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Proof that there's hardly a dull moment here at OTP HQ, as revealed by the following tasty items in development.

Sometime in the next two to four weeks, a relaunch of the newly-upgraded OTP website will take place in conjunction with the announcement of the confirmed lineup for this October's Equinoxygen 2011 multi-artist festival. Details cannot be provided at this time, but suffice to say that the artists under consideration represent both genre history, current motifs, and future shock as they deftly navigate the high-wire act that is live performance...

Plans are also afoot for not one but two OTP record labels—one will focus on releasing complete OTP performances while the other will feature studio-bound material from artists orbiting the OTP imprimatur. Stay tuned.

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

ERGO

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunityevents.com/common/orgDetail.aspx?orgid=192

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com


Ergo is a trio led by Brett Sroka on trombone and laptop, Carl Maguire on Rhodes electric piano and analog synth, and Shawn Baltazor on drums. Their music is one of stark melodic beauty, enveloping electroacoustic texture and empathic imagination. They have been playing together since 2003, combining the modern sound of electronica and beyond with jazz and ambient music. Realizing their singular sound through a combination of beats and electronics, trombone, the Fender Rhodes and drums, the trio's music, like The Necks, is subtly effective thanks to its slow build-up, an approach that pays dividends as the band allows its own singular sound designs to take shape.

In the early 2000s, Brett Sroka began exploring beyond his jazz background and became fascinated with electronic music, surrounding himself with synthesizers and software. As he sought to reconcile the 600 years of technology between trombone and computer, he also found musicians of similarly elastic and adventurous temperaments. As they continued to play together, an idiosyncratic dynamic began to cohere and Ergo was born. With their debut CD, the band put forth a statement of purpose and were lauded by the magazine All About Jazz for “Best Debut CD” of 2006. Ergo’s sophomore album on Cuneiform, Multitude, Solitude, brings the band further into its own. They have refined a unique style of unadorned melody and intrepid improvisation with a sensual approach to the post-modern techniques of sampling, synthesis and signal processing.

The music press have extolled Ergo's sounds as exploring "...the intersections of electronic music, jazz improvisation, and smart rock" (Cadence), while Time Out New York described the group as "...all part of a generation for which Autechre and Sigur Ros are as pressing concerns as Louis Armstrong and Sun Ra. That's certainly evident in the band's timbral sophistication, spacey contours and slinky grooves."

> www.brettsroka.com/ergologo5black.htm

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / ArtCrime
« on: February 06, 2011, 05:06:09 PM »
Probably not this forum's cup o' poison, but I'd nevertheless like to introduce the sonic infractions of the collective of whom I'm a member, ArtCrime. Samples and info here:

http://art-crime.net/

Further schemes are forthcoming - stay tuned!

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

DURIANS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com



Durians (named after the Southeast Asian “king of fruits”) has been described as “…live-instrument electronic music on steroids, featuring dance-inducing breakbeats and drum’n'bass amongst a psychedelic swirl of sonic delights…”, and “…like Aphex twin and Squarepusher but taken to the next level…”

The troupe began in Burlington, Vermont with multi-instrumentalists Eli Chalmer and Nick Kirshnit, later recruiting drummer Ryan Ramirez last year. Chalmer and Kirshnit were classically trained as youths to be orchestral musicians, and they combine this training with influences from artists such as Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Amon Tobin, Infected Mushroom and Squarepusher in the creation of their own dynamic soundscapes.

Durians music itself is heavy, organic, anthemic and laden with improvisation, the musicians playing a network of machines controlled not only by MIDI keyboard instruments, but also by heavily modified acoustic tools such as trombone, trumpet, MIDI-fied bass guitar, recorder, MIDI-fied theremin and drums. Live, the group combines drum’n'bass, nu-jazz, dubstep, house, and psychedelia in one heady brew, an intense, energetic, and even humorous experience, as their audience interaction often involves handing out strange Asian candies, pickled eggs and other off-putting treats.

