From: FL, United States
Genre: Classical, Industrial, Electronic
The daughter of a Greek immigrant and German-American, Ana von Bunners is a U.S.-born and based composer and manic genius. Typically eschewing sequencers and production software, she creates her pieces with a quill, parchment/papyrus (or a cocktail napkin, depending), and scoring software in order to create complete and comprehensive “blueprints” (scores) of her work in case anyone requires them.
Ana embraces personal freedom, as well as internet freedom and supports open-source software as well as piracy (she was a long-time member of the Soulseek community and claims to owe Hocico and Others thousands of dollars in pirated mp3‘s). Currently her debut release, Charlie In The Tree, is available for free under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. However, if you enjoy her music please consider hitting one of the donation buttons if you can as she has put quite a bit of time and effort into bringing you this collection. Maybe eventually she can even pay Hocico back...;)
Though Ana feels strongly about a lot, she generally chooses to express herself musically, rather than lyrically. She is not classically trained and in fact has never had a formal musical education--only half of a Master’s degree in psychology that she quit in order to single-handedly open, run, and tank a hardware store into the ground some years ago.
She taught herself to play guitar at 17, then bass guitar a few years later due to the high demand for seemingly nonexistent bass players at the time. Though she poured herself into learning these instruments (as well as piano later), Ana never much cared about becoming “a technically proficient virtuoso” at any one instrument as she only picked them up in order to write. Consequently, she ended up writing for and performing with The Mire--an artsy experimental project, as well as Scene Reamer--a straight-forward, all-female punk band who has shared the stage with The Glory UK, The Dwarves, and The Genitorturers, amongst others. Later on, she collaborated with artist & vocalist Jeremy Gosser in an old-school industrial/ebm project called Bloody Stump whose first CD Self-Mutilation is High Fashion never hit the shelves due to the dissolution of the project caused by Ana and Jeremy’s divorce.
These days, Ana von Bunners despises labeling, refuses to cater to any specific genre or demographic and grudgingly refers to Charlie In The Tree as “Neo-Romantic”. She states that anything she knows about this or similar musical genres comes from “...2 years of Chorus, 7th-8th grade Concert Band, as well as video games, Bugs Bunny, and movie soundtracks”.
For as much as Ana enjoys laughing at practically everything, she appears to at least trust the music that she creates to sincerely and honestly portray her internal madness. Ana von Bunners unashamedly bares her soul in Charlie In The Tree providing a glimpse of her severe depression and anxiety mixed with hopeless optimism in her three-part Melancholy series; making apparent her spiritual struggles in pieces such as Sekhmet, Anu, and The Ride; and further sharing what grounds her and keeps her truly happy--her rabbits--in pieces like General von Bunners and Magic Helmet.
Currently Ana is working on her next bag of files and hopes that at least a handful of people out there will be entertained by Charlie In The Tree. Being a lifelong gamer, she hopes to write music for video games and/or films at some point. She can usually be found along the side of the road collecting aluminum cans and conversing openly with the local wildlife.