Holosphere was formed at the end of 2002, as a mission to explore new dimensions through electronic space music. The two members are Jose Murcia (JEM) and Greg Waltzer (EGW).
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 didnt 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 ½ years of military service and being honorably discharged, he was hired by AT&T Public Relations.
Music has become the ultimate phase in JEMs 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, Mutation Vector and Holosphere.
Although he works primarily as a technician by day, in the evenings and on weekends, JEMs true passion is electronic music. His influences are Synergy, Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Brian Eno and The Art of Noise.
Born just outside Philadelphia, Edward Gregory Waltzer (EGW) now lives in central New Jersey.
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 Holosphere 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 Holosphere, include Xeroid Entity (electronic space music) and Fringe Element (experimental ambient). 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, the world's premiere event for experimental electronic music.
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