Chris Schlarb

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Chris Schlarb
Birth nameChristopher Robin Schlarb
Born (1977-07-10) July 10, 1977 (age 42)
Long Beach, California, United States
Occupation(s)Composer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Guitarist
Years active1998-present
Associated actsPsychic Temple, I Heart Lung, Create (!)

Chris Schlarb (born July 10, 1977) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He is best known as the founder and leader of the Psychic Temple cult.


In 1998, Schlarb co-founded the free improvisation ensemble Create (!).

Schlarb founded the record label Sounds Are Active in 1999. Sounds Are Active released over 50 albums and produced the Sean Carnage rockumentary 40 Bands 80 Minutes! (2006).[1]

Schlarb's first solo album, Twilight and Ghost Stories (2007), was the result of recordings sourced from musicians across the US as well as his own home recordings of instruments, rainfall, and traffic.[2]

National Public Radio named I Heart Lung's Interoceans (2008) one of their Top 5 Jazz Albums of 2008.[3]

In 2009, Schlarb collaborated with Swedish video game developer Nifflas on NightSky. Schlarb composed forty tracks of original music for NightSky which was nominated for the Independent Games Festival’s Seumas McNally Grand Prize.[4] BoingBoing described the score as “what game music can be”.[5]

Psychic Temple[edit]

In 2010, Schlarb formed a cult in Long Beach, California called Psychic Temple.

Psychic Temple has released 5 studio albums: Psychic Temple (2010), Psychic Temple II (2013), Psychic Temple Plays Music For Airports (2016), Psychic Temple III (2016), and Psychic Temple IV (2017).

BIG EGO[edit]

In 2016, Schlarb and wife, Adriana, opened BIG EGO Studios, a recording studio located in Long Beach, California.

In 2018, Schlarb founded BIG EGO Records, a record label that handles all physical distribution with a bi-annual shipment of select vinyl albums to BIG EGO annual series subscribers.

Schlarb has collaborated with Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Sufjan Stevens, Nels Cline (Wilco), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Mick Rossi (Philip Glass Ensemble), Dave Longstreth (The Dirty Projectors), Julianna Barwick, Dave Easley (Brian Blade Fellowship), Ikey Owens (The Mars Volta), Daedelus, Chad Taylor, Serengeti, Omid Walizadeh, Busdriver, Awol One, Diane Cluck, Steuart Liebig, Walter Kitundu, Soul-Junk, Chad Van Gaalen, Liz Janes, Philip Glenn, DM Stith, and Talip Peshkepia.


Studio Albums

As Composer[edit]

With I Heart Lung[edit]

With Create (!)[edit]



Year Title Director
Credited as
2006 40 Bands 80 Minutes! Sean Carnage Producer
2009 We Scream: Voices From the Ice Cream Underground Chris Schlarb Director


  1. ^ "Chris Schlarb Bio". Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  2. ^ Sumner, Dave. "All Of These People Saved Me: An interview with Chris Schlarb". Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ Gotrich, Lars. "Take Five's Top 5 Jazz CDs Of 2008". Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  4. ^ "IGF 2011 Main Competition Entrant". Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  5. ^ Boyer, Brandon. "Ten for 2010: the 10 most-anticipated games coming in the new year". Retrieved 15 September 2014.

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