Freight Elevator Quartet

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The Freight Elevator Quartet are a music performance group specializing in improvised electronic music. They have been performing and recording continuously since 1996, and have collaborated extensively with experimental music artists such as DJ Spooky and Elliott Sharp, and avant-garde videographer Mark McNamara.

In addition to using electronic instruments (originally analog synthesizers and drum machines, later laptops and samplers), they also sport fairly unusual acoustic instrumentation, having a cellist and a didjeridoo player in their regular line-up.

Stylistically they appropriate whatever genres they feel like, working to fuse different styles of breakbeat, drum and bass, downtempo, digital hardcore, rock, hip hop, and, most conspicuously, academic computer music. Most of their recordings are culled from composite takes of live performances, though they have released two studio albums as well.

The Freight Elevator Quartet was for many years the unofficial ensemble-in-residence of the Computer Music Center, Columbia University.

Members

  • R. Luke DuBois - analog synthesizers, Max/MSP programming, laptop performance, guitars, bass, keyboards
  • Paul Feuer - didjeridoo, digital synthesizers, banjo, percussion
  • Rachael Finn - cello, effects processing, drum programming
  • Stephen Krieger - drum programming, sampler performance, synthesizers, music production

also

  • Johnathan Lee - bass guitar, drum programming
  • Ken Thomson - saxophone
  • Mark McNamara - video artist

Discography

  • The Freight Elevator Quartet (Electronic Music Foundation, 1997)
  • The Freight Elevator Quartet's Jungle Album (Electronic Music Foundation, 1998)
  • DJ Spooky vs. the Freight Elevator Quartet: File Under Futurism (Caipirinha/Sire, 1999)
  • File Under Futurism EP (with DJ Spooky and a Guy Called Gerald) (Caipirinha/Sire, 1999)
  • The Freight Elevator Quartet Becoming Transparent (Caipirinha/Sire, 2000)
  • Exasperation EP (with JMD, Kit Clayton, Data'chi) (Caipirinha/Sire, 2000)
  • The Freight Elevator Quartet Fix it in Post (Cycling'74 Music, 2001)

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