Real Name:
John Oswald
In Toronto (Ontario), John Oswald is director of research at "Mystery Laboratory" co-ordinating the creation of recordings for the “plunderphonics” project.

Oswald declared during an interwiew in 1994: "The definition I'd set up for plunderphonic was music that was recognisable in some way, and the transformation of that music. I think the most successful examples use music that is the most recognisable. It's more delightful to me to have these pop figures, and by pop I also include Beethoven, as the working materials. There are things that work as plunderphonics for me, I've got a tape based on Edgard Varese's Poeme Electronique, and had the same sort of experience of having changed round something that's very familiar to me, and there are examples on plunderphonic of stuff like that: Anton Webern, and Ligeti, and Cecil Taylor, and Captain Beefheart. But the ones that were most interesting to me were things like Bing Crosby, where you'd play it for somebody who had no great knowledge of all sorts of other things that were happening in the twentieth century outside of the pop mainstream, they'd have some sort of reaction based on that thing that's recognisable within it. The thing that's very nice in a way is that I think there is a bridge between things that are often ghettoised as being extreme twentieth-century avant garde techniques and pop music. The two things can coexist."

Plunderphonic Discography Tracks


Plunderphonic - Plunderphonic album art Plunderphonic Plunderphonic (Album) Mystery Tape Laboratory Canada 1989 Sell This Version
82, '82 Plunderphonic - PrePlexure album art Plunderphonic PrePlexure(LP, Album) fony, fony 82, '82 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Plunderphonic - Plunderphonic album art Plunderphonic Plunderphonic(Cass, C60) Mystery Tape Laboratory none Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WRC1-5744 Plunderphonic - Plunderphonics album art Plunderphonics* Plunderphonics(12") Mystery Tape Laboratory WRC1-5744 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
DISX001 Plunderphonic - Plunderphonic album art Plunderphonic Plunderphonic(CD, Mini) Blast First DISX001 UK 1994 Sell This Version


515, 069/96 Plunderphonic - 69 Plunderphonics 96 album art Plunderphonics* 69 Plunderphonics 96(2xCD, Comp + Box) Seeland, fony 515, 069/96 US 2001 Sell This Version


PRCD 8247-2 Plunderphonic - Rubáiyát album art Plunderphonics* Rubáiyát(CD, Promo) Elektra PRCD 8247-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
none Plunderphonic - dab album art Plunderphonic dab(File, MPEG-4 Video) fony none USA, Canada & Europe 2016