Please enjoy "Star Stuff", an hour long mix of my more quiet and contemplative tidbits culled from years of messing about with bits.
I have some older sets on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/scoxrox/
Also have an album available for free download from Vaatican Records - http://gestrococlub.org/SCOXROX1.htm
Steve Cox is a Hudson, Ohio based information technology professional who has been obsessed with music for his entire life. Though he quit formal music education in the 6th grade, he began banging on pianos and recording crude tracks using 2 Panasonic portable cassette recorders and overdubbing in the early 80s. In the 90's, he recorded a bunch of original MIDI compositions consisting of sequenced loops and live improvisations. The album, called "Steve Cox Vol. 1", is so legendary and underground that it cannot be found anywhere. Steve himself probably doesn't even know where it is. Starting in 2009, it became apparent to Steve that people were charging pennies for iOS Apps that provided more power and functionality than thousands of dollars in electronic gear did only a few years ago. A new creative burst ensued, and Steve reinvented himself as an iOS musician.
Steve calls himself a "recovering jazz snob". Indeed, until the mid 2000s, you probably couldn't talk to him about music unless you knew who Don Pullen or Phineas Newborn, Jr. were. A few years ago he discovered the music of Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus), and came to an epiphany that good music had in fact been made after 1972, lots of it even.
Steve cites the following influences:
Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Harry Belafonte, Charles Mingus, Wendy Carlos, Joni Mitchell, Joe Zawinul, The Eagles, Henry Threadgill, Peter Brötzmann, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Ken Vandermark, Prince, Miles Davis, Don Pullen, John Zorn, Paulo Moura, Pixinguinha, Pachora, Marc Ribot, The Boredoms, Yes, Otomo Yoshihide, Merzbow, The Beach Boys, Liberation Music Orchestra, Orchestra Baobab, Aether (aka Diego Chavez), Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Cage, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Flying Lotus, Flying Luttenbachers, Public Enemy, Ametsub, Pat Metheny Group, Daedelus, Olivier Messiaen, Steve Reich, Sigur Rós, Hermeto Pascoal, DJ Shadow, Yamantaka Eye, Autechre, Sergio Mendes, Burial, Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Galt MacDermot, J Dilla, Lester Bowie, Beirut, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Arvo Pärt, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki, Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Himuro Yoshiteru, Art Tatum, Hudson Mohawke, Last Exit, Marco Benevento, Pere Ubu, Nosaj Thing, Prefuse 73, Rovo, Sonic Youth, Zs, Jim O'Rourke, Gang Gang Dance, Tim Berne, Madlib, Four Tet, Dimlite, Count Basie, OOIOO, Muhal Richard Abrams, Weather Report, Derek Bailey, Merle Haggard, Edgard Varèse, Sidney Bechet, Steve Lacy, Sun Ra, Jim Brickman, Buckethead, and Parliament
Comments by scoxrox
Respect for anyone who can play the Jew's harp!
@walkingears: Thanks for listening and for the kind words!
You might be a genius.
Wow yet again!!!
Reminds me a little of ROVO, but with a harder edge.
Wow. Great energy and amazing drumming!
More carnival music. Wow. Love it!
Wow. These are all brilliant. But I love this one!