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Just two more days until OTP Philadelphia. Advance tickets are only $7 ($10 @ the door) & can be purchased directly via the link below. An evening of warm, immersive, provocative electronica awaits...We hope to see you there!

Ticket purchase:

New release now available from DataObscura

Just ordered both new ones.

micro-fest of electronic music & otherwise


6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia PA 19104



201-316-5403 /

One Thousand Pulses (OTP) is the Northeast's premier series of festivals for electronic and experimental music. Showcasing artists whose sounds span the spectrum of electronic genres, styles, and motifs, OTP hosts semi-regular events in venues throughout the region to broaden the outreach of such artists and their audiences alike.

OTP's Philadelphia debut event mixes established veterans with vibrant newcomers, all of whom sing the body electric by blurring genre and texture, color and grain, light and sound.

> GROUPTHINK work up vast drones of machinic elegance buttressed by windswept atmospheres and the odd rhythmic pulse. A duo comprised of Darren Bergstein (iPhone synths, laptop, found objects, wayward percussives, voice) and Edward Yuhas (guitar, loops and processing, iPhone synths), Groupthink improvise with wild abandon, yielding, thanks to their various iPhemera, ambience with teeth, as found on their debut CD, Of Microcosmic Origins (Periphery). /

> Gregory Kyryluk, aka ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT, embraces ambient, “new age”, and the classic 1970s German style known as Berlin School. Kyryluk is not only influenced by the masters (Eno, Roach, et al), his love of the natural landscape around him provides just as much imaginative gristle for the aural mill. He is, in fact, a true original; whether recording as AWM, Open Canvas, or as part of the duo Thought Guild, Kyryluk manages to transcend the historical baggage and clichés of his European EM colleagues. He recently issued the final Thought Guild disc on his own Harmonic Resonance Recordings imprint, as well as his ambient techdub debut under the alias Within Reason on the Periphery label. Kyryluk’s appearance at OTP will mark his return to live performing after 10+ years. /

> PETER BIEDERMANN has been playing guitar, composing, and performing live since 1977, both solo and in his bands PING and White Light. Skillful as he is on his trusty acoustic, Biedermann hardly restricts himself to genre: he effortlessly combines both analog and digital techniques to create electroacoustic soundscapes similar to those founded by the likes of Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, and David Torn. Biedermann’s principles carry him across numerous disciplines, whether as part of the psychoacoustic trio Serious Fun or solo where he’s currently forging new strains of guitar-processed ambient. It is this recontextualizing of the guitar into regions familiar yet adjunct that provides the artistic motivation for Biedermann’s continually reinvented persona.

> Philadelphia electronic musician Steve Bowman, aka THIN AIR, is a long-time performer and mainstay of the local electronic music community. His is what he terms a “radical spacemusic with a jam-band sensibility”, combining sounds that range from ambient and dreamy to experimental swathes of raucous noise. Bowman counts among his many influences the works of Morton Subotnick, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Ligeti. However, what separates Bowman’s sonic creations from the rest of the EM pack is that he first and foremost composes, albeit via keyboards controlling an array of delays, arpeggiators. effects, and loopers. Bowman filters his sensibilities through 50 years of listening, a degree in Music from Harvard, and 20 years of playing spacemusic with guitarist Art Cohen in the duo Delicate Monster.

> Guitarist TIM MOTZER and trombonist JA DEANE are masters of their respective instruments, yet they share a mutual fascination with electronica and experimentalism. Motzer’s made circuits dance either solo or in tandem with Jaki Liebezeit, Ursula Rucker, Markus Reuter, Burnt Friedmann, and many others. He owns and operates the eclectic 1k Recordings, which features everything from his superb IDM project Fractured Reverb Underground to his Base3 downtown fusion-funk outfit. Motzer's versatility and interests know no bounds, as both his eclectic label catalog and live performances demonstrates. Trombonist and sonic provocateur Deane’s pedigree is no less impressive: he's worked with Jon Hassell on the seminal Power Spot album, and performed with such luminaries on the avant-jazz scenes as John Zorn, Butch Morris, and Wayne Horvitz. Motzer and Deane’s new collaborative debut as a duo in The March Project should be nothing short of extraordinary. /

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 03, 2012, 06:28:55 PM »
Ishq - Deep Space Objects CD (New album out this month!)

Purchased earlier today. :)

Groupthink, my duo with guitarist/looper Edward Yuhas, will be performing this Sunday, March 4, in Brooklyn @ Roulette as part of a tribute and sonic memorial to my friend & colleague, the late Richard Lainhart.

