Jeff Carey makes hardcore digital music with a joystick, a gamer keypad, and an array of strobe lights. Computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and visceral. No overdubs and no backing vocals.
"He's acting on raw instinct here - he refuses the clinical approach to programming software or composing music, and strives to throw himself bodily at his machines, replacing all mechanical moving parts with human flesh, blood, and bone. In pursuit of this all-organic goal, virtually everything else is jettisoned, starting with recognisable notes or melody."Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector on "Impulse" (2010)
"'I like all kinds of music.' Oh, do you? [...] Carey is not trying to make a hit, and we're not hoping to hear one. [3:30] is 22 minutes of roar and boom. [...] Now that's what I call music."A Closer Listen on '3:30' (2013)
"Oh yeah. Oh very yeah. [...] his debut full-length CD and it's pure dynamite."Monsieur Délire on "Interrupt-Decay" (2012)
"... the sound particle split into whining leptons, whispering quarks and flashing Higgs bosons [...]"Bad Alchemy on "Interrupt-Decay" (2012)
"Fractured and malicious, this music is physical."Essmaa on "Interrupt-Decay" (2012)
"'Recording the Grain' is proof that the world of free jazz and improvisation is still interesting."Hans van der Linden, Kindamuzik, on Office-R(6)'s CD 'Recording the Grain'
"...this is musique concrete that has torn away from its formal, academic origins. Deconstruction and reassembly in nasty extremis."David Stubbs, The Wire, on SKIF++'s CD 'SK++[01,02,03,04,00]'