ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents
An Evening In the Company of the Joy Circuits featuring
MALCOLM CECIL (TONTO's Expanding Head Band)
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
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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
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
DATE OF PERFORMANCE: Saturday, July 17
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM / PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM
$15 for advance/reserve seating
$18 at the door