Friday, January 18, 2008

The Square Root of Evil

The Square Root of Evil

The Square Root of Evil is film editor, music promoter and internet radio programmer, Jen Pearson, from Vancouver, BC. She's been featured on over a half dozen compilations, on US, UK and Canadian labels, including Toast and Jam's "We Bore 2." She currently has one EP, called "Chirping Data" out on Belladonna Records.

Her work has been described as everything from IDM, Breakcore, Techno, 8 bit, Drum 'n Bass, Glitch and Jungle, as the sub-sub-sub genres continue to split further and further... She's done some touring, and has been threatening to release another EP, so be on the lookout for performances and new material by this Canadian laptop artist...

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with The Square Root of Evil!

The Square Root of Evil

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Not this project...

*Do you use a pseudonym? So it would seem.

*Members: Just me.

*Founding Members: Jen Pearson

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Digital Deconstructions, I suppose - I like to take sounds that I have found or recorded and use them to make something else.

*Another genre descriptor: I like Plunderphonics too, but don't usually use a descriptor. My friend Kinoko came up with "Smiletronics" to describe her music. I like to think that works for me, too.

*Is there a story behind your name? It's not that exciting sadly. I am a big fan of the 60's show "The Avengers,” so when looking for a name I turned to that as inspiration. One of the episodes was called "The Square Root of Evil" and when I googled it, I found all kinds of joke equations about how the Square Root of Evil is women. I decided it was perfect.

*Location: Vancouver, BC

*Original Location: Vancouver, BC

*What is your creative/artistic background: My dad was a great guitar player and baritone singer. My mom is a singer. They used to play shows when I was young, and music was always a part of my life growing up. I took band in school and made a half-assed attempt to be a rock n roll star, but never really got serious until I could do it all myself.

*History: I started in 2000.

*Born: In early November, in a hospital that is no longer there.

*Motivations: Having fun, making people smile, getting the tunes in my mind out in order to make room for more. I really like eclectic dance music, so much so that only listening wasn't enough.

*Philosophy: Music is fun! Dance! Nod your head! Tap your toes!

*How would you like to be remembered: Favourably.

*Web address:

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