Jon Smeathers is an experimental musician, composer, and improviser based in nipaluna/Hobart.
Recognised for his versatility and cutting edge projects, Jon taps into the potential of algorithmic displacement, codecs and remix culture to enable a reimagination of one's spectral and rhythmic currents. His seminal music blends the radical aesthetics of bubblegum pop, noise, free jazz, techno, kpop, electro-acoustics and footwork into a mesh of lyrical dynamics, extreme tempos and emotional ecstasy that is strengthened by his collaborative efforts. Jon is a member of the hyperpop noisecore band Reptrillion culture club and is the founder of YouTube mix label 𝔈ℭ𝔅 Mixtapes through which Jon has developed a unique practice that utilises YouTube as sonic performance tool. He is a member of the punk duo Lil Ratso X, curator of Huh!pink, and has collaborated with Australia's leading electro-acoustic ensembles including the Splinter Orchestra, the Australian Art Orchestra and the Phonetic Orchestra. He is internationally recognised for his chopped and screwed music, film scores and no input mixing board performances as James Oakfield alongside his deconstructed DJ mixes as 𝔈ℭ𝔅.
Jon has exhibited and performed both internationally and across Australia, including at Soft Centre, Serralves em Fiesta, Melbourne Festival, the NOW now Festival, Dark Mofo & Mona Foma. Jon has had his music released through New Weird Australia, Insub and Ivory Tower Records and has worked with some of the world's leading improvisers and artists including Jim Denley, Lucy Bleach, Phonetic Orchestra, Julius Schwing and Alf Jackson. Furthermore, Jon is a dedicated mixing and mastering engineer and acoustic consultant through which he is intent on uncovering the depths of Tasmania's rich and fertile music scene in order to document its radical sonic shifts.
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