began in 1986 as an electronic improvisational ensemble inspired
by the work of the British project AMM. Its members: Kim Cascone,
Larry Thrasher and David James constructed various instruments
from obscure electronic equipment, toys, tools and anything else
that made noise. Using techniques of "accidental imbrication,"
a spontanous narritive was created: a highly-original melange
of electonic, metallic and barely ecognizable sounds.
In the spring of 1986, THESSALONIANS performed
throughout Colorado on their "Level The Rockies" tour.
Returning to San Francisco, they performed around the Bay Area
at venues such as The Farm and the ATA Gallery.
After releasing three cassettes (Denver/Boulder
'86 cassette, untitled cassette, The Unwinding cassette) and
a full-length LP (The Black Field), the original THESSALONIANS lineup
dissolved in 1986 as the members needed time to pursure individual
band reformed in the fall of 1990, incorporating new members
and new musical elements. Larry Thrasher has spent several years
studying tabla at the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music in Marin
and traveling to India to acquire instruments. His percussion
is an intregal part of the sound of the second incarnation of
The band has evolved over a period of months into its current
lineup: Paul Neyrinck and Kim Cascone on samplers, David James
playing bass and guitar, Larry Thrasher on tabla, Don Falcone
on synthesizer, Pejman Hakimi on MIDI drums and Doug Murdock
playing addional percussion. Though their sound has become more
rhythmic and structured, sampled sounds and electronic noise
still play an important role in their music.
Paul, Larry and Kim recorded a piece
in October 1990 called "Absolute Equinox," for the
1991 Japanese compilation Altered States of Consciousness
on U.P.D. Organization featuring Merzbow.
After four long years, performances were reinstated.
One such show was at the benefit for Oracle Unlimited at Dominican
College October 4, 1991 with guests Zakir Hussain, Geosonic and
Obiba. That, however, was not to last.
For the next few years THESSALONIANS evolves yet again into
a studio-based musical unit and their music broadens.
stuns the world with their first full-length CD Soulcraft,
with Kim Cascone, Don Falcone, Larry Thrasher, David James, and
Paul Neyrinck.was released in 1993 on Silent Records. CMJ review
says: " we are given a glimpse of a new frontier unfolding
in their music, where matters of the spirit are reflected in
the manipulation of the machine."
The next few years singles were released.
In 1994, En-trance puts out the compilation: En-trance, Vol.
2 A Collection of Tribal Techno Trance Grooves featuring
"Be Here Now (Red
In '95 Silent Records assembles its
own fine series of compilations From Here to Tranquility,
Vol. 5 choosing THESSALONIANS "E-Space."
British label Beechwood Music produces
in 1996 a brilliant collection of the more popular artists doing
ambient music. The CD is entitled 110 Below No
Sleeve Notes Required, Vol. 3. THESSALONIANS "Serious Ancient Rhythm" is included
along with tracks by stellar artists: Future Sounds Of London,
Brian Eno and Muslimgauze.
Between the springs of '92 and '96 THESSALONIANS worked
in Larry's Berkeley studio and Paul's San Francisco place to
create their next full-length CD. Its genesis came from Paul
by way of a favorite s/f film "Solaristics" by
Andrei Tarkovski. After the CD's
completion, though, the label underwent major changes. In the
spring of 1996 THESSALONIANS member and label founder Kim Cascone sold Silent
Records. The new owner passed on the CDs release; other
offers were not forthcoming. Though not forgotten, the CD, was
to languish for years.
The fall of 1997 saw the nascency of
Noh Poetry Records founded by THESSALONIANS synthesist Don Falcone. The label struggled
to produce four releases over the next 7 years. Finally, the
time came for Solaristics to arrive. Don contacted Kim
who has since had a thriving career doing sonic works worldwide.
He and the other musicians were warmed to hear of its pending
release May 1, 2005. And straight from the vaults . . . with
no modifications to the original 1996 recording Solaristics.
Records web site archives
Press release from Silent Records circa