A violin subjected to toys, hardware implements and effects pedals; radios, bicycle wheels, and an amplified found-object sound-board; a modular synthesizer stirring electronic effects into a soup of sonic feedback: Vaster Than Empires. Since joining forces in Cincinnati in 2013, VTE comfortably/uncomfortably explores far-ranging textures and sound-scapes from all points along the space-time continuum. With our ears as guides, we sustain a musical relationship by way of an instinctual system in interstellar performance practice.
Erica Dicker (violin) is the concertmaster of Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra. Allen Otte is a percussionist who performs an amplified sound board of his own construction and is a PAS Hall of Famer. Paul Schuette is an improviser, composer, and sound artist from Philadelphia who plays analog electronics.