Isotope 217

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Isotope 217°
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Jazz-funk, jazz fusion
Years active 1997–present
Labels Thrill Jockey
Associated acts Tortoise
Chicago Underground Duo
Chicago Underground Orchestra
Website Thrill Jockey: Isotope 217°
Members Dan Bitney
John Herndon
Rob Mazurek
Jeff Parker
Sara P. Smith
Matthew Lux

Isotope 217° is a Chicago-based band composed mainly of members from Tortoise and the Chicago Underground Orchestra that was formed in 1997. The New York Times described the band as "..adept to varying degrees at rock and funk and jazz and electronics, turn those introspective moments into jams that are messier and warmer than Tortoise's."[1]


Album information
The Unstable Molecule
Commander Mindfuck / Designer EP
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Aesthetics
Utonian Automatic
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
Who Stole the I Walkman
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Thrill Jockey


  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2001-01-22). "POP REVIEW; Trading Roles While Stirring The Sound". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-02.