Animated by only three artists, the San Francisco-based multidisciplinary collective Discord Aggregate quickly established itself as one of the most prolific, eclectic, puzzling, and overall exciting…
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Discord Aggregate Biography

by François Couture

Animated by only three artists, the San Francisco-based multidisciplinary collective Discord Aggregate quickly established itself as one of the most prolific, eclectic, puzzling, and overall exciting art groups in America. Their activities encompass music, literature, video art, web art, and Internet events, but their works reaching the widest audience (and that's still very small) are their music productions.

Writer A. Molotkov met S.B. Reda, an ex-musician who turned to visual arts and literature, in June 1994. They started to write and produce video art together. In February 1996, they decided to leave Albany, NY, to establish themselves in San Francisco, CA. A month later, on March 18, to be precise, they met singer/experimental artist Pamela Zero in front of the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. They immediately decided to create Discord Aggregate, a collective that would embrace any and all art forms. Work starts on The Attack of the Absolute Zero, a non-opera that will be recorded a few months later and released on CD in September 1997. Focused on the voice, spoken and sung, it blends literature and experimental music in a form that recalls but is not quite a hörspiel.

The album is only one aspect of Discord Aggregate's activities. A website (www.discord-aggregate.com) was devised to host all projects, including the turn of the century interactive Internet art "The Tower of Babble." In late 1998, recording of the second CD, The Texture of the Sky, was finished, in parallel with a novel by the same title from Molotkov and Reda. This time around, the group decided not to hire studio musicians and handled all instruments themselves. The CD was released in July 2001.

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