Groupthink will be performing, along with Jordan Rudess (renowned Dream Theater member & keyboardist/synthesist), Ron Goldberg, and many others, as part of a 15-strong ensemble of sound artists dubbed the Orchestra of the Future. The Orchestra was Richard's last realized project, wherein various improvisors provide the soundtrack to his wonderfully designed collage-noir films culled from 30s & 40s tech, med, & instructional clips. The films themselves merge sci-fi imagery with the kinds of science-fair docs lifted from decades-old high-school labs.

Groupthink utilizes guitars, iPhones, loops, samples, found objects, percussives, and voice effects to inaugurate strange ambient climes & esoteric soundscapes possessed of various odd pulsations. We are honored to be part of this Sunday's event, and hope those of you in the area will attend to pay tribute to one of the most unsung innovators of contemporary electronic, ambient, and drone music.

For further info & to RSVP:


I'm very pleased to announce two new Periphery releases, the first of many to come throughout 2012.

First, we present Subtle Shift, by Within Reason, aka Gregory Kyryluk (usually trading under his regular moniker Alpha Wave Movement). Within Reason's gorgeous ambient/dub/techno works a nether region where post-Basic Channel defectors co-habitate with the ghosts of Tangerine Dreams past, late Mille Plateaux-era minimalisms, and the Echocord crew, but rearranges existing aural vocabularies into vivid & refreshing new shapes.
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Then there's Of Microcosmic Origins, the debut by Groupthink. A duo comprised of Darren Bergstein (iPhemera, found objects, percussives, voice) and Edward Yuhas (guitar, electronics, loops, iPhemera), Groupthink erect vast drones of machinic elegance buttressed by windswept atmospheres, sentient noises, and the odd rhythmic pulse. Utilizing all manners of instruments analog and digital, archaic and contemporary, the duo improvise with wild abandon, yielding, thanks to their various iPhemera, ambience with teeth.
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All current and future Periphery releases will be strictly limited to 50 copies, housed in a unique round, hinged tin with a transparent window displaying the CD.

Both of the above, plus earlier Periphery issues by The Electric Golem and Richard Lainhart, in addition to the compilation Home Patterning, can be purchased on the Periphery Bandcamp page:

Thanks for your interest & support of Periphery and independent electronic music.

For those interested: Spotted Peccary just announced their cluster of Erik Wollo reissues, comprising his now hard-to-find classics Traces, Images of Light, and Solstice:

I have the original editions, but the packaging and addition of extra tracks make these worthwhile purchases, regardless. They're all superb albums, showcasing Erik's then post-Eno style of Nordic ambient; Traces remains one of his finest recordings, although the little-heard Images of Light has much to recommend it, hosting numerous works of chilly, reflective electronica at times spartan, yet always with that 'crystalline' veneer that renders them as quite beautiful. Good to finally see these resurrected in a more widely accessible fashion.

So ordered. :)

Anyone have this and care to comment?

I do have this...if memory serves (it's been some years since I've played this), it pretty much combines the best elements of both artists: Baghiri doing his usual best tribal Roach impersonation coupled w/Nimh's processed field recordings & own ethno pulsations. Yes, this is something of a grand oversimplification as the tracks are lengthy, but fairly accurate. I would say that Nimh brings a grittier, "earthier" feel to Baghiri's template; for his part, Baghiri tempers some of his own tribalist tendencies to embrace the dronier, more minimal aspects of Nimh's work. All the above said, I like this record as it's a collaboration that effectively melds both participant's respective talents; good, solid, minimalistic ethno/drone/atmospherica.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Yagya Rhythm of Snow
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:45:40 PM »
Easily one of the best electronica (Dubambientech? Basic-channel tech? Whatever) records to come out in the last 20 years...set standards, models, & clichés in the genre that have motivated legions of copyists & established its own subgenre, regardless of name.

Though I purchased "R.o.S." when it first came out, I'd be curious to see if/when this know something we don't, Headonist? :)

(Addendum: According to this Facebook page, Yagya's new one is done & he's shopping around for a label...)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Richard Lainhart RIP
« on: December 31, 2011, 01:47:55 PM »
It is with abject shock & sadness that I must announce the death of my close friend & colleague, electronic musician Richard Lainhart, who passed away yesterday of complications following surgery.

Eulogies, of course, are for the living, and cannot bring back what has now passed; nevertheless, I am so stunned at the moment, having only found out this news just a few short hours ago, that I am at something of a loss of words. Richard's pedigree as an electronic musician was unquestionable, and his work to this day was an ever-evolving organism of ideas, textures, approaches, and directions. I can now only feel deeply honored that I was able to release his remaining 80s works, Polychromatic Integers, on my label this past year.

The even sadder irony of this news is that Richard & his work remained largely unsung to the general electronic(a) community, despite his being a tireless performer & supporter of the genre; in fact, Richard was one of the fiercest supporters of my efforts with OTP, having attended virtually every performance regardless of his own personal taste, and lending an hand on untold occasions for various technical & a/v matters where they needed addressing. He was primed to be one of the performers at the mini-fest I've been organizing in Philly for late March, and the fact that he now will not be there fills me with immense & profound regret.

