Audio (album)

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Audio
Studio album by Blue Man Group
Released December 7th, 1999
Genre Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
Length 57:29
Label Virgin Records
Producer Todd Perlmutter
Blue Man Group chronology
Audio
(1999)
The Complex
(2003)

Audio is the debut album by Blue Man Group and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. It was released in 1999 by Virgin Records.

This album was released in two versions: The DVD had 5.1-channel versions of the music in both DVD-Video (using Dolby Digital) and DVD-Audio formats (one on each side) and a CD that had a 2-channel stereo mix of each track.

A behind the scenes video of the album is viewable on a promotional 2000 VHS known as Audio Video. This video is also included as a bonus on the Audio 5.1 Surround Sound DVD.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "TV Song" – 2:08
  2. "Opening Mandelbrot" – 3:13
  3. "Synaesthetic" – 5:31
  4. "Utne Wire Man" – 3:18
  5. "Rods and Cones" – 5:57
  6. "Tension 2" – 2:05
  7. "Mandelgroove" – 5:49
  8. "PVC IV" – 4:23
  9. "Club Nowhere" – 4:50
  10. "Drumbone" – 2:44
  11. "Shadows" – 2:06
  12. "Cat Video" – 2:20
  13. "Klein Mandelbrot" – 8:03
  14. "Endless Column" – 5:02

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Heather Phares of Allmusic.com rated Audio three out of five stars. She explained that it "reflects over a decade's worth of musical and theatrical innovation." Although she stated that "the spectacle of the group playing its sculptural, surreal-looking instruments is absent from the album," she concluded her review by calling it "an album that proves the Blue Man Group is as innovative in the studio as it is onstage."[1]

Personnel[edit]

Blue Man Group[edit]

  • Phil Stanton - Performer [Air Poles, Extension Cord Bull Roarer, Ribbon Crasher], Percussion [Drumbone, Tubulum, Mid-octave PVC, Backpack Tubulum, Dumpster], Drums [Utne, Drum Wall, Phil Drum], Cimbalom, Timpani
  • Matt Goldman - Performer [Air Poles, Ribbon Crasher], Percussion [Low Octave PVC, Drumbone, Backpack PVC, Dumpster], Cimbalom, Bass [Upside Down], Gong [Shaker], Drums [Utne]
  • Chris Wink - Performer [Air Poles], Percussion [Doppler Toms, Tubulum, Drumbone, High-octave PVC, Dumpster, Backpack Tubulum, Piano Smasher], Cimbalom, Shaker [Utne], Drums [Drum Wall], Cuica

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jamie Edwards - Performer [Air Poles] (tracks: 1, 4, 14)
  • Larry Heinemann - Chapman Stick, Bass, Guitar [Baritone], Cuica
  • Ian Pai - Drums [Drum Wall, Phil Drum], Percussion [Aronophonic, Quellum Grill]
  • Chris Bowen - Drums [Drum Wall] (track: 7)
  • Clem Waldman - Drums [Drum Wall] (track: 5)
  • Cräg Rodriguez - Drums [Drum Wall] (track: 7), Percussion (Dumpster) (track: 12)
  • Jeff Quay - Drums [Right Side Double Drum Kit] (tracks: 2, 4, 7, 8, 12 to 14) & [Drum Wall] (tracks: 5 & 13)
  • Byron Estep - Guitar (tracks: 5, 7 & 9)
  • John Kimbrough - Guitar (track: 7)
  • Todd Perlmutter - Percussion, Drums [Drum Kit, Left Side Double Drum Kit, Drum Wall, Toy Drum, Phil Drum]
  • Bradford Reed - Zither (tracks: 2, 4, 8, 13 & 14)
  • David Corter - Zither (tracks: 8, 9, 12, 13)
  • Elvis Lederer - Zither (track: 1) & Zither [Pressaphonic](track: 5)
  • Jens Fischer - Zither (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 11, 13 & 14)
  • Christian Dyas - Zither, Bass, Guitar [12 String], Electronics [Electric Dog Toy]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather (2011). "Audio - Blue Man Group". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 

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