On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... ​using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation."   - Squidco website staff

Evil Clown 

On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

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Simulacrum - Hyperreality


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Phantasmagoria- 1:12:40


PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, piccolo oboe, guanzi, melodica, ocarina, 17-string bass, glockenspiel, crotales, gongs, orchestral chimes, brontosaurus & tank bells, Tibetan bowls, Englephone, log drums, xylophone, balafon, wood blocks, almglocken, cowbells, spring boxes, chime rod boxes, electric chimes, [d]ronin, photosynth, lfo & frankenstein synths, moog subsequent, prophet, otamatone, syntrix, novation peak, LinnStrument midi controllers, theremin w/ moogerfooger, daxophone
Bob Moores - pocket trumpet with effects, electric ukelele and electric guitar with efx,MainStage soft-synths on MacBook with keyboards, Moog D emulator on iPad, crackle box, moog subsequent, prophet, LinnStrument midi controller, 17-string Bass guitar, Englephone, gong, plate gong, temple bell, cymbells, wood blocks, crank siren​
Eric Woods - analog synthesis, gong, cymbells

Mike Gruen - purple sparkles bass, signal processing

Joel Simches - real time signal processing, live to 2-track mix

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Simulacrum - Metamorphoses


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Synesthesia  - 1:10:16


PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, piccolo oboe, bass flute, sheng, fog horn, glockenspiel, crotales, orchestral castanets, gongs, plate gong, finger cymbal, brontosaurus & tank bells, brake drums, Tibetan Bowls, log drums, wood blocks, almglocken, cowbells, daiko, spring boxes, chime rod boxes, electric chimes, [d]ronin, electric upright bass, lfo & frankenstein synths, moog subsequent, prophet, syntrix, novation peak, LinnStrument midi controlers, loop station, voice
Bob Moores - large bell pocket trumpet through zoom multi-effects pedal, electric guitar with various effects, MainStage soft-synths on Mac laptop, Moog D emulator on iPad, crackle box, contact microphone with effects, crank siren, electric upright bass, moog subsequent, prophet, syntrix, novation peak, LinnStrument midi controlers, voice
Eric Woods - analog synthesis

Joel Simches - real time signal processing, live to 2-track mix

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Simulacrum - Synesthesia


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Meditations on Reality - 1:10:04


PEK - clarinet & contralto clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, tarota, bass flute, kora, tank cello, melodica, slide whistle, novation peak, moog subsequent, prophet, syntrix, arp odyssey, lfo synths, Linnstrument controllers, [d]ronin, daxophone, baby bomb piano, 17 string bass, spring & chime rod boxes, almglocken, Tibetan bowl, crotales, gong, plate gong, brontosaurus & tank bells, temple blocks, log drums, balafon, glockenspiel, xylophone, orchestral chimes, 5 hole Russian flute, fog horn, voice

Mike Caglianone - soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, [d]ronin, spring & chime rod boxes, plate gong, crotales, Englephone
Bob Moores - Modified trumpet with pickups horn and mouthpiece played through Zoom pedal and Ampkit, Mustang modified tenor guitar played through Ampkit on iPhone 13, kracklebox, MainStage softsynths on MacBook Air with full keyboard, ARP Odyssey emulator on iPad with mini keyboard, vocal emanations on microphone through pedal chain, log drums, temple blocks, wood blocks, 17 string bass
Eric Woods - analog synthesis, novation peak, moog subsequent, prophet, Englephone, 17 string bass, gong

Joel Simches - real time signal processing, live to 2-track mix

Hyperreality  - 1:10:31


PEK -clarinet & contralto clarinet, tenor & bass saxophones, tarota, Christmas flute, spring boxes, chime boxes, [d]ronin, electric chimes, box bells, electric kalimba, lfo synth, theremin, korg ms-20, moog subsequent, prophet, syntrix, novation peak, gong, brontosaurus & tank bells, glockenspeil, crotales, almglocken, wood blocks, temple blocks, log drums, orchestral chimes, chimes, digital delay, looper
Bob Moores - Jackson electric guitar modded with extreme distortion circuit and kill switch, large bell pocket trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn with miked mutes through effects, mainstage, NLogPoly synth and ampkit on MacBook Air, Moog D emulator and Ampkit on iPad mini, multi-effects pedal, delay pedal and loop pedal, kracklebox electronic instrument, crank siren
Eric Woods - analog synthesis, chimes, gong, temple blocks
William Middlemiss Jr -  guitar, microfreak synthesizer
Reverend Grant Beale - guitar, MXR analog delay, electro harmonix freeze pedal, handwired fuzz/glitch, Michael Rucci made 16 step sequencer and maximal drone, bastl made granular synth

