Iconoclastic in the truest sense of the word, Tristan Shone inverts the tenets of doom metal completely, relying on cold steel and soulless machinery to sonically replicate the despondency of life. Described most succinctly as “industrial doom,” this one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers. From Shone’s background and current position as a mechanical engineer, his designs and devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics with a focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines are designed to require significant force from the performer, aligning he/she with the plodding doom-influenced sounds that are created.
Under the moniker Author & Punisher, Shone has released 5 albums over a period of 10 years. The first two albums, The Painted Army and Warcry (EP), were self released and recorded by Tristan while he was in art school at the University of California, San Diego studying sculpture. During this time he designed and built what would become his master’s thesis project, the Drone Machines, which would become the name of the third album.
In addition to his speaking engagement at Hopscotch Design Festival, Tristan will perform at Hopscotch Music Festival on Thursday, Sept. 4 at Kings Barcade.