Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Spiritual Switchboard touch down on My Castle of Quiet

The Spiritual Switchboard are the latest splinter faction/ collaboration to come out of Brooklyn's continually vibrant and prolific analog electronics scene. Why Brooklyn? I'm not exactly sure, but after getting intimate with the works of 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) live on the Web, with accu-playlist and message board

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