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In 1976 Synthesizer gurus Richard Bugg and Cal Grant performed one tune at the Friends Records Jazz Festival, titled "Piece One" which lasted about 20 minutes. At the end of the set, the crowd went silent and seemed to be stunned. As soon as the crowd began to applause the duo realized that the audience appreciated their music and the group began to perform regularly as The Contemporary Synthesizer Ensemble.

A friend of Richard's said the name was pretentious and they soon were dubbed COSMIC DEBRIS. The name came from the idea of NASA's tracking of space junk in orbit that is left over from space missions. The first album appeared after many performances and in 1980 "3.7 K" finally saw the light of day. The musicians on the album were Richard Bugg on ARP2600, Moog 15b, E-mu modules, Flute, Joel Young on Acoustic percussion, drums, and Shawn Phillips on Guitar, and Guitar Synth. The album featured an Aaron Copeland track, 'Fanfare/Spectrum' and 2 other tracks on side 2 written by Bugg and Young. The album name was derived from the echo of the "Big Bang", found at 3.7 degrees above absolute zero (3.7 degrees Kelvin). The album was recorded in two days at Media Studios in Oklahoma City.

In 1981 the second studio release appeared "While You're Asleep" with Bugg on ARP2600, Moog 15b, Flutes, Dennis Borycki on Fender Rhodes, Oberheim FVS, ARP2600, Joel Young on acoustic percussion, drum kit, John Powell on acoustic percussion, vibraphone, marimba, tabla & drum kit, and Bil Richards on Guitar.

The band soon disbanded but Bugg has appeared in many ensembles during the 1990s. The music is electronic progressive and should appeal to those music listeners who are into synthesizer soaked electronic music.

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3 stars The story of Cosmic Debris begins in 1976, when Richard Bugg, interested at the time in Electronic Music, volunteered to perform with his ARP 2600 synthesizer at Friends Records Jazz Festival in Oklahoma along with Cal Grant, who had built his own moog synth.The duo was characterized as ''cosmic debris'' after its performance, marking a change of name.The next couple of years Bugg would perform under the Cosmic Debris moniker alongside several musicians and he even released a cassette in 1979 with a five-piece line-up, from which Joel Young (drums, percussion) remained the next year along with newcomer guitarist Shawn Phillips.The trio recorded a self-titled debut at Media Sound studios in Oklahoma City, which was also overdubbed by Phillips at Chorisia studios in Positano, Italy, where he lived.Release year 1980, label Non Compos Mentis.

Consisting of three long, instrumental tracks, the album's subtitle was ''3.7 K'', derived from the echo of the "Big Bang", which was found at 3.7 degrees Kelvin.The sidelong ''Fanfare / Spectrum'' was inspired by the work of American composer Aaron Copland and it's actually what its title suggests.A long, one-dimensional Electronic fanfare with Bugg's spacey synthesizers in evidence and Phillips' endless cosmic guitar solos in a PINK FLOYD/HAWKWIND vein, producing an interesting, trippy atmosphere with little variation but full of inventiveness and incredible atmospheres.''In the not so still gentleness of the night'' opens with Bugg's loops and electronics, followed by a surprising folky flute part and followed by a narcotic synth tone, doubled by another dose of massive synth exercises.''Danse of the sines'' is based on a repetitive bass-like (or is it actually guitar?, no mention to bass credits in the album notes) groove with Bugg offering atonal synth textures and Young playing somekind of acoustic percussion.Propably the weakest track of the LP but with some notable synth explorations by Bugg.

The recording quality of the album is pretty mediocre but good enough to present Bugg's nice Electronic-based ideas.Definitely a very good album for all fans of spacey Electronic Music.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to AtomicCrimsonRush for the last updates

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