Emperor X

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Emperor X
Background information
Origin Jacksonville, FL, U.S.
Genres Noise Pop, Noise Rock, Folk, Folk-Rock
Years active 1998 – present
Labels Bar/None Records
Discos Mariscos
Snowglobe Records
Bakery Outlet Records
Burnt Toast Vinyl
Plan-It-X Records[1]
Associated acts The Cadets, Applied Communications, Beatcancel, Neosporin
Website http://www.emperorx.net
Members C. R. Matheny
Notable instruments
Acoustic Guitar, 12-String Guitar, Delay Pedal, Keyboard

Emperor X is a noise pop/folk music project headed by American musician Chad R. Matheny. The project often performs and records with little more than Matheny on an acoustic guitar and a dynamic microphone, but sometimes also employs large groups of musicians on percussion instruments, various electronic noisemakers, brass/woodwind/string ensembles, and traditional rock instruments.

Emperor X tours across the United States regularly and performs around the world as well, including tours in Mexico, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.[2][3]

In a self-described attempt to address the diminishing utility of physical copies of music and the expanding role of marketing in the experience of art,[4] Matheny often hides or buries one-off physical copies and associated visual artwork of b-sides at GPS coordinates and posts them online as a part of a geocaching game to unlock MP3 copies of the audio. For the release of the 2011 Emperor X album Western Teleport, 41 "translucent purple audio tape cassettes" were buried across North America, many of which remain undiscovered.[5] This received national attention including a feature on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" program.[6]


Full-length albums[edit]

  • The Joytakers' Rakes/Stars on the Ceiling, Pleasantly Kneeling (1998, self-released)
  • Tectonic Membrane/Thin Strip on an Edgeless Platform (2004, Discos Mariscos)
  • Central Hug/Friendarmy/Fractal Dunes (2005, Discos Mariscos)
  • The Blythe Archives Volumes One and Two (2009, Burnt Toast Vinyl/self-released)
  • Western Teleport (2011, Bar/None Records)
  • Nineteen Live Recordings (2013, Plan-It-X Records)
  • The Orlando Sentinel (2014) [7]

EPs and singles[edit]

  • Dirt Dealership 7" (2007)
  • Wuss/Strike/River/Preacher/Magnet/God/Unwuss free online EP (2006)
  • Defiance (for Elise Sunderhuse) double cassette (2010)

Tour-only releases[edit]

  • Gasheater/Raytracer CD-R (2004)
  • East Coast and Freedom From/Freedom To CD-R (2004)
  • Everyone in Jacksonville CD-R (2006)
  • Australia Tour Tape Cassette (2010)
  • Several New Songs in Various Digital Formats CD-R (2011)

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