As a boy Stones made rough musical instruments, and tried “multi-track” recording with 1970s cassette recorders crudely wired together. He still collects sound-making devices and field recordings, and makes instruments. He has developed a working method that combines the physical and the digital, expressive and mechanically-actuated playing, the musically-familiar (piano, harmonium, struck/bowed strings) and the strange (feathers, machines, voices from history).
Associated with the European video art scene from the 1980s onwards, Stones gravitated towards mixed-media installation, often using multi-channel audio. He exhibits solo, in the partnership Frances Hegarty & Andrew Stones, and in other public and collaborative settings.
Stones’s audio work is released on the Salmon Songs label, alongside the music of his alter-ego Mister Salmon.