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Emerald Web

Emerald Web was a band that recorded, performed in Planetariums, composed soundtracks for Carl Sagan, and concert toured around the US, from 1977-1990. The duo consisted of Kat Epple and Bob Stohl and were known for their innovative synthesizer orchestration. They created a unique blend of "electronic space music" mixed with acoustic instruments.

"Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales” was their first of 11 albums. Their other albums are: “ Whispered Visions", "Sound Trek", "Valley of the Birds", "Aqua Regia", "Nocturne", "Lights of the Ivory Plains", "Traces of Time", "Catspaw", "Dreamspun", and "Manatee Dreams of Neptune". In addition to self-published albums on their Stargate label, the band was also signed with record labels Fortuna Records, Celestial Harmonies, Passport's Audion Records, and Scarlett Records. Since those original 11 albums were released, several albums were re-issued or released as new compilations, including “The Stargate Tapes”, “Whispered Visions”, “Garden of Mirrors”, and “Spiritus Sanctus”on Finders Keepers Label ,“Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales” on Sebastian Speaks Records, and “Catspaw-Remastered” on Anodize Records.

Bob Stohl was renowned for his unique synthesizer textures, “Flute Electronique”, and for his Lyricon playing. The sound of the ”Flute Electronique" was created on a flute with a contact mic that ran through electronics, including an octave divider, Mu-tron III envelope filter, fuzz pedal, wah-wah pedal, Roland Space Echo and other effects. Bob developed his unique flute technique to create a sound that is sometimes similar to a screaming lead guitar. The Lyricon is an unusual hybrid synthesizer/woodwind instrument on which Bob created a variety of sounds such as oboe, synthesizer, electric guitar, and french horn.

Kat Epple is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning composer, flutist, EWI-ist, and synthesist who currently composes television and film scores, performs concerts around the world, and continues to release albums with other ensembles and as a solo artist. She has released thirty-four albums of original music, and collects flutes from her extensive travels around the world which she often incorporates in her original compositions.