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Joe Panzner

Columbus, OH      

Joe Panzner is a computer musician from Akron, OH currently residing in Columbus, OH. He draws on the live electronic music of John Cage and David Tudor, the long-form memory experiments of Morton Feldman, and the digital extremism of Peter Rehberg, Florian Hecker, Zbigniew Karkowski, Dion Workman, and Julien Ottavi. In addition to his solo performance and composition, he records and performs with scenic railroads alongside fellow computer/electronics musician Mike Shiflet and percussionist/electronics musician Greg Stuart. Panzner works with live electronics and within an ethos of musical materialism, preferring visceral sound experience to representation. He uses treated natural and instrumental sounds, computer synthesis, and digitally processed analog synthesis to produce music teeming with frequency extremes, sudden dynamic shifts, and an array of acoustic and psychoacoustic phenomena.


He has performed at Issue Project Room (NYC), Tonic (NYC), Philadelphia Sound Forum, Centro Cultural UFG (Goiânia), The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space (Columbus), and others. He has recorded for Copy For Your Records, Dromos, Erstwhile, and Digitalis, among others.


Panzner earned a BM in Music Theory, a MA in Musicology, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Ohio State University, where he was a recipient of the University Fellowship and the prestigious Presidential Fellowship for Doctoral Research. He helped found and direct the first New Music Ensemble at the Ohio State University, a group devoted to performing new works of experimental music by student composers as well as works by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and more. His doctoral dissertation, The Process That Is The World: Cage/Deleuze/Events/Performances, traces the philosophical linkages between Gilles Deleuze and John Cage in the domains of ontology, performance, and politics. He is presently a lecturer of Music History at The Ohio State University.

joe panzner, robinwood concert house (toledo, oh), 8.26.11

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joe panzner, wild goose creative (columbus, oh), 3.2.12

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