For their OTP debut, Durians will be joined by Leon Gruenbaum, inventor of, and virtuoso performer on, the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeeeepeee, a MIDI controller that gives the performer the ability to perform extremely quick, rhapsodical lines. Gruenbaum has performed on the Samchillian in Vernon Reid’s band Masque, and as well as with Chaka Khan, James Blood Ulmer, Cyro Baptista, Nana Vasconcelos and others. Strange fruit for the tasting, indeed.

> www.duriansmusic.com

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

DELICATE MONSTER

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com



The curiously-minted Delicate Monster is a duo consisting of guitarist Art Cohen and synthesist Steve Bowman. Longtime players on their respective instruments, Cohen and Bowman share a passion for deep space topographies, namely the starfields navigated by pioneers' Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Gottsching, Gunter Schickert, Zanov, et al. Yes, there is much in the way of classic Teutonic electronics to be found in the Delicate Monster stew, but Mssrs. Cohen and Bowman bring much more to the table. Cohen's licks aren't about forging simple loops or fundamental digital processing: he's as likely to let fly plangent chords that arc to the heavens as much as play dazzling arpeggios. And Bowman's synths don't simply lay down obvious Krautrock patterns or rely on rusty sequencers; rather, the sounds he coaxes from his keys leap about and whorl amongst his partner's fluid lines in equal measure. The fact that Bowman is also an adroit player who revels in the alien otherness of his electronics makes for a performer wholly uninterested in past clichés.

Prior performances by the duo include gigs around their native Philadelphia, as well as a particularly noteworthy set at last year's Electro-Music festival. On record, they have separately and collectively released work (via cassettes) on Chuck Van Zyl's Synkronos label; to date, Delicate Monster is represented by a lone CDR, but growing buzz surrounding the group should markedly expand their future catalog.

We hope you will join us in kick-starting OTP's 2011 series with Delicate Monster's singular brand of interstellar overdrive.

> www.myspace.com/artcohen

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We are pleased to present the OTP line-up for the first half of 2011. As it was last year, this year’s roster of artists cover a broad swathe of genre, styles and substance, mapping much in the way of challenging sonic terrain.

So, for your listening pleasure:

JANUARY 15 — Delicate Monster
FEBRUARY 12 — Durians
MARCH 26 — Kevin Kissinger
APRIL 16 — Tim Motzer
APRIL 23 — Erdem Helvacioglu
MAY 7 — Rapoon
MAY 14 — Elevator Bath Showcase
MAY 28 — Keith Fullerton Whitman


This will be the first in (apologies for the winter metaphor) a flurry of posts to usher in the 2011 schedule, a year that promises to be very indeed, with numerous OTP-related projects in the pipeline, including a revamped website we hope to unveil in the next few months.

A formal announcement for the upcoming performance by Delicate Monster (the duo of Art Cohen & Steve Bowman) on January 15 is forthcoming soon.

And, of course, further updates will be made to our performance schedule (particularly for the latter half of the year) as the season progresses. Stay tuned!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Modulator-ESP
« on: November 30, 2010, 04:04:37 PM »
In the spirit of my recent post on Peter Challoner (perhaps a sub-thread should continue as a 'critique' of current U.K. electronic/ambient musicians...?), I present to you another artist all of you should inquire about herewith, namely one Jez Creek, who records as Modulator-ESP (also the name of his Hypnos moniker).

Having known Jez the past few years, specifically after spending time with him at the last two Electro-Music festivals here in the Northeast U.S., I can assuredly vouch for his most accomplished chops as one of the U.K.'s prime synth experimentalists. Jez effortlessly flows between various genres/worlds, forging new takes on the old Berlin School axiom as Astrogator (alongside fellow synthesist Steve Humphries, aka Creator, yet another extremely talented bloke) as well as a member of U.K. space music 'supergroup' Quadra (featuring John Sherwood, of ambientlive.com, and Brendan Pollard). But it as Modulator-ESP where he really makes his mark—ESP stands for Experimental Synthesis Project for a reason, mainly due to Jez's stubborn refusal to kowtow to any current/past trends in either 'old-school' or 'new-school' electronica. Live performances find him twisting variants of Zeit-era TD into thick, rubbery skeins of sound that suggest Robert Henke and even Namlook's more exploratory excursions. More often than not, however, his music defies easy pigeonholing; he's one of a few synthesists who dig deep into their machines to yield what electronic music does best: unearth hitherto unheard-of sounds, motifs, textures, and progressions.

