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by TouchXtone

Fun electronic music. Live,spontaneous gumbo of retro Berlin stuff, experimental electroacoustic noise, some romantic touches, and modern chillout ambient pulse music to put a nicely modern sheen on things. Remarkable debut. -Mike Metlay
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Life For A Thousand Years
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TouchXtone does Synthesized Spontaneous Ambient Space music. Think "Hearts Of Space" or Eno or Orbital or Vangelis and you are in the right ballpark.

The music on the CDs was improvised and recorded live to two-track at Common Sound in Decatur, GA. on November 19 and December 5, 2002 and January 19, 2003.

From the CD liner notes: After working solo for what seemed like years on studio MIDI compositions and looking forward to a more live performance approach to his music, Jim Combs took a chance and placed a "musician's wanted" ad in the November 6, 2002 Atlanta Creative Loafing. The ad read "Ambient/Synth/Electro artist seeks atmospheric sound and visual artists for collaborative multimedia performance group ala Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Jarre, Eno, Orb, Orbital."

One of the first people to respond to the ad was Michael Thomas Roe. Jim was immediately taken by Michael's musicianship and sense of drama in his compositions. They exchanged emails, talked a few times on the phone and got together once for dinner. After they realized they shared similar musical tastes and record collections, the two decided that a jam was in order to see if they could actually play music together.

The first jam took place on November 19th in the basement of Jim's neighborhood community center. Each brought a few hardware synthesizers to play: Michael brought his trusty Yamaha DX-7 and Ensoniq EPS-16 plus and Jim set up his Kurzweil K-2000, Roland JD-800, and Roland Juno-60. They came to the jam with few preconceived ideas, no plans on how to collaborate, and little discussion on how to start other than popping the tops on a couple of bottles of beer and turning on the CD recorder.

That modest beginning of improvising live to two-track turned into the easiest, most fruitful and surprising collaborations of their musical careers, resulting in two CDs worth of music from only three 2-hour sessions (including December 5, 2002 and January 19, 2003). The CD contains pieces created at each of the three sessions. Neither Michael or Jim quite know which side of their brains the songs came from and there are places in the music they're still not sure who played what. But both are pleased with the results and hope you will enjoy the sounds as much as they enjoyed channeling their creation.

CD Two: Life For A Thousand Years (68:30)
a. Dub Chill 1
b. Titans And Chariots
c. Subterranean
d. Cat Got Your Tongue?
e. Ice Palace
f. Imperial Standoff
g. Cold Stone Of Tiananmen Square
h. Life For A Thousand Years



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