BioBorn deep in the Reader’s Digest belt of the middle U.S.—Cincinnati, Ohio—in the bicentennial year of 1976 to a Catalonian belly dancer and a farm-raised Iowan engineer, D. Philip Madson a.k.a. odd nosdam is someone for whom nothing ever rolls along predictably. He played trumpet in elementary school band, hoops on Porkopolis side streets, drew, and skated, but when he stole the 3 Feet High and Rising tape from a party in 8th grade, he hardly could have imagined the decade and a half romance that would follow.
A young odd nosdam began meddling with machines in the mid-90's, looping his favorite Nirvana riffs and Black Moon beats on a Sega Genesis and filling tape after tape with noise collages. In his early 20's, while attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati, this passion bloomed into utter fixation when he purchased a Dr. Sample and Tascam cassette 8-track, and soon after met and collaborated with doseone and why? on their fabled greenthink tapes. In March of 2001, after compiling five collections of short-attention-span instrumental pieces, producing the highly-acclaimed cLOUDDEAD self-titled debut as well as co-producing reaching quiet's in the shadow of the living room LP, he left mom's house for the sunnier environs—both artistically and stratospherically—of Berkeley, California, around which the rest of anticon. had already begun to settle.