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Live performances from this quartet of electroacoustic improvisers using intuitive and performance-oriented technologies to create surprisingly frothy and amazing sound.

Essex Foam Party

Grutronic: Essex Foam Party (psi)
Label: psi    
Released in: Great Britain    

Essex Foam Stephen Grew (keyboard, processing), Richard Scott (buchla lightning, analogue synthesizer, sampler, processing), Nick Grew (transduction, processing) & David Ross (drosscillator) + special guests Orphy Robinson (vibraphone) & Paul Obermayer (sampler). (2006-8) "Grutronic are a collective of free improvisers -- all have a past/present as acoustic ensemble players. In Grutronic they are re-incarnated as electronic musicians, extending technique through the development of personalised systems of sound production and control. Current intuitive and performance-oriented technologies put tools and techniques, once the preserve of the electronic music studio, into the hands of the players. Grutronic take on these new challenges with glee, aiming to surprise and delight the listener and themselves with unheard forms and sound-relationships, fixed during the act of performance."

"Orphy Robinson (born 13 October 1960) is a British vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist,of Jamaican descent who also plays the saxophone, trumpet, drums, piano, marimba and steel pans. He has written music for television, film, theatre, opera and contemporary classical music. Robinson is from London, UK, and works across a variety of eclectic musical forms (jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, jazz fusion, and funk music)."

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243090723

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 09.07
Squidco Product Code: 12209

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Performed live July 14, 2006 in London, September 1, 2007 in London, and August 20, 2008 in Lancaster. Recording by Amir Shoat, David Ross, Antti Sakari Saario.


Stephen Grew-keyboard, processing

Richard Scott-buchla lightning, analogue synthesizer, sampler, processing

Nick Grew-transduction, processing

David Ross-drosscillator

Special guests:

Orphy Robinson-vibraphone

Paul Obermayer-sampler

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Track Listing:

1. Plonk 8:20

2. Essex Foam Party 5:43

3. Concussion Vibes 9:07

4. Nose-Up 4:33

5. Ball Pool Blues 6:46

6. Madness and Civilization 7:23

7. Foam Sweet Foam 1:50