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by the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra

A multi-genre, alternative classical ensemble combining many styles of jazz, pop, various world music idioms, country, Spaghetti Western and other film music to various 20th century classical and "Avant-garde" styles with wit and humor.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Holy War in Your Pants
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2. A Day At the Mall
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3. Erectile Cognitive Bop Bits
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4. Pomp & Vindaloo
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5. Felini's Pickup Truck
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6. Invocation and Fanfare of the Tahitian Garbage Fairies
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* Who?

The primeTime sublime Community Orchestra (ptsCO) was formed by Paul Minotto in 2000 to create and perform multi-genre, new music which cannot be defined by any stylistic label or category. Members of the group come from a variety of musical backgrounds including jazz, classical, pop, country and world music. In addition to the strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, the 5th section of ptsCO is comprised of computers which balance the sound and add another dimension of extramusical ideas. Often electric guitars, synthesizers and other electronic instruments are used as well.

* What?

PtsCO combines many different styles of music with wit and humor. From the most popular mainstream genres such as rock or country music to the less popular styles like Free Jazz or "Avant-Garde" sounds, any and every genre and style of music is an option for their amusing explorations. And sometimes nonmusical sounds can be heard as well, like a Ginsu knife commercial under water, farm animals, garbage trucks or other fragments of popular culture.

* Yes, but What Kind Of Music Is It?

Any piece of music might contain a mix of Contemporary Jazz, 60's Rock, Chinese Folk, Polynesian percussion, country music, Spaghetti Western and other film music styles, Muzak, east Indian, Hip-hop to various 20th Century classical styles, 60's R&B, "Avant-Garde", Bossa Nova and various Latin American rhythms, Surf guitar music to whatever. Not taking themselves too seriously, ptsCO fuses these sounds so that the result is something between a pop song, film score, jazz improvisation, cartoon soundtrack and an orchestral suite.

They do not have an answer for "What Kind Of Music Is It?"

* And?

Traditional performance attire is often augmented with costume - Bill Clinton or Elvis Presley can sometimes be found in the violin section. Computer animation and various dramatic lighting effects often enhance a performance.

In addition, ptsCO has been featured on radio stations around the world and their music has been reviewed in numerous publications. They have worked with dance companies and choreographers, most recently with the Star Foster Dance Project in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and are currently working on their first music video which will never be seen on MTV.

The primeTime sublime web site features free MP3s, streaming excerpts from the new CD and other assorted absurdity.

The primeTime sublime Community Orchestra is a division of
the primeTime sublime -
a suburb of contemporary society located somewhere
between the heart and the mind.
The organization charter is to produce and publish
"New? music that doesn't fit anywhere."



to write a review

D.C. Ruiz

"New" Music That Doesn't Fit Anywhere
As commercial radio becomes increasingly irrelevant to the future of music, freeform radio such as that found on many college stations, public radio and community stations will become the norm. Well, maybe, but certainly today’s styles of music as codified by the Music Industry will mean less and less as the 21st century evolves. Most listeners enjoy a wide variety of music: Charles Mingus followed by Motley Crue followed by Mozart would not be uncommon to today’s music lover who can not live by one music alone. And, more and more music being made today can not easily be labeled or categorized: ARTISTS are influenced by many different musics even though they call themselves a jazz or rock or whatever musician.

One group that is truly bursting the barriers of music style is the freeform expression of the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra (ptsCO). No, I don't mean "free" as in free improvisation or free jazz. I mean as in the fusion of many styles of music, styles that are “foreign” with one another. From rock, jazz, country, hiphop, contemporary classical, various ethnic musics, "avant-garde" sounds, film music styles, R&B, 1950's easy listening and cartoon music to extra-musical sounds like garbage trucks or a Ginzu knife commercial underwater, ptsCO is a chamber orchestra augmented with guitars, synths, electric pianos and computers.

This is music that blurs the boundaries between pop song, orchestral suite, film score or cartoon soundtrack.
When I first purchased pstCO’s latest CD, I didn’t like the music. It seemed too complex, all over the place. But, each time I listened to it, I began to hear more of what was going on. (It helps to JUST LISTEN, that is, sit down and don’t do anything else.) Eventually, I fell in love with it. Even the CD artwork is a fusion of various styles of 20th century graphics. What’s really great about this disc is that you can play it over and over again and hear things in it you didn’t hear before, something that cannot be said for most of today’s Pop music.



The ultimate post-modern sound collage
The Prime-Time Sublime

The ultimate post-modern sound collage, Paul Minotto's compositions played by the Prime-Time Sublime Community Orchestra take every musical style imaginable and throw them together yielding a mixture of sounds that is both overwhelming and energizing. What is most fun about this recording is listening for all of the different influences, which are purposefully not really blended too much. Between classical melodies, jazz rhythms, sounds of '70s television themes songs, gongs, and Native American singing, I am sure that you will be able to identify a thousand more influences.
The Prime-Time Sublime Community Orchestra
Paul Minotto - instigator

Holy War in Your Pants [12:00]
A Day at the Mall [9:40]
Erectile Cognitive Bop Bits [7:05]
Pomp & Vindaloo [9:38]
Felini's Pickup Truck [10:05]
Invocation and Fanfare of the Tahitian Garbage Fairies [12:16]


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The Celebrity Cafe

It's odd, stangly odd. Yes, the album name is ( ), that's two parens. As for the group, it's an orchestra that dresses as clowns. The music however is not odd, but is quite good classical/pop music playing original pieces confronting social issues. It's most a modern 20th Century "Classical" feel, but it fuses all different genres to crate a very nice mix.

