Incorporating a fluid mix of lush orchestration and rigid scratches and rhythms, turntablist and sample-based composer p.stoops blends decades of recorded music together into a strange yet consonant world. Beyond the record scratches, drum machines, and field recordings, p.stoops works within a strict focus of harmony and form.
With a background in classical piano and both folk and concert composition, he utilizes this upbringing to its fullest with obsessive precision and perfectionism. Pulling inspiration (and direct samples) from a library of musical influences and styles, his music reads less as a simple mash-up and more as an alternate version of music history.
The beginning of his sample-based compositions started with his 2014 EP, object permanence. Part early hip-hop mixtape, part exotica record, he diverged from rhythmic and melodic expectations throughout the album.
The sampling process of object permanence awoke his inner ethnomusicologist and led to his next project, Ancient Computers. Taking the next two years to complete his first full-length album, p.stoops poured in countless more samples, musical form changes, and production techniques to build an ethnomusicological study for an imaginary post-civilization world.
Throughout the recording of Ancient Computers, p.stoops expanded the scope of his live performances. Experimenting with turntablism and live electronics for meditative drawing events and creating an engaging turntablism set, performing tracks off of the two albums. His sets blends electronic composition with humor, beats, and scratching. He has shared the stage with acts like RJD2, Badbadnotgood, Open Mike Eagle, Serengeti, Astronautalis, Blockhead, Yoni Wolf, and !!!.
Ancient Computers was released May 5th, 2017 on Teenage Riot Records.