grutronic – live grutronic
Richard Scott – buchla lightning, MPC, synths, kaoss pads
Stephen Grew – keyboards, fx
Nicholas Grew – harmonica, kalimba, microphone, radio, airfx
Dave Ross – handsonic, moog pedals, autoharp, airfx
Grutronic are four musicians from diverse backgrounds working collaboratively in a unique electronic idiom. They combine electronic and acoustic sound to create unique textures and give them compositional direction. This process involves the creation of a complex, shifting soundscape. Grutronic employ a hands-on physicality to electronic instruments, understanding that input, control and exchange of human energy are what gives sound, form, soul and a human reason for being. Grutronic bring many different influences to the music, contemporary classical, free jazz, improvisation, funk and abstract electronica.
In their gigs they normally perform as a quartet and often also invite an acoustic guest soloist to make a quintet. The guest can attempt to penetrate the Grutronic world of slippery bendy electronic improvisation, or they can choose to take the music where they want and the band will try to support their vision. In the past Grutronic have done this with Evan Parker, shakuhachi master Clive Bell, Orphy Robinson, Paddy Steer (Homelife), Alice Kemp and others.
They are thrown in at the deepend and there are no rules, just question marks and music which needs to be played. They rely on listening, feeling, improvisation and on their faith in the moment, and importantly, on their faith in the audience to travel with them.
Grutronic – Live was recorded at the Spitz during the London Jazz Festival and at Dartington College in 2005.
Guests on Grutronic Live:
Clive Bell – on Swim Tunnels & Swarm :: Alice Kemp – on The Plot & Do Not Resuscitate
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Earth Monkey Productions is a non-profit making net label based on Barrow Island in Cumbria. It releases free music with a focus on experimental, electronic, sound art and spoken word.
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