Vibracathedral Orchestra

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Vibracathedral Orchestra
Also known as VCO
Origin Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Genres Drone, experimental
Years active 1998–present
Labels VHF, Giardia, Eclipse, U-Sound, Qbico, Textile, Freedom From
Associated acts The Negative Kite, A Band, Astral Social Club, Sunroof!, Total, John Clyde-Evans
Members Adam Davenport
Michael Flower
Past members Julian Bradley
Bridget Hayden
Neil Campbell

Vibracathedral Orchestra is an England-based drone ensemble that has been active since 1998.

Biography[edit]

The original group came together when Mick Flower began recording with Neil Campbell and Julian Bradley, who had released a number of homemade cassettes and an LP of their duo work. They self-released 2 CD-R albums before Campbell suggested merging the nascent group with the trio Flower was working with alongside Bridget Hayden and Adam Davenport, forming the best-known five-piece Vibracathedral Orchestra line-up.

Vibracathedral Orchestra has many self-released albums but has made music available through many underground labels, including VHF Records, Giardia, Eclipse, U-Sound, Qbico, Textile and Freedom From. They have twice been featured in session on Resonance FM, given an hour-long slot each time.

Although very much a fixed unit, the line-up has been occasionally augmented by the likes of Matthew Bower, John Godbert, Richard Youngs, John Clyde Evans (latterly known as Tirath Singh Nirmala), and Tom Greenwood (of Jackie-O Motherfucker). Julian Bradley left the group in 2004 with both Neil Campbell and Bridget Hayden following him in 2006. A new album, Wisdom Thunderbolt, featuring Chris Corsano and Matthew Bower as guests, was released on VHF in 2007. The group performed at the Colour Out Of Space festival in Brighton in August 2008 with a line-up of Flower, Davenport and Bradley.

Discography[edit]

  • Mothing CD-R (1998), self-released
  • Copse CD-R (1998), self-released
  • Falling Free You and Me/Filling Sacks with Coloured Scraps 10" (1999), self-released
  • The Vibracathedral String Quartet CD-R (1999), self-released
  • Music for Red Breath CD-R (2000), self-released
  • Vibracathedral String Band / Vibracathedral Drum Troupe 7" (2000), Freedom From
  • Lino Hi CD (2000), Giardia
  • Hollin CD-R (2000), self-released
  • Versatile Arab Chord Chart CD (2001), VHF
  • Long Live the Weeds CD-R (2001), self-released
  • Their Spines Crumble for a Hug cassette (2001), self-released
  • My Gate's Open, Tremble by My Side (2001), Roaratorio
  • Hot Booty CD-R (2001), VHF
  • Live in Newcastle and Leeds 1999 cassette (2001), Matching Head Tapes
  • The One You Call the Ghost Train 7" (2001), Tonschact
  • Dabbling with Gravity and Who You Are (2002), VHF
  • Wearing Clothes of Ash / Baptism Bar Blues split with Jackie-O Motherfucker (2002), Textile
  • split with Low (2002), Misplaced Music
  • MMICD CD-R (2003), self-released
  • Girls with Rocks in Their Hands 7" (2003), Great Pop Supplement
  • Rain Gutter Teasing Rusty Cat Sneezing split 7" with Phonophani (2003), Safe as Milk
  • Hex Hostess CD-R (2003), self-released
  • Wings over America split with Sunroof! (2003), VHF
  • The Queen of Guess (2003), VHF
  • U-Sound volume 13: Live in Manchester/Leeds CD-R (2003), U-Sound
  • Ragged and Right CD-R (2003), self-released
  • Royal Park / Brudenell 7" (2003), Gold Soundz
  • untitled double LP (2004), self-released
  • Live on WFMU (2004), Eclipse
  • Pontiac Lady triple CD-R (2004), VHF
  • Resonance Session CDR (self-released 2005)
  • Qbico U-Night 2LP, 2 sides by VCO (Qbico 2005)
  • Øyenstikker utbrudd CD-R (2005) self-released
  • Live at Audioscope '04 split 10" with The Telescopes (2005), Fourier Transform
  • Smash! Smash! Smash! CD-R (2005), self-released
  • Tuning to the Rooster CD (2005), Important
  • Saved by the Bird CD-R (2005), self-released
  • VCO @ ATP 2004 CD-R (2006), Spirit of Orr
  • The Sun Balance / The Open Knot (2007), Qbico
  • Wisdom Thunderbolt (2007), VHF
  • Get it? / Baptised By Intuition, split 7" with Infinite Light (2009), Krayon Recordings
  • The Momentary Aviary LP (2009), Manhand
  • Joka Baya LP (2010), VHF
  • The Secret Base LP (2010), VHF
  • Smoke Song LP (2010), VHF

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