Saturday, May 19, 2012

June 19th Live Music Preview

Virtual Boy Converging Sounds Live June 19th

When two young musicians meet and collaborate at Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music, the finished product is usually classical. In Virtual Boy’s founders Henry Allen and Preston Walker’s case, the norm was redefined and a signature sound was created. Who would’ve thought that the duo’s Music Technology class compositions would eventually lead them to releasing their first full-length record?

During their freshman year, the classical guitarist from Albuquerque, New Mexico (Henry) and the Southern California native singer (Preston) bonded over their shared passions for dusty vintage synthesizers, new electronic-music genres, classic formalwear and girls that look like they could star in a ‘60s Godard movie. With that eclectic mix of interests, it’s no surprise that their musical influences range from Bach and Mozart to Ratatat and Air to Nosaj Thing and The Glitch Mob.

After their live debut at Low End Theory in Los Angeles, they were approached by Daddy Kev of Alpha Pup Records. Through Alpha Pup, Virtual Boy released Symphony No. None in February of 2011 and most-recently, their first full-length record, available for purchase on iTunes

The Los Angeles Times Music Blog writer Randall Roberts defines their music as a “convergence of analog and digital” and wrote, “they funnel acoustic sounds ranging from strummed guitar to Vocoder-transformed voice to make digital songs that sound thoroughly modern while suggesting the futuristic vibe of 1970s synthesizer music.

Check out some of their videos on their site and don’t forget to purchase your tickets so you can watch them live at our show on June 19th

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