Artists

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Von Sleight formed in June 2005 in an attempt to merge analog synthesizers, homemade instruments, electrified household objects, and other strange percussive devices. So far all experiments have failed except for six (all released here). Highlights so far include the track Bipolar Bears off Signs of Life somehow being a huge hit in Israel, a stolen suitcase in Sweden being the inspiration for the video Scandinavia Darkly, the merging of Kaoss Pads with ancient technology on Sieves & Cyphers, and krautrock meets dub New Kraut album. Von Sleight was last seen on a viking ship in Finland headed to Egypt.

Rubber Band Banjo

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Rubber Band Banjo is a sci-fi soundtrack composer, homemade instrument percussionist, and biology geek. Musical styles are all over the map and include electronic, jazz, avant rock, krautrock, IDM, video game music, cut-ups, drums ‘n’ bass, dub, no-wave, and musical collages. Compositions often involve MIDI programming and playing multiple musical instruments. These instruments include 3-stringed and rubber band zithers, objects amplified with contact mics, Kaossilator, the Mandala drum, Buddha Machine, Kaoss Pad 2, sampler, electronic drums, voice, and natural recordings. Rubber Band Banjo’s albums have been released on Weirdomusic Recordings and Fringe Biology Recordings. Several tracks have been played on radio stations, podcasts, mixtapes, and made into Ninja videos. The most recent album, Synthetic Biology, is a soundtrack to a synthetic biology film in outer space.

Revolutionary Cells

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Revolutionary Cells is a Seattle-based experimental rock/metal band combining disparate musical elements from progressive rock, post punk, black metal, noise, hip hop, krautrock, and dub. In the spring of 2010, Revolutionary Cells began a series of recording sessions that would become the Barium/Buenos Aires (“Ba”) album, a two-part, ten-song collection of songs ranging from spacious ambient tracks driven by tremolo guitar, insistent synthesizers and hypnotic bass lines to propulsive black metal/noise rock, to post punk grooves augmented with krautrock-style rhythms, to machine-like marches, to dissonant soundscapes. Thematically, Barium/Buenos Aires draws inspiration from Cold War geopolitics, the speculative literature of J.G. Ballard and Jorge Luis Borges, urban decay and science run amok-this reflects their backgrounds in biology and the humanities. The overall mood of the recording is laid back paranoia.

Mutant Microbes

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A cut-up experiment where tiny fragments of audio are mangled and reassembled into Mutant Microbes. Styles include post-punk mixed with early industrial, avant garde metal mashup, Norwegian icy jazz, and cracked-out pop.

Machines For Hire

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Synths, programming, sound manipulation, metallic beatings, guitar, fluorescent tube crushing, styrofoam brutality, general noise making, etc. Two tracks were released on the Fringe Grooves compilation. Demon Zero Highway is an exclusive track for the compilation and Living in the Dead Lights is from Machines For Hire self-released first album.

Borg and the Ultimate Seeds

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Borg and the Ultimate Seeds are an absurdist electro/space/krautrock band hailing from Finland. They have been described as Hawkwind and The Residents fighting in a back alley with hammers and sauerkraut (whatever that means). The composer, guitarist, and vocalist Borg was found playing on the streets of Helsinki before finding his backing band of Ultimate Seeds, who we’ve been told are seedy fellows indeed. .

Bocinas

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Bocinas is a Cincinnati duo that make space-age rock and electronic music that melt your speakers.  Two tracks from their third EP were featured on the Fringe Grooves compilation. Two earlier EPs have been recorded and put in The Vault for safe keeping.

Brickburner

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The defunct post-punk/krautrock/no-wave band Brickburner sounded somewhere in between Cabaret Voltaire, The Fall, early Kraftwerk, DNA, and Joy Division. The future (and Lansing, MI) didn’t need them. Their full length album and live shows are stored in The Vault.