David Bagsby has composed and performed in a wide variety of styles on his many albums, which range from collections of synthesized translations of bird songs to humorous yet complex arrangements of television music. David Bagsby's first release was The Aviary (1991), on which bird songs were run through a computer program that translated them into synthesized pitches. Gathering a plethora of praise from the experimental community, it was later released on CD in 1997. In 1993, he released Bizaria, which mixed together experimental recordings with straightforward progressive rock. Ephemeron (1993), featured music played in several time signatures simultaneously and was influenced by avant-garde artists Peter Frohmader and Art Zoyd. In 1999, Bagsby released The Tulsa Project as Squid Pro Quo. The album took the theme music to local Tulsa television shows and rearranged them in numerous styles including prog rock and avant-garde classical. Bagsby followed with the similar The Magic Empire Strikes Back (1999), under the name of Jethro Tulsa. His third album of 1999, Transphoria, was keyboard-led progressive rock. 2000 saw the release of his Happy Hour for a Pack of Screaming Monkeys, an album of the music of Raymond Scott, a composer of music for 1930s cartoons. As on The Tulsa Project, Bagsby rearranged the music in a variety of eclectic styles. He has recently formed the duo Xen with Kurt Rongey.
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