Currently residing in the 21st century, Byzantine Time Machine has found a way to combine the latest advances in audio technology with musical styles that go back to “Byzantine” times. The sounds of their voices and instruments are converted into ones and zeros, filtered through time-shifting algorithms and sent back to the analog world for your listening pleasure and dancing enjoyment!
Can you imagine the sound of a Middle Eastern darbuka processed digitally through a frequency shifter? How about a Greek dulcimer with oscillating temporal flux? Transform a Turkish clarinet solo via ring-modulation, add to that a resonant synth sub-bass, female vocals, and a dub horn section and you have Byzantine Time Machine.
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George Lawler spent the last 15 years honing his skills in world percussion, touring with bands such as Lamajamal, Mucca Pazza, Occidental Brothers Dance band, Hawk and a Hacksaw, and Natacha Atlas, has now found a way to combine his percussion skills with his passion for electronic music. His BTM drumset is a self made percussion kit consisting of frame drums, darbuka, bass drum, and cymbals, which are all close mic’d and sent to the computer’s sound card for processing.
Eve Monzingo has always gravitated towards the sounds of the Mediterranean; Epirotan clarinet, Balkan sax, and dulcimer from the Greek islands. She is a first call for Greek clarinet in Chicago, has played dulcimer with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, sax and clarinet with Lamajamal, and Mucca Pazza, and is musical director for the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society. With the help of an electronic pickup on the barrel of her clarinet, and a dual piezoelectric pickup on her sandouri (Greek dulcimer), she is now a fully interfaced cybernetic musician!
Sam Johnson and Elanor Leskiw have provided the power behind horn sections in Chicago for the last 10 years, from Mucca Pazza, Girl Group Chicago, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, to the Lowdown Brass Band, Hawk and a Hacksaw, and beyond, they are now BTM’s “Top Brass.”