Like most artists, under-recognized or not, what we now have left is the legacy of his work to savor & relish.

It's been a tough year for our genre/community, and not exactly the way I wanted to usher in 2012.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2011, 08:05:10 PM »
John Foxx/Harold Budd Nighthawks, Translucence & Drift Music (3 CD set) (Edsel)

I already owned the 2-disc version but picked this up (inexpensively) for the Nighthawks material as well. Budd's had something of a career resurgence of late, and although he veers little from his established m.o., this one certainly rises above the others & is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous; get this 3 disc version, as it is all superb, particularly the immersive ambience of Drift Music & Translucence's stately beauty. Suiting the chilly outside night air environs perfectly...

After a few teasers this past week, the Prometheus trailer has now dropped, and it looks absolutely bugfuck godlike! Can't even remotely temper my enthusiasm about this...the whole feel of the film truly seems to be, as Scott has put it, epic, and if this is evidence of the final out, world!

Already been an interesting week for cinematic teasers, what with trailers for The Hobbit & The Dark Knight Rises also bowing, and both of those look stunning as well. Wife & I are going to see Mission Impossible in IMAX this Saturday night, and I'm psyched both for that & the TDKR footage.

2012's obviously going to be a big year, film-wise.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 27, 2011, 08:00:01 PM »

How do you like the new Kate Bush?  I LOVE some parts, but am not wild about others(duet with Elton John).  Generally I like it & am glad she is putting out new music instead re-doing old tunes.

I like it quite a bit, Dave, but only played it through once. It's a *very* different record than she's ever made; imagine her recast as a seedy lounge singer fronting a gothic jazz combo, and you're there. It remains another one of her quasi-'experimental' yet strangely accessible recordings; I'm taken with the surreal impressionism of it all, even the duet w/John - aging 'gracefully' she sure as hell ain't!

bass communion - cenotaph
elve (ishq) - emerald
chihei hatakeyama & naph - air
koss - ancient rain

Jim: looking in to ordering that Bass Communion myself, as it's the only one of Wilson's side projects I like (not a PT fan, or care much for anything else he records as). That Elve is fantastic - look in to all the other recent releases on virtualworld as well (just got the new Open System). Both the Hatakeyama/Naph & Koss are highly recommended; Koss works that otherworldly, Yagya-esque ambient dub thang for all it's worth, and the H/N collab could easily fit onto 12k or Home Normal. There's also another Koss out that I have but haven't listened to yet:

And the list continues...

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DATE OF PERFORMANCE: Saturday, December 3


$8 for advance/reserve seating, $10 at the door


Come join us on December 3 for OTP’s final event of 2011, featuring one of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets, the experimental trio known as Serious Fun.

Serious Fun features the original poetry of John Hammel (vocals, harmonica, melodica) supported via improvisational music courtesy of Peter Biedermann (electric & acoustic guitars, electronics) and Anthony Lamort (keyboards, electronics, sampling). This is a trio whose music defies easy categorization: neither ‘jazz’ by any stretch, or anywhere near ‘rock’ music or even something resembling what most would consider to be strictly ‘electronic’ by nature, Serious Fun wipe out in one fell swoop the boundaries between contemporary experimental musics.

Hammel’s gothic homespun, equal parts Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, and Robert Wyatt, positively aches throughout the guitar-webbed soundworld Biedermann cooks up, spiced considerably by Lamort’s unorthodox synth & mysterioso keyboard accompaniment. Call it ‘avant-Americana’, if you will—this is the stuff of fever dreams hatched by auteurs David Lynch and Derek Jarman, writ into a kind of grand guignol aural noir.

The thrust of Serious Fun can be found on their two recordings, The Red House Panties, and An American Anthem, featuring work penned by Hammel during the early 1990′s in a purgative burst after spending approximately three years immersed in novelists such as James M. Cain, Jim Thompson, and James Ellroy. Hammel channels the seedier undercurrents of the American experience via his smoked voice and ghostly harmonica, while bandmates Biedermann and Lamort sort and sift through varying patterns of near Frippian-guitaroid menace and subversive analog burbles that act like sonic earworms gnawing in to the psyche.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 24, 2011, 07:49:15 PM »
Oy, yet more to buy... :)

Wasn't aware of another bvdub, always good news. In fact, that AN/AY label outta Japan has a ton of good stuff on it, so much so that I picked up 4 of their releases, including Brock's newie. Originally heard of the label via Arc of Doves, and AoD's excellent release on that label, The Light.

