MFA Alum Tristan Shone (aka Author & Punisher) in review

Viking's Choice

The Man, The Machine, The 'Melee'

By Lars Gotrich for NPR on May 23, 2013

Mechanical engineer and sculptor Tristan Shone is a master of machines. He's built a robotic entourage that responds to MIDI/USB controllers and makes for-real industrial doom metal. It's a thrill to watch this musical cyborg at work

Remember the slow-moving, ridiculously armed ED-209 in the first RoboCop movie? The poor thing couldn't walk down a stairwell, but boy, could that machine leave a bloody mess. Author & Punisher does much the same, for both the ears and whatever's left of the body...Mechanical engineer and sculptor Tristan Shone is a master of machines. He's built a robotic entourage — throttles, knobs, rails and all — that responds to MIDI/USB controllers and makes for-real industrial doom metal. It's a thrill to watch this musical cyborg at work, as he literally fires on all cylinders and pulls levers like an executioner. But listening through headphones, the experience is just as physical and grinding. Author & Punisher's fifth album, "Women & Children," adds a few traditional instruments, but you won't hear any of that in the crushing "Melee."

More at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/05/22/186054666/vikings-choice-th...

For more on Author & Punisher, please visit:
http://www.authorandpunisher.com/

Image of Author and Punisher by Marilia Maschion is courtesy of Artist MFA Alum Tristan Shone.

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