THE APPLES IN STEREO RELEASE SUPER LIMITED EDITION “SCIENCE FAIRE” TRIPLE 7″ VINYL BOX SET VIA CHUNKLET INDUSTRIES

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The Elephant 6 Collective’s family tree is beyond diverse. The first seed to take hold was E6-001, the 1993 self-titled EP by The Apples in stereo (referred to by fans as the “Tidal Wave” EP), then known simply as The Apples. It was recorded and produced on four-track cassette by Elephant 6 co-founder Robert Schneider, who would soon apply his genius to the records by Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Minders, Beulah, and countless others in the E6 pantheon.

In 1994, the renamed Apples in stereo released a subsequent EP on the Bus Stop Label along with a peppering of 7″ split singles before their first full length, Fun Trick Noisemaker, came out in 1995. The band has consistently stated that vinyl is the primary medium for, in the words of the Summer 1993 E6 catalog, their “dense chiming classic pop… soaked in fuzz.”

Long out of print, Science Faire collects these earliest recordings in the original format that they were released, and were meant to be heard: on seven-inch vinyl! Complete with posters, stickers and books, Science Faire has been lovingly reproduced. Each side has been stretched to the sonic limit with maximum music per side, just as with the originals.

And as with the original 1996 pressing of this collection, there is never-before-seen artwork (for the “Time for Bed” single) from the early 90’s by Elephant 6 co-founder W. Cullen Hart of The Olivia Tremor Control. As a bonus, the track “Onto Something” is included here which wasn’t included on the original Science Faire release.

All three singles are housed in a special package created by Chunklet’s in-house designer Henry Owings.

Edition of 500.

Credits
Releases: December 14, 2016

This album is a collection of EPs and singles by THE APPLES in stereo, released between the summers of 1993 and 1995.

“Touch the Water” & “To Love the Vibration…” lyrics by J. McIntyre.
All other lyrics by R. Schneider.

Recorded between various four-track tape machines at The Elephant 6 Recording Co., 1993-1994.
The Apples EP originally released on Elephant 6 Records, 1993.
The Hypnotic Suggestion EP originally released on The Bus Stop Label, 1995. Thank you so much, Brian.
TIME FOR BED EP collects the following recordings:
“To Love the Vibration of the Bulb” (1993) was recorded for the APPLES EP, but wasn’t included in the release.
“Time For Bed/I Know You’ll Do Well” was originally released on a 7” split EP with The Olivia Tremor Control (Small-Fi Records, 1994). Thanks, Ben.
“Rocket Pad” was originally released on a flexi-disc split with The Heartworms (Wurlitzer Jukebox Records, 1995). Thanks, Keith.
“Onto Something” was originally released on a 7” split EP with Sportsguitar (100 Guitar Mania Records, 1995). Thanks, Furu.

Exquisite hand-drawn artwork by W. Cullen Hart.
Collage art by Robert Schneider.
Package design by Henry Owings.
Thanks to KLPI-Ruston,LA for the cover photo.
The Songs: “Tidal Wave” and “Not The Same” by R. Schneider/C. Parfitt.
“Stop Along The Way” by J. McIntyre/R. Schneider.
“Touch the Water and “To Love the Vibration of the Bulb” by J. McIntyre.
All other selections by R. Schneider.
All compositions © 1993, 1994, 1995 The Elephant 6 Publishing Co. (ASCAP).
Thanks to our families, our friends, our kitties, spinART, and Henry Owings.

This compilation under exclusive license from The Elephant 6 Recording Co.

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Robert Schneider to Support E6 Cohorts Neutral Milk Hotel / Publishes Ramanujan Article In The Believer

The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider to Support Elephant 6 Cohorts Neutral Milk Hotel on Band’s Final Tour

Publishes Long Article on Mythical Mathematical Genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in McSweeney’s The Believer

(Decatur, GA): The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider will provide direct support for Elephant 6 friends Neutral Milk Hotel on several dates over the summer, for the last dates of their long-running reunion tour. Schneider produced, engineered, arranged and performed on both Neutral Milk Hotel albums, and is a lifelong collaborator of NMH leader Jeff Mangum. This is his first tour since apparently leaving the music scene three years ago to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Emory University, studying under world-renowned number theorist Ken Ono.

“I have missed playing shows, and traveling with my friends,” says Schneider. “This is going to be awesome.” Dates below.

