about the band


Dead Voices on Air
DVOA) is Mark Spybey's main musical project. It was formed in 1992 when he emigrated to Canada from his native England. Using improvisation and sound layering as a source for their music, DVOA blends processed sound from primitive instruments and toys into rhythmic structures or dark clusters of ambient sound. The result is music for the eyes. This is not ambient chill-out, nor is it music for wallpaper. It is organic, eclectic improvisation, cut up and spat out. Either framed into short pieces of music or rough blocks of noise. Panambience is the term coined that perhaps frames this approach most adequately.


Spybey refers to the work of the late German artist, Joseph Beuys, as an inspiration. Beuys believed that "every human being is an artist. The essential definition of a human being is that of artist. All other definitions lead back to the idea that there are artists and non-artists, of people who can do something and others who can't." Spybey has worked as a Therapist in mental health care for the past seventeen years. This has given him the opportunity to explore Beuys' theories by encouraging people to be creative. This work led to partnerships with associates of Beuys. A recent 10 hour broadcasted concert to the World Wide Web from The Lab performance space in Chicago is an example of the projects that he has been part of. He is also a visual artist.

mental health care

Spybey has worked with
Zoviet*France and Download. His collaborators include Eric Pounder (Pounder, ex-Lab Report, SPASM), David Marine (Pounder/SPASM), Jean-Yves Theriault (Voivod), Jarboe (Swans), Mick Harris (Scorn,Painkiller), Genesis.P.Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle), David Wright (Not Breathing), Zev Asher (Roughage/Nimrod), Darryl Neudorf (Abintra), Ryan Moore (Twilight Circus/Legendary Pink Dots), Kinder Atom and others. He has appeared as a guest on releases by Martin Atkins, Tear Garden and Pigface.


His other projects include SPASM with Martin Atkins (PIL/Pigface), Curse Mackey (Evil Mothers), Eric Pounder and David Marine. Propeller, for Scratch Records and :Spybey:Theriault: for ICHOR Records. An eclectic group of musicians, management and internet technicians recently formed Team DVOA as an aid to the work of DVOA.


Dead Voices On Air
are signed to Chicago's Invisible Records.


: Download :
: Ichor Recordings :
Hushush Records :
Kinder Atom :
Legendary Pink Dots :
: Not Breathing :
: Pounder :
: Scorn :
Swans :
Tear Garden :
: Twilight Circus :
: Zoviet*France :

(doing) (being) (melding)