Communicating in a language of errors, hum, crackle, feedback and found sounds and images, audio and visual artist Jacob Audrey Taves explores themes of alienation, post-industrial anxiety and the push and pull between macro and micro social, political and sonic frameworks. Utilizing the fragile nature of malfunctioning equipment and exposing unintentional media artifacts, Taves' work gives errors room to develop and to have voices of their own in an emotive, free-form structure.
Jacob Audrey Taves is best known for their ongoing plunderphonic industrial project HOLZKOPF. They are also a member of ORGANS WITHOUT BODIES (with percussionist John Brennan) as well as ASSAULT CHARGE (a punk/digital hardcore band with songwriter and author Eamon McGrath). Taves was the guitar player for the short lived no-wave three piece OTHER JESUS. They are curator of the audio/video collage series INTERIOR NETWORK and host of OFF-WORLD, Mondays at 8pm local time, on CJSR 88.5FM in Edmonton, Canada.
Throughout their various bands and projects they have toured Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico and Japan, sharing billing with Merzbow, Keiji Haino, Venetian Snares, Freida Abtan, John Oswald, Mark Hosler (Negativland), People Like Us and others. They have performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Canada), Hamsylet (Ukraine), Body Machine Body (Estonia), ZNFI (Slovenia), Yaga Gathering (Lithuania), 4D Festival (Japan) and have been an artist in residence at Les Pixels Transverseux (Sevres, France), Hammock (Vancouver, Canada) and PAVED Art and New Media (Saskatoon, Canada).