“If music ceases to be wonderful nonsense, it will not console the tormented heart.”


Hello - my name is
Wyatt Keusch
, and I live in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
, with my wife and a 7’ imaginary stork named
Griebo
. This site is concerned specifically with my musical activity, which is oriented generally towards the "esoteric" end of whichever idiomatic spectrum on which I happen to find myself, be that tape collage, free improvisation, electronic music or guitar pickin’. In addition to the stuff released under my given name, I also have a number of collaborative ventures and alternate guises, such as Luther Burbank, The Undectet & The Septet, Tired Device, Sub Tela, Khonsu-Djehuty, Hoofwerk, Raymond Désolé, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Jack Parsons Quartet,
RHRCMCPP
, Islands (The Restaurant (The Band)), E.L. James Brown,
Mob Dylan
& Jones.Keusch / Hooftet.

I am a graduate of the music school at CalArts, which was ultimately a positive experience, since I made some wonderful friends there, though I contend that art school is (to put it kindly)
a deeply silly place
. From 2008-2015, Casey Anderson and I ran the now-defunct Khalija label, on which we released cassettes, CDs and digital material by Mark Trayle, Jason Khan, EVOL, Travis Just + Object Collection, Pierce Warnecke, Scott Cazan, Greg Davis, Tim Perkis, Headboggle & many more. In late 2015, we felt that the Khalija project had run its course, so we amicably closed up shop, and remain great friends to this day (friendship being more important to me than the biz). Khalija now exists solely in an archival capacity, with the majority of releases still available as downloads through the Bandcamp page; physical editions can occasionally be found on Discogs or in used record shops (mostly in California). Casey currently operates the label a wave press, so check that out if you feel like it.

From 2006-2014, my primary focus was on live performance, and during that time I played quite a lot of gigs in a variety of locales and contexts; one particularly memorable set was described by attendee Eric Avery as being “the first time [he] was scared at a show since the ‘80s”, which I consider to be praise of the highest order (though it may not have been intended as such). From 2014 to 2021, my focus shifted towards studio work, both solo and collaborative, with live performance being a special occasion rather than a regular occurrence. I did my best to temper my musical (hyper)activity by spending unfocused time with my wife and
our friends
. Each moment is eternal -
live joyfully
.

Since 2013, I have been employed professionally with Cargo Collective, the entity which develops and sustains the platform on which this lovely website is built. I am very happy to have found a position working alongside such wonderfully interesting people. If you need a website, Cargo is the only game in town. Subscribing to the Cargo newsletter is also highly recommended, as I find it a reliable source of fascination (particularly the textual bits).

If you’d like to get in touch with me for any reason, no matter how frivolous, you can click the “Contact” link up there in the nav bar to send me an email directly. I’m glad to hear from any and all curious parties, so
don't be shy
.