(Faitiche, Entr'acte, Kranky - GER/USA)
Andrew Pekler was born in the U.S.S.R. and immigrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of six. He grew up in Philadelphia and later in Monterey, California. In the mid-1990s he moved to Heidelberg, Germany to study and there developed an interest in electronic music.
Pekler’s approach to music-making and sound has evolved considerably over the years but has always remained in essence an experiment with found materials, be they samples, instruments or genre conventions. His continual aim is to produce material that is equally as evocative and sensuously resonant as it is challenging.
In numerous recordings and albums, Pekler has delved into micro-managed electronic evocations of half-remembered nocturnal jazz and has pitted the harmonic and rhythmic properties of sampled string instruments and mixing desk feedback against each other with weirdly sonorous results. He has composed an entire album by starting from short text descriptions of what the tracks should sound like, inspired by the blurbs found on library records and he has electronically investigated the emotional sweep and grain of so-called easy listening music.
In recent years Pekler has developed an interest in video – often in combination with music – applying the same experimental approach to found footage and primitive video techniques as he does to samples and synthesizers.