Telecult Powers (originally from Cleveland), Grasshopper, OPPONENTS, and Long Distance Poison, there's something about Brooklyn that inspires an experimental edge, a noisy, ominous, urban shroud that finds these projects transcending the merely imitative, to something more like a redefinition.
Instead of simply flogging the horse, as so many who pick up a DX7 and a Mini Moog on craigslist are doing these days, these bands are injecting new life into a sound that saw its heyday in the late 1960s through the early 80s. The Spiritual Switchboard brings together two of Brooklyn electronics' major players; Jesse DeRosa, Baked Tapes impresario and member of both Grasshopper and The Hex Breaker Quintet /Quartet, and Joshua Slusher, of OPPONENTS, Creeplings, Hollow Moon, and The Grand Selector, someone who in my observation treats electronic music with a solemn, almost holy reverence. Their one cassette release, on Baked Tapes, under the early name of Night Travelers, is a moody masterpiece that will grow on you like a weed, is heavy without shying away at all from melody and counterpoint, and is very much its own thing while pleasanty recalling Popol Vuh, Edgar Froese / T-Dream, and The Residents' Eskimo. Hear The Spiritual Switchboard emanating LIVE from WFMU / My Castle of Quiet tonight.
From the band -
"The Spiritual Switchboard is not music made, but music found. It is the molecular interaction of man and machine, the channeling of the ever-present poly-dimensional energies which flow freely between them on a daily basis. It is a temporary view behind the deafening wall of consciousness, a lifting of the veil of the cultural operating system. It is not music performed, but rather music brought back. It is an artifact of truth."
I scribe the circle, read the incantation, which opens the doorway (oops!) @ midnight.
TSS @ 12:30 approx.
WFMU 91.1 FM (NY/NJ)
WMFU 90.1 FM (Hudson Valley)
wfmu.org live on the Web, with accu-playlist and message board