Thomas Stanley teaches sound art, sound studies, consciousness, and cultural theory at George Mason University. He received his doctoral degree in music for research on Butch Morris' unique compositional system. He is a founding member of Transparent Productions through which he has helped to present 100s of creative improvised concerts since 1997. In 2004, he launched MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND (MOM²) as an electrophonic improvising ensemble and has since considered his artistic contributions as macrotemporal interventions (rends in the fabric of history). He is the co-author of an oral history of George Clinton and P-Funk (1998, Avon paperback) and in 2014 released a new book on the teachings of astro-kemetic jazz iconoclast Sun Ra. He is the host of Bushmeat's Jam Session, a weekly excursion into sonic impossibility heard every Thursday on WPFW-FM.
Ethnomusicologist Thomas Stanley has written a book that he hopes will bring Sun Ra’s philosophy and message into classrooms, workplaces, homes, and hearts around the world. Titled in homage to a Sun Ra pun on the double meaning of the English word "execute", Dr. Stanley’s work offers less an exegesis of the copious legacy of the iconoclastic artist’s unique cosmospeak than an active intellectual response to Sun Ra’s thickly layered take on the fate and condition of intelligent life on Earth. Stanley takes on Ra’s kingdom with a well-sourced rhizomatic reading.
MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND or MOM² is an intrepid trio of improvising musicians who have been liberating zones of sonic sedition since 2004. Composed of Bobby Hill on record players, Luke Stewart on bass and sequencer and Stanley on electronics and effects, MOM² offers neuroleptic enhancements to modern life through a unique performance experience that defies description or repetition.
Bushmeat is a term borrowed from parts of Africa where humans supplement domestic foodstuffs bought at market with wild game. While the killing of primates and other endangered species for food is highly discouraged, the name symbolizes Stanley's effort to steer audio culture in a wild and dangerous direction. Dr. Stanley uses Bushmeat for his solo electronics work and his radio show on WPFW is called Bushmeat Jams.
Stanley's work erupts at the churning intersection between sound art and experimental music. A thought leader, Stanley's Anti-Predator-Drone interventions are rich with broad musical references, blackadelic hand jive, and a genuine love for human beings and their evolving condition away from war and waste and towards some kind of collective renewal.