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ICELAND - The Future of Sound, January 2003


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Synopsis of "The Future of Sound"

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Apparat Organ Quartet [AP-puh-RAHT]
Translation: Apparatus Organ Quartet

"Stereo Rock & Roll" by Apparat Organ Quartet, off the album, Apparat Organ Quartet

Take four men dressed in suits and ties. Add a bunch of customized, refurbished organs and one drum set, and what do you get? Apparat Organ Quartet. Born at a Kitchen Motors performance in 1999, the band mixes music and performance art.

Using an array of farfisas, Russian synthesizers, stylophones and whatever other electronic machines the sanitation department delivers, Apparat twists technology into music. From taking over the grocery store speaker system with their own music to incorporating Morse code and telephone transmissions into songs, Apparat Organ Quartet is making "machine rock and roll" with the help of plenty of interesting toys.

Band Members
Hörður Bragason
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Úlfur Eldjárn
Músíkvatur
Arnar Geir Ómarsson

Fun Facts
• Apparat Organ Quartet plays in strange locations -- on a boat in Paris, in a sauna bar in Helsinki, in a church in Amsterdam and at an outdoor festival in Iceland's national park in celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Christianity.
• Although they'd previously released tracks on the Kitchen Motors record label, Apparat's 2002 debut took three years to record. Why did it take so long? Perhaps because there was no blueprint for them to follow. They are the first organ quartet in existence.
• The label distributing Apparat Organ Quartet is Thule Musik, the same label that put out Mum's debut, Yesterday Was Dramatic, Tomorrow Is OK, and Trabant's Moment of Truth.

Discography
Apparat Organ Quartet 2002 (TMT Entertainment/Thule Musik)

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