Jez offers alot of his music as free downloads, but he also has a number of recordings available, which I strongly urge beg investigation, via his site: http://modulator-esp.co.uk/home.htm. Many folks trawling this & other forums seem to desire things 'new', 'different', 'uncategorizable', hell, even 'provocative'—Jez's music certainly fits the bill. Let the discussion/opinions begin.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Peter Challoner
« on: November 27, 2010, 03:02:38 PM »
Okay, you all wanna do some talkin' 'bout new artists/work? Here goes:

For some time I had meant to investigate the work of U.K. musician Peter Challoner, whose back catalog should be required listening around these parts, and over the past month or so I've gradually acquired his, er, back catalog. Challoner trades in the kind of deep atmospheres and longform works that draw directly from the wellsprings of Eno, Roach, Oophoi, Lahiff, et al, and does in fact fit strict definitions of genre music, except that he varies his broadstroke warps & aesthetics release to release: his work as half of Spiraleye incorporates rhythms and post-Schulzian sequencers into the well-executed, slo-mo drift, and even his formal ambient pieces sometimes utilize subtly effective beat patterns. Currently playing Lunar Tide, which is one 60+ minute track that occupies similar space to Roach's Immersion recordings, to use but one quick comparison, yet Challoner seems to spin the usual signifiers out beyond the confines of most austere ambient music.

All in all, beautiful, epic works that deserve wider recognition, hence my post; all of Challoner's work can be had here:

www.ambientlive.com

...or directly from Peter himself:

www.peterchalloner.co.uk

'appy listening.

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

CHUCK VAN ZYL & OMBIENT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com


Synthesist Chuck van Zyl and experimental guitarist Ombient will conclude OTP's inaugural year on Saturday, December 4, capping an eclectic twelve months of vivid performances.

van Zyl has long been a part of the space music community in & around Philadelphia. Host of the long running radio program on WXPN, Star's End, and organizer/proprietor of the nearly two-decades-old Gatherings series of concerts, van Zyl's a veritable fixture across the many interfaces linking classic Berlin School, ambient, and freeform sequencer music. As a performer either solo or collaborating with others (long since noted on his early 90s Synkronos label's cassette releases, and over a number of CDs & CDRs), van Zyl has plied his trade most effectively via his arsenal of trusty analog synths and vintage keys, switching modes between Tangerine Dream/Klaus Schulze affectations and other, more obscure cosmic couriers with ease. Surely those influences will be keenly reflected in his newest release, Memoryspace, available for sale at his performance.

Mike Hunter, aka drone/ambient guitar improvisor Ombient, started his musical career playing his father's electric bass through an old analog tape delay, producing strange and disturbing space/mood music. In Hunter's guise as Ombient, such sounds, being of a live and improvisational nature, are representative of the feeling of the moment in which they are initiated, using guitar, processed and layered with digital looping equipment, to produce near-symphonic levels of density and majestic beauty.

We hope to see you here at 2010's final OTP event.

Chuck van Zyl > www.chuckvanzyl.com
Ombient > www.ombient.com

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

XEROID ENTITY & THE TANGENT PROJECT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com


The members of xeroid entity are Howard Moscovitz, Bill Fox, and Greg Waltzer. Combined they have more than 70 years of experience making electronic music. They all program their own sounds, and refuse to be bound by conventional scales or rhythms. The parts are freely improvised, which allows for maximum expressiveness and interaction between group members while avoiding predictability. Much of it is ambient in nature, without a discernable beat. When the group does play rhythmically based music, it is often polyrhythmic in flavor. The results can be subtle and spacey , noisy without being harsh, dynamic yet continuous. xeroid entity is constantly exploring new musical territory by going beyond the barriers of standard conventions, classic Euro EM practitioners merging (Berlin) old school with (PA/New Jersey) new school.

