Six Degrees of Musical Separation

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Last night I was listening to my iPod touch and an awesome song came on that I had never heard. I looked up the name and it turns out it was “All the World”  from the self-titled album Fauxliage. Having never heard of the group I did a quick Wikipedia search of the band. This is what I found:

Fauxliage is a musical project made by members of the Canadian electronic music group Delerium (which, in turn, is made up largely of members of the seminal industrial band Front Line Assembly) and Leigh Nash in 2007. The vocals are performed exclusively with Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer.

I had heard a few tracks from Delerium earlier in the day and really liked what I heard. I hit the link to learn a bit more about them. This is what I read

Delerium is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, formed in 1987, originally as a side project of the influential industrial music act, Front Line Assembly.[1] Throughout the band’s history, their musical style has encompassed a broad range, including dark ethereal ambient trance, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music.

The entry went on…

Delerium has traditionally been a two-person project, but the only constant member throughout its history has been Bill Leeb. Leeb was a guest musician and early supporter of industrial dance pioneers Skinny Puppy, but after he left in 1986 he went on to create his own project, Front Line Assembly with collaborator Michael Balch. Later, the two worked on the side project Delerium and released their first album, Faces, Forms & Illusions. After Balch left both Front Line Assembly and Delerium, Leeb worked with Rhys Fulber, and the two released several albums under the Delerium moniker; these years saw a gradual stylistic change from darker ambient to a more danceable sound. After the release of Karma, Fulber left to pursue other interests, and Leeb teamed up with producer Chris Peterson to release Poem. 2003, however, saw the reunion of Leeb and Fulber for the release of Chimera, followed by Nuages du Monde in 2006. (emphasis mine)

I recognized the name Rhys Fulber but it was late at night and I couldn’t place it. I hit the link on his name. That led me to this…

Nowell Rhys Fulber is a Canadian electronic musician and producer. He was a member of Front Line Assembly and Delerium along with Bill Leeb, and now records on his own under the name Conjure One. (emphasis mine)

And there it was, the reason I liked Fauxliage became clear. You see, Conjure One is one of my favorite musical projects. Turns out it was six degrees of musical separation between Fauxliage and Conjure One. (Actually it was more like two.)

A quick visit to the iPad app Discovr Music showed the connection more clearly.


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Fauxliage is connected to both Delerium and Conjure One.

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And, in fact, the three are connected to one another with each one part of a triangle. The commonality? Rhys Fulber.

If you have not checked out the Discovr Music app it is worth a look. You never know which of your favorite performers or groups are connected to who. You can check out the app here in the App Store.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.