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Album Review

Octant is characterized by weird blends of music and machines that is strangely effective. Multi-instrumentalist Matt Steinke (Mocket, Satisfact) builds much of the group's strange instruments. This record features his latest step in remote controlled percussion, or "percussion automata." Juxtaposed against these rhythm robots is vocalist Tassy Zimmerman. Her warm counterpoint to the mechanical beats is a big part of this record's success. As the commercial music universe in the early '00s followed the trend of slicker and more hi-fi electronica, Octant's primitive automated sound effects strike the listener as fresh and engaging.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Seattle-based group Octant is named for its third member, a robotic drummer created by singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/inventor Matt Steinke. Also a member of Mocket and Satisfact, Steinke studied kinetic art and music at Evergreen State College and studied electronics after graduation. Wishing to combine all these disciplines, he began building the Octant, an automated collection of mallets bolted onto a drum kit; as it plays, it not only makes music but adds a visual element to the...
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