(2008) Zero Time

Tonto's Expanding Head Band

... read moreZero Time is one of the first -- and perhaps best of -- all electronic albums. Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil, under the alias of T.O.N.T.O.'s Expanding Head Band, created this analog marvel on T.O.N.T.O. -- "The Original New Timbral Orchestra." The pristine synth washes are crisp and clear...

33′:49″ 6 Songs

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Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Cybernaut
4:32
2
Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Jetsex
4:14
3
Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Timewhys
4:58
4
Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Aurora
6:47
5
Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Riversong
7:58
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Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Tama
5:20
Released 11 August 2008, 1971 Atlantic Records. Marketed By Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

Review

Zero Time is one of the first -- and perhaps best of -- all electronic albums. Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil, under the alias of T.O.N.T.O.'s Expanding Head Band, created this analog marvel on T.O.N.T.O. -- "The Original New Timbral Orchestra." The pristine synth washes are crisp and clear. Margouleff and Cecil forged a new sound with a digital feeling. Oddly, this instrument was embraced and used extensively by Motown artists. Steve Hillage used it on Motivation Radio, and Devo used it quite often. (Cecil produced and engineered a number of their albums.) The rest of the rock & roll community ignored it. For historical purposes, this rare and collectible album is essential. For musical integrity, it still stands the test of time and is essential. It is a classic with no real peers, but it will appeal to fans of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Wendy Carlos, and Fripp & Eno in terms of its uniqueness and legacy. ~ Jim Brenholts