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Philip Perkins studied motion graphics with Dave Foster, art with Robert Mullen and was mentored by "Blue" Gene Tyranny (Robert Sheff) and The Residents in music composition and performance. He played in many rock and experimental music bands and was a member of The Residents performance ensemble 1979-84 (the original “Assorted Secrets” and “Mole Show”-era bands), as well as serving as their cinematographer and lighting designer. He has released 19 albums of his own work 1979-2016 on the Fun Music, Artifact and Captured Tracks labels, and was a member of The Bifurcators with Scott Fraser 1990--2008. His music, audio and radio works have been heard on NPR, CBC, European, Australian, and Japanese radio networks in addition to hundreds of local stations around the world.
Perkins has mixed hundreds of film and video productions from Hollywood feature films to indie documentaries and recorded and mixed music for Tom Waits, Fred Frith, Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Regina Carter, Pauline Oliveros, Frederika von Stade, Best Coast, Bob Mould, Mike Patton, The Lost Trio, negativland, John Bischoff, Ellen Fullman, Chris Brown, Kronos Quartet, Barbara Borden, Wadada Leo Smith, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, The Hub, Alasdair Fraser, Phillippe Jaroussky, Beausoleil, Fuzzy Bunny, Gino Robair, Lisa Mezzacappa, Duo Pantomorph, The SF Mime Troupe and The Residents among others. Film directors he has worked for include Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, John Korty, Nancy Kelly, Jesse Dylan, Finn Taylor, Debra Chasnoff, Bill Couturie, S. Leo Chiang, Rob Nilsson, Albert Maysles, Debbie Lum, HP Mendoza, Emiko Omori, Roger Sherman, Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, David L. Brown, Gene Corr, Dyanna Taylor and many others. Perkins has advised Alonzo King/Lines Ballet on the audio aspects of many new ballets and video projects 2011-present.
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