Caural, 15 Years And Counting


First beginning to record music at the age of 6 with a Casio PT-80, a drum set, and a guitar with cohort Stuart Bogie, Oakland, California based multi-instrumentalist Zachary Mastoon, Caural, when on to play Punk-influenced Jazz in Transmission and live Hip Hop in a group that became the de facto backing band for Chicago emcee Diverse. Studying Jazz improvisation with avant-garde giant Anthony Braxton, Javanese Gamelan aboard Semester At Sea, and experimental electronic music at New York University, Caural fused his influences together in 1999 with what became his signature instrument – a Yamaha SU700.

Releasing his debut project on NY boutique label Toshoklabs in 2001, the past 15 years has seen the release of a diverse and critically acclaimed catalog of original material and remixes under labels such as Chocolate Industries, Mush, Plug Research, Sound in Color, and many others. Touring with then-label mate Busdriver, Caural brought an energy to his live shows which resulted in bloodied fingers and knobs being torn off his machine eschewing popular software to celebrate the sampler as an instrument versus merely a production tool.

Caural’s album Handmade Evil is available for digital purchase on Bandcamp.

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