ABOUT THE RELEASE
Wander is the 4th solo album by Paul Beauchamp and the second following the philosophy that the recording studio in itself is a musical instrument. Different to “Needs Must When The Devil Drives” (2020 – Standa Records, Bare Teeth Rec) in which Beauchamp used mostly samples created and elaborated upon in the studio, Wander was composed using entirely improvised synthesized sound processed in realtime using effects, amplifiers and creative channel routing in O.F.F. Studio – Torino where Beauchamp works as a resident sound engineer. Wander serves as an acute perspective into Beauchamp’s skills as a sound designer as well as an explorer always searching for new sounds and new ways of approaching recording, processing and integrating the studio in the creative process. Wander will be out October 14 2022 via Erototox Decodings.
Paul Beauchamp is a musician and sound designer from North Carolina, now based in Turin, Italy where he works out of O.F.F. Studio as an audio engineer. Beauchamp began his career in sound in the early 90s experimenting with field recordings and tape loops in the experimental noise group Urilia Sect with video maker and synthesizer enthusiast Joe Morgan. After several years of guerrilla performances in warehouses and abandoned spaces in the South East of America the group took on a new direction of sampling, sequencing and synthesis and became known as Diviner utilizing a revolving roster of musicians centered around Beauchamp and Morgan. This period of exploration led Beauchamp to his first forays into the realm of audio recording and engineering.
In 1997 Beauchamp with Scott Nydegger founded both the record label / artist collective, Radon, as well as the tribal industrial noise group, Sikhara. Radon remained very active throughout the late 90’s and early 00’s releasing several albums by noted underground musicians such as: Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo, Koonda Holaa, Pineal Ventana, Smegma and Steve Mackay. Radon also doubled as a recording studio where Beauchamp began to apply his experiences in sound design and home recording to a more professional setting in addition to beginning his career as a live sound technician.
In 2003 Beauchamp moved to Italy where, alongside Marco Milanesio and Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo, he set up O.F.F. Studio in Turin, where he still works as one of the two resident engineers. During this time he also formed the avant-garde experimental project, Blind Cave Salamander, with Palumbo and cellist Julia Kent. This project would see many lucrative collaborations with well-known musicians such as Jochen Arbeit of Einsturzende Neubauten, Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk, This Mortal Coil), Paul Wallfisch (Swans, Love and Rockets), and Xiu Xiu.
In 2010 Beauchamp began his career as a solo musician working mainly in the field of minimal ambient and drone music. After a series of EP’s released on the Turin-based net label Chew-Z, Beauchamp released his first full length LP in 2015, the critically acclaimed Pondfire which came out jointly on Boring Machines and Old Bicycle Records. That album was followed by Grey Mornings in 2017, again on Boring Machines. 2021 saw the release of his latest album, Needs Must When the Devil Drives (Bare Teeth Rec, Standa Dischi).
Beauchamp continues to work today as a solo musician as well as a member of Blind Cave Salamander, Almagest!, Grams, Space Aliens From Outer Space and Coypu in addition to being the full time sound engineer both in the studio and live for Larsen and SabaSaba and live for OvO. Among the other illustrious musicians that Beauchamp has collaborated with, of note are: Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (Larsen), Julia Kent (Rasputin, Anthony and the Johnsons), Jochen Arbeit (Automat, Einsturzende Neubauten), Lydia Lunch, Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), Paolo Spaccamonti, Johann Johannsson, Colin Potter and Steve Stapleton (Nurse With Wound).
Beauchamp has also worked outside of the world of music and has been involved in several theater productions and workshops with writers, groups and artists such as Il Mutamento, l’Accademia dei Folli, Gruppo Nanou, Klaus Miser, Jacopo Benassi, sound artist Alessandro Sciaraffa, Kate McKintosh and has engineered audio for several documentaries in addition to installations in the fashion industry for designers Di Liborio and Lottozero as well as producing music for several documentaries and short films. Finally Beauchamp also curates a series of events called Sublime Grove in which he showcases artists and bands he has worked with in the studio. These events take place in various formats and venues in Turin.