JOHN ZIEMAN NEW YORK CITY 1980-1984
archival LP from confuso editions, forthcoming Fall 2020
ALBUM ART BY DARA BIRNBAUM
SINGLE, "FLYING NINE (DARA)" OUT NOW - STREAMING BELOW AND ON ALL PLATFORMS
"In April of 1980, John Zieman moved into Manhattan's now-defunct Intergalactic Studios, where he worked as a sound engineer and slept in the studio's bathroom (using soundproofing foam as a bed in a demolished stall). He began utilizing the studio's Fairlight CMI synthesizer-sampler during after-hours and, over the following months, spent his nights working alone on what would become the basis for New York City 1980-1984. Newly-formed confuso editions (an international collaboration across NYC and Rio De Janiero) launches itself into the furthest realms of outsider pop with this compilation of John Zieman's archival tapes.
"A student of electronic synthesis at Hampshire College, Zieman's interest in digital media brought him to NYC in the late '70s, where he became a familiar video editor for artists such as Nam June Paik, John Sanborn, and Dara Birnbaum. Birnbaum's epochal 1983 video Damnation of Faust: Evocation features Zieman's song "Flying 9 (Dara)." In Birnbaum's video, Zieman's angular zolo rhythms and shadowy synth lines soundtrack the seedy beauty and quiet tragedy of a gentrifying SoHo playground.
"Staunchly eclectic experimentation across New York City 1980-1984 investigates winsome snyth-saxophone choruses and listless ballads, as Zieman navigates the cracks in-between genres. John's work stands out like an uncanny reflection of New Wave, at once rooted in its time and place and yet deeply singular. Confuso revives these never before heard hypnagogic gems in New York City 1980-1984 , which shines across the decades in moody brilliance, like a streetlight in a rainstorm." - Josh Daube, 2020.