Artist Statement



As a Sonic/Visual Artist and extended guitar musician, my work focuses on psycho-acoustics, audio phenomena and the intimacy of the listener's experience. My process is entirely improvisatory in nature and requires me to record in real time.

Using a 12-string acoustic guitar and a range of processing techniques, such as negative frequency responses, formant synthesis and multi-channel surround sound, I construct feedback systems that resonate the guitar’s strings, ringing out sympathetic tones. On the surface, my compositions have many elements of musicality, with harmonic color and multilayered arrangements, but it’s beneath the surface where my interests lie.

My fascination is with the boundaries of perception, the permeability of the body and the space between what exists and what is felt. It’s here where I start to build and shape the unseen and unheard, magnifying these concealed murmurations and indeterminable intrusions that exist below the scope of our hearing, but have real resonant affect upon the body.

So as to invite a physical and emotive experience of sound as swarms, swells and cavitating shifts that perforate the acoustic field and engulf the listener. I try to produce aural equivalents to seismic violence, akin to the calving of an ice shelf or the unnatural silence before a storm.

My work has been exhibited in museums and institutions internationally by way of temporal event or installation at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Lovebytes Biennial (Sheffield, UK), Garage Projects (Atlanta, GA), A.I.R. Gallery (NY, NY), EYEDRUM (Atlanta, GA), free103point9 Wavefarm and SIGGRAPH2004 (Los Angeles, CA)

I've composed, recorded or played performances alongside some of the following musicians:
Ann Hamilton, Rafael Toral, Ogurusu Norihide, Kenneth Kirschner, Mountains, Koutaro Fukui, Richard Devine, EVOL, Dave Gross and Liz Tonne, Joe McPhee, Andrew Deutsch, and Pauline Oliveros. and collectively with Dan Walsh (Shy Layers), and Jason Forrest aka Donna Summer under the name "the Computers".


1977 Born in Lakenheath, UK
1999 Alfred University, BFA
Resides in Brooklyn, NY, USA



Selected Discography

2009 V/A I/D/V 02 [Guitar], Unframed, recordings and multiples, Brooklyn, NY
2005 V/A 35 Mutant Seconds: based on Rafael Toral's Creamy Burst, Grain of Sound/Baskaru, France/Portugal
2005 Rmx Memories of Sasakisan, Powershovel Audio, Japan
2003 CD Ian Epps finds... the4yearoldchild - Courtside: Volume I, SoftL music, Germany
2003 CD Pinwheels (Rmxs), Institute for Electronic Arts, USA
2001 CD Audiophone (86 micro tracks) Dead CEO, USA
2001 CD tennis|match (collaborative audio network game)


Recent Recording Collaborations

2015 One Day: Le Petite Camargue – by Vera Lutter, Gagosian Gallery, NY.
Recorded and engineered by Ian Epps.

2012 One Day: Carré d'Art – by Vera Lutter, Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes, France.
Field recordings of nightingales in Le Petite Camargue, Alsace, France.
Recorded and engineered by Ian Epps.

2008 Musical, by Dara Friedman (Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NY), commissioned by Public Art Fund.


Grants and Awards

2014 Media Arts Assistance Fund Grant, the New York State Council on the Arts & Wave Farm.


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