Jonah Sharp


Ambient techno innovator Jonah Sharp has recorded several albums and EPs as Spacetime Continuum and played an important role in the 90's in consolidating the global experimental ambient and techno scene through his (soon to be revived) Reflective Records imprint. As well as a string of solo studio albums on Astralwerks and Virgin Records he has worked with many artists including a live album with writer and philosopher Terence McKennna, and collaborations with Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Pete Namlook, Ursula Rucker, Move D, Tetsu Inoue, Mixmaster Morris and Bill Laswell to name but a few.

An Edinburgh, Scotland native , Sharp started his musical life as a drummer before embarking on his career in electronic music. He was an in-demand session drummer flirting with the late 80's London acid jazz club scene until the discovery of the possibilities of a sampler and a drum machine had him experimenting with other styles. He came into ambient and techno as a DJ and live electronic performer as a founding member of the legendary Spacetime parties, held in a hologram factory in London in '89 and '90 and host to such early new ambient luminaries as The KLF, The Shamen and Mixmaster Morris.

He left London for America in the early '90s, settling in San Francisco, where he established his Reflective label and recorded the bulk of his work to date. Although that work has been split over a number of different project headings (Emit Ecaps, Alien Community, Reagenz, Electro Harmonix, and others), his most consistently visible work has been as Spacetime Continuum , most of which was released by Astralwerks in the US.

He has performed live electronic music all over the world including a slot at the very first Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 curated by Carl Craig and on Mount Fuji in front of 18,000 people during an insane torrential rain storm. He has remixed the likes of Nine Inch Nails (1997), Meat Beat Manifesto (2003) Spearhead( 2004) and Matt Herbert (1996)

More recently he has spent time in the producers chair working with acts as diverse as San Francisco disco punk scensters Paradise Boys, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and maestro tabla player Zakir Hussein. Currently he is holed up in a studio somewhere writing brand new solo material.