh Volcano, Immaculate Consumptive, and Clint Ruin.
In addition, Thirlwell has produced, mixed and/or performed on vast quantities of recordings including many of the releases on Lydia Lunch’s Widowspeak label and artists as diverse as The The, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Coil, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arto Lindsay, Marc Almond, Swans and countless others.
Today, Thirlwell continues to release new records and rather bizarrely currently serves as the soundtrack composer for The Venture Brothers on the Cartoon Network TV Channel.
The next album from JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia project has just been released in 5.1 surround sound. ‘Dinoflagellate Blooms’ is a double disc album, with a DVD carrying the surround sound, and an audio CD for the more traditional stereo sound.
Thirwell commented “The album careens between soft plucked interludes to full blown symphonic frenzy, from musiq concrete nightmares to cinematic mindfields, with a meticulous marriage of samples and live instruments, distressed sounds and mysterious unknown quantities”
Initial quantities come with a free 4Ãâ5 Manorexia sticker signed by JG Thirlwell.
For anybody without the appropriate sound system (that will be most of us then), there will be a free listening event, however this in itself is accessable to only a select few; you need to be New York!
Thirwell is set to appear at Harvestworks New York on 22 June, as part of the New York Electronic Arts Festival, where the album will be played in its entirety at both 19:15pm and 20:30pm.
For those of you wondering quite what the album title refers to Thirlwell advised: “A dinoflagellate is a small plankton-like aquatic creature. Dinoflagellate blooms is the term for when the dinoflagellate create an algae that turns the surface of the sea red.
Thirwell is scheduled to appear at the recently announced ATP (USA) ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ Festival 30th September 2011 alongside Portishead, Grinderman, PJ Harvey, Swans and S.C.U.M