Forms of Things Unknown

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Forms Of Things Unknown is an acoustic/electronic project dedicated to pan-idiomatic explorations beyond the pale of sectarian orthodoxies, being the brainchild and primary creative enterprise of San Francisco composer/multi-instrumentalist Ferrara Brain Pan.

Ferrara Brain Pan

Ferrara Brain Pan (birthname Steven Hitchcock) began his formal musical training on the flute as a teenager in the 1970s, later on as an adult extending his instrumental abilities to include other Western orchestral woodwinds such as saxophone, bass clarinet and recorder. A fascination with musical exotica and alternate tonalities led him to explore various ethnic wind instruments including the Australian aboriginal didjeridu, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and the kangling (a ritual Tibetan trumpet made from a human thighbone), among others. The subsequent addition of harmonium, bowed psaltery, glockenspiel, percussion, and assorted electronics ranging from vintage oscillators and shortwave radio to digital signal processors led to a further expanded instrumental palette for Forms Of Things Unknown.

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