Andy Rowe is a sound artist, producer and musician who lives and works in London. He has worked with sound in a professional and creative context since 1996 and gained a degree in Sonic Art from Middlesex University in 2009. He has displayed work in Coventry's Herbert gallery, London's Hundred Years, Raven Row, Chalton, Art and Escape, Horse Hospital, ToandFor, and Doomed galleries.
Andy Rowe’s sound, music and performance project is known as the Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers. He has performed live at festivals and events in England, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Italy both alone and collaboratively.
The Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers current solo live incarnation involves an always developing, constantly changing selection of up to twenty cassette walkmans, dictaphones and mini and micro cassette players. The sounds created during the performance are drawn from an ever-growing collection of found and prepared tapes. Lost answer phone messages, language and self-help tapes, corporate dictation notes, discarded personal recordings and music cassettes found from constant visits to London’s car boot sales are mixed up with prepared loops, drones, field recordings, found sounds, pulses and effects throughout the course of the improvised performance.
His current work explores the potential for making art from found materials close to hand while under the restrictive influences of the coronavirus lockdown period and re-evaluates discarded and stored items for their artistic potential in these difficult times. These art pieces manifest as both physical paintings and sculptural items but also draw from using previously discarded audio artifacts and found sounds from the lockdown period itself to produce an ongoing project of sound work called seclusion pieces.