Exo 4 combines new technology, improvised music and mesmerizing visuals to create a stream-of-consciousness environment for the audience. Exo 4’s ethereal soundscapes utilize elements of avant garde electronica, progressive rock, freeform jazz, and ambient sound sculpture. The result stimulates the imagination and transports the audience to another plane by means of a multi-sensory presentation. It is a journey of discovery for all in attendance, with Exo 4 providing the soundtrack for this experience. Exo 4 is dedicated to the exploration and implementation of music and art to create a free, transcendental environment for the listener.
EC Mars plays a Yamaha SV1 electric violin connected to a Digitech RP7 multi-effects processor, Boss Loop Station and Fishman amplifiers, enabling him to simulate cellos, string sections and other instruments, then create layered loops in real time, which can be further manipulated. Having performed in orchestras, various ensembles and rock bands, Mars is the musical director, stage/lighting designer, and one of the founders of Exo 4.
Jim Curtis performs on a Fender Five string, Pedulla Five string or Carvin six-string Fretless bass guitar, running through a Korg Bass Effects pedal and Hartke amplification. Past experience performing rock, progressive rock, metal, reggae, afro beat and blues is what fuels Curtis' groove. He is always exploring new territory and adds to the overall sound of Exo 4 with his expertise, vast knowledge of musical styles, and innovative approach.
TWK Stratosphere plays an American Fender Roland-ready Stratocaster through a Digitech GNX-3 processor and Roland GR-30 Guitar Synthesizer. TWK’s years of playing rock, country, blues and his own various compositions have resulted in the fiery licks and incredible effects he now employs in Exo 4.
Gregg Garlock (G-Teck) has created a hybrid drum set of acoustic and electronic components which can be played in combination or in any configuration. Using a drum machine to produce original compositions for the band to use as a “sonic canvas,” G-Teck also sends the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Information) to a synthesizer engine where he can change the frequency, modulation, etc. He has a variety of electronic units to tweak sounds and create “otherworldly” effects, all controlled by a master mixing board, where he can bring elements into and out of the music at any time. He also uses a sampler, on which prepared sounds can be activated, changed, looped and manipulated within the framework of the musical piece. He also brings the ability to launch spoken word, sound effects and other programmed material via digital compact disc and mp3 players. G-Teck is bridging the gap between rhythm, melody, composition, and improvisation with this unique, modern array of drums, percussion, and electronica.
Every Exo 4 performance is a relevant, unique presentation, created for a specific space and time. It is a spontaneous, original EVENT that exists only in the here and now, given the transitory nature of live, improvised art. Exo 4 uses music and multimedia presentation to create a new dimension of exploration and imagination.