Extended Organ

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Extended Organ is a collective of West Coast experimental musicians and artists whose longtime membership with the Los Angeles Free Music Society brought about their formation in 1997. Tom Recchion, Paul…
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Extended Organ is a collective of West Coast experimental musicians and artists whose longtime membership with the Los Angeles Free Music Society brought about their formation in 1997. Tom Recchion, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, and Joe Potts had all been performing separately and often in various combinations for more than two decades. However, this group's first release under this moniker, XOXO -- issued by the eclectic Birdman, label run by former Warner Bros. A&R man David Katznelson -- marked the first time the foursome had performed in this particular configuration. Recchion -- who produced this album, as well engineered, mixed, and "processed" the tapes -- is one of the founders of the L.A.F.M.S., along with Nilsen and Potts. Recchion is known for his eclectic and varied contributions to the group's sound (in addition to guitar, he also uses a Kurzweil KSP8, an eight-channel multi-bus signal processor, in addition to contributing found tape elements, samples from radio, and compact discs). Recchion is a member of the Doo-Dooettes, a former member of the B People, a contributor to David Toop's spoken word collection Hot Pants Idol, and has also recorded an album of exotica cut-ups (Chaotica) for Birdman. He's also a successful graphic artist who has designed album covers for many groups and artists, including Alanis Morissette, Prince, R.E.M., and others. McCarthy, who provides heavily effects-laden vocals and growls worthy of Captain Beefheart, also came up with XOXO's cover art concept. Guitarist/keyboardist Fredrik Nilsen is a noted photographer (he also contributes music using a dildo). Joe Potts -- whose group Airway is known for its droney exercises in experimental music -- contributes samples and various sounds created on old Mattel-manufactured Optigan organ pieces that have been cobbled together, or "Chopped Optigans."