John Zieman – New York City 1980-1984
confuso editions' inaugural release is an album recorded by John Zieman in-between day jobs, in-between New Wave and No Wave, and in-between poetry and pop. The energy is effervescent in this compilation of material, akin to early Ariel Pink or something that could have been a lost R. Stevie Moore demo.
"A student of electronic synthesis at Hampshire College, Zieman’s interest in digital media brought him to NYC in the late 70s, where he worked with downtown artists including Nam June Paik, John Sanborn, and Dara Birnbaum ... In April of 1980, Zieman began working at Intergalactic Studios in Manhattan, where he took up residence in the studio’s bathroom, using soundproofing foam as a bed in a demolished stall. During this period, Zieman began composing on the studio’s Fairlight CMI synthesizer-sampler. Over the following seven months, working commercially by day and recording by night, Zieman produced the tracks which would become the basis for ‘New York City 1980-1984’.” - Notes from the release by Joshua Daube