A continuous live performance from a a synthesist / drum programmer raised on Miles Davis and Weather Report and a DJ raised on Aphex Twin and Future Sound of London
This record is a two track recording of a live performance, with Goetsch manning synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines, while Collins attacks his own synthesizer as well as a sampler and turntable that are used not for beats, but for layers of processed spoken word and sound effects that ride atop the tightly knit grooves the two have written together (no drum loops were used). The result is a dense Robert Rauschenberg-like sound collage, with no single part as the focus, a constantly evolving biomechanical brew.
In 1997 in Los Angeles, there
began a marvelous art gallery / restaurant / performance space by the unusual
name of Lumpy Gravy. The name came from title of one of Frank Zappa's earliest
records, as the place was dedicated to his memory by its owner Gabor Csupo.
Although Csupo is quite a musician and has several releases on his own Tone
Casualties label, most people are familiar with animated productions from
his partnership, Klasky Csupo, most notably "Rugrats", The Wild Thornberries",
and "Real Monsters". Unfortunately Lumpy Gravy was not to have a long life,
probably due to the conflict of the burgeoning success of the animation studio
and the time such a performance space demands. Hopefully this recording will
serve as a memento of this fabulous place. Biomechanique also wishes to thank
to Vince Kosa (known for his work in BP Service) for his help in all the recordings
made there, including this one.
luke collins/ Technics turntable, Numark mixer, Digitech DHP-55 and Lexicon LXP-5 effects processors, Korg 707 synthesizer and DSM-1 sampler
jim goetsch/ Korg Wavestation and Prophecy synthesizers, Novation Bass Station synthesizer, Roland R-8 and Alesis HR-16B drum machines, Alesis MMT-8 sequencer
Sonic Curiosity: "The fusion of driving percussion and atmospheric timbre are masterfully crafted to achieve a trance that is vivacious with brisk animation."
Earpollution: "Collins' and Goetsch's live experiment as Biomechanique is a great example of how electronic music lends itself to a spontaneous generation. Good show, guys."
Aural Innovations: "A special CD by a special duo. I hope that they produce some more music like this."
live at lumpy gravy
05 death rap