Since 1980, Joseph Hammer has played analog synthesizers and samplers and manipulated tape loops in the bands Dinosaurs With Horns (formed in 1982), Steaming Coils and Debt of Nature -- all groups with Rick Potts -- as well as with Points Of Friction, Blue Daisies and more. Hammer has collaborated with eclectic songster Eugene Chadbourne and one of Japan's premiere sound experimenters, Otomo Yoshihide. Hammer's unconvential 'homegrown' approach utilizes audio CD sources abstracted by hand with vintage magnetic tape gear; a live "phonomontage." He cites as his primary musical influences: receiving more than one AM radio station at a time, and a specific episode of the '70s T.V. show Land of the Giants during which astronauts thwart alien tyrants by using tape loops.
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