But the intervening years have been busy ones for Schneider. This month, he and bandmate Benjamin Phelan have published a long article in The Believer about Schneider’s trip to India to investigate a mathematical super-genius named Srinivasa Ramanujan. (In fact, it’s Ramanujan who’s responsible for Schneider’s musical hiatus–after hearing Ramanujan’s incredible story, he put the band on hold and moved to Georgia to pursue a Ph.D. in number theory.) The article is just as bold and adventurous as anything released under the auspices of Elephant 6. While on tour for 2010’s Travellers in Space and Time, Schneider and Phelan, a new Apple recruited for the tour, who happened also to be a magazine writer (New York Times Book Review, Harpers, Best American Science Writing 2009), discovered a joint love of mathematics, and developed a unique shared perspective on the meaning of Ramanujan’s work. In an article for The Believer, “Encounter with the Infinite,” Schneider and Phelan relate their intricate vision, weaving Schneider and Ramanujan’s story together to create a psychedelic travelogue through Southern India and an inquiry into the nature of infinity. (Link to article: http://goo.gl/Yp7jQ2)

Wed Jun 3, 2015 McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401-3133
http://www.mcdonaldtheatre.com/

Thu Jun 4, 2015, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.stgpresents.org/paramount/

Fri Jun 5, 2015 Knitting Factory – Spokane, 919 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
http://sp.knittingfactory.com/

Sat Jun 6, 2015, Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
http://www.wilmatheater.org/

Mon Jun 8, 2015, Knitting Factory – Boise, 416 S. 9th Street, Boise, ID 83702
http://bo.knittingfactory.com/

Tue Jun 9, 2015, Knitting Factory – Reno, 211 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
http://re.knittingfactory.com/

Wed Jun 10, 2015, Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
http://www.crestsacramento.com/

Thu Jun 11, 2015, The Phoenix Theater, 201 East Washington, Petaluma, CA 94952
http://www.thephoenixtheater.com/

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A Place We Have Been To, A Documentary Film Featuring The Elephant 6 Recording Co. Announces In-Progress Screening & Fundraiser October 13th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Place We Have Been To, A Documentary Film Featuring The Elephant 6 Recording Co. Announces In-Progress Screening & Fundraiser October 13th

Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off Today

(Louisville, KY): A Place We Have Been To, a documentary film featuring The Elephant 6 Recording Co. is being Produced and Directed by Louisville, KY’s Chad Stockfleth and New York’s Dan Efram, longtime manager of The Apples in stereo.

The Elephant 6 Recording Company was formed by a collective of American musicians including Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss of The Olivia Tremor Control, Robert Schneider of The Apples in stereo and Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel.

A fundraising event that includes an in-progress showing footage from A Place We Have Been To will also include performances by Elephant 6 illuminati Circulatory System and Robert Schneider will take place at Athens, GA’s Cine’, 234 West Hancock Avenue, October 13, at 7pm.

Tickets for the event are available at A Place We Have Been To’s crowdfunding page.

A Film Featuring The Elephant 6 Recording Co.
A Film Featuring The Elephant 6 Recording Co.

“My hope for this film is not to make a ‘behind the music’ style exposition of exactly how groups were formed or albums recorded, but to create something more akin to an early E6 mail-order mixtape.” explains Director Chad Stockfleth. “A kaleidoscopic experience that not only encourages you to dig deeper into the Elephant 6 catalogue, but to gather your own friends and make something.”

Stockfleth, a commercial video Producer and Director, first learned of the Elephant 6 world through mutual friends in psych-pop group Big Fresh. He was later introduced to Robert Schneider and demanded to shoot a live performance of The Apples in stereo just as Bill Doss had joined the band. The idea for an Elephant 6 doc, though not new, was suggested. Six years later, footage has been assembled and the film is looking to gain finishing funds.

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Tickets and trailer available at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/elephant6doc

Screening, October 13, 2014, 7pm
Cine’, 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA

Gravitation Generator: Steve Keene “The Most Productive Artist of All Time”

Steve Keene at his studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Steve Keene-Profile12503 web“There needs to be a Johnny Appleseed of art, and there is and it’s Steve Keene.” – The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider*

Steve Keene may be the most productive artist of all time. The Williamsburg, Brooklyn based artist, with over 250,000 (two-hundred fifty thousand) pieces created to date, is perhaps the most mission-driven ever. Unproductive simply isn’t allowed into his world – it’s impractical. Continue reading “Gravitation Generator: Steve Keene “The Most Productive Artist of All Time””

Gravitation Generator: Gary Calamar On Dexter, Wilfred, Record Store Days & West Side Story’s Continued Significance

Gary Calamar, President of Go Music, is a five time Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor who currently oversees the music on HBO’s True Blood, Showtime’s Dexter, and a personal favorite, FX’s Wilfred. Past credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and Entourage, amongst too many others to mention. An longtime DJ and show host for keenly influential radio station KCRW, Calamar also co-wrote Record Store Days (with Phil Gallo), a historical document of record store culture past and present.

