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Quarkspace

Quarkspace is an American psychedelic band that has been together since the mid 1980s. They are known for combining improvisational spacerock and electronic experimentation with folk and progressive songwriting.

Musically, Quarkspace’s influences straddle the American and English psychedelic scenes of the late 60s - namely The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield and Jefferson Airplane from America combined with the more keyboard-oriented Soft Machine and Pink Floyd from the UK. They’ve always been experimenters with new technology - sometimes channeling more modern influences like Stereolab or The Orb.

The first self-titled album was released in 1996 and featured strong compositions, but unfortunately weak-production. Quarkspace soon hooked up with the American Spacerock scene through the Strange Daze festivals, where the band performed at every one from 1997 to 2001.

A live album (Live Orion) and a double album (The Hidden Moon) revealed the band to be increasing it’s sonic blueprint, songwriting skill and production ability. Their final (to this date) studio album, Drop, was released in the public domain in 2001. It is widely-considered to be their best studio album and was rated 4.5 stars at the All Music Guide.

In 2004, Quarkspace also hooked up with legendary comic book artist, Matt Howarth, for Node in Peril - an unique and innovative combination CD and comic book. Quarkspace used some of its best improvisational material slated for the Spacefolds series along with a few instrumental compositions as their musical contribution to the release.

Concurrently, Quarkspace also releases improvisational albums as part of their Spacefolds series. The series is currently at number 9, which was released in 2009 as primarily an online release (Spacefolds 8 in 2008 was the first Spacefolds release in this format). A new “real” studio album, All These Suns, is currently being worked on with a potential release date in 2010. So there.


 

Discography

Spacefolds 12
released:   2013
Spacefolds 11
released:   2011
Spacefolds 10
released:   2010
Worcester 07/06/2000
released:   2000
Spacefolds 9
released:   2008
Spacefolds 8
released:   2007
Node in Peril
released:   2004
Drop
released:   2001
Spacefolds 7
released:   2001
Spacefolds 6
released:   2000
The Hidden Moon
released:   1999
Spacefolds 5
released:   1999
Live Orion
released:   1998
Spacefolds 4
released:   1998
Spacefolds 3
released:   1997
Spacefolds 2
released:   1997
Spacefolds 1
released:   1996
Quarkspace
released:   1996

Members

  • Darren Gough: Guitar
  • Chet Santia: Bass, Guitar, Vox, Loops
  • Jay Swanson: Keyboards, Synth, Loops
  • Paul Williams: Drumming, Loops, Synth, Keyboards

Emeriti

  • Kevin Wherry: Bass (1985-1987)
  • Stan Lyon: Guitar, Bass (1998-2006)
  • Dave Wexler: Guitar (1996-2001)