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Charles Bobuck – Roman De La Rose
Music of nostalgia and romance from the composer for The Residents.
This collection of instrumental “contraptions” abandons the dramatic, clever or ironic music of The Residents. Instead it is a series of tuned percussive patterns laid on top of each other like an audio mosaic. They take their beauty in a type of minimalism, though this is not mathematical formula music. The sounds and structures are the result of human interaction and intervention.
The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Soon to be celebrating four decades since forming, the group has since released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects and ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, The Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects.
In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos — a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography. The group is noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over the top, theatrical spectacle of their live performances.
Sea Sharp & Bee Flat
Admitting the Past
Life Sat in a Chair
Eyes to Sea
No Fear and No Chance
Laying of Golden Bands