The Rhythm Messiahs is the music project of J.D. Casten. Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, USA, Schizophrenic multi-medium artist and 24/7 thought broadcaster, J.D. Casten, born in 1968, has been listening to background music almost constantly since 1993, in order to drown out the voices he hears in his head. Having undergone extensive treatment for his condition, including repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation experiments at Yale, he recaptured some of his creative time, and besides creating art and poetry, tried his hand at playing guitar, keyboards, and DJ looping, to create the sounds of the albums “American Power Projection” and “Melody Method” under his moniker “The Rhythm Messiahs.”
J.D. comes from a computer programming background, having published Atari computer games in the 1980s, and has turned to computers again to help realize his artistic aspirations, both visually and musically. Counting many artists and bands as influences, from DJ Shadow and Odd Nosdam to Radiohead and Boards of Canada, J.D. has forged his own style of mid-tempo trip-hop with a wide spectrum of moods, from the fun-funky “Super Sly Fly” on the album “Melody Method” to the darker, somewhat spooky, “Slow To Sleep” from “American Power Projection.”
In 2009, J.D. established Post Egoism Media, in order to make books, art and music from talented digital artists available in material formats and freely available on the web. Although almost always on a “conference call” in his head, J.D. manages to steal time from the torment and often torture of auditory and tactile hallucinations to create digital images manipulated from his original photography (he creates all The Rhythm Messiahs’ album art), and digital music, using ACID Pro 7, Native Instruments Komplete 5 & 6 + Kore 2, and various other instruments, effects, and loops. When not busy making art, he is promoting the work of others, and may eventually find some time to relax.
J.D.’s two books, The Rhythm of the Chill, and Post-Digital Revelation, can also be found via the Post Egoism Media web site. J.D. has an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Oregon, and also studied literature while in college; his academic foci are the History of Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and the 20th century philosopher, Jacques Derrida; and he is currently working on an academic book tentatively called Deconstructing Artificial Intelligence.