Gas Chamber Orchestra
The Gas Chamber Orchestra is a
noise musicensemble consisting of Michael Andrade, Mark Grey, Gary Singh, and Ryan Torchia, which was formed in 1991at San José State Universityin San Jose, Californiawhile the four were electroacoustic musiccomposition students. From 1992- 1995, they performed many Free improvisation music concerts with surrealist, fluxist and dadaist overtones, incorporating such absurd elements to performances such as cooking on stage with amplified utensils, destroying a car with sledgehammers, performing in unusual spaces like bathrooms and workshops, overnight, or to empty concert halls. They performed throughout California and in Las Vegas, and on KFJCradio. The also composed the soundtrack for "Do What Do", a performance art piece created by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media.
The Gas Chamber Orchestra stopped performing regularly in 1996, after its members completed their MAs. Andrade died from undetermined natural causes on 2 March,
1996. Mark Greyis composer-in-residence at the Phoenix Symphony. Gary Singh writes for the San Jose Metro. Ryan Torchia completed a Ph.D.in Music Composition from the University at Buffalo in 2005, and now works in Daly City, Californiaas a tester for Digidesign.
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