Category:Electronic music groups from California
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1. Electronic music – In general, a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronic technology. Examples of electromechanical sound producing devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, purely electronic sound production can be achieved using devices such as the theremin, sound synthesizer, and computer. During the 1920s and 1930s, electronic instruments were introduced and the first compositions for instruments were composed. Musique concrète, created in Paris in 1948, was based on editing together recorded fragments of natural and industrial sounds, Music produced solely from electronic generators was first produced in Germany in 1953. Electronic music was created in Japan and the United States beginning in the 1950s. An important new development was the advent of computers for the purpose of composing music, algorithmic composition was first demonstrated in Australia in 1951. In America and Europe, live electronics were pioneered in the early 1960s, during the 1970s to early 1980s, the monophonic Minimoog became once the most widely used synthesizer at that time in both popular and electronic art music. In the 1980s, electronic music became dominant in popular music, with a greater reliance on synthesizers, and the adoption of programmable drum machines. Electronically produced music became prevalent in the domain by the 1990s. Contemporary electronic music includes many varieties and ranges from art music to popular forms such as electronic dance music. Today, pop music is most recognizable in its 4/4 form. At the turn of the 20th century, experimentation with emerging electronics led to the first electronic musical instruments and these initial inventions were not sold, but were instead used in demonstrations and public performances. The audiences were presented with reproductions of existing music instead of new compositions for the instruments, while some were considered novelties and produced simple tones, the Telharmonium accurately synthesized the sound of orchestral instruments. It achieved viable public interest and made progress into streaming music through telephone networks. Critics of musical conventions at the time saw promise in these developments, ferruccio Busoni encouraged the composition of microtonal music allowed for by electronic instruments. He predicted the use of machines in future music, writing the influential Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music, futurists such as Francesco Balilla Pratella and Luigi Russolo began composing music with acoustic noise to evoke the sound of machinery. They predicted expansions in timbre allowed for by electronics in the influential manifesto The Art of Noises, developments of the vacuum tube led to electronic instruments that were smaller, amplified, and more practical for performance. In particular, the theremin, ondes Martenot and trautonium were commercially produced by the early 1930s, from the late 1920s, the increased practicality of electronic instruments influenced composers such as Joseph Schillinger to adopt them
2. California – California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western coast of the U. S, California is bordered by the other U. S. states of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. Los Angeles is Californias most populous city, and the second largest after New York City. The Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nations second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, California also has the nations most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The Central Valley, an agricultural area, dominates the states center. What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish Empire then claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its war for independence. The western portion of Alta California then was organized as the State of California, the California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom. If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world, fifty-eight percent of the states economy is centered on finance, government, real estate services, technology, and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5 percent of the states economy, the story of Calafia is recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián, written as a sequel to Amadis de Gaula by Spanish adventure writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The kingdom of Queen Calafia, according to Montalvo, was said to be a land inhabited by griffins and other strange beasts. This conventional wisdom that California was an island, with maps drawn to reflect this belief, shortened forms of the states name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA. Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000. The Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups also were diverse in their organization with bands, tribes, villages. Trade, intermarriage and military alliances fostered many social and economic relationships among the diverse groups, the first European effort to explore the coast as far north as the Russian River was a Spanish sailing expedition, led by Portuguese captain Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, in 1542. Some 37 years later English explorer Francis Drake also explored and claimed a portion of the California coast in 1579. Spanish traders made unintended visits with the Manila galleons on their trips from the Philippines beginning in 1565