The interlocking sonic wormholes of The Tangent Project, a duo of Harrison McKay (guitar) and Jeff Coulter (electronics), travel the same spaceways as the European masters as well, breaking bread with established traditions while simultaneously fomenting new frontiers. Dense sequencer patterns collide with slowly expansive chord clusters within the Project's vast vocabulary of sounds, exploiting the genre's broad history as it unveils new, contemporary ideas and avenues. Both The Tangent Project and Xeroid Entity vividly breathe life into the ghosts of Tangerine Dreamers past.

> www.xeroid-entity.com
> www.tangent-project.com

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Marketplace / FA: Zoviet France (Soviet France) "Garista" on ebay
« on: October 18, 2010, 09:19:00 AM »
If anyone's interested, I recently posted the ultra-rare Zoviet (here, Soviet) France classic "Garista" on ebay. Check it here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180576235442#ht_500wt_1050

Happy bidding!


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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

ERIK WØLLO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com



Born in Hemsedal, Norway, in 1961, Erik Wøllo has been a professional artist since 1980. His musical experience covers a wide range of styles, from rock and jazz to experimental electronic and classical music. Best known for his unique and personal electronic ambient music, Wøllo has composed music for films, theater, ballets, exhibitions and for large orchestras. As a guitarist, he has lead groups who've played at clubs, concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, and Canada. From his Wintergarden Studio, he has amassed a solid discography of recordings that seem to capture the lush serenity & expansive beauty of his environs while remaining utterly devoid of most understood Western influences.

Working with artists as diverse as Steve Roach, Bernhard Wostheinrich, Frank van Bogaert, and Deborah Martin seems to both enhance & augment Wøllo's own sensate abilities. A well-respected multi-instrumentalist, on equal footing whether he's manning either guitar or synthesizer, Wøllo creates music that is passionately lyrical and melodious, yet a mosaic-like rhythmic structure imbues much of his work with the same supple grace (for evidence, refer to his one-off ambient techno outing as Exile). His intuitive processes successfully integrate various modes of music, be they pop, rock or classical, into an often-unclassifiable mixture of "ethnic" & electronic fundamentals, an occasionally cinematic tableaux of sounds that are convincing and aurally satisfying. This is no better displayed than on his most recent recording, the brilliant & sonically gorgeous Gateway (Projekt), perhaps his most vivid work to date. Live, Wøllo conducts his varied aural palette with a craftsman's invisible touch.

> http://www.wollo.com/

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / WTB: Zorch CDs
« on: September 28, 2010, 03:13:17 PM »
Hello to all:

Am looking to purchase the two releases by UK synth pioneers Zorch, the CDs of which were released on the label set up by Daevid Allen / Gong. The first is Ouroboros, the second Glastonbury Live. (No download/file links, please - just the original discs.)

Anyone willing to sell copies or know of a dealer (usual routes such as ebay, Amazon(s), GEMM, Discogs, etc., plus general Google search, have come up empty) please contact me directly. Thanks!

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

STEVE MOORE (of Zombi)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com



Steve Moore is an incredibly gifted synthesist & composer (and just as adept a bassist, too) whose work as one half of the duo Zombi has resulted in three albums of kinetic synth prog, but that doesn’t mean the group is easy to pigeonhole—they’re equally at home banging out a solid groove of sequencer headrush, which situates them somewhere between Ozric Tentacles (minus guitar), Klaus Schulze, and Brooklyn’s DFA crew.

