John M. Bowers works with home-brew electronics, self-made instruments and reconstructions of antique image and sound-making devices, alongside contemporary digital technology. He is concerned with making performance environments, which combine sound, vision and human gesture at a fundamental material level. His work includes projects to build a music synthesizer using 19th century techniques (The Victorian Synthesizer), explorations of random circuitry (Ohm-My-God), a miniaturisation of Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville's Dreamachine (My Little Dreamachine), and a reconstruction of early television technology (This Nightlife Instrument). John has been artist in residence at Fylkingen, Stockholm. He is co-founder of the Onoma Research label and also plays electric guitar in the fundamentalist noise rock band Tonesucker.
In 2011, he has given intermedia performances (X Transductions) working with live computer graphics, video, sensor systems and sound synthesis at festivals in London and Vancouver, and at Electropixel, Nantes. He recently worked with the Pacitti Company composing for a massed orchestra of electric guitarists as part of the UK's Cultural Olympiad and is currently touring with the Rambert Dance Company performing David Tudor's music to Merce Cunningham's Rainforest. He is part of the Interaction Research Studio, Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London, and was a contributor to the Studio's Prayer Companion, currently on exhibition at MoMA, New York.