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New Album! Biological Deadline

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

is on bandcamp now!

click here

album art

“…a man’s life was little more than an instant and that as time was eternal therefore every man was always and eternally in the middle of his journey, whatever be his years or whatever distance he had come.”

-Cities of the Plain, McCarthy

Hey folks!

Today marks the official release of “Biological Deadline”, my third solo album via Bandcamp! The album’s full of perfect autumn jams, ready for any winter BBQ or lazy afternoon in a pile of leaves. What? The new album finds me working with other musicians straddling the lines of apocalyptic electronica, avant-ambient folk, underground Derp-hop, and modern classical grime music, all whilst taking my bizarrely individual noodlings into uncharted territory. And Biological Deadline now been lauded one of DARPA’s Summer Albums You Gotta Fear!

You can preview, download and purchase the album right here- Biological Deadline

If you haven’t heard them already (or want to hear them now that you’ve heard the originals), Biological Extension contains remixes by Floader, Awning, Alto Clark and Banginclude to check out here. Check it all out here: Biological Extension

Keep reading if you’re curious about album credits and crave further explanation of my album process and philosophy…


Biological Deadline
most of the music: elijah b torn
some drums (and many consecutive listens): eric perlmutter
some guitar: dan venne
some more guitar: chris buono
even more guitar( classical and slide), harmonium and some piano: david torn
some cello: greg heffernan
some banjo: jon francis
some viola: cody torn
some trumpet: scott hampton
some album art: jessica appleby
mixing: ebt
mastering: david torn

Living and creating music under a shell was fine and dandy. Due to recent events, however, I found myself coming out of my Bunker with a hankering for interaction with other musicians. Upon reemergence, I found that society had become a preindustrial wasteland. This time there were residual technological aspects integrated into our agrarian life. The uber-Elite had been moving towards their very own Singularity,focusing on uploading their brains to 3-dimensional processor chips and molding the universe to fit their id-driven needs.

Prosthelytizers, mountebanks and looters infested the ruins of our cities. The orthoprax faded within a generation, unable to adopt a new worldview. Our return to working the land fostered great pride in things created with our own hands. That is what this album means for me. This album is neither purely electronic nor acoustic, but rather a merging of the two to reflect a new cycle of the world – my world.

As I found myself observing this oddly diametric vision of the future. I realized not only that was time cyclical but also that it was represented in all aspects of everything, ever. The microcosm starts with personal daily life but also broadens to all of humanity: We all have a deadline, both collectively and individually.

The recording of Biological Deadline was accomplished in several stages…

It all began in a bunker in an undisclosed, isolated location fit with the acoustic guitar tracking. Some modular synth, tape loops and live electornic manipulation took place there as well. CTorn’s viola was tracked in a random field upstate NY. DTorn’s slide guitar was tracked up the river in a marshland, as was the classical guitar. TSchietroma tracked his percussion on an airstrip somewhere in the upstate region as well. DVenne tracked his guitar in Brooklyn because he is cool. SHampton tracked his trumpets in Washington Heights because that’s how he rolls. CBuono and JFrancis recorded in New Jersey. Yeah that happened.

All of EPerlmutter’s drums were tracked at MassiveMusic in New York City, in which a plethora of coffee,beer and other morsels were consumed in an effort to create the perfect balance of anxious relaxation (or, relanxiation). GHeffernan’s cello parts were also recorded at MassiveMusic, as were ETorn’s percussion and (lots of) bass, reamped synthesizers and some extra special reverbs. The album was also mixed at MassiveMusic.

I have no idea where DTorn mastered it but he made the mixes sound way better.

JAppleby made the beautiful artwork in the Pioneer Valley (which is a fitting name).



Biological Extension EP

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

my remix EP Biological Extension is now available on bandcamp -

featuring remixes from Awning, Banginclude, Alto Clark and Floader. Check it out and download it!



BIological REmix’essss

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012



Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

slightly graphic video for the first song on my new album “Biological Deadline”. With all of the #occupy happening I figured it might be a good time to post this.


