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BEATRIX*JAR IS Dynamic Duo Bianca Janine Pettis (Beatrix) & Jacob Aaron Roske (JAR).

FORMED IN 2003, THE PAIR collaborateS on Video Projects, Sound Art Lectures, Circuit Bending Workshops, Live Performances, Albums, DJ Sets, Sound & Set Design for Theatre & Film, Sound Art Residencies & Classes, Audio Playgrounds, Fabric Birds & Cats, Curated Sound Art Performances and Events, Public Art, Screen Prints, Murals, Art Installations and more…

 
 

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AUDIO RELEASES

The roots of the circuit-bending Minneapolis electronics duo's style stretch far back, from 1950s musique concrete to Kraftwerk's "Numbers," from Negativland and MC 900 Foot Jesus to today's mash-up artists, such as Girl Talk. What sets Beatrix*JAR apart from these various media manipulators is its particular method of music generation -- Roske and girlfriend Bianca Pettis rely for their sound sources on rearranging the innards of electronic devices. Onstage, their setup fits entirely on a small table: an AM radio, a flash camera, four Speak and Spells (or Reads or Maths), a Casio keyboard, a Yamaha drumbox, and a Denon CDJ, scratched by Pettis (a.k.a Beatrix).”

- Manny Theiner, Pittsburgh City Paper - 2008


HOT*MESS

2019

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TRACK LIST:

  1. Did You Miss Me

  2. Eye Spy

  3. Mr. Patches the Cat

  4. Fortuna Mountain

  5. Modern Army

  6. People Come On

  7. Play!

  8. And Me and Me and Me

  9. Sunday Sunset West

  10. You Sew

  11. We Play Knobs

  12. Vision Board

  13. Audio Playground

ART STAR

2010

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TRACK LIST:

  1. Action Art Star

  2. Surface Noise

  3. Thank You Jesus

  4. Mono%Momo

  5. Colour Sound Experiment

  6. Sound Is

  7. Pusher Oval

  8. Queen Beatrixx

  9. Lazer Beak Trix Jar

  10. Your Superhero Power

  11. Cage*J

  12. Waking Up Next To You

  13. Electronic Birds Softly

  14. Organ Jane

GOLDEN FUZZ

2008

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TRACK LIST:

  1. Open Lava Entropy

  2. Arthur Golden

  3. Sunshine Western

  4. Golden Fuzz

  5. Afternoon Wedding Vow

  6. 123 Beatrix*Jar

  7. Abbreviated Layover

  8. Fuzzy Frequency

I LOVE YOU TALK BIRD

2006

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TRACK LIST:

  1. Paint By Numbers

  2. Spy Eye

  3. Verse

  4. Meany

  5. P.T.R.

  6. French Binaural

  7. Atlas

  8. Sunday Ditchers

  9. Sea of Sleeves

  10. Ready to Rock

  11. Oral Fixation

  12. Easy Monday Office

  13. Talk Bird

BEATRIX*JAR ALBUMS ARE AVAILABLE on Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music.

 
 
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VISUAL ART

Bianca creates fabric birds and screen prints of illustrated crowd portraits. Her imagery is based on her experiences as an actor looking at out at audiences from the stage. She also creates colorful large scale paintings with characters inspired by Mad Magazine cartoonists Don Martin and Sergio Aragones.

Jacob creates fabric cats and makes screen prints on wood, vinyl and found materials. His work is inspired by the intersections between audio reproduction and human reproduction. His layered screen-printed work creates a visual wall of sound that you can hear, if you just look hard enough.

 
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