John Eichenseer – also known as JHNO – is a nomadic musician and technologist. He has produced and toured with Carla Bozulich, Evangelista, Rupa and the April Fishes, and an eclectic mix of projects around the world. He plays keyboards, viola, electronics, drums, and duduk. As JHNO and SPOOL he has been releasing albums since 1995, often under his own imprint, Delicate Ear. In parallel he develops music software, for the likes of Cycling ’74, Björk, and Laurie Anderson.
A trained pianist with jazz roots, JHNO has played with Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, John Zorn’s Duras, John Evans, Abra Moore, and Tina Marsh’s Creative Opportunity Orchestra. As a composer and visionary creator, his audio environments have been presented by San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts, SFMOMA, the Art Authority at South by Southwest, and the X/XX Experimental Music Festival.
JHNO has been involved in creative music software, including bespoke artist tools and a few commercially available systems. He has collaborated with Brian Eno, Thomas Dolby, and Michael Brook. With Cycling ’74 he was a key developer for Pluggo, radiaL, and MaxMSP – innovative music software that is used by thousands of artists, notably including Aphex Twin, Autechre, Radiohead, Monolake, and Pauline Oliveros. He pioneered the field of live laptop performance during several years of improvised concerts with Scott Amendola and Nels Cline in the band CRATER.