Ohm were formed near Dallas (Texas) in 1995 by multi-instrumentalists
Forest Ward (mainly saxophone and percussions) and Doug Ferguson
with the intention of playing progressive and psychedelic rock.
With Ferguson committed to keyboards, Nathan Brown on bass and
Chris Forrest on clarinet
(but no guitar!), the group began recording complex jams of ethnic and electronic music.
O2 (Timothy's Brain, 1997), that also features
Rena Jones on flute, viola and cello,
contains six lengthy suites in the vein of the transglobal dance
practiced by Loop Guru and
Ward had already departed by the time Voices (Two Ohm Hop, 1999) was
Here, the foursome (Brown, Forrest, Ward and Ferguson) give their ultimate
interpretation of psychedelic rock.
The interplay between chamber horns and a majestic mellotron is at the core of
the 15-minute In A Desert-Alambic, Are You Ready? and
especially Ghostly Voices, but there are also nods to the German
tradition of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, as well as to the chamber
progressive-rock of Universe Zero and Art Zoyd
(Tension No Release, Drones, Voices Du Le Blon), and
even a touch of Vangelis in the blasting, semi-orchestral
Salt n' Pepper Cake/ Fortress Of Ultimate Darkness.
The music is a bit more conventional than O2, but better structured
and more focused.
Raw (Snowdonia, 2001) collects live performances, notable mainly for
the addition of a guitarist on four of the five tracks.
Ferguson is also active with the
Vas Deferens Organization, Yeti, Tone Float.
As Frankie Teardrop, he released the single
Electro-acoustic Rollercoaster Ride/ Aphrodite's Lullaby
(Two Ohm Hop, 1999), one of his most accomplished works.
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