MOOEY MOOBAU "powder, and all that store-bought hair"
Since 2007 Mooey Moobau has been the nom de guerre for writer, theater director, and speech scientist Joseph Tepperman. Often confused with some kind of art collective because of the ever-rotating list of guest artists, Mooey Moobau has made a point of channeling Dada sound poets like Kurt Schwitters and tongue-aware rappers like Twista into frenetic, intricate songs based on the natural rhythms and melodies of everyday speech.
Recorded 2010 and 2018 in Los Angeles, powder, and all that store-bought hair psychotically switches between two completely different but complementary Moobau sounds. Full-band tracks like "Two One-Legged Men" and "The Same Same" reach for the understated visceral energy of The Fall and The Raincoats circa 1979. The most recently-recorded pieces ("Writer With No Pen", "Heart is a Clock") showcase a unique one-man approach, using cassettes and megaphones to layer Tepperman's voice in realtime, and reminiscent of the 1960s tape experiments of Captain Beefheart.
Joseph Tepperman lives in Los Angeles and works as a researcher in automatic speech recognition technology. His opera libretto Tongues Bloody Tongues debuted at REDCAT in 2010, as performed by guerrilla orchestra Killsonic. In 2012 he wrote and directed a play about disgraced astronaut Lisa Nowak, Starcrosser's Cut, receiving rave reviews in the Hollywood Reporter and the LA Weekly. He records and makes videos with his wife, Ariana Kaufman, under the name Mystery Bau.