The Flashbulb

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Passage D

Benn Lee Jordan have many pseudonyms. Since 1999 his most widely distributed and eclectic music has been released under the name of The Flashbulb. Other names Benn operates under are Acidwolf, CHR15TPUNCH3R, DJ ASCII, Dr. Lefty, Dysrhythmia, Flexe, Human Action Network, Lucid32, rnd16, Sixty Six Ex, and Q-Bit.

As The Flashbulb, Jordan typically releases drill ‘n’ bass or breakcore styled music.

His style differs strongly between albums, but they all have a cohesive bond tied around fast drum programming, acid-influenced melodies, and a wide array of live instrumentation from various instruments Jordan has acquired. He also often records his melodies through MIDI-synced guitars. His guitar style and skill has gained attention because he typically plays it strung backwards, and makes heavy use of fast sweeping and tapping. The last two Flashbulb albums have featured violinist Greg Hirte, who is featured heavily on The Flashbulb’s most recent album, Soundtrack to a Vacant Life, as well. Soundtrack to a Vacant Life is, as Jordan stated in a recent interview, a step away from the breakcore genre. He also said that this step is likely to be a permanent trend in the direction of his music. Under other aliases, Benn Jordan’s work varies quite a bit.

His Acidwolf and Human Action Network aliases feature retro acid music that uses old drum machines such as the TR-808 and relies heavily on the melodies of the TB-303. Tracks made under the FlexE alias tend to be laid-back and classic acid. According to him, he showcases his more fundamental, classical, and personal pieces under his own name, Benn Jordan.

Eyes Of June

Kirlian Shores

Sensual Data

Do Not Sex To This

Planet Th

Cherokee Script

Autumn Insomnia Session

Stinger

Warm hands in cold fog

Links: Official Page, LastFM, MySpace, Wikipedia.

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