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The Van Allen Belt

  • Us, Today
  • Somebody's Something

In 2004, four friends began a musical discourse on The University of Pittsburgh’s college campus. After copious far flung individual musical endeavors, they have come together as the psychedelic electronic pop group called The Van Allen Belt. This is a unique audio/visual performance project that takes several musical styles to penultimate, using a plethora of sampling, effects, and harmonies hoisted to manipulated electronic heights. The songs of writer/producer Benjamin K. Ferris can be described as skewed or modernized oldies in the sense that the songwriter, Benjamin K. Ferris’ John Barry-esque cinematic scores backdrop unexpectedly personal and uneasily realistic lyrical content performed by the heralded vocalist, Tamar Kamin. With virtuoso Tom Altes on bass, their sound is transformed by sound designer Scott Taylor into a bombastic spectacle of original video works punctuating the theatrical score. They work with contributing painter and digital artist Peter Luckner (Ohio State University - Columbus, OH) who has provided original animations and paintings for album art and live video. Since their debut in 2007, they have released 2 LPs, 1 EP, and 2 music videos and they'll release their next full album December 2012. They return to Cincinnati for the first time since their first Midpoint Music Festival showcase last year to be joined by the experimental jazz trio Us, Today, and folk rock duo Somebody's Something.