The 13th Tribe
The 13th Tribe
Werner Durand and Erik Balke perform on invented instruments, mostly wind instruments without finger holes, which are actually assemblages of PVC tubes of various lengths. The third musician, Brazilian Silvia Ocougne, provides cyclic rhythmical structures on prepared guitar. Percussionist Pierre Berthet appears as a guest on three tracks. Durand and Balke play games of "call and response" (reproduced in stereo, they do sound like a ping-pong game) over Ocougne's cycles, each one moving at his/her own pace, periodically losing the others and catching up on them.
This process creates soft, unreal, slow-evolving textures belonging to both meditative and avant-garde music. Because of its ritualistic patterns and similarities between the Tribe's devices and such autochthonous instruments as the didgeridoo, the Alp horn, or even the pan flute, this music has a distinctive exotic quality. Somewhere between the Andes and Australia probably lies an island where The 13th Tribe's music may be used for the religious ceremonies of a postmodern civilization. 2) The 13th Tribe is a collective of musicians, DJs, producers, MCs and singers spanning 5 continents and over 15 different countries. They have been releasing tracks independently since 1999 and are originally from Glasgow, Scotland, UK but are presently based in Latin America.
The 13th Tribe got their name from Battlestar Gallactica. 3) The 13th Tribe is a ska punk band from Hagerstown, Maryland, United States, formed in 1997. This 7-piece group combines 3rd wave ska with elements of punk and hardcore. Their album "License and Registration, Please" was released in 2001 on Broken Records. Read more on Last.fm.
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