Audio

Audio

by Blue Man GroupBlue Man Group

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Overview

Blue Man Group's debut album, Audio, reflects over a decade's worth of musical and theatrical innovation. While its whimsical, visually involving stage performances have been popular since the early '90s, the group waited to make an album until it could find a recording space large enough to house its unique instruments, which include walls of drums, networks of plumbing pipe, and different lengths of vibrating fiberglass rods. Audio incorporates all of these instruments, along with baritone guitars, Hungarian cimbaloms (which are similar to dulcimers), and Chapman Sticks, into 14 eclectic instrumentals. These songs were written specifically for Audio and have never been performed at a Blue Man stage production. Though the spectacle of the group playing its sculptural, surreal-looking instruments is absent from the album, the complex, resonant sound of Audio is engaging enough on its own. In fact, the swooshing of the sword poles on "Utne Live Wire" and the fluttering angel poles on "Endless Column" sound even more alien without the visual accompaniment. Some of Audio's pieces ("Drumbone," "PVC IV") spotlight a specific Blue Man-made instrument, while others ("TV Song," "Club Nowhere") display the group's avant-garde pop sensibilities. "Rods and Cones," "Cat Video," and "Opening Mandelbrot" are other standout tracks from Audio, an album that proves the Blue Man Group is as innovative in the studio as it is onstage.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/1999
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384861322
catalogNumber: 48613

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Man Group   Primary Artist
Jens Fischer   Zither
Christian Dyas   Bass,Guitar,Zither,12-string Guitar
Todd Perlmutter   Percussion,Drums
Larry Heinemann   Bass,Cuica,Chapman Stick,Guitar (Baritone)
John Kimbrough   Guitar
Phil Stanton   Drums,Cimbalom,Bullroar,Tubulum
Clem Waldmann   Drums
Bradford Reed   Zither
Chris Bowen   Drums
David Coter   Zither
Bryon Estep   Guitar
Matt Goldman   Drums,Cimbalom
Elvis Loderer   Zither
Ian Pai   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Quay   Drums
Crag Rodriguez   Drums
Chris Wink   Drums,Cimbalom,Tubulum

Technical Credits

Bill Bookheim   Engineer
Christian Dyas   Arranger
Todd Perlmutter   Producer
Carl Plaster   Engineer,Drum Technician
Andrew Schneider   Engineer
Blue Man Group   Art Direction
Jamie Edwards   Contributor
Aron Sanchez   Illustrations,Instrument Design
Jen Graffam Wink   Art Direction,Illustrations

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