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Fringe Element was formed in January 2003 as an outlet for the chaotic tendencies of Michael Victor (MV), Jose Murcia (JEM), James Lacey (JL) and Greg Waltzer (EGW).


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Michael Victor was born in 1957, and has been interested in sound from an early age. Though having two older brothers as musicians (a drummer and a bassist), he was never interested in the 60's invasion music as a youngster. Instead, he was always making sounds with his mouth and banging on things. This kept him apart from the usual crowd. The advent of the affordable synthesizer in the early 70s sparked his interest. His first synth set up was an Electro Harmonix Mini Synth, Electro Harmonix Super Space Drum, Casio VL-1 tone, and a Gemini Tape Echo with sound on sound. All but the Casio and dead Gemini are long gone now.

He received some airplay on The Experimental Radio Project, a weekly show broadcast on WXPN Philadelphia in the late 70's and early 80's. One of his submissions was used as background for the 1982-83 New years eve show. He experimented with the punk scene in Philadelphia throughout the 1980's, until New Wave showed up. In the 90's Michael has mostly been a shut-in / recluse, recording sound experiments in his home studio alone.

His influences of the commercial kind have been Brian Eno, CLuster, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, and The Orb. And He's a fan of Saul Stokes. In addition to his work with Fringe Element, He's currently collaborating with Greg Waltzer and others.

Jose Eduardo Murcia (JEM) was born and raised in the province of Santa Fe in Argentina. In 1969, he migrated to The Bronx, New York with his family.

After learning English in just two years, he became an avid reader and writer of Science Fiction. At the age of 10, he also developed a unique talent for Fine Art which was widely recognized and encouraged by his teachers. He didn’t realize until his teenage years, however, that music was the driving force behind his writing and artistic abilities. Eventually, he became an Art major at the La Guardia High School of Music and Art where he developed the concept of Symmetry while studying Geometry and listening to the music of Synergy.

He graduated in 1979 along with students involved in the production of "Fame", the motion picture. Among them, were Richard Sisco (The Sisco Kid), who was an Art-major-turned-saxophone-player and DJ, and John Rivera (J.R.), who was a Music major-turned-church organist and electronics hobbyist. Over the years, both have provided technical and artistic contributions to Symmetry.

Aside from a scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum Art School, JEM has also received honors from The New York Institute of Science and Technology, The National Energy Foundation and Bell Labs for projects involving alternate sources of energy.

In 1983, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Submarine service where he studied electronics and telecommunications. Upon completing 5 years of military service and being honorably discharged, he was hired by AT&T Public Relations.

Music has become the ultimate phase in JEM’s artistic development in that he now paints with sound instead of watercolors. The images are provided by the subconscious minds of his listeners, thereby, creating an intimate interaction unique to every individual.

Throughout his 20-year exploration into electronic music, he has created live presentations for the AT&T InfoQuest Center, The New York Hall of Science and the Museum of Holography.

He has scored the soundtrack for "Chemical Warfare", an independent, short film directed by John Perez, as well as background music for Ida B. Productions.

On frequent occasions, JEM collaborates with Sisco Kid of Kick Jam Productions, a company which co-producted "Beat Street" and "Krush Groove", films widely considered to be icons of Hip Hop culture. Most recently, JEM has co-produced music with the Offbeat Oscillators Orchestra, Symmetry, and is a member of the electronic duo Holosphere.

Although he works primarily as a technician by day, in the evenings and on weekends, JEM’s true passion is electronic music. His influences are Synergy, Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Brian Eno and The Art of Noise.

James Lacey has been interested in electronic music since the 1970s, when he first heard Tangerine Dream on WXPN in Philadelphia. By the 1980s he was frustrated by the lack of unusual music to listen to, so he decided to start making his own. Over the years he recorded several cassettes of his unique style of deranged electronica. Occasionally he played with Greg Waltzer, and in 1999 they decided to form Mutation Vector. Besides Tangerine Dream, his influences have included Klaus Schulze, Jean-Michel Jarre and early progressive rock such as Genesis, ELP and Yes.

Born just outside Philadelphia, Edward Gregory Waltzer (EGW) now lives in the Poconos.

His interest in electronic music dates back to 1981, when he acquired his first synthesizer, a Korg MS-20. After a 20 year career as a data communications systems engineer with Bell Laboratories, he retired in 1999 and began to pursue music full time.

EGW has been an ardent student of the creative process in both art and music, developing theories of structured randomness,   improvisation, and algorithmic techniques.

He is also a music technology enthusiast, with a particular appetite for synthesizers, arpeggiators,  sequencers, and analog noise machines. He operates the Cloud Chamber emusic studio, where the music of Fringe Element and other artists is produced.

His solo music is produced under the name Cranial Mythos. Since 1999 he has collaborated with James Lacey as Mutation Vector, specializing in demented retro european style electronic music. His recent collaborations, in addition to Fringe Element, include Xeroid Entity and Holosphere (electronic space music). He also enjoys playing folk music, and is a member of the folk improv ensemble New Atlantis.

EGW is co-organizer of the electro-music festival.

His musical influences are very diverse, including everything from celtic music (Silly Wizard) to swing (Benny Goodman) to traditional American music (Red Clay Ramblers) to baroque (J S Bach) to minimalist (Philip Glass) to progressive rock (Genesis), as well as the Berlin school of electronic music (Tangerine Dream).

updated May 31, 2009