Maker

DUB AND DRONE: Tristan Shone performs as Author and Punisher surrounded by his handmade industrial sound machines.

Seriously Heavy Metal

Guitars are cool, but there’s a whole other way to make heavy music.

Interview by Goli Mohammadi

Engineer and musician Tristan Shone conceives and machines instruments that look more at home in a factory than a rock venue and extrude deep, dark sounds rich with texture and emotion. We chatted with him about engineering versus art, the trials of fabrication, and industrial fetishes.

Goli Mohammadi: You started out as a one-man heavy metal band. Tell us how you transitioned to making your own instruments.

Tristan Shone: I had gotten rid of my previous band and went on my own, so I wrote sequence pieces that ...

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