Continue reading “Gravitation Generator: Gary Calamar On Dexter, Wilfred, Record Store Days & West Side Story’s Continued Significance”

Elijah Wood Talks “Maniac” @ The Apple Store, Soho, NYC

Elijah @ The Apple Store

Elijah Wood came to The Apple Store in Soho promoting his new horror film, Maniac. This IFC film, a remake of the 80’s cult favorite of the same name, will be available June 21st. The event featured a discussion with Wood about the making of this film, the horror film genre  and a Q+A session with the audience.

Continue reading “Elijah Wood Talks “Maniac” @ The Apple Store, Soho, NYC”

The Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider Pursues Graduate Study in Mathematics

Robert Schneider piano hi-res.jpg
Robert Schneider, photo credit Joshua Kessler

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2012

The Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider Pursues Graduate Study in Mathematics

(Decatur, Georgia): Robert Schneider—The Apples in stereo bandleader, Elephant 6 co-founder and influential record producer/engineer (Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Beulah)—enters the PhD program in Mathematics at Emory University, to study under world-class number theorist Ken Ono.

Schneider obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky in May, having studied mathematics for a number of years while simultaneously producing ambitious indie records and touring the world. In recent years he has devised a “Non-Pythagorean” musical scale  based on logarithms used on The Apples in stereo albums New Magnetic Wonder (2007) and Travellers in Space and Time (2010), composed a score based on prime numbers for a stage play by mathematician Andrew Granville, experimented with a mind-controlled synthesizer of his own invention, created a board game Al-Jabar based on group theory with fellow UK student Cyrus Hettle, spoken at numerous mathematics conferences and universities, and engaged in other math and science related projects.

“I realized the beauty of mathematics in my studio while repairing a sixteen-track tape machine, with schematic diagrams spread around me on the floor,” says Schneider. “I came across Ohm’s Law in a book on electronics, the equation that describes the flow of electricity in circuits, and it blew my mind. Somehow, this simple equation was responsible for the things I found most magical in life—electric guitars, analog synthesizers, stereophonic sound and the joy of making music with my friends.

“To me, my interest in mathematics feels similar to my interest in music: exploring beautiful patterns and ideas beyond the reach of words. Of course, I won’t stop writing songs, recording and playing shows, but I feel a deep need to immerse myself in the mysteries of number theory. Ken Ono is one of the most exciting, creative mathematicians in the whole world and I can’t wait to stretch my imagination under his guidance.”

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The Apples in stereo: Vintage Graphics Meet New Musical Scale in “CPU” Video

The Apples in stereo: Vintage Graphics Meet New Musical Scale in “CPU” Video

The Apples in stereo released a new video today for the song “CPU” from the recent album Travellers in Space and Time. The VHS-saturated video is directed by artist and experimental musician Robert Beatty (Hair Police, Three Legged Race, Ulysses), who made the video using a vintage broadcast camera, cellular automata software, screen projections, found glass objects and other lo-fi techniques. Continue reading “The Apples in stereo: Vintage Graphics Meet New Musical Scale in “CPU” Video”

The Apples in stereo Release “Travellers in Space And Time” on April 20th

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CELEBRATED INDIE ROCKERS THE APPLES IN STEREO RELEASE TRAVELLERS IN SPACE AND TIME ON APRIL 20TH

January 26, 2010 – Studio-obsessed indie rockers The Apples in stereo are celebrating the start of a new decade with the release of their seventh studio album, Travellers in Space and Time, their most hi-fi and hook-laden production to date. Described by frontman Robert Schneider as “retro-futuristic super-pop,” the album is the official follow-up to 2007’s New Magnetic Wonder, and the band’s second release for Elijah Wood’s Simian Records. The album will be released on April 20 via Yep Roc/Simian/Elephant 6. Continue reading “The Apples in stereo Release “Travellers in Space And Time” on April 20th”

American Idol(s) Seeks “Energy”

Tonight American Idol ran a Ford promo where the contestants sang “Energy” from “New Magnetic Wonder.” Weird. I suppose that good songs take on a life of their own?

Watch it here.

Read about it in more detail via Optical Atlas.