Roland Kreuscher

One of many surprises of this MASTERPIECE is:
Perhaps it isn't really that strange as it sounds in the first moments. Already after 2 or 3 times listening you'll recognize dramaturgic logics and lines which I can't verbalize but which aren't really abstract. It's absolutely great and GENUINE orchestral MUSIC. But as there is already so much text on this subsite praising this CD I want to limit my contribution. I just want to mention my points of reference: ZAPPA's Civilization Phase III (absolutely and foremost!!; although this CD is less abstract but more organic, has/evokes more emotions), the sound-collage parts of Mr. Bungle, some sounds/sequences bring The Residents into mind and some of Michael Daugherty's American Icons also doesn't seem to be all too far away. Throw away faking Jasun Martz' untalented bullshit and buy this one for real musical excitement.

O's Place Jazz Newsletter

This is the epitome of creativity and free expression.
This is the epitome of creativity and free expression. Paul Minotto leads a group of musicians through music that at times sounds like a carnival but is a bit more complex than basic popular music. These are adventurous and almost like a movie score, looking for scenes. It is music that is designed to provoke you and lives up to the promise. It's a new twist on jazz reminiscent of early dmp recordings from Flim & The BBs.

David Lockeretz

This orchestra breaks all the rules...
It's not often that you can hear the influences of Tchaikovsky, Dick Dale and Kung Fu on the same recording, but that is just the tip of the iceberg for Prime Time Sublime. This curious recording goes back and forth between sounding like the soundtrack for a Spielberg film and resembling John Zorn's Naked City without the Japanese screaming. (If you don't know who John Zorn is, chances are this CD is not for you.)

I can't say it's stuff I'd listen to every day, but I certainly enjoy it once in a while. This orchestra breaks all the rules and it's hard not to be impressed by their unpredictability and their wide range of sounds, some of which sound like a bad day on the commode. You've gotta love song titles like "Holy War in your Pants" or "Invocation and Fanfare of the Tahitian Garbage Fairies."

There is, I must say, a certain sameness to the CD after a while, the Latin feel of "Pomp & Vindaloo" and the South Pacific influence of "Invocation" notwithstanding. But while it's certainly not for every taste, it is a surefire way of scaring the heck out of your neighbors and friends.

For my money, I have to admit that "Primetime Sublime" certainly is a sonic treat for anyone out there with an open mind. All six of you.

RKF for DEAD ANGEL Funkadelic crashing a classical music rehearsal and spitting out funked-
Imagine a bunch o' hip-hop dudes and jazz hepcats running into each other on the street and floating back to some classical musician's crib when she's stylin' with her own quartet. Introduce much gin. Once the party's really hoppin', give them instruments and let them go. That's what this album sounds like. The primeTime sublime community Orchestra is the mutant brainchild of one Paul Minotto, a composer, painter, and all-around swell guy who coordinates a virtual orchestra composed of musicians (both amateur and professional) and computers. (They also usually do this in public while dressed as clowns, but that's too surreal for me to get into here right now.) He has interesting ideas on art, music, life, death, and clowns -- feel free to read them in detail at the site -- and this translates into music that comes at you from a lot of different directions, yet ultimately feels like classical musical updated for modern sounds. While there are a great many like-minded orchestras in existence at the moment (many of them freaking out the public via labels like Public Eyesore, Fiend, and Unit Circle), few of them are as accessible as PTS.

Minotto shares Sun Ra's sense of arranging and flair for the unexpected, but doesn't get anywhere near as dissonant as Ra (or any of his disciples); his classical parts are appropriately bombastic but not mired in weird experimental technicalities; his entire approach to tempo is entirely consistent with standard classical conventions. The result is a disc that's far more listenable -- and nowhere near as abrasive -- as some of the experimental orchestra offerings that have screeched at me lately. I could imagine (well, just barely) my mother actually liking this, or at least not loathing it....

