The Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra: STYLOPHONIKA

GB From stylus to stardust on purple vinyl      13/02/22

The Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra: STYLOPHONIKA


A new album from the Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra has been released entitled STYLOPHONIKA. Paying homage to many classic electronic pieces - the orchestra, led by Dr Leah Kardos were recorded remotely and at Visconti Studio at Kingston University. The album is out now to purchase and download, as well as being made available on opaque purple protein pill vinyl. Here's some information on the group: 

An experiment in collective noise making, the Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra was created by Dr Leah Kardos in early 2019. Through legendary producer Tony Visconti, Leah was introduced to Stylophone manufacturer Dubreq, who donated a collection of new and vintage instruments to Visconti Studio's analogue instrument archive, based at the University. At the sight of a car boot full of Stylophones, Leah found herself wondering aloud if a musical ensemble using the unique electronic instruments might be possible.

A notice went up, and a handful of intrepid students showed up to a first rehearsal. Though the musical palette of the Stylophone initially appeared limited, its restrictions quickly inspired creativity and ingenuity.

With the orchestra made up of current and ex students, plus staff from across the University, the instantly recognisable sound of the original Stylophone has been augmented by the full range of Dubreq instruments, mixed in with Theremin, Omnichord and Volca sequencers, as well as the members' collective voices.

 

Listen to and purchase the album on their Bandcamp page: https://spunoutofcontrol.bandcamp.com/album/stylophonika

 

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