John Paul “JP” Lempke’s output includes solo, chamber, and large ensemble pieces with or without electronics, as well as acousmatic works. He draws much of his aesthetic from the odd materials and procedures of contemporary artists, which reflect in his recent turn to embodying the absurd, out-of-place, and purely bizarre within peculiar soundscapes laced with disruptions. Old technology, like analog televisions, cassette recorders, reel-to-reels, and other obsolete forms of video, audio, and telecommunication pique his interest, and he often incorporates them into musical settings, sometimes as instruments in their own right.
Originally from Wallace, Nebraska, he earned his Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano Performance with Pedagogy at the University of Nebraska – Kearney in 2016. His Master of Music in Composition is in progress at Arizona State University, where he operates as the co-director of the laptop orchestra (LOrkAS) and the electronic studios monitor. His works have been performed at the SEAMUS National Conference, the SCI Region VII Conference, and the Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos, Greece. Vocalist Kanae Mizobuchi has cooperated with him as part of a theatrical collaborative experiment during his stay on Mykonos. His instructors have been Darleen Mitchell, Anthony Donofrio, Jody Rockmaker, Garth Paine, and Kotoka Suzuki, with additional lessons from Panayiotis Kokoras and Dmitri Papageorgiou.