fauxmusica (2005-2010), or ʄ≜uxmuℭica (2011), was an avant-garde noise project initiated by Zane Michael O'Brien in 2005 as a collaborative effort between himself and Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound). The two were never able to agree on a direction of joint artistic collaboration and Bradford quickly left the project to focus soley on his songwriting role in Deerhunter. This disjuncture was primarily focused around O'Briens emphasis on virtual instruments. Zane continued to record his debut ep, "Hello Subversive Arcitecht", with Woodberry Shortridge and James B. Parker at Parker's home studio in Atlanta, Ga. After the self-release in 2005, no further recordings were made until 2009 as O'Brien scattered himself across the country on various road trips eventually leading to international travel, jetsetting for nearly three and a half years. Tired of music scenes and afraid of public persecution, O'Brien decided to use the Yorba Zergot monicker to mask his online identity. In 2006 he met Sheilah Pouttu and she agreed to let him use her home recording studio if he would help her relocate to Thailand. Early in 2007 Pouttu and O'Brien packed up Sheilah's home studio in Santa Cruz, CA (adjacent to Lorin Ashton aka Bassnectar's rehearsal space) and carried the nearly three-hundred kilograms of outboard gear around Southeast Asia recording in hotel rooms at destinations like Bali, Indonesia and various places around Thailand, Cambodia, and Malysia. Frustrated at not being able to find gigs for live performances, O'Brien left Southeast Asia shortly after the completion of the Lofi# Scifi# and WEPOWNZ recordings early in 2010. Having been a herald of the witch house movement and left out of the press releases O'Brien quickly changed to using unicode in his artist name to distance or somehow subvert the movement in 2011. The project was disbanded in 2012 by O'Brien (Pouttu was no longer contributing to the project after 2010) to focus soley on the more lyrical Sacred Star material. The disbandment of the project was made prior to his first commercial release as fauxmusica.
Atlanta, Georgia - United States
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