- John Balance
Infobox musical artist
Name = John Balance
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Geff Rushton
Alias = John Balance, Jhonn Balance, Jhon Balance
Born = birth date|1962|2|16|mf=y
Died = death date and age|2004|11|13|1962|2|16|mf=y
Origin = Mansfield,
Instrument = Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick, Organ, Violin
Occupation = Musician
Years_active = 1979 - 2004
Label = Chalice,
Threshold House, Eskaton
Associated_acts = Coil
John Balance (first name also spelled "Jhon" and "Jhonn"; born Geff Rushton/Geoffrey Laurence Burton;
February 16, 1962– November 13, 2004), born in Mansfield, England, was the founder of the experimental music group Coil, along with his partner Peter Christopherson.citation |title= Obituary: John Balance |first=Richard |last=Smith |date= 2004-12-11|periodical= The Guardian|accessdate= 2007-08-22|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,1371372,00.html.] He was responsible for vocals, lyrics, chants, synthetics and various esoteric sound-making instruments and devices. Outside of Coil he collaborated with Nurse With Wound, Death In June, Psychic TV, Current 93and Thighpaulsandra, and produced a couple of Nine Inch Nailsremixes. His early work and wide-ranging collaborations made him one of the most influential figures in the industrial, experimental minimalist and neofolkmusic scenes.
Balance had strong interest in
magickians and occultistssuch as Brion Gysin, John Dee, William Burroughs, Aleister Crowleyand Austin Osman Spare. He was inspired by the works of Crowley, Dee, Spare, Ex-Velvet Underground member/mystical poet/percussionist Angus Maclise, poet/painter William Blakeand Surrealist painter/sculptor Max Ernst. Balance expressed interest in belief systems such as Shamanism, Christianity, Buddhism, Paganism, Hermeticismand Gnosticismand applied certain aspects of these to his musical projects. Balance referenced magick devices such as sigils.
Alcoholism and death
He had long struggled with
alcoholism, which was cited as one of the major contributing factors to the breakup of his long-standing relationship with Industrial Records' co-founder Peter Christopherson, and was a recurring theme in his later musical work. Balance died after tipping over the banisters at his home [http://www.thresholdhouse.com/departures.html] while under the influence of alcohol.
Balance's first known track is under the alias "Merderwerkers" titled "Blue Funk (Scars For E)" on the cassette compilation "Standard Response". Balance also published a magazine called "Stabmental" and released a track titled, "A Thin Veil Of Blood" under the alias Stabmental, on the cassette compilation "Deleted Funtime - Various Tunes For Various Loons". Balance then joined up with Peter Christopherson and
Boyd Ricerecording " Nightmare Culture" under the alias "The Sickness of Snakes" and performed alongside Christopherson in Psychic TVbefore the duo formed Coil. A short collaboration between Zos Kiaproduced the album Transparent. The album was dually credited and marked Coil's first release.
During the 23 year career of Coil, Balance collaborated with many other artists such as
Thighpaulsandra, Current 93, and CoH, appearing on many albums other than Coil's.
With Psychic TV
Dreams Less Sweet"
Berlin Atonal Vol. 2"
Thee City Ov Tokyo/Thee City Ov New York"
*Merderwerkers: "Blue Funk (Scars For E)" on
Sterile Recordscompilation " Standard Response". (1979)
*Stabmental: "A Thin Veil Of Blood" on compilation "
Deleted Funtime - Various Tunes For Various Loons". (1980)
*Sickness of Snakes: "
Nightmare Culture" (1985)
Rosa Mundi: "The Snow Man" on compilations " The Final Solstice", " The Final Solstice II" and split album "Grief" (1999)
* [http://www.thresholdhouse.com/departures.html Peter Christopherson's announcement of John's death]
* [http://www.heathenharvest.com/staticpages/index.php?page=20041209134726123 John Balance Heathen Harvest Memorial]
* [http://www.brainwashed.com/coil The Solar Lodge]
* [http://www.thresholdhouse.com/ Threshold House] memorial site
* [http://www.13t.org/decondicionamiento/forum/viewtopic.php?t=182 John Balance long biography (spanish)]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,1371372,00.html The Guardian's obituary of John Balance]
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