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  Steph JESPER

Born: Sheffield, Yorkshire, 1979. Formed first band P.S. with RODDIS in 1992, which became TSB a year later. The group recorded an album, although the tapes have since been lost. After the group spilt, Jesper went through a number of ill-fated groups with school friends before going to university in York and finally forming HUNTER'S MOON with guitarist collaborator HEATHCOTE. After this band split, Jesper began working with Welsh outfit MAGENTA MOOR, but continues to produce solo material. Style: The Earwax co-founder uses field recordings, electronic effects and stolen sounds to make theatrical musical collages. Early work was keyboard led electronica and sci-fi obsessed goth-rock, while recent solo-work has been more avant garde, with moderate influence from the likes of PEOPLE LIKE US and PFLAPHPSCHOEN. Songwriters: Usually self-penned; plus occasional plunderphonics. Trivia: TSB's Starship 2020 was later recorded by Magenta Moor. 

THE STELLA BREAKTHRU

Formed as P.S. in 1992. Renamed with the addition of STANILAND.

PAUL RODDIS - guitar, keyboard, programming / STEPH JESPER - keyboard / ROBERT STANILAND - keyboard

Released on Breakthru:

  Feb '93 (tape - BRKÞRTSBA) TIME
- Starship 2020 - The Stella Theme / Laser Fight / Time / Heaven's Door Indtrumental Mix / Ad Lib House Style / Wild Thing / P.S. Parts 1 & 2 / Rock It

break up 1994. Roddis and Staniland form FRUIT SALAD. Jesper eventually forms THE RESURRECTION, and THE VENUSIAN FOLK BAND before joining CHROME STAR (from which some live/demo material may exist). This act eventually becomes:

HUNTER'S MOON

GUY MASON - (ex-CHROME STAR) drums / STEPH JESPER - (ex-CHROME STAR, ex-VENUSIAN FOLK BAND) bass, keyboards, vocals, guitars, production / PETA FOSTER - vocals, guitar / ROB HEATHCOTE - (ex-VENUSIAN FOLK BAND) guitar / CATHERINE BERTRAND -  vocals, guitar, keyboards.

Group make a rough demo tape which is later reworked by Jesper and released on Harridan as:

Nov '00    (tape - HMPHMA1) THE 125 TAPES
- When I Needed You / Come Away / Reduced Sugar / Go Away / Alone / The Orange Song

JESPER goes on to form MAGENTA MOOR. MASON joins THE DISSENT.

Jesper has a small solo career in the meantime:


STEPH JESPER

Writes and directs a student arts performance called Trading with the Modern World, which is recorded, and released on what will eventually become our sister label Earwax:
Mar '01    (tape - EWX001) TRADING WITH THE MODERN WORLD
- Act I - Ockey Eyes / Act II - Through the Hospital // Act III - The Dance of the Shaven Heads / Intermission Performance - Zen Flamenco / Act IV - Trading with the Modern World
EWX001 - Type II Cassette - 90'
Soundtrack to a student performance-theatre event that was written by Jesper. It uses snatches of radio alongside the theme tunes of long-dead TV shows to tell the story of a man and his dying wife. 

Puts solo work on hold while recording Magenta Moor album.

Released on Harridan:

  Nov '01    (7"-d-ep - HMPSJ271) THREE HOURS OF DAYLIGHT

Released on (proto-)Earwax:
Dec '01    (tape - EWX002) AND THEN I GO AND SPOIL IT ALL BY SAYING SOMETHING STUPID LIKE BLAMOODLEFARG
                                                     (OR STARVE A BEAVER / FEED THE PROBLEM OF SEVERE FLOODING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES)
- Introduction / Warm Up / The Triumph of Our Tired Ears - Act I / The Triumph of Our Tired Ears - Act II / Encore // Introduction / Warm Up / The Triumph of Our Tired Ears - Act III / The Triumph of Our Tired Ears - Act IV / Intermission / Finalé
EWX002 - Type I Cassette - 45'
Garbled glitchery of popular hits merges with moody electronic fog and field recordings. Occasionally, the distant warbles coagulate into tangible pieces of guitary meat and digital amusement. 

