Tristan is a mechanical engineer (RPI, BS), sculptor (UCSD, MFA), musician (doom band Author & Punisher) and creator of the Drone Machines (and now Dub Machines) industrial sound controllers. Alongside fabricating machines and composing sound for performance, I work at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research ( at UCSD as a mechanical engineer.
Drone Machines are custom made machines fabricated from raw materials and utilizing open source circuitry. The devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation, robotics and mechanical tools and devices, focusing on the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines require significant force from the performer, aligning he or she with the plodding drone and doom influenced sounds that are created.