Band Roster 2 Column
High Castle Teleorkestra (HCT) is a brand-new remote ensemble ("band"), perfect for the so-called “new normal,” where live music has been deemed unsafe. If so, then we’ll stay on lockdown in our studio man caves, on various continents, making records for the ages. For our first release we have concocted an ambitious two-sided single, Ich Bin's/The Days of Blue Jeans Were Gone. HCT is spearheaded by a couple of working stiff dads, and recovering former professional musicians who cannot seem to shake the lure of music; best friends who have yet to meet in person:
- Tim Smolens (Estradasphere, I.S.S., Don Salsa, etc): bass/producer/keyboards/cello/arrangement/composition
- Chris Bogen (Doc Booger): guitars/co-producer and occasional analog synths/flute/banjo/composition
The group is rounded out by a cast of distinguished characters in the small time world of “avant-garde” music including:
- Bär McKinnon (Umlaut, Mr. Bungle): tenor saxophone/flute/keyboards/clarinet/composer
- Dave Murray (Estradasphere, Traun): drums/composer
- Timba Harris (Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, Probosci): violin/viola/trumpet/composer
- Stian Carstensen (Farmers Market) accordions/composer/Norway's resident Bulgarian music specialist/virtuosic multi-instrumentalist.
The 2 recordings on our introductory single are just the beginning of what will hopefully culminate in our debut record, hopefully sometime in mid 2021, if we aren’t all eating each other by then!
The music herein is not unlike what would be expected from people who played in the aforementioned acts, yet is somehow fresh, vibrant, and dare we say mature in its eclectic cadence. Of course, there will be densely layered orchestrations, starkly unrelated genre superimposition, ultra-refined chord progressions, inscrutable metric modulations, wobbly tempo grids conforming to an archaic map, vintage Cinema Italiano-inspired ditties but in 9/8, final mixes to hi-fi ¼ inch tape, and charmingly rickety keyboards. You will be treated to a long forgotten romantic waltz, originating in the heart of an Argentinian immigrant to Europe (circa 1920), and in turn run through the pneumatic grinder of a madman inventor of an antique, German self-playing orchestra on the verge of mechanical failure, and discovered a century later – but here treated with the formulaic Estradasphereian untimely bursts of death metal to lighten up the affair.
Though we have humble expectations, we strive to make this project perhaps the greatest collective all-star midlife crisis that the "avant-prog” scene has ever seen. “Greatest” aspirations aside, we aim to blow minds, satisfy souls, and quench the musical thirst of those who have sorely missed any or all acts from the graveyard of defunct, semi-defunct, and active bands we have helped populate.
Eventually we hope to cull (from our diverse fanbase) a volunteer orchestra and interdisciplinary artists who wants to participate in future projects with us. Stay tuned to find out more, or email us at our website.