Peter Conheim

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Peter Conheim (born 1968) is a multimedia artist who performs and records under the name The Jet Black Hair People.[1] He is also the co-founder of Wet Gate,[2] which uses only "found footage" and 16mm film projectors to create a live cinema collage performance, sampling the sound from the film tracks in real time, as well as Mono Pause,[3] a long-running "situationist rock" performing group (and its Southeast Asian music spin-off, Neung Phak[4][5]).

Additionally, he is a long-time member of the long-running "culture jamming" performance and recording group, Negativland,[6] based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group's adventures with copyright are legendary, most notably a fight with U2's music publishers in 1992. Since 1999, he has been bass-playing sideman for singer Malcolm Mooney[7] from the Germany-based music legends, Can, in Malcolm Mooney and the Tenth Planet.

He has numerous audio restoration, mastering and live recording credits through his Red Channels sound studio in El Cerrito. Projects over the years have included clients and artists such as:

  • Superior Viaduct[8]
  • Sublime Frequencies[9]
  • Tuxedomoon
  • Mutants
  • German Shepherds
  • Noh Mercy
  • Crack: We Are Rock
  • Ron Anderson and Ruins
  • Fred Frith/Chris Cutler/Thomas Dimuzio
  • Nihilist Spasm Band
  • Sun City Girls
  • Porest
  • MX-80
  • O-Type
  • The Molecules
  • Moe!kestra

As a film and video curator, he co-owned a single-screen cinema from 2004–2009 and continues to present shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, as well as engaging in or assisting various film preservation endeavours. He co-created the 2003 clip-based documentary, Value Added Cinema,[10][11] and directed a 2005 short video observing Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin at work, Brand Impressions.[12] He is currently on the Board of Directors of Canyon Cinema in San Francisco.[13]


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