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 Silver Apples (1 Albums, 13 Tracks)

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Silver Apples are a psychedelic electronic music duo from New York City composed of Simeon Coxe III, who performs as Simeon, on a primitive synthesizer of his own devising (also named The Simeon), and until his death in 2005, drummer Danny Taylor. The group was active between 1967 and 1969, before reforming in the mid 1990s. They were one of the first groups to employ electronic music techniques extensively within a rock idiom, and their minimalistic style, with its pulsing, driving beat and frequently discordant modality, anticipated not only the experimental electronic music and krautrock of the 1970s, but underground dance music and indie rock of the 1990s as well.

The group grew out of a traditional rock band called The Overland Stage Electric Band, working regularly in the East Village. Simeon was the singer, but began to incorporate a 1940s vintage audio oscillator into the show, which alienated the other bandmembers to the extent that the group was eventually reduced to the duo of Simeon and Taylor, at which point they renamed themselves The Silver Apples, after the William Butler Yeats poem The Song of the Wandering Aengus. The arsenal of oscillators eventually grew, according to their first LP liner notes, to include "nine audio oscillators piled on top of each other and eighty-six manual controls to control lead, rhythm and bass pulses with hands, feet and elbows". Simeon devised a system of telegraph keys and pedals to control tonality and chord changes, and reportedly never learned to play traditional piano-styled keyboards or synthesizers.

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vandaleyes on 09/10/09 at 12:18PM
delicious.
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worn808 on 03/21/10 at 09:34PM
It is soooooo great to hear something you had heard a million times before and thought it was lost forever in the past to be brought back to life and given a new and exciting energy while staying true to the original. Does that make any sense. I LOVE the Silver Apples, and am so happy to hear this performance. Absolutely fantastic!
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vaspers on 08/31/10 at 06:35PM
I had the first album and Contact when I was in high school. Silver Apples invented many genres of electronic music, as a duo, and is one of my biggest influences.
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