Audio

Audio

by Blue Man Group

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Overview

Audio

Blue Man Group's debut album, Audio, reflects over a decade's worth of musical and theatrical innovation. While its whimsical, visually involving stage performances have been popular since the early '90s, the group waited to make an album until it could find a recording space large enough to house its unique instruments, which include walls of drums, networks of plumbing pipe, and different lengths of vibrating fiberglass rods. Audio incorporates all of these instruments, along with baritone guitars, Hungarian cimbaloms (which are similar to dulcimers), and Chapman Sticks, into 14 eclectic instrumentals. These songs were written specifically for Audio and have never been performed at a Blue Man stage production. Though the spectacle of the group playing its sculptural, surreal-looking instruments is absent from the album, the complex, resonant sound of Audio is engaging enough on its own. In fact, the swooshing of the sword poles on "Utne Live Wire" and the fluttering angel poles on "Endless Column" sound even more alien without the visual accompaniment. Some of Audio's pieces ("Drumbone," "PVC IV") spotlight a specific Blue Man-made instrument, while others ("TV Song," "Club Nowhere") display the group's avant-garde pop sensibilities. "Rods and Cones," "Cat Video," and "Opening Mandelbrot" are other standout tracks from Audio, an album that proves the Blue Man Group is as innovative in the studio as it is onstage.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/1999
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384861322
catalogNumber: 48613
Rank: 60725

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Man Group   Primary Artist
Jens Fischer   Zither
Christian Dyas   Bass,Guitar,Zither,12-string Guitar
Todd Perlmutter   Percussion,Drums
Larry Heinemann   Bass,Cuica,Chapman Stick,Guitar (Baritone)
John Kimbrough   Guitar
Phil Stanton   Drums,Cimbalom,Bullroar,Tubulum
Clem Waldmann   Drums
Bradford Reed   Zither
Chris Bowen   Drums
David Coter   Zither
Bryon Estep   Guitar
Matt Goldman   Drums,Cimbalom
Elvis Loderer   Zither
Ian Pai   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Quay   Drums
Crag Rodriguez   Drums
Chris Wink   Drums,Cimbalom,Tubulum

Technical Credits

Bill Bookheim   Engineer
Christian Dyas   Arranger
Todd Perlmutter   Producer
Carl Plaster   Engineer,Drum Technician
Andrew Schneider   Engineer
Blue Man Group   Art Direction
Jamie Edwards   Contributor
Aron Sanchez   Illustrations,Instrument Design
Jen Graffam Wink   Art Direction,Illustrations

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Audio 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must see show at the Luxar in Las Vegas with some of the most fantastic music ever played.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've followed the Blue Man Group around the US, this CD is one of the best out there. Each venue is different, see them all!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own this CD and let me just say it is awsome. Plus Blue Man Group are some of the most talented mucisions around. At least listen to the demos here!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I attended the Las Vegas show and was absolutely thrilled by it. This show is very interactive and a must see. I don't mind watching the show next time I get a chance to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We saw the show in Vegas (twice)!! I loved every second of it and these cd's are a wonderful reminder of thier incredible show!! Go see the show!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Blue Man Group on Jay Leno last night. I'm not sure which track they played, but what a performance! They can get down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD ROCKS!!!! If you've ever seen the Blue Man Group in person, you'll know what I'm talking about!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the original cast in New York in thier first year, an I've seen them several times since. BUY thier album!!!! They deserve the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
BMG is innovative, original, and a delight to the eye and ear. Complicated drumbeats and moving guitar riffs. Great!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw BMG when i was in New York. It is a must see, you will be amazed at how much fun it is and how awesome the music is! The music from the cd is similar to the show and thats why i love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD as well as the show are awesome. The way they perform is hard to explain. It is the best CD I have. Go to blueman.com and check them out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is as stunning for the ears as the show is for the eyes. If you are looking for a truly unique album in the midst of all the cookie-cutter albums out there, Audio is a must-buy. If you can get to any one of the shows (esp. Chicago) its worth every cent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the BMG perform while in Chicago in 1998, it is an incredible sight! Do not miss them if you get a chance......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recently in Vegas, stayed at the Luxor, but MISSED their performance. The Luxor TV, however, showed a 10-minute video show segment. The visuals are phenomenal, the audio is mesmerizing. I'm heading back to Vegas with a main intent to see the group in action. And I'm now buying my second Audio CD so I have one in the car as well as the house
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blue Man Group is amazing. Once you see the show, you will need the cd and DVD. BUY THIS CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Blue Man Group just recently in Chicago, and I ordered their CD immediately. Their performances are indescribably innovative and intelligent. The CD is just as impressive. I recommend AUDIO to music lovers of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw their Chicago show a few days ago and when one of the people from my group said that their albums were at Barnes and Noble I rushed out and bought Audio. I love it. Their show is awesome too. It is undescrible!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently had the priviledge of experiencing the Blue Man Group: Tubes from the front row in New York! It was amazing, and I would recommend this group to anyone with a sense of humor!