On Harridan:
Jan '02    (7" d-ep - HMPSJ272) FRANCO GERMAN RELATIONS

On ACNC Records:
  Jan '02    (lp + tape-s - ACNC19100201) SEE WITH YOUR EARS
- The End of the World / A Brave New World // Around the World by Train / Late Junction Stamina Test

On Harridan:
  Jan '02    (7" d-ep - HMPSJ273) COLD WARS, WARM COATS
- SIDE LA FIRSTE - Hablan a "Teenage America" / SIDE SECUNDO - El Phalanges de Skank / SIDE TRES - 1917 / SIDE SUZI QUATRO - The Cuban Mushroom Crisis
  Feb '02    (7" d-ep - HMPSJ274) WORK, REST AND PLAY
- Interest Free Credit, Free For A Year / Your Best Bet For A Fuller Flavour / Once Driven, Forever Smitten
  Mar '02    (7" 3-ep - HMPSJ375) THE BIRDS
- The Farmer, The Bird and the Boweavil / Pathways Through the Sky / Chaos Theory / Ornithology (or Sandy Beds) / Food for Thought / Satanic Rites of Big Bird
  Apr '02    (tape-s - HMPSJMC6) MIXTURE - NOT GOOD RECORDING
- Forward with the Future Time / Date-Rape with Destiny / Closing Down

Now on (the fully established) Earwax:

Apr '02    (d-7" - EWX57020410101) "SCIENCE FICTION ARTIFACT"
- Mars Attacks / Invasion of the Body-Snatchers / Curse of the Mummy's Tomb / The Creature from the Black Lagoon
EWX57020410101 - double 7" single - c.15'
Four generic sci-fi/horror narratives are portrayed by means of industrial noises, AM radio, ambient fuzz and the obligatory radiophonic effects.

Takes some more time out to work with Magenta Moor.
Dec '02    (7" d-ep - EWX87021210102) INDEPENDENT MULTIPLEX (OR THE SEVENTH SCREEN)
- Screen One: Canadian Cinema Club // Screen Two: Pathé Newsreel - 15/11/02 /// Screen Three: Swedish Expressionist Art-House Hour / Screen Four: Bavarian Shorts & Polish Camp // Screen Five: Martin Scorsese Night / Screen Six: Closed for Private Function / Screen Seven: Incomprehensible Japanese Animation
EWX87021210102 - double 7" EP - c.30'
Jesper uses a similar technique to that on Science Fiction Artifact, this time applying it to stereotypes of international cinema. As a consequence, the scary synths are traded in for warped world-music LPs. The trademark etherial fuzz is maintained.
Mar '03    (3-cds (credit card format) - EWX65030310103) "THE DAY THE EARTH FIDGETED UNCONTROLLABLY"
- Against the Moon / Unknown Unknowns / The Place On Which You Stand
EWX65030310103 - triple creditcard-CD single in plastic wallet - c.10'
The usual Jesper sound-sculptures, this time with added Rumsfeldt. A three part soundtrack to a story about an alien curb-crawler looking for trade in an eccentric seaside town.
Apr '03    (7" - EWX47030410104) "TONIGHT, LESLEY, I'M GOING TO BE PFLAPHPSCHOEN"
 
EWX47030410104 - 7" single - c.10'
Jesper takes on the might of Pflaphpschoen with this parody single. Includes contributions from John Craven.
Jun '03    (d-7" - EWX57030610105) "4MATIONS UNDER A GROOVE"
 
EWX57030610105 - double 7" single - c.15'
A sonic tribute to Channel Four.
Aug '03    (tape-s - EWX46030810106) "FITTED KITTEN"
 
EWX46030810106 - Type II cassingle - c.15'
Two sides of tape dedicated to Japanese noise and flat-pack furniture.
Oct '03    (4-mcd-ep - EWX93031010107) ALAN AGAINST THE ESKIMOS
- INUIT APARTHEID: A Summer's Morning / Accidental Invasion by Nanook / Love Theme from the Alaskan Nationalist Party / Response from Quebec / The Ice Fortress / Nietzsche's Walrus // THE SHAMAN AND THE SPY: Yellow Snow (Don't Ever Eat the) / Voodoo Igloo / The Augury of the Seals pt.I / The Augury of the Seals pt.II / Desolation of Canada as Viewed From the Top of the CN Tower on an Overcast Tuesday (the Smell of Rotting Flesh, Thick on the Wind, Makes Me Vomit on Vancouver) // DR QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN: Kill Your Relatives / A Lilac Harry Quinn / The Pestilence / Northern Lites / The Plague / Delirium Tremens / Freudian Slip // DJ SAMI: Sustained Attack of the Abominable Snowmen / Portable Love Triode / Parka Police / Heaven (Bedtime Mix) / Yellow Snow (reprise) / Those Melting Ice-Caps / Rinse Hold / The Finest Sushi
EWX93031010107 - four 3" CD-EPs - c.75'
Four-disc concept work about a war in the arctic circle. The Residents meet Godspeed over a bowl of rancid sushi.
Feb '04    (cds (credit card format) - EWX45040200104) WAX WALLET 4
 
EWX45040200104 - credit-card CD - c.4'
An average day for the sonic sociopath is condensed into four minutes. That means dividing the day by 360... Which is the number of degrees in a circle. That makes this art.