On his own, Moore’s debut CD The Henge proclaimed itself a full-on contemporary synth classic that manages to meld Tangerine Dream’s Zeit, Irmin Schmidt & Bruno Spoerri’s Toy Planet and Heldon’s Allez Teia into an epic thrillride for the senses. As further proof of his nomadic status, he’s done remixes for dance acts such as Ursula 1000, and has released a 12-inch on Germany’s bastion of minimal techno, Kompakt.

No doubt Moore’s already priming his modules for maximum OTP overdrive—set the controls for the heart of the sun!

> www.stevemoore2600.com

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

COLOR IS LUXURY (Charles Cohen & hair_loss) / THE GLASS BEES

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com



Irising out of the bowels of Philadelphia come Color Is Luxury, a duo of longtime circuit benders Charles Cohen, artful manipulator of the Buchla easel, and the artist who goes by the moniker hair_loss. Ripping the innards out of their respective electronic arsenals, this diminutive motley crew twist their varied sound palettes into corkscrew whorls of new shapes, sizes, and, yes, colors. Noise not noise, tonally consciously even when they go all atonal on us, Color Is Luxury are true sonic provocateurs sharing a rich aural history that blossoms before your very ears.

The Glass Bees define their multidisciplinary art project as a means to indeterminate ends. Begun as an improvisational music duo, the project has evolved into a malleable and adaptable platform for experimenting in sound and other media. Using electronics, guitar, keyboards, acoustic percussion, cello, computer-processed field recordings, and found objects, the Glass Bees spontaneously assemble soundscapes from colliding abstract loops, ambient noise, and sudden inspirations. The duo proudly proclaim: "We are not trained virtuosos. We make lots of musical mistakes, although we find that these missteps can often open doors into unforeseen territories. We, too, wonder if what we’re doing is a cop out, but prefer to think of it as a game that wears its rules on the box in 16-point type."

Join us on September 25th for an evening of circuit-bending, aural mastication and all manners of expert knob twiddling.

> www.colorisluxury.org
> glassbees.com

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

JASON SLOAN

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com



From his headquarters in Baltimore, new media artist Jason Sloan explores aspects of spirituality and it’s connection to life, death, memory and the virtual world. A professor at the Interaction Design and Art department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Sloan's performances, installations, audio environments and other related work examines the need for transcendence beyond the body through a vehicle of visual ritual and sonic stimulation. With this dialog, Sloan feels an urgency to evoke a collective experience between the viewer, listener, and artist that can bridge the gap between the physical and non-physical world. The focus of this transcendence is not to conform to any current trends or beliefs, but to take a non-dogmatic approach towards artistic and intellectual inquiry. In 2002, Sloan co-founded SLO.BOR Media with sound artist & web designer Matt Borghi as a vehicle for their individual releases and a platform for other artists. SLO.BOR Media is primarily a record label with an abject concern & desire to promote artistic packaging, design & conceptualizing.

Sloan’s performance, installations, net.art and video works have been exhibited internationally in New York, Vienna, Copenhagen, Toulouse, Kiev, Berlin & Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His sound works have been released on various labels and can also be heard on numerous international radio programs. His ambient & atmospheric musics seek to relate more towards inner reflection & contemplation, mirroring Eno's own dictums about the kind of resonating architectures an artist can divulge from sound.

> http://www.jasonsloan.com

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Announcing OTP’s Fall Rushes, a three-week run of innovative artists offering an array of cool sounds to usher in the autumn months:

> SEPT 18 — JASON SLOAN • Sloan’s austere ambient and minimal musics seek to relate more towards inner reflection and contemplation, mirroring Eno & Steve Roach's own dictums about the kind of resonating architectures an artist can divulge from sound, resulting in wholly immersive soundworlds of stark relief and abject beauty. • www.jasonsloan.com

