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Mark Trecka is a Chicago-born writer, sound artist, singer, and organizer.
Trecka’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, Salon, Vice, Medicine for a Nightmare, and elsewhere. He has collaborated with Susan Alcorn, Raven Chacon, Midwife, A-Y/dancers, Audra Wolowiec, Drekka, Walt McClements and others, and has presented workshops on intermedial sound art practices for Dia Art Foundation.
Loping / gestures is his most recent solo release, and his first for Beacon Sound. Trecka describes it as "a collaged arc of song and sound which includes, among other elements: a longform collaboration with Chaz Prymek (Lake Mary) and contemporary dance ensemble A-Y/dancers." His third full-length solo recording, Implication (Whited Sepulchre Records) was released in October 2021 and garnered praise as among Bandcamp's Best Experimental Music. That recording was preceded by Acknowledgment (2021, Whited Sepulchre Records), Everything Falling Crosses Over (2019, Orphanology) and In Ellipsis Landscapes (2020, The Flenser).
In the first half of 2021, Trecka created new work for broadcast sound and in-chat text for Palestine's Radio alHara and an ongoing intertextual, intermedial sound collage broadcast for Radio Coyote, produced by artist Raven Chacon and supported by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Archival episodes of this project are rebroadcast on Radio alHara bi-monthly.
Trecka founded Pillars and Tongues in 2007 and toured and recorded with Dark Dark Dark from 2009 to 2014. From 1996 to 2007, he recorded and performed, both solo and with collaborators, under the name Static Films.
Trecka is co-founder and lead organizer of the Beacon Prison Books Project, a volunteer-run solidarity program that provides free books to people incarcerated throughout New York State.
Trecka currently resides in Paris, France.