Sxip Shirey is a composer and musician. He manipulates a small circus of vintage noisemakers and odd tchotckies with looping and effects pedals. This could easily come off as a contrived schtick. But Sxip balances it with traditional instrumentation to create sublime music with tremendous emotional depth.
"Sonic New York" is his swan song to the greatest city in the world, where he lived for decades before finally packing up and heading to Berlin in 2009. He wanted the art to reflect the city as he's experienced it - a filthy and glorious collage of people and architecture.