Mark Solotroff is an artist and musician from Chicago.
Solotroff's work focuses on several related key themes, including how cities develop, both organically and through organized planning, how the human body navigates urban environments, and how people navigate and interact with each other, particularly in an age of alienation caused by severe digital fragmentation. The Struggle of Togetherness is a critical aspect of his work and it is also the title of a live recording by his band BLOODYMINDED.
In the music world, Solotroff is best known as the vocalist of the doom metal band Anatomy of Habit (2008-present, Relapse Records) and the heavy electronics band BLOODYMINDED (1995-present, BloodLust!), and as the founder and leader of the early industrial-noise band Intrinsic Action (1984-1995).
Solotroff also has a 30+ year history playing analog synthesizer. His synth work has been at the core of his bands BLOODYMINDED and Intrinsic Action, he has recorded and released 100 hours of lo-fi analog synth music under the name Super Eight Loop, he plays synth (and guitar) in the duo The Fortieth Day and he is part of the occasional dark synth trio Nightmares.
Solotroff has also collaborated with and contributed synth and/or vocals to several bands, ranging from a four year role in Wrekmeister Harmonies (Thrill Jockey), to live appearances and/or studio recordings with diverse electronic, experimental and metal bands, including The Atlas Moth, Brutal Truth, Consumer Electronics, Indian, Iugula-Thor, Locrian, Plague Bringer, Sshe Retina Stimulants, Sigillum S, and The Sodality.
Solotroff only began performing live as a solo artist in 2005 and his performances in art galleries, spaces and clubs featured him working with only a strategically placed set of up to a dozen microphones, focusing on layers of caustic and overpowering feedback frequencies.
Solotroff now focuses on recording and performing tenebrous analog synth music with renewed vigor and determination. His bass-heavy soundscapes have been said to unsettle some listeners and calm others. He views these recordings as possible soundtracks for movement through metropolitan terrains, whether by foot, bike, car, or public transportation. An evolution from his overloaded wall-of-synth-noise Super Eight Loop recordings, which began in New York as soundtracks for walking through a pre-sterilization Times Square, these new recordings are far more nuanced and dynamic. Notably, they are meant to be listened to at a more moderate volume – allowing city sounds to blend into the music – and so as not to drown out voices, traffic, construction and other day-to-day urban sounds.