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Aspects of Physics was, fittingly enough, an offshoot of the San Diego-based Physics, who played a loud, trance-inducing brand of post-rock that combined electronics and guitars. After seven years of functioning as a loose-knit collective, Physics called it quits in 2000, and longtime member Jason Soares -- who'd previously played in the hardcore band Rice and in bandmate Rob Crow's indie-pop outfit Thingy, among others -- formed Aspects of Physics with latter-day Physics keyboardist Thatcher Orbitashi. AOP drew from some of the same influences as Physics -- Krautrock, ambient post-rock, classical minimalists like Reich and Glass -- but sported punkier guitar work and a stronger IDM influence, with glitchy beats and a distinct Autechre/Aphex Twin/Squarepusher flavor. With Soares handling synths, guitar, and computer programming, AOP spent its first year playing live shows, which turned into multimedia experiences with visual input by collaborators Matt Lorenz and Michael Kaufmann. Orbitashi left after about a year, and was replaced by another former Physics member, Jeff Coad (aka JFRE Robot). Coad brought a stronger interest in technology to the group, and worked chiefly with computer programming and various modified electronic gadgets. AOP's instrumentation expanded to include laptop experiments, MIDI controllers, wireless transmitters, vintage Commodore 64 sounds, and even a Speak & Spell toy. These were the elements audible on their debut album, 2002's Systems of Social Recalibration, which appeared on the Imputor label.
Aspects of Physics is an instrumental experimental music band from San Diego. It was formed in 2000 by ex-members of the enigmatic math rock band Physics. Founding members Jason Soares, JFRE "Robot" Coad, and Thatcher Orbitashi released their debut album Systems of Social Recalibration on July 2, 2002 on San Diego label imputor?. They tend to mix indie rock guitar samplings along with minimalist electronic beats and productions.
Thatcher Orbitashi has since left the band, and Aspects of Physics have added additional musicians with Rob Crow on guitars and Arturo Ulloa & Brent Asbury on drums. Their second album titled Marginalized Information Forms 1: Ping, the first in a three part series, was released on October 5, 2004 by imputor? Records.
As a staple of the San Diego electronic music scene, Aspects of Physics has been nominated in the Best Electronic category at the San Diego Music Awards every year from 2002-2006. Their popularity has expanded well beyond San Diego, embarking on North American tours with such notable bands as Album Leaf, Pinback, Mates of State, and Plastiq Phantom.