Thee Akoluthic Techno Orchestra
Manchesters Megadog Soundsystems
Club Underground, Manchester. 7th June 1997
The Techno orchestra has grown out of the desire to combine acoustic classical instruments with the multi media mind fuck of a rave. How many times do you go to a club or a night with a supposedly live act or live PA, usually two guys with a DAT machine and two keyboards, neither of which get plugged in. The Techno orchestra is different combining ten classically trained instrumentalists with a DJ, everything you hear is played live, no overdubs and definitely no backing tapes. The line up consists of three percussionists, string quartet, oboe, bass, didgeridoo and vocals playing Trance/Techno tunes specially written for them.
The Techno Orchestra are:
Cyber Brujo: Carl Russell
Oboe/Vocals: Steve Dolan
Violins: Adi Brett Lizz Rossi
Viola: Roisin McCann
Cello: Claire Taylor
Bass: Anthony Antonio
Percussion: Adam Burns,
DJ + Mixing: Andy Harris
Audio Engineer "Dr" Ben Houghton
Musically the Techno Orchestra takes you on a trip of surreal soundscapes with "Halo’s Glare" combining middle eastern instrumentation and haunting vocals creating sand blown visions of sun drenched surroundings and rippling heat haze. Then, through hypnotic percussion it slowly builds into a burning mantra of sound. "Brave New World" takes you on a bizarre conceptual trip from quiet almost ecclesiastical refrains to the adrenaline rush of banging Techno- at times spiritual, at others darker and more elemental.
At the Centre of all this is the Cyber Brujo directing the musicians, cujolling, conducting and dancing out the ritual magic of the music and evoking the spirits in a shamanistic orgy.