JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Melbourne, he moved to London in 1978, then relocated to NYC in 1983, where he has been based ever since. As well as his own name, he works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Xordox, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Hydroze Plus, Clint Ruin and Wiseblood.
He has released over thirty albums. If there is a common thread to his varied musical styles, it is a dramatic intensity and an evocative, cinematic quality. Thirlwell has also featured as producer, remixer, collaborator or arranger for a wide variety of artists including Karen O, Noveller, Excepter, Zola Jesus, Melvins, Swans, Nine Inch Nails, Lydia Lunch, The The, Coil, Z’s, Simon Hanes, Nick Cave and many more.
JG has completed commissions for Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can, Thyssen-Bornemisza ArtContemporary, Experiments in Opera, Zephyr Quartet, Great Learning Orchestra, Gotland Film Symposium and League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, and is a member of the“freq_out” sound-art collective, curated by CM Von Hausswolff, who create on-site sound and light installations. He is also an acclaimed graphic artist. In 2010, he received a fellowship from New York Foundation of the Arts in sound / composition.
He has created solo sound installations which have exhibited in Santarcangelo, Italy and Kaliningrad, Russia. In recent years he has performed live with a chamber ensemble version of his Manorexia project, with his electronic project Xordox and his solo electroacoustic project Cholera Nocebo.
JG also creates the musical score for the Emmy-winning FX show Archer, and for Adult Swim / Cartoon Network show The Venture Bros, for which he was nominated for an Annie Award. JG has also created several motion picture scores. He has been in residency at Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, and recently completed a composition for solo contrabass for James Ilgenfritz and a commission for solo cello for Jeffrey Zeigler. He also scored Tony Oursler's film installation, Imponderable, which was on exhibit for six months at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2017.
More details at www.foetus.org
JG Thirlwell's new musical project is Xordox. The premier release is an album entitled Neospection, which was released on the Editions Mego label on June 30 2017 . Neospection is predominantly a synthesizer record, recorded at Self Immolation studios in Brooklyn, although it also includes overdubs of Buchla and Serge synthesizer created during Thirlwell’s residency at the legendary EMS Studio in Stockholm.
"Adding yet another string to Thirlwell’s cosmic bow, the results feels like he’s trapped in a mad time-warp connecting Schnitzler’s early pulsers with the mutant noise-techno dimensions of Carlos Giffoni and the Lorenzo Senni’s PointillisticT aesthetics, yielding a trip that maybe never reaches its unknown destination, yet flings up some extraordinary sights and sensations along the way.” Boomkat
"Imagine Blade Runner’s denizens visiting a club where Whovians congregate in the parking lot and you have a fair sense of the affective juxtapositions Thirlwell successfully undertakes.” Sequenza 21
"Xordox brings back the knifes edge to the often sickly sweet world of synth, reminding listeners that below all the glowing neon lights, there is still a seedy and humid darkness waiting to swallow it all whole.” mxdwn.com
Xordox will be opening for The The as part of their comeback tour in Dublin on July 7 2018 and in NYC on Sep 17 2018. This live iteration of Xordox will feature JG Thirlwell and Simon Hanes on synthesizers and electronics, performing in front of visuals.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JUD4cf6QoE&t=11s
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