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Julius Vasylenko

Blind from birth, saxist and multi-reedist Julius Vasylenko was born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. Regaining partial sight at the age of 18 months through experimental optical surgery, he attended Temple Bank School for the visually impaired. After an initially unpleasant experience here, two teachers opened his ears and his mind by introducing him to the sounds of nature, on camping trips, and to classical music. “Beethoven was my first rock and roll,” he says...

Two older cousins on his father's side of the family introduced him to the progressive rock of King Crimson, Yes, and Peter Gabriel's Genesis. Later he met and befriended a number of music pioneers, many of whom became the foundation of the industrial genre. In London, there was the unique This Heat and the nucleus of this burgeoning molecule, Throbbing Gristle. He also became involved in the “Sheffield Scene”, inspired by groups like Cabaret Voltaire and Clock DVA. Electronics pioneer, studio engineer and friend Mark Bokowiec gave him access to tools such as oscillators, sound modulators, noise generators and various synthesizers. They collaborated on many electro-acoustic projects, including ambient, dub and tape loop music.

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”His drive and inertia ensure that he will be on the scene for many years to come, reinventing himself and others.”

Gordon Marshall, AAJ

”It sounds just like farting.”

Margarita Mei Padua - Aged 6, Front Royal, VA, USA

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