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Kayo Dot is an avant-rock group that was formed in 2003 by Toby Driver. They released their debut album Choirs of the Eye on John Zorn's Tzadik label that year. see Experimental Rock ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Zorn (born September 2, 1953 in New York City) is a American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist. ...


The music of Kayo Dot bridges several genres, from heavy metal to classical music. Their songs involve complex instrumentation (composed by singer and frontman Driver), generally without refrain. They are substantially longer than typical rock songs, often ranging from 8 to 15 minutes in length. A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ... It has been suggested that metal music be merged into this article or section. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... There is also an article on the instrumentation amplifier, an integrated circuit sometimes used in measurement instruments. ...


Tzadik's descriptive label on that album read: "Kayo Dot powerfully integrates elements of modern classical composition with the layers of guitars and vocals more common to rock and metal. With a compositional map that is strict in form yet malleable in execution, Kayo Dot uses a vast array of instrumentation to create an exciting convergence of violence and serenity." A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Hot metal work from a blacksmith In chemistry, a metal (Greek: Metallon) is an element that readily forms ions (cations) and has metallic bonds, and metals are sometimes described as a lattice of positive ions (cations) in a cloud of electrons. ... There is also an article on the instrumentation amplifier, an integrated circuit sometimes used in measurement instruments. ... Violence refers to acts —typically connotative with aggressive and criminal behaviour —which intend to cause or is causing of injury to persons, animals, or (in limited cases) property. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: The Serenity Prayer Look up serenity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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History

Kayo Dot sprang from the ashes of the band maudlin of the Well (officially spelt with a lowercase 'M' as "maudlin of the Well"). maudlin of the Well was a progressive metal band who formed in 1996 and disbanded in 2003. Their music contained elements from many different genres including sludge/doom metal, indie rock, and new age. They released three full-length and now out-of-print albums before disbanding: 1999's My Fruit PsychoBells...A Seed Combustible and 2001's Bath and Leaving Your Body Map (a reference to astral projection). These last two albums were considered companion albums, and were reissued with bonus tracks in January 2006 on the indie label Dark Symphonies (www.darksymphonies.com).  maudlin of the Well The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...  maudlin of the Well The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that sludge metal be merged into this article or section. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... This article contains weasel words, which may compromise its neutrality. ...


Many past members of maudlin of the Well--Josh Seipp-Williams, Sam Gutterman, Terran Olson, Andrew Dickson, and Toby Driver--studied at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts from 1996-2000, where My Fruit PsychoBells...A Seed Combustible was recorded. At Hampshire, Driver became a student of jazz musician Yusef Lateef, whose theories of autophysiopsychic music influenced motW's (and to a greater extent Kayo Dot's) albums. Hampshire College is an experimenting private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. ... Amherst is the name of several places, named for Jeffrey Amherst: Amherst, Massachusetts Amherst Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Middle Amherst Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Upper Amherst Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Amherst, New Hampshire Amherst, New York Amherst, Nova Scotia Amherst Head, Nova Scotia Amherst Point, Nova Scotia Amherst Shore, Nova... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 44th 10,555 mi²; 27,360 km² 183 mi; 295 km 113 mi; 182 km 13. ... Album cover of Eastern Sounds Dr. Yusef Lateef (born October 9, 1920) is an American jazz musician. ...


Driver has gone on to say on their website:


Some members of this project worked in the progressive-metal project-band maudlin of the Well from 1996 - 2003, at which time motW dismembered. Kayo Dot isn't much different from maudlin of the Well musically - rather it's more like a continuation in the direction motW had been progressing.  maudlin of the Well The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...


and has also said:


"People are too preoccupied with whatever connection there may be between [motW] and Kayo Dot."


In March 2005, drummer Sam Gutterman (who also played in motW) left the band for reasons unknown. In May 2005, Kayo Dot announced on their website that Tom Malone joined the band as their new drummer. Kayo Dot has now signed to Robotic Empire Records and will be officially releasing their second album, "Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue" in January of 2006. Look up March in Wiktionary, the free dictionary March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...  maudlin of the Well The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Look up May in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Dowsing is a controversial practice which proponents claim empowers them to find water, metals, gem stones, and hidden objects by carrying or waving a stick or other apparatus over a piece of land and watching for any movement. ... Species About 120; see text Anemone (Anemone) (from the Gr. ... General Name, Symbol, Number copper, Cu, 29 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 4, d Appearance metallic brown Atomic mass 63. ... Many animals have longer and more flexible tongues than humans. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


D Thomas Murray, sound engineer/noise guru for the band, left the group in the middle of their autumn 2005 tour to pursue solo endeavors under the moniker kyouhei sada, a name paying homage to the Japanese composer of the same name who was responsible for the soundtrack to the Nintendo Entertainment System video game Abadox (1989), among others. A moniker (or monicker) is a pseudonym, or cognomen, which one gives to oneself. ... Soundtrack refers to the recorded sound accompanying a visual medium such as a motion picture, television show, or video game. ... The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, is an 8-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, Asia, and Australia. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discography

maudlin of the Well Demos/Singles:

  • Through Languid Veins - 1996 (Demo)
  • Begat of the Haunted Oak: An Acorn - 1997 (Demo)
  • For My Wife - 1998 (Demo)
  • untitled secret song - 2001 (released as a bonus track on the 2006 version of LYBM)

maudlin of the Well Full-length Albums:

  • My Fruit Psychobells...A Seed Combustible (1999)
  • Bath (2001) (reissued with bonus tracks - 2006)
  • Leaving Your Body Map (2001) (reissued with bonus tracks - 2006)

The full albums featured either remixed or re-recorded versions of most of the songs from the demos.


Kayo Dot Full-length Albums:

  • Choirs of the Eye (2003)
  • Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue (2006)

External links

  • Kayo Dot's website
  • Kayo Dot's official Forum
  • Interview with Toby Driver on indieworkshop.com

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Driver said that he was drunk, high and afflicted with strange fears and nervous disorders connected with his music and with other things.
Upon Driver the effect was terrible, for, dropping his pencil, suddenly he rose, seized his Fender, and commenced to rend the night with the wildest playing I had ever heard from his amplifier save when listening at the barred door.
driver, lots of it of the experimental variety (although i have far-reaching interests), and i don't use this word very often to describe someone, but i think that you, sir, are a genius.
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