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One Ring Zero is a modern music group that melds many genres and sounds to create a unique type of music and is based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Centered around Joshua Camp and Michael Hearst the band uses a unique blend of intriguing instruments. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Michael Marcus Hearst (born December 27, 1972) is an american composer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. ...



The band was founded by Joshua Camp and Michael Hearst who were both Virginia Commonwealth University students who were working at a German instrument store. They formed a band and later moved to New York. Thile in Brooklym, they ingratiated themselves with the McSweeney's store there and used this as a launching point for their careers. Michael Marcus Hearst (born December 27, 1972) is an american composer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. ... Aerial view of the Monroe Park Campus looking eastward in the direction of downtown Richmond, Va. ... McSweeneys is a publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers, author of You Shall Know Our Velocity, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , How We Are Hungry and What Is the What. ...


Michael plays the theremin and Joshua plays the accordion. They both play the claviola and prove to be extremely versatile musicians, often switching instruments for each song. Other instruments include a toy piano, a melodica, a metallophone, jones-O-phone, caj√≥n and a series of everyday sounds looped and altered to create textures and rhythms. Using all these instruments (or noises) together One Ring Zero (ORZ) creates a sound that defies genre. There is an undeniable klezmer influence throughout their music but also a modern rock or indie influence also. The band has been denoted "Lit Rock" by the media but they seem to defy any singular name. Both Joshua and Michael sing, Michael bass and Joshua tenor. They normally play with a six piece band now, including of a trumpet, drum kit, and bass guitar. Léon Theremin playing an early theremin The theremin or thereminvox (originally pronounced but often anglicized as [1]) is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. ... For other uses, see Accordion (disambiguation) This article is about the instrument as a whole. ... The Claviola was designed in the 1960s by Hohner technician and designer Ernst Zacharias (inventor of the Pianet and Clavinet) and finally put to production for a brief period in the 1990s. ... A Hohner melodica The melodica is a free-reed instrument similar to the accordion and harmonica. ... Generally speaking, a metallophone is any musical instrument consisting of tuned metal bars which are struck to make sound, usually with a mallet. ... A cajón (Spanish for crate, drawer, or box, pronounced ka. ... Klezmer (from Yiddish כּלי־זמיר, etymologically from Hebrew kli zemer כלי זמר, musical instrument) is a musical tradition which parallels Hasidic and Ashkenazic Judaism. ... Trumpeter redirects to here. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is mostly a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ...

As Smart As We Are

On their latest album "As Smart As We Are," published authors and writers wrote lyrics on request, which Joshua and Michael then set to music. Some writers wrote basic chord progressions for ORZ or requested a certain genre for their song to fall under but for the most part Joshua and Michael wrote their own music for the lyrics.

Contributing authors included:

This provides a large variation in each songs theme, feel, and therefore over all sound. Some lyrics are more poetic, while others tell stories. Jonathan Ames is an American author who has written a number of novels and comic memoirs. ... Margaret Eleanor Atwood, OC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer. ... Paul Benjamin Auster (born February 3, 1947, Newark, New Jersey) is a Brooklyn-based author. ... Michael Chabon (born May 24, 1963) is an American author best known for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. ... Dave Eggers at the 2005 Hay Festival Dave Eggers (born March 12, 1970) is an American writer, editor, and publisher. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is a British author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... Myla Goldberg grew up in Maryland, escaping the suburbs as soon as possible to attend Oberlin College. ... Ben Greenman (born 1969) is an American writer and magazine editor. ... Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970 in San Francisco), is a Jewish American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. ... Amy Michael Homes (born 1961) is an American author, known for controversial and unusual stories, like The End of Alice(1996), Music for Torching(1999), In a Country of Mothers(1995), Jack (1989), and the short story compilations The Safety of Objects(1990) and Things You Should Know (2002). ... For Denis Johnson from London, who invented the bicycle forerunner called hobby horse, see Denis Johnson of London. ... Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American writer based in New York City, best known for his novels, short stories, and essays, whose work encompasses a variety of genres and styles. ... Rick Moody (born Hiram Frederick Moody III October 18, 1961 in New York City), is an American novelist and short story writer best known for The Ice Storm (1994), a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973. ... Darin Strauss (born March 1, 1970) is an American writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Both of his novels were New York Times Notable Books; Strauss is a 2006 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. ...

Recently a documentary called "As Smart As They Are: The Author Project" was made was made about the duo. Directed by Joe Pacheco it shows the evolution of the new album "As Smart As We Are".

ORZ frequently plays at Barbes in Brooklyn, New York.

External links

  • One Ring Zero Band Homepage



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