The SK Orchestra creates experimental soundscapes and performs other ambient compositions using mostly vintage Casio SK series keyboards. These keyboards are simple, yet versatile. They continue to be widely used in the experimental music community. We will not merely use the keyboards for their tones, which are desirable in their own right, but rather to utilize the full capabilities of the SK series keyboards. Such capabilities include: Real-time sampling, 4-note polyphony, a looping function, and more. Additionally, the hardware from some of the SK keyboards has been modified and rewired to allow the player to add distortion and other equalization effects. The project is about transcending limitations and recycling old technology. By exploiting the simple functions available on the Sk keyboards, we breathe new life into old equipment. Newer does not necessarily mean better.
Driven by Michael Durek and Brandstifter, the Sk Orchestra creates instrumental music using Casio Sk series keyboards. The music can be ambient and flowing or upbeat and pulsitile and relies heavily on improvisation and group dynamics.
released 01 October 2011
This tape is released as a handnumbered edition of 65.
„at Flux Factory“ (Mike Durek, Brandstifter, Robert L. Pepper, Amber Brien, Damien Olsen, Jesse Fairbairn and Tsubasa Berg) was captured from the „antibodies“ show 27th November 2009 in Queens by Robert and Damien
„on the A train“ (several SKO members and friends) in the subway after having played the Tank in Manhattan on their way to the aftershow party in Dumboon the 4th of December 2009
cover art by Paula de Castro
silk screen prints by Brandstifter + Lichtblau at gold factory Frankfurt