Have all those recent Hic Sunt Leones (save the new 5000 Spirits), all excellent, particularly the AD/A collab. Ditto the Maps & Diagrams twin releases & that new Molvaer.

Recent plays:

- Gary Strater Eleven to the Fourth Twice / ebay find...who knew the former (late) Starcastle keyboardist had a good electronic album in him? Dreamy ambient ala (early, Azure-phase) Kit Watkins vying with spunky 'melodies' based on fractals; very nice.
- Mr. Cloudy / Russian ambient dub artist releasing all over the place, on labels such as U-Cover & French label Entropy...all very Basic Channel/Yagya/Echospace-ish. If that sound's your cuppa, these will shift your time perceptions & listening space.
- New Fax discs by Gate Zero, Namlook/Montana, and Namlook's Elektronik, all worthwhile, all variable, from outright deep space excursions to tricky electronica by GZ to the always superb N/M collabs exploring crisp beat structures.

The listening backlist is *always* voluminous: in fact, recent buys include:

- Henry Threadgill Complete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings (7 disc set)
- new Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow
- Humcrush & Sidsel Endresen Ha! (Rune Grammophone)
- Pink Floyd Discovery Box (all studio recordings)
- Miles Davis Complete Columbia Recordings (75 discs!), replacing my original Columbia issues
- Andrew Liles The Flesh Creeping Gonzoid (7 disc set)

Also en route is new stuff on the Boltfish label, new Moon Wiring Club, Rinneradio +, two new ones by Mythos (old krautrocker turned Berlin School synthdriver), new one from Aussie improv giants The Necks, Eat Static Alien Artifacts reissue (yay!), Lard Free boxset (Captain Trip) incl. all 4 recordings, Byron Metcalf's Shaman's Heart I, new Ishq Awake, rare stuff from cv313 & Echospace, older title from Japanese fusion band Casiopeia, and on and on...

And Saturday I plan to trek south to a record show in Philly, taking in the local shops as well...more shelving units are in the future, obviously... :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 07, 2011, 04:23:00 PM »
A further bit of addendum I would like to add regarding this topic:

There's no way of confirming the veracity of the piece on the Sideline mag website - it has not yet been 'corroborated', so it must therefore be viewed with more than a modicum of salt. :)

However, this whole thing with the CD's demise, imminent or not, has been coming for some time, and undoubtedly that will occur. Sooner than later, who knows?

Also: of course, the 'majors' (meaning, big industry labels) ceasing CD production doesn't spell outright demise for indie labels (such as Hypnos, or even Periphery, for that matter). In fact, such labels might well prosper, as the already splintered niche market for electronic/experimental musics is small anyway, and many buyers like myself will continue to prize the CD as their format of choice.

I don't think this is all doom-and-gloom, but the writing is getting clearer on that proverbial wall, to be sure; still won't stop me from supporting the ideal format, as far as I'm concerned, for sound, art, and the marriage of the two.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 07, 2011, 11:10:55 AM »
Not sure if this is under the appropriate forum heading to post this (change it at will, Mike!); regardless:

Not unexpected news, but that doesn't make it any less distressing.

After reading this, I'm not exactly sure how I want to respond; I could go on for a couple thousand words how I feel about this, but have little desire to do it on a forum (perhaps in a more 'formal' venue).

Suffice to say, I think it sucks if/when this moment comes. To those of you who are happy with the faceless download, where music becomes simply nebulous, artless data (I could care less whether it's FLAC, wav, aiff, whatever), with the dissolution of its reach, power, and mandate as a completely audio/visual synergistic art form, where it becomes just another disposable commodity to be digested without passion, I have little commonality.

I know this is a hugely divisive issue. Regardless of my opinions on this matter, as someone who believes fervently that an actual TACTILE OBJECT, an actual SOUND CARRIER containing true sound dynamics & a visual presentation, design & style (and I'm referring specifically to the CD, though I will include vinyl as well) needs to exist (much like an actual paper-based magazine or book, or a painting on a canvas), I know I'm in the minority, and despite such a position, it sure as hell isn't going to stop the CD's demise.

(And, to reiterate, I don't want to hear about lossless files or the ability to print artwork...why that remains a 'selling point' is beyond me. Don't want to build my own car; why should I want to construct my own art for a recording I purchased? Again, I know my ire will draw various perspectives across the spectrum, and from far & wide, but so be it.)

So, when the manufacturing of the CD finally goes the way of all flesh, I will thus continue to enjoy my existant 20,000+ CD library 'til my end of days, technological 'evolution', or whatever, be damned.

That's my op, for what it's worth.

Back to our regular scheduled program, already, regretfully, in progress...

Appearances by renowned UK synth trio AirSculpture are rare indeed; their OTP debut will be their first appearance in the New York City/North Jersey area, an event not to be missed. We hope to see you here Saturday night for this special performance!

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