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Steve Peters (b. 1959) makes music and sound for many contexts and occasions using environmental recordings, found/natural objects, electronics, acoustic instruments, and voices. Attentive to the subtle nuances of perception and place, his work is understated, contemplative, and often site-specific. He performs with the Seattle Phonographers Union, and works as a freelance producer, writer, and curator. Since 1989 he has been the Director of Nonsequitur, a non-profit organization presenting experimental music and sound art, currently via the Wayward Music Series at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle. His music has been released on such labels as Cold Blue, Palace of Lights, Sirr, Dragon's Eye, 12k, and Present Sounds.
Composer/sound artist Steve Peters was born near San Francisco and raised in the suburbs of southern California. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he studied music composition and was Music Director at KAOS. He played rock music with Steve Fisk, John Foster, Bruce Pavitt, Calvin Johnson, Cheri Knight, Tim Brock, Lois Maffeo, and Gary Wilson, wrote for OP Magazine, and with Rich Jensen produced Snapshot Radio, a monthly program devoted solely to the sounds of everyday life.
In the mid-1980s Peters moved to New York City, working at Franklin Furnace, New Music Distribution Service, and as Artist-in-Residence in public schools on Long Island. He played free improvised music in the Downtown experimental scene, presented Snapshot Radio on WFMU, began working with dancers, and took performance workshops with members of Meredith Monk's company.
Steve moved to Santa Fé, New Mexico in 1988, and in 1989 he and Jonathan Scheuer founded Nonsequitur, a non-profit organization publishing recordings of experimental music and audio art. He became more interested in regional and world folk musics, incorporating those influences into his own work, along with environmental sounds recorded on hikes in the mountains and desert. He made eccentric radio art, worked with singer Margarita Cordero as Dueto Le Mômo, was a member of Gamelan Encantada, and studied gamelan selonding in Bali.
Moving to Albuquerque in 1993, Peters hosted radio programs on KUNM, worked with composers David Dunn and Chris Shultis, collaborated with choreographer Lane Lucas, and scored a documentary about painter Agnes Martin. Performing solo and with others (including Steve Roden, Anna Homler, Francisco López), he developed a more subdued style of improvising using an array of small instruments, amplified natural and found objects, electronics, voice, and field recordings. This led to a more direct engagement with landscape and place, evolving into the site-specific sound environments that have since become his main focus.
Steve returned to the Northwest in 2004. Still Director of Nonsequitur, he oversees the Wayward Music Series at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel in Seattle and continues to work as a freelance producer, writer, and curator. He performs occasionally with the Seattle Phonographers Union, a collective of artists from various disciplines who improvise with unprocessed field recordings.