American synthpop musician whose third full-length release, 2011's We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, became his breakout album. He is known to fans for his live antics, often punching himself and tearing at his clothes during performances.
He was a music student at the California Institute of the Arts, where he became influenced by Renaissance and Medieval music.
He has a doctorate in Political Philosophy from the University of Hawai'i and has taught the subject himself.
He was born in Austin, Minnesota.
He is a close friend and frequent collaborator of Los Angeles-based indie pop singer Ariel Pink, whom he befriended in college.