3. 8 Bit Weapon – 8 Bit Weapon is a chiptune music band formed by Seth and Michelle Sternberger. 8 Bit Weapon was originally created by Seth Sternberger around 1999,8 Bit Weapon started around 1999 by remixing Commodore 64 SID tunes like Crazy Comets, M. U. L. E. and some Nintendo N. E. S. Game music such as Super Mario Bros, both the SID remixes can be heard on the album titled Confidential 1.0 and the Nintendo remixes on the official 8 Bit Weapon website. Later on,8 Bit weapon began writing music using the Commodore 64, Nintendo Game Boy. 8 Bit Weapon has become known recently after favorable coverage in the Los Angeles Times, A live performance on G4s Attack of the Show, and performances at E32004,2005. The project with Nokia is the soundtrack for Reset Generation, a game by RedLynx for N-Gage 2.0, xbox’s exclusive Halo 2 E32004 preview event had its own soundtrack written and produced by 8 Bit Weapon. The score was 15 minutes long and was played continuously in the area of the party. 8 Bit Weapon has also remixed music for Erasure, Information Society, in July 2007,8 Bit Weapon was hired to perform at Commodores 25th anniversary party for the Commodore 64 computer. On March 16th,2012 the Smithsonian American Art Museums The Art of Video Games exhibit opened featuring a chipmusic soundtrack at the entrance by artists 8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer,8 Bit Weapon also created a track called The Art of Video Games Anthem for the exhibit as well. February 9,20108 Bit Weapon released the Apple II Digital Music Synthesizer, together Michael J. Mahon and 8 Bit Weapon created the 1st wavetable synthesizer for the Apple //e, IIc, IIc+ and IIGS computers. The software is designed for performance and it does not require a monitor to work. It supports up to 8 voices, which can be selected from the 10 on disk and it can be used to “record” a performance for later playback as well. In April 2009, Sony Creative Software released 8 Bit Weapon, A Chiptune Odyssey loop and sample Library. The library contains music loops and samples made by the band of the computers and video game consoles, Apple II, Commodore 64, NES, Game Boy. Seth - Founded band around 1998-1999 and is the primary songwriter and he plays Commodore 64/128, Apple IIc, Game Boys, and lead vocals at live events. Michelle - Joined the band in October 2006 and writes music for the band as well and she also has her own solo releases under the name ComputeHer. She plays Commodore 64/128, Apple IIe drums, acoustic drums, as mentioned above, Michelle has a solo band called ComputeHer. Created by Michelle Sternberger in 2005, she makes music using 8-bit computers and she is also a member of the chiptune band 8 Bit Weapon
4. Andain – Andain is a San Francisco-based electronic music duo. Their style incorporates a blend of elements and electronic sound design, integrating tender. Band members initially included producer Josh Gabriel, singer and songwriter Mavie Marcos, current members are Mavie and Josh. Andain was founded during the spring of 2001, as Josh joined forces with Mavie, the band made its first leap in 2002 with the song Summer Calling, after getting attention from Tiësto and signing with Black Hole. The following year saw the release of Andains second single, Beautiful Things, being released and promoted as a remix by Gabriel & Dresden, the song made its first appearance on Tiëstos compilation album Nyana, eventually spawning a single. With enthusiastic reception from the music scene, it has since become recognised as the bands signature track. As the leak would denote, the band was planning to record a full-length album, meanwhile, Beautiful Things earned a nomination for Best Progressive / Trance under the Winter Music Conference 2004, with also Andain being nominated for Best New Dance Group. The year was marked by a less prominent release from the band, with the track Here is the House. While no further news were published about the status of the anticipated album, however, due to high demands from other projects, the group suspended in 2006. Andain would eventually reform in 2007 as Mavie and Josh, two years later, an interview with Josh by Trance. nu would reveal the word of their next single, Promises – although, no word of an estimated release date was mentioned at the time. Nevertheless, the word of Andain began to stir into motion again, further supported by the leak of a new demo, after four years in the making, Andains new album was handed in to the label in early April,2011. Eventually, the album debuted with the official music video, on June 1,2011. As the second single from the album, Much Too Much was released on January 30,2012. The single was succeeded by a three track remix EP on February 27,2012, and a standalone remix by Mike Shiver on April 23,2012. While the album was still being prepared for release, Turn Up the Sound was selected to make an official appearance. Incidentally, the production of the song had been rewritten since the leak in 2009, with exception of the last part of the song, on August 10,2012, the anticipated album was officially announced on Andains Facebook page. Titled You Once Told Me, the record was released on September 24,2012. Succeeding the release of You Once Told Me, the album spawned two additional singles
5. Atoms for Peace (band) – Yorke formed the band in 2009 to perform songs from his debut solo album, The Eraser. They released an album of material, Amok, on February 25,2013. In 2006, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke released his first solo album, The Eraser and he said, It’s like opening a big Pandoras Box, and I don’t know what direction it’s going to go in. We’ve got these bonkers rhythms made by machines, and musicians who can keep up with them – no problem –, the band went unnamed for early performances, listed as Thom Yorke or. In February 2010, they announced an American tour and a name, the band shares the name with a 1953 speech by American President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a song from The Eraser. After the tour ended in 2010, Atoms for Peace spent three days jamming and recording material in Los Angeles. The album was followed by a tour of Europe, the US, answering a fan question on Reddit in 2013, Yorke wrote that determining whether new songs were for Radiohead or Atoms for Peace was a grey area. Obviously depends on who is being sampled
