Electric Universe Theory

by Metal Chaos Ensemble

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    Liner Notes by PEK*******************
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    Metal Chaos Ensemble was formed in early 2015 by PEK and Yuri Zbitnov as a working project to explore chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments. I had started to amass the Evil Clown Arsenal of percussion, electronic and wind instruments and we needed a workshop to develop this universe of sounds for the Leap of Faith Orchestra. It was immediately obvious that Metal Chaos Ensemble had a sound to itself and over the last three years has been one of the most prolific Evil Clown ensembles. We have produced a bunch of albums covering a wide range of sonority sets, but always with the presence of Gongs, chimes, glockenspiel, Tibetan Bowls and many other metallic sounds and the horns of PEK. All Metal Chaos Ensemble sessions include at least myself and Yuri, along with a whole bunch of different guests.
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    Recently, I have been using the Ableton software to create electronic mixes which we use in several of the bands as an accompaniment track. In performance, I ride the fader from off to very present, but most of the time more to the background. Raw samples are taken from the Evil Clown Catalog and also specially recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters with instruments drawn from the Evil Clown arsenal. I then use Adobe Audition to process the samples and finally Ableton to assemble a timeline and create a mix. Most of the more recent MCE sessions use one of these mixes.
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    For this session, in addition to the Ableton mix, we also had Eric Woods on the analog synth, Bob Moores on guitar and trumpet and recording Wiz Joel Simchez mixing live-to-2-track and making real-time signal processing. This veteran ensemble has played a bunch together in different combinations with others from the Evil Clown roster, so this set is real tight. Likewise, Joel has now recorded this configuration of MCE a number of times and the resulting mix really shows off his skills, featuring an excellent stereo image with our weird sounds coming from all over the place… This band really uses a lot of the arsenal of Evil Clown instruments and the studio is now fully extended into the kitchen to make enough space – The kitchen gets the brontosaurus and tank bells, one of the big gongs, the moog synth, and the electric cello (as well as all my horns on their stands). Various ensemble members wander on in to the kitchen and use these instruments. In addition, the main room has many percussion stations set up featuring, as usual, many of metal and wood. The Ableton mix features real time and slowed down tracks I recorded on the sheng with heavy signal processing in the afternoon before the session.
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    This relatively new variation of the Metal Chaos Ensemble aesthetic has produced several excellent studio albums this year at Evil Clown Headquarters. Check out Syncretic Discipline, Cryptomorphisms and Blast Furnace for other MCE sessions similar to this one.
    PEK 9/8/2018
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released September 8, 2018

- PEK - alto, tenor & bass saxophones, bassoon, clarinet & contraalto clarinet, moog, stylophone, [d]ronin, brontosaurus & tank bells, orchestral chimes, wood, metal, voice, Ableton mix*
- Bob Moores - space trumpet, guitar, electronics, electric cello,
orhcestral chimes, voice
- Eric Woods - analog synth, daiko, metal, wood
- Yuri Zbitnov - drums, daiko, [d]ronin, moog, electric cello, brontosaurus & tank bells, orchestral chimes, log drums, glockenspeil, balafon, wood, metal, voice
- Joel Simchez - live to 2 track mix, real time signal processing

*Samples from the Evil Clown Catalog and specially prepared at Evil Clown Headquarters
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****YouTube
youtu.be/Fi8gyL9JiMg
****Evil Clown album page
www.evilclown.rocks/mce-electric-universe-theory.html
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Here are links to the last year’s worth of MCE albums where we develop this electronics heavy improvisation concept.
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Beyond the Holy Mountain (2/25/2019)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/shape-memory
YouTube: youtu.be/LMdW-qYz_yg
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-shape-memory.html
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Luminiferous Aether (1/1/2019)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/luminiferous-aether
YouTube: YouTube: youtu.be/yzEbl47WVsk
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-luminiferous-aether.html
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Electric Sword Machine (12/8/2018)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/electric-sword-machine
YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-electric-sword-machine.html
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Electric Universe Theory (9/7/2018)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/electric-universe-theory
YouTube: youtu.be/Fi8gyL9JiMg
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-electric-universe-theory.html
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Syncretic Discipline (8/2/2018)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/syncretic-discipline
YouTube: youtu.be/3mNnMrZ8qMg
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-syncretic-discipline.html
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Cryptomorphisms (6/2/2018)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/cryptomorphisms
YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-cryptomorphisms.html
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Blast Furnace (4/12/2018)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/blast-furnace
YouTube: youtu.be/ZJtHC63EeNc
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-blast-furnace.html
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Shape Memory (2/15/2018)
bandcamp: metalchaosensemble.bandcamp.com/album/shape-memory
YouTube: youtu.be/LMdW-qYz_yg
Evil Clown Album page: www.evilclown.rocks/mce-shape-memory.html

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Metal Chaos Ensemble was formed in early 2015 by PEK and Yuri Zbitnov as a working project to explore chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments. It was immediately obvious that Metal Chaos Ensemble had a sound to itself and over the last five years has been one of the most prolific Evil Clown ensembles. All MCE sessions include at least me and Yuri, along with a whole bunch of different guests. ... more

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