EBT on Soundcloud

Monday, September 6th, 2010

some random tracks from my various EP’s and Albums for some listening

randomselection by elijahbtorn “>soundcloud


the International Rescue Committee

Monday, March 1st, 2010

check the little ditty i wrote for a good cause @ Massivemusic for the IRC



new EP!!! Bunker Fallout!!!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


the ’00s were a crazy ten years but you survived em!

Take a break from the shopping and wood chopping! Kick back, curl up with a foil blanket, drink some dehydrated 8bit-eggnog and celebrate with some good old-fashioned post-apocalypso, canned and chipped ham-core electronic tunes!

There’s a new EP of Elijah B Torn tunes and its an EP of survivors from the Vigilante Era.There’s 5 NEW tunes - all songs were written, recorded, produced and mixed by Elijah B Torn aka Sarge aka Sargemakesloops aka Charlie Foxtrot aka Thadeus Ignatius aka HW Torn.

Check out the cooooool new itunes page HERE!!! you can preview all the songs or even BUY it! Its less than $6usd!!! holy fireless yule log! thats less than a beer in new york city!

some scientific data and information:
David Spelman was kind enough to lend his guitar to mangling on “Nexter”.
Eric Perlmutter was gracious enough to lend his bass, guitar and drum performance to vivisection on “toybeets”.
David Torn was generous enough to lend his necklace of ears to mastering.
Scott Baker was compassionate enough to dissect album art.

AND a Bonus Track “FuckingVampireZombiePoachie” which was originally released on the “Welcome To World 2″ Compilation from

Go wassail and carol and decorate pagan trees and check out the music!

This is what the critics are saying:
“What the hell is this robot noise?” - US Weekly
“A clear danger to our national security!” Donald Rumsfeld
“Sounz lie afext win has sess wif Primuth” - Drunk Guy at the Dentist

Happy Holidays and a Merry Winter!



Sound Design for Leeds International Film Festival

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

some sound design for the evertalented (re)Animator Matt Saunders…



i gots HotHands™

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

check out me using SourceAudio’s HotHands MIDI_EXP in this video of me playing my song “Dangerous” from my Vigilante album. This is from my show in Ithaca back in June that someone was kind enough to upload to tube.

MIDI_EXP is a wireless hand held midi controller. check it out: Hot Hands MIDI_EXP <= right there. more to come on this and how i’m (ab)using this soon…


EBT @ Spike Hill in Brooklyn w/Hans Blix & Gold Streets, Rubber Ducks, NASA and Vigilantes?

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


Hey People of the Future!

2009 is all up on us and unless you are a Microsoft Zune than we are all recovered from eggnog-holiday gift-wrapped goodness and right back to work/school! So Let’s ring in the start of a new Year with some live music!

Saturday January 10th, 200Nine-
Spike Hill
184 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn NY
8pm- Elijah B Torn (your humble narrator)
9pm- Gold Streets
10pm- Hans Blix

I have yet to see Gold Streets but apparently they kick much ass. I always love me some Hans Blix! They always kick ass live and you can purchase their album (that I mixed) or check out some of their new material here. kickass.

also- For “You Are Lucky I am Not a Vigilante”, I did chose NOT to make any CD’s and put my album on iTunes as a digital only release. However you can still pick one up at my shows in a very special form…

what is the best way to hide contraband?! in Toys of course!!

so….I chose to put my album as fully CD quality 16bit 44k aiff files on a 2GB usb mini drive INSIDE a special Elijah B Torn rubbery ducky! Since it is a harddrive with more than enough room this also has pre-ripped unlocked mp3s, the preview video, FULL quality artwork (so you can print it out and put it on your college dorm wall next to Van Gogh and Bob?) AS well as a super special old school interactive printout you can put in the MAILbox and send to people you love (to hate)! PLUS its a reuseable 2GB harddrive!!! all for the low low price of a CD!!! (cat not included)

it seems that NASA seemed to have a similar idea too….click here