The disc itself is contains six songs (or performance pieces, if you like), all mixing elements of jazz, classical, avant-garde electronics, techno, and more. "Holy War in Your Pants" incorporates both eastern and western instruments and references the bombing of the World Trade Center; "A Day at the Mall" fifties e-z listening mood muzak with free jazz, chanting, Chinese music, classical sounds, and even electrobeats. "Erectile Cognitive Bop Bits" revolves around a chamber group including harpischord and percussion, in which the sax and French horn do battle midway through. "Pomp & Vindaloo" (which starts off sounding just like an early-sixties jazz record) throws in everything but the kitchen sink -- bits of Indian music and splices of sound a la Cage, TV spy show theme music, even a rock riff or two, all floating around a chamber orchestra. One of my favorite tracks is "Felini's Pickup Truck," described in the promo poop as "what happens when a Bluegrass gorup and an avant-garde Jazz ensemble play a melody that sounds like it came form a Fellini film. Dream sequences included." The categorization is most accurate. This may be the first time i have heard bluegrass in a classical concept, an idea so exquisitely deranged it fairly makes the mind quake with befuddlement. (It sounds real good, too.) The final track, "Invocation and Fanfare of the Tahitian Garbage Fairies" is just a big sprawling mess, like Funkadelic crashing a classical music rehearsal and spitting out funked-up cartoon music. With garbage trucks. (I have no idea what they're doing, but they're in there.)

Ken Egbert

-wretched majesty, skinny legs, clown suits and all
It has been just about ten years since we lost Frank Zappa to prostate cancer, and every now and again I come across another pretender to his throne of abstraction, absurdity and even-handed ability to (a) mix and (b) utterly demolish every kind of music out there. Some do approach the original: Doctor Nerve, Mike Keneally, and Graham Connah’s Sour Note Seven come to mind. Certainly Paul Minotto’s Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra -- wretched majesty, skinny legs, clown suits and all -- deserve addition to this pantheon. That’s because none of the above pretenders (that’s a compliment here) aped Frank Z. and his Mothers; they took Zappa’s eclectic ellipses and tried to make something new of them.
Prime Time Sublime, a group of largely amateur musicians (string section, sitar, synths, guitars, tuba, marimbas, clarinets, saxophones… sorry to say only Minotto is credited here), career and swoop blithely through a dizzying array of arrangements which can turn on a dime from (as in “Invocation and Fanfare of the Tahitian Garbage Fairies” – what did I tell you?) an outrageous cop from one of the cloudlike sections of Ornette Coleman’s SKIES OF AMERICA to a 4-bar James Brown tribute and back again. Very high “What The Hell Are They Doing, And Are We Sure It’s Legal?” quotient here. Or in “Fellini’s Pickup Truck” (somewhere he is smiling), while the orchestra are carefully mowing down a country ballad with the orchestral equivalent of an Apache gunship, somebody’s cell phone starts to ring. I immediately turned around to see who I was supposed to deck with a right cross, only to be forcibly reminded I was alone in my listening room. It was somebody on the CD! As we used to say when I was growing up… “PSYCHE!!!” Or “Ha, Ha, Fooled You” for those of our readers who did not grow up in Staten Island before they built The Bridge. No, not the one Sonny Rollins used to practice on. See, the manic glee to be heard throughout this fine CD is contagious! “Invocation” also features a lengthy central section with scattered tones flung about in the clarinets, massed plucked cellos, ‘midget’ voices, and an elegiac closing chorale worthy of the late British Jazz composer Alan Gowen. That’s another consideration: if you liked Gowen’s mid-1970s band National Health, “( )” will tickle your fancy as well. Elsewhere, “Holy War In Your Pants” opens with a grand seesawing fanfare worthy of prefacing John Adams’ 1985 foxtrot-you-can’t-foxtrot-to “The Chairman Dances” after which the strings and horns slowly collapse during a stream-of-consciousness drum kit monologue. Sonorities are often quite adventurous, recalling those of Hindemith, Stravinsky’s Russian-era music, and middle period Prokofiev. “Pomp & Vindaloo” is also great fun, some glowing writing for the string section over pulsing marimba and analog synthesizers. A hurdy-gurdy is dropped down the stairs, with diverting results (to say nothing of funereal sitar under meditative Arp). And we haven’t even got to “A Day at the Mall” or “Erectile Cognitive Bop Bits.” But I’m too busy laughing, I can’t go on. Prime Time Sublime are as good as their name, and if different music of great charm and the wildest possible mood swings are your idea of a good time, you mustn’t miss this. As Zappa used to say: “They really put the ‘eyebrows’ on it that time!”

Ben Watson, The Wire

Play it in public and heads turn.
...a disc whose production values outdo practically everything released by the downtown postmodernists over the last two decades. Mastered by Scott Hull, noted for his engineering work for Talking Heads, at Classic Sound in NYC, the surface sound of this music is arrestingly detailed and precise. Play it in public and heads turn.

...Like being forcefed candyfloss with your genitals wired to an orgasm-inducing vibrator, ptsCO's music gives you everything you want so relentlessly and efficiently that the net effect is garish, sinister and eventually terrifying.

PtsCO knows how to pause, to arouse that poignancy without which music cannot invade and overturn the heart. Their music makes the radicalism of much recent music sound adolescent and insulated, closed to experience.

Polar Levine

...what Alternative should be all about...
(excerpt from Part 1 of GENRE BLUES: The Mote Around The Indie Music Mystique)

Primetime Sublime is what Alternative should be all about...both orchestral in the modern classical sense and in the loose big band jazz of Mingus/ John Zorn sense. It's shot through and through with samples, free-association and detours through some truly bizarre back alleys, rice paddies and ivied halls. Beneath the conservatory surface is very clear evidence of pop music DNA.