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Rubber Band Banjo
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Rubber Band Banjo is a one-man electronic musician with genre attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Why this name?
It's a metaphor for the kind of music I make.
Do you play live?
Not yet.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
For one, it gives obscure artists more exposure!
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If it's the right label.
Band History:
Formed in November 2001 after a prolonged sensory deprivation experiment. In response to this, the one-man band Rubber Band Banjo (RBB) recorded a wretched four-track EP entitled 'Loop Humor Therapy' with the demo version of a horrible program in four days flat. It sounds somewhere in between the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack, video game music, and Mr. Bungle gone horribly wrong. The first full-length album entitled 'Hybrid Musical Organisms', self-released in March 2002, was a much needed improvement on the theme of zany video game soundtracks and genre-hopping. On this album, every note was sequenced by RBB alone. The second full-length album 'Gather Your Junk Together' was an attempt to expand the bloop-bleepy Perrey and Kingsley meets Mr. Bungle Nintendo music sound of the HMO album (available only on rubberbandbanjo.com). GYJT is the result of trying to make an album integrating as many genres from the electronic musical junkyard as possible, originally self-released in December 2002. This album turned out to be mostly multi-genre tracks composed of manipulated sounds and homemade melodies. The tracks vary from the jazztronica of 'Droid Jazz' to the video game soundtrack - Middle Eastern - trip hop - banjo - beat box musical collage of 'Arcade Trip Bop and Roll' to the two-step rhythmic record scratching freak out of 'Evidence That DNA Can Act As A Wire'. Neither of the aforementioned albums were released on a label, but some individual tracks appeared on audiogalaxy and the former mp3.com site. Many songs on the GYJT album originally had samples from various movies, radio, and TV shows; thus requiring copyright permissions to officially release. After an extended break from music making, RBB decided to remove the samples from GYJT so that it could be released on CD Baby (cdbaby.com). A third full-length album 'Hypermutator' has now been released on MEME (Michigan Electronic Music Exchange) Records (www.memerecords.net) in Lansing, MI. Constructed using heavy tweaking of electronic sounds, guitar percussion, shortwave radio, and natural recordings. This album purposely fuses and jumps between IDM, krautrock, jazz, video game music, cut-ups, drums 'n' bass, dub, sci-fi themes, & no-wave.
Your influences?
Amon Tobin, Squarepusher, Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Mike Patton, Estradasphere, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Jason Forrest (aka Donna Summer), End., Perrey and Kingsley, Vicious Hairy Mary, Alamaailman Vasarat, Steroid Maximus, Cardiacs, Bogus Blimp, Arcturus, Solefald, Single Unit, Xploding PlastiX, and Kaada.
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