Percussionist/Sound Artist, Brian Osborne currently plays with the tuba fronted doom improv trio The Gate, and the electronics and drums duo, Hatchers. After spending his youth covering punk bands in basements and playing in Orchestra at school, Brian went on to obtain a BM in Percussion Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While there and drumming in the avant rock band Rompecabeza, Brian became interested in improvised/free music. In 2001, after spending a few years split between New York City and Lexington, KY, Brian settled in Brooklyn, began studying with Milford Graves, and performing Javanese Gamelan Music through the Indonesian Consulate. Brian started Heat Retention Records in 2003 which has 38 releases to date. Brian has played with Michael Barker, Robert Beatty, Tom Blancarte, Daniel Carter, Tim Dahl, Peter Evans, Paul Flaherty, Frode Gjerstad, Michael Thomas Jackson, Oliver Lake, Joe McPhee, Nick Millevoi, Dan Peck, Kevin Shea, Tamio Shiraishi, Jeffrey Shurdut, Panagiotis Spoulos, Nate Wooley, Spencer Yeh, George Steeltoe Ensemble, Wretched Worst, Sharks with Wings, Blastocyst, Paper Legs, Reverse Mouth, Dosdedos and more.
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The Wire on Brian's solo percussion CD "Music Concatenate":
"He transforms gentle patterings into richly plated constructs tantalizingly between naivety and complexity."
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The Wire on The Gate's "Vomit Dreams" CD
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"They are great at allowing their scraping and scuttlings to coalesce magically into growlings riffs and malevolent low-register thunder, bridging the hiterto unspanned void between Don Cherry's MU and early Swans."
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The Wire on George Steeltoe Ensemble's "Church of Yuh" LP
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"a passionate gust of free jazz and experimental manipulation"
"the spirits of Ayler, Coltrane and Sonny Shurrock can be sensed elbowing through the musical barrage, silently giving the assemble their blessing from above."
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Bull Tongue on Mouthus/Dosdedos/Tan as Fuck/Ground Monkeys Split 7":
"these cats pump out the bad vibrations in most excellent fashion. A must have."
-Byron Coley & Thurston Moore July 2005
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Animal Psi on Blastocyst's "True Tales for a new American Century" CDR:
"New York bass & drum duo Blastocyst play skuzzy noise-rock music with aplomb like only a pair of completely wrecked instruments can provide..."