|Profile: The Tangent Project|
Both Jeff Coulter and Harrison McKay have been kicking around the Philadelphia Spacemusic scene for 25 years or so. Coulter, along with Chris Schwartz, played in the cosmic music duo Tangent, while elsewhere McKay composed ethereal music for dance in addition to his solo Ambient works.
More recently these two have been working together, experimenting with sounds and textures reminiscent of the classics Zeit and Phaedra - yet their approach incorporates their own unique sensibilities and outlook. Coulter's sequencer runs, synth pads and melodies all move at different speeds while McKay's processed guitar alternates between emitting atmospheric textures and liquid lead solos. Their realizations are in constant motion, either moving forward or churning in stillness, or at some indistinct level in between. Coulter and McKay explore areas of both dark and light. Their music a culmination of a lifetime worth of experience.
The Tangent Project made their live concert debut on the 02.24.08 broadcast of STAR'S END and returned on the 12.06.09 broadcast. They have also performed at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia on 17 May 2008.
The Tangent Project Performs Donor Concert at WXPN for STAR'S END
As a special Thank You gift to those contributing $144.00 on the 10.04.09 fundraising broadcast of STAR'S END, WXPN offered admission for two to a live concert with local Spacemusic duo The Tangent Project as well as a copy of the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology double CD. The performance was held at 8:30pm on Saturday 5 December 2009 within the intimate space of the WXPN performance studio, 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. In addition to experiencing the live concert, donors had the opportunity to tour the studios, meet the members of The Tangent Project as well as STAR'S END host Chuck van Zyl.
Access the STAR'S END 2009 Fall Fundraiser webpage
Following the Donor Concert: The Tangent Project played a live in-studio on-air radio concert on the 12.06.09 broadcast of STAR'S END, which has been released on CD.
The Tangent Project Live on STAR'S END 03.20.11
Harrison McKay of The Tangent Project Leads Digital Sampler Workshop for The Gatherings
On Sunday 13 September 2009 at 7:00pm The Gatherings Concert Series presented a workshop on Digital Sampling at St. Mary's Hamilton Village. This workshop focused on the capabilities of sampling technology and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the basic concepts of the hardware software used.
The Sampler Workshop at The Gatherings was headed by veteran synthesist Harrison McKay, a leading talent in the field of music technology and in music performance with the Spacemusic duo The Tangent Project. Demonstrating on an array of gear McKay discussed the history, technology, equipment and basic concepts involved in using a sampler and the realization of music. Attendees had an opportunity to observe close-up the workings of a sampler, hear how samples are created, modified and turned into music and learn how these means might be used in their own creative endeavors.
For Complete Details on the Digital Sampler Workshop, Please Access: www.thegatherings.org