Now teaming up with HYZENFLAY:

JESPER HYZENFLAY
  Mar '04    (cd - EWX30040310201) CHINESE RESTAURANT ARCHIVE HOUR (VOL.I)
- 219 / 000 / 217 / 209 / 208 / 000 / 206 / 202 / 201 / 000 / 000 / 199 / 198 / 187 / 000 / 179 / 171 / 168 / 000 / 163 / 160 / 155
  Mar '04    (cd - EWX30040310202) CHINESE RESTAURANT ARCHIVE HOUR (VOL.II)
- 145 / 143 / 000 / 138 / 136 / 131 / 000 / 127 / 117 / 124 / 000 / 115 / 113 / 109 / 000 / 108 / 106 / 100 / 000 / 089 / 087 / 085 / 000 / 080 / 059 / 057 / 000
  Apr '04     (cd - EWX30040410203) CHINESE RESTAURANT ARCHIVE HOUR (VOL.IV)
- 038 / 029 / 032 / 000 / 028 / 026 / 022 / 000 / 020 / 000 / 010 / 009 / 000 / 000 / 008 / 007 / 006 / 000 / 005 / 004 / 002 / 003 / 001

STEPH JESPER
May '04    (12" - EWX42040510108) SHAPE UP & DANCE WITH ANGELA RIPON
- The Storming of Najaf / Nabulus by Floodlight // The Battle for Emley Moor / Last Temptation of Tim
EWX42040510108 - 12" single - c.15'
Four current-affairs workouts from the popular former newsreader and Masterteam / Game of War presenter. Jesper blends archive television snippets with easy-listening aerobic tunes for a body you can be proud of.

Joins DISABLE BELGIAN WARP.

Oct '04     (6-mcds - EWX63041010109) SIX CIRCLES OF HELL (R U READY 4 IT?)
- The Curious Retirement of Mr Lyndon B. Johnson / The Dyke Bursts / Some Kind of Swedish Inqusition / The Time It Takes For The Board To Revolve / You Can't Legislate Against Wrongful Encouragement / What Mothers Tell Their Children (While Still In The Womb)
EWX63041010109 - six 3" CD singles - c.30'
Six tracks spread out across six discs where two discs would've done the trick. This is a waste of plastic, albeit one with some nice sounds on it.
Dec '04     (3-7"-flexidisc - EWX67041210110) THE FALLUJAH CHRISTMAS FETE
- This One's Broken / Mr Johnson & Mrs Brown / The Scrag End of My Hard Drive / Stakis / Wet Dream / Harvest Festival
Feb '05     (d-mcd - EWX53050210111) TRIVIAL PURSUITS
- DISC ONE - SCIENCE & NATURE: Yahtseeqatsi / The Kyoto Protocol / Plastic Populations / DISC TWO - ART & LITERATURE: Words & Pictures / Desert Island Discs / Weighing In At Armageddon

Oct '05     (lp - EWX32051010112) COMPULSORY EDUCATION IN ENGLAND AND WALES, 1946-1988
- Test Signal / Introduction / Primary School // Secondary School

Dec '05     (lp - EWX32051210113) THE JOY DIVISION CHRISTMAS ALBUM
- B (CLOISTER): Introduction - Mary's Near Death Experience / Christmas Crackling - Pig's Big 156 / Nativity Playback / Aftermath - Two Films // A (UNOPENED PRESENTS): Passover Pullover (from Uncle Zach, Aunt Lizzie and Cousin John) / Joy Division Oven Gloves (from Grandad Jacob) / Four Chocolate Shekels and a Satsuma (from Mummy and 'Daddy') / Selection Box (from the East)

Mar '06     (tape - EWX36060310114) PASS GRADE II GUITAR WITH THE EDGE
- Introduction: Newquay, City of the Damned / Chapter One: A Summer's Day; An English Park / Chapter Two: Some Like It Hot / Chapter Three: If He Can Do It, I Can Do It Too // Chapter Four: Who Killed Himself? / Chapter Five: Well, the Trouble Started... / Chapter Six: What Action Do You Take? / Chapter Seven: Eric's Written a Sketch / Chapter Eight: Mr Skinner Teaches in Schools and Other Institutions
 
EWX36060310114 - Type II cassette - c.60'
U2 Guitarist Extraordinaire, The "Beveled" Edge, presents an Eight-Stage Plan to Grade II Domination. All you have to do is follow the Worms, placed at regular intervals throughout this Self Help Musicassette.



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