Invisible Circle, Teach me Equals, Man of Millions, Jonathan Badger

Invisible Circle

Travel, field recordings, "world" music, wild animals, Animism, simplicity, transcendental experience, drone, trance, confusion.

Teach me Equals

Since meeting in 2010, Florida native Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, vocals) and Jersey-boy Greg Bortnichak (cello, vocals) have had a thing for testing the limits of impossibility. Together, they formed their first project (Bard and Mustache), played their first show, and recorded their first release in a (mostly) sleepless 48-hour binge. Between building an all-analog studio to accommodate their ever-increasing interest in sonic experiments, releasing 2 more EP’s, and touring consistently, the pace hasn’t let up much for them in the last few years.

Nowhere is this playful disregard for the laws of nature more apparent than in their music. In a 2012 interview, WMNF radio host Alastair St. Hill coined the term “Scrape Rock” to more adequately describe the duo’s affinity for exploring the shadow side of string instruments. This Week In Sarasota describes Teach Me Equals “scrape rock” as “A sexy, sinister sound... willing to talk the line between catchy, crafty, and cathartic.” The Orlando Weekly called it: “Venturesome,” adding, “opting for drama, melody, and spontaneity, they’re testing the bounds of pop music.”

It is their unique sound and unorthodox approach to achieving it that has built Teach Me Equals a cult following. And with their debut record, it is apparent that Bortnichak and Murphy show no signs of toning it down or slackening the pace. Expected out spring 2014, Teach Me Equals’ debut features visionary soundsmith, “Delicate Steve” Marion in mixing and mastering. Teach Me Equals moves into a 1979 Chalet pop-up camper and onto the road starting July 23rd, 2013, and will be touring North America through the end of 2014.

Jonathan Badger

Jonathan Badger is a composer based in Baltimore, Maryland. After studying composition at Duke University and receiving numerous commissions for theatre and dance music (Emerson College [Boston], Several Dancers Corp [Atlanta/Dallas] among others), he released "Metasonic" (2006, High Horse),capturing rhythmic ambient music, improvised on guitar in one take. Since then he’s traveled around performing his riveting style of “guitaristic” electronic music.

In 2008 Jonathan turned to a more extensive use of computer in his live act, processing guitar through an assortment of customized software and hardware - folding and weaving signals together into complex patterns of interlaced rhythm, harmony and texture. The resulting aesthetic is an ambient, avant-rock hybrid with DIY sensibilities, and serves as the basis for his second full-length, "Unsung Stories from Lilly's Days as a Solar Astronaut" (MT6 2010).

Essentially "Metasonic"’s inversion, "Lilly’s Days" is the result of composition for the sake performance. After touring for Metasonic in 2007 using the same basic hardware he had used for that record, Jonathan re-engineered his performance rig. He brought in violinists, cellists, pianists, and singers to record every note on their instrument, inviting them to play each note in multiple ways. From these recordings he culled a massive collection of samples, which his laptop-hosted software selects and triggers based not only on what notes Jonathan plays on his guitar, but also on how he plays them. The system also incorporates samples of Mellotron tape banks, mapping each note on the guitar to individual Mellotron tape loops. This interplay of musician and software makes for a dynamic and expressive performance. In addition to the guitar-triggered samples, the software system enables Jonathan to record and arrange chunks of music on the fly, building up complex and shapely structures in real time. This set of processes has become his way of bringing true compositional structure to what has traditionally been a more free-form style of art. Still, with plenty of room for improvisation -- and with the inherent indeterminacy in this process -- no two performances are exactly alike.

Once the capabilities of this re-envisioned rig and software environment became clear, entirely new performance strategies became possible, and Jonathan found himself composing music that exploited those possibilities. This music began to assemble itself into a coherent set of compositions during a series of performances in the spring of 2009. After a short tour in August, Jonathan took the whole kit into the studio and produced the new record.

Despite being essentially guitar music, Lilly’s Days is not a typical “loopy” ambient guitar album. While the tracks faithfully reflect the energy of Jonathan’s live shows, this CD is atrue studio effort; the tracks are polished and fully formed compositions, mixing the delicacy of chamber music, with the hypnotic pulses and sonic adventurousness of electronic music.



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Invisible Circle, Teach me Equals, Man of Millions, Jonathan Badger

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