Feb 21, 2020
If there is a common thread to composer/producer/performer JG Thirlwell's varied musical styles, it is a dramatic intensity, and an evocative, cinematic quality. Born in Melbourne, JG moved to London in 1978, then relocated to New York City in 1983, where he has been based ever since. He works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Xordox, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Hydroze Plus, Clint Ruin and Wiseblood.
JG has been very prolific. In addition to releasing over thirty albums, he has also been featured as producer, remixer, collaborator and arranger for a wide variety of artists including Karen O, Noveller, Excepter, Zola Jesus, Melvins, Swans, Nine Inch Nails, Lydia Lunch, Coil, Z’s, The The, Simon Hanes, Nick Cave and many more.
JG has completed commissions for Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Experiments in Opera, Zephyr Quartet, Great Learning Orchestra , Jeffrey Zeigler, League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots , and is a member of the freq_out sound-art collective.
If you watch cartoons on television, then it is likely that you have heard some of his musical scores. JG has done scores for the Emmy-winning FX show Archer, and for Adult Swim / Cartoon Network show The Venture Bros, for which he was nominated for an Annie Award. JG also scored artist Tony Oursler’s film installation, Imponderable, which was on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2017.