> SEPT 25 — COLOR IS LUXURY / THE GLASS BEES • Two duos preoccupied with circuit-bending and inner ear manipulation. Color Is Luxury combines the talents of erstwhile Buchla veteran Charles Cohen and the curiously monikered hair_loss in the yielding of some of the most provocative boops and beeps around. Electroacoustic improv duo The Glass Bees craft remarkable synergies from a most economical means, flaunting the imperfections of hand-plucked string things with on-the-fly laptop palpitations and a healthy regard for happy accidents. • www.colorisluxury.org / www.glassbees.com

> OCT 1 — STEVE MOORE • Synthesist, bassist, composer and half of dark synth-rockers Zombi, Moore’s solo work stretches the ears yet wider, engulfing dancefloor sequencer pyrotechnics as well as the bottomless depths of Klaus Schulzian black hole dynamics, a full-on rhythm and sound phantasia of the highest order. • www.stevemoore2600.com

Seating is limited for all our events—click the link below for advance ticket purchasing and seat reservations:

www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCES @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

GEARS OF SAND Showcase

with BEN FLEURY-STEINER, WILLIAM FIELDS, & MIKRONESIA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com



Gears of Sand (GoS) Recordings was launched by Ben Fleury-Steiner in 2001 originally as a philosophy (inspired by John Cage, LaMonte Young & Tetsu Inoue, among others) as well as a platform for his own musical experiments. By 2004, after "meeting" (via the Internet) a community of artists who shared his love for drone, noise, textural ambience, and other unclassifiable experimental musics, Fleury-Steiner decided to transform GoS into a vehicle for releasing works of artists he came to admire, establishing the GoS ethos as based on aural explorations without boundaries, encompassing the phrase "sounds of impermanence." In the last few years GoS has issued over 50 releases by artists from more than a half-dozen countries from around the world.

Stylistically, the label’s releases expose quite a cornucopia of genre; there’s a bunch of talented folks at work here, and virtually the entire catalog offers a splendid sampling of gauzily atmospheric, aurally tantalizing noises. We invite you to witness three of GoS's finest tickling the senses in varying ways and perhaps in varying combinations: whether it's in tandem with Fleury-Steiner's mbira-derived drones, William Fields's mutant ambient glitch fantasies or Mikronesia's delicately-balanced software drift, their respective Gears should mesh beautifully in the OTP listening space.

> Gears of Sand • www.gearsofsand.net
> Ben Fleury-Steiner • www.myspace.com/bfsprojects
> William Fields • www.williamfields.com
> Mikronesia • www.mikronesia.com




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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

An Evening with JOHN VORUS

FRIDAY, JULY 23
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
www.onethousandpulses.com


According to John Vorus, "I see working with sound as mapping vibrations in air. By matching together different vibrational patterns, it is possible to create, in three-dimensional space, the subtlety and atmosphere of a place that is reflected in your consciousness. When I hear a sound I can see its shape, color, texture, and movement in my head. So, for me, sound is a visual art that you see with your mind."

Vorus's weapon of choice is the didgeridoo, that primitive Australian soundmaker the Aborigines carved out of local wood, each one utterly unique in its tonal phrasing, composition, & aural fingerprint. Schooled in the technique of circular breathing, the traditional, most direct connection to the didg's particular sonic codex, Vorus wrings out all manners of tones, both earthly & unearthly, from the magical instrument. The fact that he harnesses the sounds of electronic processes to the didg's mainframe doesn't detract in the slightest; on the contrary, this unholy merger of primitive analog with contemporary digital electronic atmospheres serves to heighten and emphasize the dynamic range of both idioms.

Vorus's debut album, "Transmuting Currents", raises many visual spectres via his particularly colorful and vibrant melding of sounds, allowing the deep sonorities of the didg to seamlessly blend, blur, and whirl within deftly sculpted electronic textures and sharp rhythms. Like Steve Roach's similarly forged techno-tribalisms, Vorus's creations also conjure ancient and contemporary sound mystics, a shamanistic music of great breadth and power.

