Turntable Kachina

Turntable Kachina

BandEDMHip Hop

From the most remote reaches of the Southwest, Grand Canyon National Park to the towering painted cliffs of Monument Valley, .the sounds of nature meet jutting comets and industrial pings in Turntable Kachina’s compositions. The music is electronic urban pulsing static, and subtle flowing zen.

Biography

Inside the basic starving artists den.....Stacks of bent cornered vinyl stacked around keyboards and a Mac G4 decomposes almost into dust. The dining room of his tiny two bedroom apartment has been crammed with blinking lights, XLR cables, Native American "Kachinas" and jewelery. Jackson Polack splattered with hand percussion and Midi Keyboards. After a succesful night of editting the artist scratches at his face....deeply in need of a shave. Bear the Astronot started Dj'ing when vinyl still reigned. He started as an MC when "Chuck D" mattered more than cough syrup. As he ponders, out of the corner of an intent and searing gaze, he catches an image...

Bear the Astronot grew up in Grand Canyon National Park, on the Navajo Reservation (dinetah), and in and among people of the Hopi, Havasupai, Apache, Pima, Yaqui, and Tohono O'odham tribes. These people and places had a tremendous and lasting effect on his music. Now atop his turntable, permanantly sculpted into dancing stance, a perfectly carved "Snake Dancer" kachina stares back at him. It casts a waving shadow.

He has been searching for a name for his instrumental works. A name that shows how deeply rooted he is in this music, and that seperates it from his work as a Hip Hop artist.
From this image, this slithering shadow across his turntable....... Turntable Kachina is born....

Turntable Kachina is one producer’s exploration into sound. From the most remote reaches of the Southwest, Grand Canyon National Park to the towering painted cliffs of Monument Valley, the sounds of nature meet jutting comets and industrial pings in Turntable Kachina’s compositions. The music is at once electronic urban pulsing static, and subtle flowing mountain side inner journey. A mixture of electronic, Hip Hop, house, drum & bass, downtempo, jazz, and chill influences bubbles from samples, synths, and pounding drums. Turntable Kachina does not have a genre or title, because as humans we should not constrain our experiences to genres or titles.

The music of Turntable Kachina is created by Bear the Astronot. This is his foraging for sound-scapes outside the intruding boundaries of Hip Hop. If Bear the Astronot is what his mind and mouth sound like, Turntable Kachina is the sound of his body and soul. The majority of these compositions were created with movie and video game soundtracks in mind. All of them are meant to tell a story, project emotions, or capture a point in time.

Bear purposefully breaks the constraining and often strict rules of each style he plays, mixing and melding techniques used by various producers and Dj’s, and the end product is often a gumbo of samples, synths, and live instrumentation.

Bear is a trained and certified studio engineer, audio technician, and spent over eight years as a professional event, club, and rave DJ. All of his experience as an MC, Producer, and DJ is funneled cohesively into this music. He creates these songs from the ground up, handling all performance, production, recording, mixing, and mastering himself. Years of playing instruments such as saxophone, turntables, and piano, have aided his creative skill.

Turntable Kachina released the first of many E.P.’s in 2007. Released as a series entitled “Sound is Matter.” Vol.001 is available now, and 002 will be available for download in February 2008. "MITOSIS" a more dance influenced album was released November 2007, and a third release "Roots", a journey into The Kachina's influences, will be available the end of December 2007. These three releases will cap off a succesful year.

The songs created by this artist are perfect for advertising, movies, video games, and more. Created for contemplation, meditation, and enlightenment, they just might have you dancing and reflecting at the same time. See what our planet sounds like from outer-space, and what secrets lie behind the “Turntable Kachina.”

Discography

"Sound is Matter Vol.001"-2007
"MITOSIS"-2007
"Roots"-2008

Available for download now. Visit turntablekachina.com or www.myspace.com/turntablekachina to purchase.

Set List

Can play sets of any length. Hip-Hop, Old-School, Downtempo/Chill, breaks, house, electronic, rock, progressive dance sets. Usually a mix of genres.