Collaborations

zZyzx Society likes to include friends in our performances whenever posible and we have some very cool friends.

Chas Smith

A composer, performer, instrument designer and builder who, in the spirit of Harry Partch, creates much of his music for his own exotic instruments. His compositions, which always display his dualistic fascination with the scientific and the sensual, might owe their split personalities to the diverse collection of composers he studied with in the 1970s: Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell, James Tenney, and Harold Budd.

Thighpaulsandra

Born in Pontypridd, South Wales to a musical family, Thighpaulsandra developed an interest in modern classical and electronic music at an early age. His musical collaborations include most notably work with the British avant guard band Coil from 1999 to 2010, the space-rock band Spirtualized, Julian Cope, former Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser and more recently UUUU with Edvard Graham Lewis and Matthew Simms (Wire) and Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga/The Oscillation)

Listen to an excerpt from "Organasm" featuring Thighpaulsandra on Euro/Serge Modulars and Prophet 5, with Danny Carey on gamelan gong, timpani, acoustic and electronic drums

Danny Carey

Danny Carey is the drummer of the legendary progressive metal band Tool.  Voted sixth best drummer of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, his 28 year career has been characterized by his power and unique polyrithymic techniques of both African and magikal arts influence. 

In 2011, Peter Grenader was commissioned by Carey to built the Toolbox Modular Synthesizer, consisting largely of Plan B/EAR modules. In 2017, zZyzx Society provided both sampled and analog loops which Carey incorporated into Tool's drum solos. DC also contributed as a guest artist providing both acoustic and electric drums on the recording of the zZyzx piece Organasm. 

Watch the zZyzx Society contribution to Tool - the live synth introduction to Danny Carey's drum solo (processed Terrance McKenna voice and metal textures timbres) here.

 
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