Jeremy Young is a composer and improviser of concrète electronic tape music from Montreal, Quebec. He is a member of the Montreal-based experimental poetry_sound unit Cloud Circuit, alongside writer Deanna Radford, and the electroacoustic modern classical trio Sontag Shogun. His work makes use of a sine and square wave oscillator system, analog 1/4″ tape loops, captured and filtered radio and EMF signal, and foley-inspired sound treatments from amplified surfaces and objects. Young’s improvisational and compositional techniques are influenced by Cagean aleatoricism as well as haptics-based praxis and deep listening. His primary artistic interests lie in the analog treatment of surface-based audio (piezo mic’d objects and surfaces, manipulating tape and tone via texture and voltage) and the notion that both the audio signal and the media on which it is recorded, edited and played back, should equally contribute to the creation of a sonic narrative, an underlying principle of musique concrète. He has performed across Canada, the US, UK, Asia, and Europe.
In 2020, Young’s sound art work was selected to appear in Francisco López’s kaleidoscopic audio exhibition, “AUDIOSFERA: Sound Experimentation 1980-2020,” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. Also in 2020, Young and Radford were invited to contribute a multimedia work of sound, text and visual art to Berlin’s Occulto Magazine’s Issue 7. The resulting work, entitled “Static studies: four ersatz phrases in dactylic hexameter for sea (s) and cloud (c),” which concerns the unmachinization and organic artificiality of static, was later reconstructed as an improvised sonic performance shot and published as part of Montreal’s Live In Concrete series.
In 2016, he was commissioned by the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève to compose a new full length work of sound based on their massive ethnomusicological sound archives. Hear the resulting work, The Poetics of Time-Space here. Young’s follow-up work, 2018’s Dizzy, Congested Musick, continues exploring some of the same themes as The Poetics, yet set to a dizzying sonic landscape of time-warped found vinyl samples. In 2014, he was awarded a Media Artists’ Assistance Grant by Wave Farm (NYSCA) to create 125 unique artist edition double-sided tape loop pieces towards developing sustainable audience engagement with the sonic arts, housing all the loops online in a free web archive and commissioning over 100 sound artists to create new work using each singular piece. Visit The Chants Beneath Project here to view the list of participating artists.
Young has also been involved with continuing live events series like Jann Tomaro’s sonic guided meditation series at Never Apart Gallery in Montreal, Practice, and Jesse Perlstein’s global graphic score improvisation series, BraidedSOUND. A graduate of Goldsmiths College’s MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Young serves as Head of Growth for the online music education platform, Soundfly.
His recent solo LP, Amaro, was released in May 2021 on Thirsty Leaves Music, and features contributions from multidisciplinary artists Vito Ricci, Ida Toninato, Markus Floats, Pauline Kim Harris, Johannes Bergmark, Deanna Radford, Dolphin Midwives, and filmmaker Tomonari Nishikawa.