Tank Orchestra is an experimental music group playing
songs that range from avant-garde percussion to hypnotic,
trance inducing melodies. The instruments were conceived
of and built by Artist/Musician Gregory J. Wildes and
are played by the heart of New Orleans glam-freak-ritual
gurus. The instruments were created from car gas tanks
off the streets, adapted with saw blades, wires, and
PVC tubing. There is a full orchestra of sounds. A rhythm
section with a stand up bass, slit drum, and kalimba.
A horn section with clarinet, oboe, trombone, and didjeridoo;
and a string section including a dulcimer, and harp.
Listen to the Gas Tank Orchestra
But this is not just noise, GTO has the strong pulsing
rhythms of traditional drumming intertwined with the
intriguing dimensions of Sun Ra.
With its experimental
instrumentation, the primal quality becomes prehistoric
industrial, and at times even melodic.
The Gas Tank
Orchestra is an industrial party gathering. The great
city of New Orleans and it's complex culture of French
Quarter decadence and 9th ward decline combine inside
electric scrap metal that billows rhythmic melodies
that personify the district in which they were born.
For more information about
GTO and their live performances and CD's, visit the GTO website