Fringe Element is Jose Murcia, Mike Victor, James Lacey and Greg Waltzer. As an ensemble their goal is to explore the use of electronics to create organic, expressive music. All of their music is created in the moment, often boisterous and unrestrained. The spontaneous and interactive nature of their collaboration creates a style that is uniquely vibrant, diverse, and evolving. The chemistry between these musicians is always evident as they travel through unpredictable transitions and flowing soundscapes. Although they touch on conventional themes, they are continually drawn back to the fringe.
Fringe Element has been a fixture at the electro-music festivals, appearing regularly since the first year (2005).
Symmetry has traversed the full gamut of electronic musical expression since it was founded 35 years ago by Jose Murcia (a.k.a. JEM) and John Rivera (a.k.a. J.R.). It began with experimental Musique Concrete using tape recorders, radios, found sounds, home-made and circuit-bent electronic gadgets, continued with 80's style Synth Pop using elements of Rock, Jazz, Classical and New Age via consumer electronic keyboards and synthesizers, and more recently doing live mixes of Ambient Electronica, EDM and World Music using loopers, sequencers, samplers and MP3s (no laptops or iPads). During Electro-Music 2011 , they performed a tribute inspired by the music of Klaus Schulze, Jean-Michel Jarre, Pink Floyd and ELP. Currently, they're working on a tribute CD inspired by the music of Kraftwerk, Ultravox, Depeche Mode and Grandmaster Flash. The band has three different permutations which consist either of a solo, duo or trio featuring guest musicians. In the past, Symmetry has been joined by Sisco Kid (from Beat Street), Tim Lofgren (from Velva), Daniel Vose (The Last to Sleep), James Lacey (of Mutation Vector), Charles Shriner (dRachEmUsiK), Ken Palmer (PYXL8R), Steve Mokris (of Project Ruori), Leo Hylan (Hylantown), and Greg Waltzer (of Azimuth Visuals). This year, Symmetry will be joined by Michael O'Bannon on visuals.