Erik Schoster is computer musician He Can Jog. He spent his formative years honking a trombone and photocopying Marxist zines in Madison Wisconsin. Before dropping out of music school, he studied composition and harmony with Joanne Metcalf, electroacoustic improvisation with Matt Turner, and trombone technique with Nick Keelan.
In 2001 he started the He Can Jog project as an excuse to work within familiar structures. Writing mostly acoustic serial music at the time, his work as He Can Jog was at first an attempt to embrace the traditional harmony, melody and narrative song forms in so much of the music he loves. The project has continued to explore the limits of simple melody and song narrative in an acousmatic context. His music is based on intuitive structures, harmonies, and loose patterns performed with homebrew software systems that typically use feedback as a primary sound source.
He has released three full length records and a smattering of EPs, remixes, and sundry recordings on a number of small labels including Audiobulb Records, Distance Recordings, Wolf Interval, and The Leaf Label. His work with generative software has been featured in SCALE: UCSD's journal of aesthetics and computation, as part of the Audiobulb Records Create series, and as a multichannel installation at Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn.
He lives and works in Milwaukee Wisconsin.