ABOUT THE AUDIO ARTISTS|
The Audio Artists are a collective of individuals drawn together by their common interest in creating music with esoteric instruments. More of a "science project than a band", the Audio Artists deliver a full spectrum of musical expression ranging from "danceable techno tango to electronica disharmonica". They have just released their third full-length CD - It Is Sour Data.
The Audio Artists break with any categorizable type of conventional pop music. Most of their sounds are generated by electronic "boxes" that are designed and created by the musicians themselves. Members range in background from those who are totally resistant to normal musical conventions to those with advanced musical degrees and mad audio engineering skills. Other unusual instruments are used in both their original and modified forms. A Bob Moog Etherwave Theremin, for instance, is played alongside a custom-made Theremaniac Brassiere.
United in the manufacture and use of homemade non-keyboard synthesizers, the Audio Artists boldly chart the ground between the technological, no logical and scatological traditions. Employing a distinctive palette of pure electronic sound, driving percussion, spoken word, Theremins, Stylophones, Waterphones, double bass entendres and cheap theatrical ploys, the Audio Artists paint a hypnogogic mindscape of aesthetic, kinetic, pathetic audio vision. It Is Sour Data proves that.
An Audio Artist live show is often an experience in the tradition of Cab Calloway, P.T. Barnum, General Augusto Pinochet and the Romans. Live Mattel pixel feeds, 1920ıs erotica from the King of Spainıs private collection and other sundry visuals mix with ease, usually ensuring an evening of perplexing stimulus. Don Hill, owner of Don Hill's, a legendary nightclub in downtown NYC, commented: "I've been in music for a long time and I've never seen or heard anything like this."
It Is Sour Data is the perfect follow-up to the Audio Artistsı second cd - a live multi-media performance recorded at the HERE Collaborative Multi-Arts Center in downtown Manhattan. A recent comment from a typical listener was: "The tracks are all short".
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