6. Beats Antique – Beats Antique is a U. S. -based experimental world fusion and electronic music group. David Satori, born in Burlington, Vermont in 1979, brings experience with different styles of world music to the collaborative drawing board of Beats Antique. He began playing music while at Burlington High School, and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in music performance, while attending CIA, he formed an experimental instrumental group called The Funnies. The Funnies recorded two albums, and toured in an eco-bus that ran entirely on recycled vegetable oil, in 2003, Satori moved to San Francisco to join Aphrodesia, a ten-piece afro-beat group. Aphrodesia toured the U. S. and made a trip to Nigeria, the afro-beat group’s tour ended in a performance at the New Shrine in Lagos, a venue built by the son of afro-beat composer and player Fela Kuti. His son Femi Kuti also sat in with Aphrodesia, and inspired Satori to produce their 2007 album, in 2004, back in San Francisco, Satori and Zoe Jakes met and began dating. Zoe Jakes began belly dancing in 2000, but is a dancer, having 10 years of jazz. Her belly dancing is a blend of traditional dance with tango, popping. She toured with the Yard Dogs Road Show for five years, performed with the Extra Action Marching Band and she began touring with Bellydance Superstars in 2005, a dance company produced by Miles Copeland. Jakes and Satori began working with Ableton Live, and this is when she began to experiment with electronic music, tommy Cappel met Zoe Jakes when they were both members of Extra Action Marching Band. Satori and Cappel met years ago when Satori brought him in to play drums for a Burning Man decompression party, Cappel grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. The son of two teachers and the brother of a drummer, Cappel was always surrounded by music. At a young age he took up his brother’s drum set, influenced by his father’s jazz LP’s and his brothers prog rock and heavy metal music, Cappel became very interested in percussion. In the 1990s, Cappel attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a degree in studio drumming, at Berklee, Cappel studied New Orleans jazz, bebop, modern jazz, and world music. When one of his teachers needed help transcribing African and Arab drum patterns to a drum kit, after graduating, he moved to New York City and began exploring many different types of genres. He would spend a lot of time at the Bell, a café in Manhattan that held free music jams, when a group of friends and musicians moved to San Francisco, Cappel joined them. Beats Antique was then formed in San Francisco in 2007 when Zoe Jakes approached her manager, Copeland green lit the project, and their debut album Tribal Derivations was conceived on Copeland’s CIA record label. Tribal Derivations was an album, created to complement the dance styles of producer/arranger Zoe Jakes
7. Ben Wa (band) – Devil Dub is the 1999 debut album by San Francisco Bay Area band Ben Wa consisting of Dr. Ware and House. After forming in 1997, contributing to several compilations and releasing an EP in 1998, Devil Dub was the first full-length release by the duo. House sums up, The way Devil Dub was created never placed us all in the studio together at the same time Each person came in for a day or two and we recorded them improvising. First we had Brain play to some tracks in a studio. Armed with these beats Dr. Ware and I created the grooves, guest musicians finally included avant-garde guitarist Buckethead, drummer Brain and DJ Disk. Critics were overwhelmingly warm with the URB magazine calling it one of the most crucial records of any genre released this year, Buckethead – guitar, neuro-pulse guitar-activated Larynx Modeler DJ Disk – turntable, orange Bear Brain – beats M. I. R. V. – broken guitar Adrian Isabell – percussion Dr. Ware – keyboards, programming House – bass, programming Dow W. Patten – preacher Recorded at Tyrell Studios, Oakland CA Produced by Ben Wa. Ben wa humbly acknowledge the following for the inspiration, Scientist, Mad Professor, Lee Scratch Perry, King Tubby, Sly and Robbie, Bill Laswell, official homepage Michelle Goldberg on the album Interview by Martijn Busink,2002
8. The Bird and the Bee – The Bird and the Bee is an American indie pop musical duo from Los Angeles, consisting of Inara George and Greg Kurstin. George and Kurstin met while the two were working on her album and they decided to collaborate on a jazz-influenced electropop project. Their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, was released on October 31,2006, according to their Myspace page, Greg and Inara were introduced in 2004 by mutual friend Mike Andrews, whom George had enlisted to produce her solo debut, All Rise. That EP was the four-track Again and Again and Again and Again, the EP includes the single Fucking Boyfriend, which topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart on the issue dated December 2,2006. The duos self-titled debut studio album, The Bird and the Bee was released on January 23,2007 to positive reviews, AllMusic described it as irresistible and charming and delightful at every turn. With the holiday season came additional exposure for the group, when Apple Inc. s iTunes Store chose Carol of the Bells to be the featured Free Single of the Week for the week of November 27. In 2008 the duos third EP One Too Many Hearts was released exclusively in digital format on February 12,2008 to coincide with Valentines Day, the four-song collection featured a rendition of the 1920s standard Tonight You Belong to Me. Following its January 27 release, the album debuted atop Billboards Top Heatseekers chart on sales of 5,000 copies. In support of the album, the duo embarked on a ten-date US tour, on March 14, The Bird and the Bee performed at the Tricot Showroom in Los Angeles as part of a FMLY show. On March 23,2010, the band released Interpreting the Masters Volume 1, A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, whats in the Middle was featured in the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of Bones. 4th of July was featured in the Tim and Eric Awesome Show and their song Diamond Dave appeared in Judd Apatows 2009 film Funny People. The Bird and the Bee announced on their official Facebook page on September 26,2011 that they were no longer signed to Blue Note Records and they also stated, We dont have an exact release date for the album yet, but itll most likely be early 2012. On November 18,2011, the duo released a digital-only Christmas single titled Wishes through their website, the Bird and the Bee contributed All Our Endless Love to the soundtrack for the 2014 film Endless Love. This was a collaboration with Matt Berninger, and was released on the album on 11 February 2014. They produced a new track named Undone for the soundtrack of Sex Tape in July of the same year, in April 2015, George announced that a new album would be released in July of that same year. The album, released on 17 July, was titled Recreational Love, the albums debut single, Will You Dance. was released on 5 May 2015