Today on the podcast, I interview brothers Tony and Todd Gerber. Tony and Todd have been making music together and separate since they were ages 9 and 3, first in Northern Indiana where they grew up, and later in Nashville, TN.
Tony Gerber wears many hats, including visual artist, virtual reality homesteader, and record label founder; but it’s his contribution to electronic, ambient, and space music that put him on the map. As a solo artist, with his band Spacecraft, and in dozens of other projects, Tony’s music has been featured in movie soundtracks, planetarium shows, and on the NPR program “Hearts of Space.” His alter ego and avatar Cypress Rosewood performs concerts in the virtual reality world of Second Life.
In 1992, Todd Gerber helped establish the Casio SK-1 keyboard as a valid musical instrument in his band UMLAUT with Troy Sharp, long before the instrument achieved cult-cool status. Soon after, he co-founded the bands drrdrr and Dinah Shore, Jr., and with the latter he performed on bills with Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn, The Amazing Delores, and Trans Am.
On May 7th 2012 at Brick Factory Nashville, Tony and Todd performed together for the first time in 9 years as the new project Gerber & Gerber. We play a clip of that performance on this showcase. You can download the full performance for FREE right here: Gerber & Gerber live at Brick Factory Nashville, May 7th, 2012. (Left click to stream, right click to save.)
Here is the full listing of the songs we play on this episode. (Ordered by band, album, title.) 1. Spacecraft, Hummel, Galileo. 2. Umlaut, SK-1 Works 1989-1994, Untitled. 3. Spacecraft, Spacecraft, Transmission. 4. Port of Saints, Falling Shadows. 5. Todd Gerber, Ponder Solo Work, Love’s Philosophy. 6. Gerber & Gerber, Live at Brick Factory Nashville. 7. Cypress Rosewood, Isle of Wyrms, Weightless in Flight.
Todd and Tony will be playing as Gerber & Gerber Friday, August 17th at the Midwest Electro-Music Experience in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tony will also play the festival Saturday, August 18th with Paul Vnuk, Jr.
Todd is performing in Nashville on a bill with tape loop master Jason Lescalleet, Saturday, August 25th at Brick Factory Nashville.
Tony and Todd have been at the heart of the Nashville experimental and electronic music scenes since the late 1980s. I’m incredibly excited to have them on the show!
On the episode, we discuss TonyGerber.com, Spacecraft, Cypress Rosewood’s YouTube channel, Dinah Shore Jr., Space for Music, the Casio SK-1, Tim Kaiser, City Skies Festival, Umlaut, Masterfonics, Brick Factory Nashville, Kirby Shelstad, Mary Mancini, Lucy’s Record Shop, Sudekum Planetarium, The Nashville Intelligence Report, Suburban Baroque, Don Evans, Gil Trythall, Moog Music, Giles Reaves, William Linton, Johnny Blackburn, John Rose, Diane Timmons, Rob Mitchell, Stephen Anderson, Matt Swanson, Hummel Planetarium, Nashville Parthenon, Second Life.