Technical Drawings is a hyper-modified percussion duo comprised of Melissa St. Pierre and Jesse Stiles. Melissa's weapon of choice is the prepared piano, made notorious by John Cage. Using a variety of physical modifications to the piano strings - inserting rusted bolts, pencil erasers, melted coins, etc. - St. Pierre untames the piano, taking it out of the parlor and into the world of rock, electronica, and beyond.
Jesse is a musician and new media artist who creates works that are simultaneously entertaining, disorienting, immersive, and transcendental. In Technical Drawings, Jesse builds Melissa's piano phrases into walls of rhythm, collaging them with disassembled drum phrases and custom signal processing.
The results create sound worlds with bizarre depth and unpredictable trajectories.
> Technical Drawings live at Roy Gee Biv
> Website of Jesse Stiles