Born in Adel, Georgia, 1956. Initial recordings and compositional experiments, 1973-1978. First group, Boat Of, formed in Athens, Georgia, late 1979, in direct opposition to local norms (B-52s, Pylon), with dub and nascent hip-hop culture as primary influences. Other groups followed, with Peach of Immortality, To Live and Shave in L.A., and Ohne making an impact - at least within certain underground circles - from 1984-2008. Following his move to Germany in late 2008, Smith has been extremely prolific, forming other ensembles, performing solo vocal compositions at various festivals, and entering into collaborations with artists as diverse as Sightings, Aaron Dilloway, and Kevin Drumm.
He manages the Karl Schmidt Verlag imprint, which as of late 2012 has issued over 260 limited-edition (CDr) albums and seven books.
Lives and works in Hannover, Germany.