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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!




Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I will be playing some laptops with Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra featuring TK Wonder, this Saturday night at 11:30PM at Nublu in New York City. Its the hottest venue in New York, Mr. Perowsky’s riddims are to be rivaled, and TK’s lyrical flow will leave even the neasayers breathless. You may remember that they were kind enough to invite me to play GiantStep!s Central Park Summerstage showcase with them earlier in the summer…if you missed that then come check this out!


Recording the New Album

Friday, September 10th, 2010

some random pics from tracking the new album “Biological Deadline” -


Electronic Musician magazine and WarperParty 4th Anniversary!

Monday, March 1st, 2010

my new EP “Bunker Fallout” (available on iTunes now!) is in the editor’s soundtrack list in the March Issue of Electronic Musician! Run out and pick up a copy!
you can check it out and download my tune “Juncto” for free online here!


also! this Wednesday March 10th is the FOUR year anniversary of the Warper Party hosted by DJ Shakey and !Include at the new Knitting Factory in Brooklyn! FOR FREE! All Ages!

I’m playing at 10:30 but come at 8 when the festivities get going and stay till they kick us all out!



trillions et al in NJ This Friday! Ableton User Group @ Dubspot on Sunday!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

hey all,

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Coming off a delicious off-the cuff performance this past fall, trillions, et al. was born.

Senor Chris Buono - guitar/gadgets
el Jon Lucow - viola/handheld devices
Rev. Elijah B Torn - bass/mobile items

See it unfold.This Friday February 19th @ 8pm, @ 3rd Degree in Asbury Park , Its gonna be mega-kickass. check us out. its a cool place and its bound to get crazy.

then Sunday, February 21st, from 1:30 to 3:30pm I will co-managing The February meeting of the NYC Ableton User Group at Dubspot- Please contact Dubspot to reserve your spot, .

for those who haven’t heard- Matt Moldover has long been known, especially inside the electronic music world, as one of the most creative controllerism gurus around. His past hardware creations have impressed, and his newest is actually available to the public, satiating the desires of musical control freaks everywhere.

At present, in addition to touring and producing, Moldover is overseeing the release of his first commercially available controller. Assimilating ideas from traditional instruments, DJ hardware, and game controllers, the Mojo combines ergonomic elegance, rapid-fire tactile responsiveness, and bullet-proof construction… definitely worth checking out. you gotta see this freaking thing in person- crazy.


Moldover CD Release Party w/…

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009



Tommy Kane Draws Intro Music and Sound Design…

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Through MassiveMusic I got the chance to create the Sound Design and opening music for the wonderfully talented Brooklyn artists Tom Kane. Make sure to check out his sick dance moves too…


Eyeborg Project

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

At some point in the Ithaca Times interview I mention the lovely and talented Mr. Rob Spence from the Eyeborg Project.

Rob is a photographer who lost an eye and is working with engineer Kosta Grammatis to replace the eye with a camera. It isn’t “wet-wired” but it’s really, really badass and he has been on pretty much every talk show and news program in the past six months.

I did a remix of the Canadian Rock band Chilliwack hit from 1982 for the Eyeborg Phase II video and you bet you can check it out in this post or on Love the terminator red LED eye! How’s that for technology?

much digital love,

Eliajh Bet Thorne

here’s the video-

Eyeborg Phase II from eyeborg on Vimeo.


FeaturedPlaylist, Ithaca Times interview, Yes Yes Yall…

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

so the fine peoples over at cdbaby tagged my “Sarge Shukar Rough” album for a featured playlist on the homepage. The playlist is called “The Final Frontier” and I believe it has some tie in to the great hype of the new Star Trek movie. Its pretty funny cause the description of my album starts off with “While most musicians claim they herald from Outer Space, Elijah B Torn is not an episode of Star Trek”! Pretty cool that technology can work in my favor that way! Plus its playlist 33 which is a pretty rad number.

Also- I had a freaking blast playing with Hans Blix last week and in Ithaca last weekend. The ‘BLix rules and we played three tunes together. David Ezra Brown and Dj Laiki killed it real nice and got the Ithacans dancing! I got to bring out my midi controlled dinosaur for the first time too! Really enjoyed rocking the MIDI_EXP! You can read my full interview in the Ithaca times on their arts blog Popcorn Youth right here. Pictures and hopefully video to follow soon!

Also- someone just pointed out to me that Don’t Cry its only Sarge was a song of the day on Yes Yes Yall… some time back, awesome! click here