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Jeremy dePrisco (aka Shivasongster) is a Pennsylvania musician, composer, performer, and sound artist using improvisation, collaboration, and noise to examine and recontextualize the alienation inherent in media influence, socially constructed reality, conspiracy, and myth.

He works with field recordings, guitar, electronics, synthesizers, radios, found sounds, home-made gadgets, and processed video.

A fixture in the electro-music community for the past decade, Jeremy currently presents solo and collaborative sound explorations throughout the Tristate area.

Jeremy with Karl Kury at NEEMFest 2019 in Homer, NY (Photo by Bill Fox)

Jeremy dePrisco (aka Shivasongster) grew up listening to Echoes and Hearts of Space and the signals beaming from his father’s attic Ham Radio workbench. After being a closet sound experimentalist for 15+ years, Jeremy embraced his electro side and love of audio manipulation via the Shivasongster moniker in 2010. Since then, Jeremy has been attending electronic music events and collaborating with other electro artists.

For a time, his monthly electro-music.com radio program, Signals with Shivasongster, explored improvised and generative electronic music, and composed pieces that ranged from conventional guitar pieces to works written for alternative controllers, field recordings and found sounds. Shivasongster has allowed Jeremy to bring his “after midnight” studio experiments to the stage, such as an evening of “Far Out Space Music” with Explorophonic, a Central PA experimental music group and subsequent electro-music.com festivals.

In 2012 Jeremy began to explore the world of Percussa AudioCubes, an infrared controller that adds visual interest to otherwise static computer music. Jeremy has worked with NY artist Robert Dorschel in RoDoJede and videographer Michael O’Bannon. Much of Jeremy’s work draws on Soto Zen Buddhist dharma teachings, political speeches, NPR radio interviews and his own private collection of found sounds and hacked devices.

Jeremy has been quoted as saying, “Lowe’s is my favorite music store.” When he is not making strange noises that drive his wife and friends crazy, Jeremy enjoys reading Sufi poetry, watching Stephen Colbert, biking and growing hot peppers.

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Poster from SEAMUS 2021 Conference
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I enjoy learning about the music that inspired my favorite artists, and more often than not that leads back to the blues, or back to roots music. So I prefer to call myself a blues/roots musician – not a singer-songwriter.”

Jeremy dePrisco is a Pennsylvania producer and songwriter who has released several collections of original music in the folk-rock genre, drawing also from blues and progressive rock. Jeremy has created sound design for a number of university and local theatre productions, performed with a Hungarian folk group and with a Bengali tabla player.

Inspired by the folk tradition of artists like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Jeremy’s approach to learning and performing acoustic music involves a reverence for the folk process and recognizes the place of music as part of a community. Jeremy counts as influences diverse artists such as Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Tom Waits, acoustic blues, progressive rock. His work is informed by heavy listening of broad musical styles such as Eastern European, East Indian and West African music.

In 2011 Jeremy and his wife Audra formed the duo Fricknadorable, which incorporates ukulele, percussion and features an expanded set list of Irish music, novelty songs and 80s hits. When Jeremy is not playing guitar, he enjoys reading Sufi poetry, making noises with electronics, biking and growing hot peppers.