PBK (composer)

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Birth namePhillip B. Klingler
OriginFlint, Michigan, U.S.
GenresNoise, Electroacoustic music, Sound art
Years active1986 – present
WebsitePBK Sound Bandcamp

PBK (real name: Phillip B. Klingler) is a composer that works in the genres of Noise, Drone and/or Ambient music.


American composer, Phillip B. Klingler, better known as PBK, has been active in the experimental music underground since 1986.[1] His work first became known through the homemade independent cassette culture scene of the 1980s, though later releases have also been in compact disc and LP format. His work has correlations to electroacoustic, classic industrial and free jazz genres. His compositions are created using extreme turntable manipulation, sampling, analog and digital synthesis. Improvising spontaneously and with little preconception, PBK creates pulsing, dense soundscapes of unknown sonic origin.

In the years 1992-1996, PBK lived in Puerto Rico[1] where he began experimenting with record turntables and extreme use of MIDI sequencer programming creating an early form of glitch best exemplified by the cassette album, Listening To The World Vibrate. Several other projects were completed including a 3-LP boxset titled Domineer/Asesino/Retro and a CD release titled Life-Sense Revoked, a collaboration with other artists.[1]

PBK has performed live throughout the U.S. and in Europe. A restless collaborator, he has worked with some of the most respected names in experimental music. A partial list would include such musicians as Asmus Tietchens, Aube, Jarboe(Swans), Jim O'Rourke, Minóy, Vidna Obmana and Wolf Eyes. Over the course of nearly thirty years PBK has had over 75 full-length albums released internationally, establishing a complex body of work that reveals a unique approach to the Noise music aesthetic.

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  1. ^ a b c "Discogs - Artist Profile", accessed 30 May 2011