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
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.
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),
Mick Harris (Scorn,Painkiller),
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
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 :
: Hushush Records
: Kinder Atom :
: Legendary Pink Dots :
: Not Breathing :
: Pounder :
: Scorn :
: SPASM :
: Swans :
: Tear Garden :
: Twilight Circus :
: Zoviet*France :