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The Planet Scanners In Orbit

The World Was Ending
Like Daylight
Always There
In Orbit

Chris Conway -
synthesizers, organ, theremin, flutes, effects, kalimba, voice
Mick Oxtoby -
electric violin, electric guitar, effects
Andy Fitzsimons - congas, bodhran, percussion
Simon Styring - electric guitar, effects - 6

The Planet Scanners


The Planet Scanners
Theremin, live electronics, flutes, electric violin, percussion, -
plus treated voices, kalimba, effects, drones and guest electric guitar all combine to create gorgeous sound worlds and minimal hypnotic patterns of sound.

Live concert recordings were taken from the groups performances at the International Arts Centre, and at Improv Electronic 3 at The Musician venue in Leicester.

Having set out their stall with Live & Scanning debut release perhaps they felt a little enboldened to be even more adventurous in their improvisings. Although many of the same distinctive Planet Scanner elements elements are there, there is perhaps a more cosmic, ambient feel to some of the music

Terry Riley, Vidna Obmana, Eduard Artemiev, Robert Rich, Simon Stockhausen, Bernard Xolotl, Lydia Kavina, Wendy Carlos, JL Ponty

recorded digitally live at the Musician and International Art Centre, Leicester , mastered at Oblong Studios.

This was the first Planet Scanner album to feature Chris's Moog Etherwave Pro theremin.

Simon Styring joined as a guest as he happened to be playing at the Improv Electronic 3 concert anyway - he joined the group after this and plays on the whole The Third Exbedition album.

At the International Arts Centre concert they were one of the acts opening for Arthur Brown.

CCs favourite track - Like Daylight

In a way, born out of the SCANNING PLANET 3 concept, Chris got together this trio to explore such space music in a live improvised setting. Basically:
Chris Conway (synthesizers, organ, Theremin, flutes, kalimba, vocals), Mick Oxtoby (violin, guitar) and Andy Fitzsimons (congas, bodhran, percussion), the astute amongst you may note that all 3 have featured in different incarnations of Shapeshifter.

This disc documents live recordings from gigs along with Endgame and as support to Shapeshifter, and rides a wide range of styles from the totally cosmic, via ethnic musics, through to bizarrely twisted jazz fusion. The latter aspect of reminds me of Brainticket on their ADVENTURE and VOYAGE albums, there are also touches of Between and the Third Ear Band, but largely it's Chris Conway's definite stamp that's all over it, ably proving he can be four musicians at once, even in a live setting.

Violin fans are, of course, in for a treat, as Mick creates some giddy dazzling dances of effects with his electric "psychedelic" violin.
- Audion Magaizne

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