Performing together since 2000, Colin Andrew Sheffield (samples, processing) & James Eck Rippie (turntables, samples, processing) are an improvising duo who sculpt primarily with commercial recordings to turn aspects of plunderphonics, glitch, noise, and sound art into a challenging form of abstract beauty. Their work together has always been about their dialogue within a given piece, unfolding surprising threads of musicality amid stream-of-consciousness narratives.
Their debut LP, Variations (Elevator Bath), originally released in 2001 (with a 2016 reissue), was recorded "live" with no additional production. Each of that album's pieces utilized sounds from a single acoustic instrument as its sole source material. These sources were manipulated and shattered in multiple ways inside the performances.
Since the release of their debut album, Sheffield & Rippie have continued to perform and to record sporadically, expanding the concepts utilized in the Variations cycle, along with similarly themed installation recordings.
Finally, as of 2015, Sheffield & Rippie are both living in the same city (Austin TX) for the first time ever. The duo has been performing and recording new works, issuing three cassettes of brand new material: Essential Anatomies (volumes 1 and 2), in 2016 and 2017, and Polarities in 2017. The two volumes of Essential Anatomies will be remastered and reissued as a double-LP set in this summer. Finally, 2017 will also see the release of a split cassette with experimental electronic music legend Rick Reed on the Somatic label of Austin.
Colin Andrew Sheffield (b. 1976, El Paso TX) is a sound artist focusing on the strict re-contextualization of other commercially available recordings. His aim is to distill the essential qualities of these works and to then utilize that essence for new recordings. Usually only very brief sections of the original works are selected. These raw components are then contracted, expanded, layered, and/or otherwise processed until something new is forged. The resultant music is an atmospheric soundscape, gradually shifting and unfolding. In 1998, Sheffield founded the Elevator Bath recording label which has continually issued experimental works from a variety of artists from the United States and abroad (including Tom Recchion, Merzbow, Francisco Lopez, Jim Haynes, Rick Reed, and many more). Sheffield has released a number of solo recordings, including 2005's First Thus, his debut long-player, as well as 2009's Signatures (via the Invisible Birds label), 2010's Slowly (on the Mystery Sea label of Belgium), and 2012's Time Will Tell (on the Quiet World label of the UK).
James Eck Rippie (b. 1977) is a visual/sound artist originally from outside Nashville TN, spending the last 6 years in New Orleans; he has recently returned to Austin TX. His recorded work has been as a turntablist, but he has also worked extensively with other instruments and mediums. His focus with turntables has been creating abstract sound and concrete assemblages from various records while utilizing altered needles, turntable feedback, effect pedals, damaged records, sampling,etc. While decomposing the original sound source, Rippie's intentions are to understand the transcendent possibilities of sound as well as testing the capabilities of the turntable as an instrument. He releases his work with the Cronica Electronica (Portugal) and Elevator Bath (US) labels and has collaborated with sound artists Simon Whetham (UK), Paulo Raposo (PT) and erikM (FR).
level of understanding between sampler artist Colin Andrew Sheffield and
turntablist/guitarist James Eck Rippie commands respect."