A heavy dose of crackly textures, turntable wobbles and uniquely mesmerizing drones create lush audio landscapes and euphoric rhythms. Toronto-based turntable artist Cheldon Paterson, alias SlowPitch, is a boundless sonic explorer of towering technical proficiency.
"Since experimental turntabilsm’s inception with John Cage’s “Imaginary Landscape No. 1” in 1939 most turntablism of this nature has been dominated by avant-garde artists who adopted the turntable and/or records as instruments because of their ability to provide unconventional and aesthetically intriguing sounds. Toronto’s SlowPitch, on the other hand, sounds instead like an actual DJ that has been schooled in traditional turntablism and who has now progressed naturally into experimental territory after mastering the tools of the disc jockey’s trade." [Read full review]
Born in Grenada and raised in Toronto, SlowPitch (Cheldon Paterson) has been using the turntable creatively to explore sound his entire adult life. Turntable composition, live performance and improvisation have been key elements whether performing solo, with culturally diverse classical musicians or scoring silent films at established events such as the 26th Images Festival, Mutek, Tiff Bell Light Box, Nuit Blanche [MORE INFO]. Cheldon is also a DJ instructor and has been teaching the art of Turntablism for the past 6 years at Off Centre DJ and Electronic Music Production School in Toronto. Past musical projects have been supported by Canada, Ontario and Toronto Council of the Arts. Press coverage includes Music Works Magazine, IDN Magazine and the Toronto Star to name a few.