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The best kept secret in music


"The Alpha Rhythm"

Alpha Rhythm lives up to its name. Like an aural massage, the Austin instrumental outfit induces relaxed brainwaves on its debut album, "Proof of Concept." The sextet uses guitar, keyboards, electric upright bass, drums, sax and synthetic textures to channel laid-back dub and jazz, celestial atmospherics, global sounds, and a bit of noir ambience.

"Proof," on the newly formed local label Seed Knowledge, keeps the mood chill, but the rich production and mellow groove open up room for dreamy swells and sonic surprises. The nine-and-a-half-minute "Long Road Ohm," for instance, starts off as a kinetic jam, but then shifts into mysterious sweetness partway through; the driving drums give way to muddled children's chatter and lush keys and guitar.

At the end of the record, Alpha Rhythm trots out one more suprising shift. "The Aphelion" seems to close out the album with frantic drum-and-bass beats, but after a seven-second loop of static repeats at least 60 times, a hidden track is revealed, featuring a gorgeous bowed bass. At home, you'll have the luxury of closing your eyes to this one. But live, you won't want to take your eyes off the band's trippy visuals. - Liz Cordingley - Austin American Statesman XLent


Packing some serious heat with a nine-member creative arsenal comprised of The Alpha Rhythm and Echo Base Soundsystem and three exposive full-legnth releases under thier belts, the Seedknowledge label is sure to place Austin on the global positioning system as a red-hot target for unparalleled intellectual music. Let's go for an inspection into thier stockpile of Weapons of Sublime Creation.

The Alpha Rhythm's debut, Proof of Concept, has far surpassed the earthy nature of the rock and blues sound that has long defined Austin's music scene. The mellifluent theme of the album is less like the organic feel-goodness of home grown Austin hee-haw and much more resembles a stellar birth. The sequence of dreamy instrumental landscapes is a journey to the divine darkness that quietly sleeps at the very end of our universe. Affluent in melodic, soul-stirring tracks, this album sets the enchanting tone for the Seedknowledge collective..... -- Krissi Reeves - Feedback Magazine


Proof of Concept - 2003 Seedknowledge
Order of Magnitude - 2003 Seedknowledge


Feeling a bit camera shy


Amid the waves of electronic-based music and the acoustic cries of a sound-seeking generation, The Alpha Rhythm plays with a pressure that fuses both worlds together in an organic-electronic explosion. The group, formed in Austin, TX in 2002, is the result of the combination of six members, all with diverse musical backgrounds and desires to integrate traditional instrumentation with the latest in electronic music technologies. Musical influences, including Tortoise, Cinematic Orchestra, DJ Shadow, DJ Spooky, Tricky, LTJ Bukem, Amon Tobin, Stephen Reicht, Miles Davis, and Phillip Glass, have lent the band a history that has help it shape a new musical future.

Aside from their roles as musicians in the group, many of The Alpha Rhythms’ members provide original digital art installations that are projected as a backdrop during the band’s live performances. The group also shares members with Echo Base Soundsystem, a live electronic dub quintet, often performing together during special events. In 2003, The Alpha Rhythm and Echo Base Soundsystem formed the Seedknowledge Collective, and independent label showcasing Austin’s unique live electronica scene. Later that year, The Alpha Rhythm released its debut album, “Proof of Concept.” The Alpha Rhythm and Echo Base have since formed Noon, a collaborative project expected to elevate an already enlightened live electronica movement.