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The Stroj

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Performing group The Stroj was formed in 1997 in Laško, Slovenia, when its founder Primož Oberžan gathered a group of enthusiastic friends to realize the idea of a huge mechanical sound machine that should sound like an articulated noise orchestra, driven by hypnotic rhythms and powered with their bodily energy. Fanatic enthusiasm had fulfilled their vision of how to research and develop their sonic totem – STROJ - while articulating their unique sound language.

The name The Stroj comes from the Slovenian word ‘stroj’ (pronounced as ‘stroy’) which means ‘machine’. Pronounced together with ‘the’, we get ‘destroy’, therefore The Stroj is a pun, playing with two meanings: machine and destruction.

The Stroj merges powerful and complex rhythms of their hand crafted percussions with astonishing sounds of old electrical devices, analog instruments, redesigned electric tools, modern digital sound manipulations and subtle feminine vocals. They are probably most famous by their special events and big scale productions in extraordinary locations such as mines, stone-pits, abandoned factories, large vehicles and high buildings.

In the last decade The Stroj has taken part in many important festivals across Europe and Asia (Big Torino 2000, EXPO 2000, BBC Music Live 2002, Stockton Riverside Festival ‘03 & ‘05, Singapore Art Festival 2005…)

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