> www.johnvorus.com

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents

An Evening In the Company of the Joy Circuits featuring
MALCOLM CECIL (TONTO's Expanding Head Band)
and
SPITZNAGEL & TREVOR PINCH

SATURDAY JULY 17
 
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM • PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION: $15 advance ticket • $18 at the door

LOCATION: 9 Edward Place, Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677 USA • 201.316.5403

PURCHASE TIX HERE:
http://www.mycommunitytickets.com/organization_info.asp?orgid=1521

FOR DIRECTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
http://www.onethousandpulses.com



OTP is both honored and thrilled to present An Evening In the Company of the Joy Circuits featuring TONTO's Expanding Head Band pioneer Malcolm Cecil, in his first U.S. performance in over 30 years, along with aural sculptors Spitznagel and Trevor Pinch.
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Synthesizer pioneers comprise a fairly small, if exclusive, club, but in both arts, technology and music circles, few have achieved the legendary status of Malcolm Cecil and TONTO. TONTO's Expanding Head Band were an influential electronic music duo from the 1970s conceived by Cecil and Robert Margouleff, two Grammy-winning musicians and sound designers. TONTO itself is an acronym for The Original New Timbral Orchestra, the world's first (and still largest) multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer, designed and constructed by Cecil. Its warm, rich timbres were particularly noteworthy and still cannot be recreated by the current breed of MIDI digital synthesizers and samplers. TONTO has been in the private ownership of Cecil since 1975 when Margouleff left the Head Band; currently TONTO is alive and well and resides in its own studio in upstate New York close to Woodstock.

TONTO's Expanding Head Band's first recording, Zero Time, released in 1971 (and eventually remastered and reissued on CD along with the complete 2nd album It's About Time, attracted the attention of many leading artists of that era because of the unique, warm, musical sounds that TONTO was capable of generating. Chief among those artists was Stevie Wonder, whose involvement with TONTO encompassed four albums and work on the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever, all projects which featured Margouleff and Cecil as associate producers, engineers and programmers. Indeed, the remainder of the 70s and 80s featured TONTO on albums from Quincy Jones, Gil Scott-Heron, and Weather Report, as well as releases from The Doobie Brothers, and Little Feat, among others. In the early 80s, Cecil also released the criminally underrecognized album Radiance under his own name, featuring TONTO in all its atmospheric, many-tentacled glory.

Still a constantly gigging and in-demand session bassist, Cecil's electronic music, never mind his compositional skills, remains some of the most original and enigmatic of its type ever created. For his OTP debut, Cecil will not only bring a number of the original TONTO synth modules but his trusty upright bass as well, all of which to bring forth a stunning hybrid of keyboard virtuosity, 70s synth-jazz, and his own brand of post-classical-flavored synth music.

Spitznagel is no stranger to odd tonalities, either. Out of his large art/studio in upstate New York (where he works with digital imagery in addition to sonics), Spitznagel artfully bends circuits, relays, delays, and all combinations of hard and software into a tasty pretzel logic for the ear. He has realized his innovative sound recreations across a modest catalog of releases spread out through his Level Green label, operating across a plethora of aliases that take in ambient jazz-glitch, alien exotica, and drunken mechanical abstraction, all of which colaesce into mind-boggling mini-symphonies of harmonically stressed, rhythmically energized bleep and bluster. Spitznagel will be joined by writer and musician Trevor Pinch, co-author of the book Analog Days, possibly the definitive work on analog synthesis and the engineers and musicians who gave notoriety to the first generation of electronic instruments.

Together, Cecil, Spitznagel and Pinch bridge multiple generations of electronic artists, their music continuing to resound within the work of contemporary laptop musicians and old-school analog enthusiasts united by their fascination with strange, new sounds.

**NOTE: Advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested as seating is limited.**

We look forward to seeing you at this very special event.

> Malcolm Cecil • www.tontosexpandingheadband.com
> Spitznagel • www.levelgreen.com

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DATE OF PERFORMANCE: Saturday, July 17

DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM / PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM

ADMISSION:
$15 for advance/reserve seating
$18 at the door


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