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CiRCLE no.5

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Reseda, Los Angeles CA, United States (1998 – present)

CiRCLE no.5 is the brainchild of Toph Bollweg, under his alias of Tofu Bot which has existed under numerous names since 1998 when Tofu Bot first began writing and recording music by himself. Some other names CiRCLE no.5 has been seen under would be Burn, Pop Cultured Pearls, and Experimentation In Noise. Centralized in Reseda, CA, but has taken up residency in Las Vegas, NV and Seattle, WA for brief periods of time. The style of music has always been electronic based, but infusing elements of hip-hop, metal, punk, alternative rock, jazz, blues, folk, and experimental/noise music.

For the early years, Tofu didn’t write songs so much as record textures, and pastiche them together on an analog 4-track recorder. This would be a technique that would become a hallmark of CiRCLE no.5 (or CNO:0005 as it sometimes is written lately.) particularly in the middle years, and fine tuned into the present. In the year 2000 when Tofu first enrolled in community college, he took an “Introduction to Electronic Music” class that would become the true starting point for CiRCLE no.5. This class was where “Better Living Thru Discotech” and a couple dozen unreleased songs were created, as well as the CiRCLE no.5 name came about. Being the first time of having a real studio to work in, many of the earlier tracks were built around the notion of seeing how far a lot of this new equipment can be pushed. Tofu has stated about the experience, “Most of the work that I did in that period was me opening up Acid 2.0 and fruity loops, dropping about 20 loops all on top of each other, randomly cutting them in and out for about 4 minutes, then running them through the effects processors and seeing what I could come up with.

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