Semblance - 1:14:27


PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, piccolo oboe, alto flute, 5 hole wood flute, slide whistle, kazoo, melodica, concertina, 17-string bass, glockenspiel, crotales, gongs, plate gong, orchestral chimes, rachet, brontosaurus & tank bells, Tibetan bowls & bells, Englephone, log drums, xylophone, balafon, wood & temple  blocks, almglocken, cowbells, spring boxes, tel-star, chimes, chime rod boxes, electric chimes, [d]ronin, lfo & frankenstein synths, moog subsequent, prophet, syntrix, novation peak, LinnStrument midi controllers
Bob Moores - electric upright bass, signal processing, bronosaurus bell, log drums, wood & temple blocks, chimes, chime rod boxes
Albey onBass - electric upright bass, signal processing, bronosaurus bell, log drums, wood & temple blocks, chimes, chime rod boxes

Joel Simches - perturbations (lexicon reverb & vortex, roland SDE300, echoplex, warp factory, sony reverb, boss DD500 delay & rotary ensemble, TC electronics M300, ADA 2FX, korg delay), live to 2 track mix

Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

Simulacrum - Recordings

Metamorphoses - 1:10:36


PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, tarota, bass flute, sheng, fog horn, wind siren, kora, xylophone, glockenspiel, crotales, orchestral castanets, gongs, brontosaurus & tank bells, Tibetan Bowls, log drums, rachet, wood blocks, almglocken, spring boxes, chime rod boxes, electric chimes, [d]ronin, lfo & frankenstein synths, medusa photosynth, moog subsequent, Korg ms-20, prophet, syntrix, novation peak, LinnStrument midi controllers
Bob Moores - Pocket cornet with electronic effects, electric guitar with effects, soft synth on Mac, Moog emulator on iPad, crackle box, contact mike, various and sundry other effects, Englephone, [d]ronin, log drums, brontosaurus bell, almglocken, chimes, chime boxes, spring boxes, gongs, cowbells, rachet, wind siren​
Eric Woods - analog synthesis, gong, plate gongs 

Albey OnBass - fretless bass, gong, log drums, chimes, temple blocks, brontosaurus bell

Joel Simches - real time signal processing, live to 2-track mix

PEK - clarinet & contralto clarinets, alto, & tenor saxophones, mussette, alto flute, medieval horn, accordion, melodica, novation peak, moog subsequent, arp odyssey, Linnstrument controllers, theremin with moogerfooger, [d]ronin, 17 string bass, spring & chime rod boxes, Tibetan bowls, almglocken, crotales, glockenspiel, orchestral chimes, chimes, wood blocks, brontosaurus & tank bells, gongs, plate gong, temple blocks, balafon, xylophone, log drums, cow bells, Englephone

Bob Moores - Jackson electric guitar modded with built-in overdrive/distortion circuit and kill-switch played through Ampkit app on iPhone 13 Pro, softsynth emulators (including Mini-Moog) app on iPad, Mainstage softsynths on  macBook Air, kracklebox, keyboards, electric trumpet with pickups on horn, mouthpiece and straight mute played through Axiom pedal and Ampkit app, kracklebox touch noise  generator, novation peak, moog subsequent, Linnstrument controllers, cymbells, chimes, log drums, wood blocks, temple blocks, cow bells, brontosaurus and tank bells

​Eric Zinman - synthesizer, drums
Albey onBass - fretless bass, signal processing, brontosaurus bell, gongs, almglocken

Joel Simches - Live to 2-track mix, real-time signal processing delay), live to 2 track mix

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Simulacrum - Semblance


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Composer and multi-instrumentalist, PEK, set his sights on something bigger with the Leap of Faith Orchestra's Supernovae. The previous incarnation of the LOFO expands from the fifteen musicians on The Expanding Universe (Evil Clown, 2016) to twenty-one players on this new outing. Another noteworthy element of this project is PEK's use of Frame Notation where the score is seen in written descriptions and straight-forward symbols within Duration Bars. The system provides the musicians with immediate understanding of their own parts and the higher-level arrangement of the music. 

Supernovae consists of a single track composition running just under eighty minutes. The digital download includes a bonus track. Though the extended piece is not broken out by formal movements, there are clear delineations within the score. PEK's ensemble—not surprisingly—includes enough non-traditional and weird instruments to compete with a Dr. Seuss orchestra. Though they are not playing in a vacuum, that group of instruments dominates the first ten minutes before strings and reeds make themselves more clearly heard. Forty-five minutes in, we have the first case of prolonged melody, darker and more subdued than the overall tone of the first half. 

Supernovae gives way to free improvisation overlaying the melody. Eventually the piece introduces a brilliant percussion passage before it reintroduces the non-traditional music elements, but here in a more refined manner. As with all of PEK's compositions, there is—behind the scenes—a painstaking amount of organization that is not always evident in the listening. That is part of the beauty of this album; the non-traditional approach to instrumentation and the lack of adherence to Western structure continue to make the various iterations of Leap of Faith consistently interesting. And interesting look at the written score can be viewed at http://www.evilclown.rocks/lofo-supernovae-score.html.

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Simulacrum - Phantasmagoria


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2 December 2021

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Simulacrum - Meditations on Reality


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Simulacrum - Reincarnations


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Reincarnations- 1:10:38