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Feb 18 – Experimental Music at the Library800 Vine / 7 pm sharp / Free

ADM [a delicate motor] is a musical effort by Adam Petersen, channeling sounds from keyboard 
instruments, human voice, variable percussion thru a loop station, blending extended song 
form with improvisation.

ADM, as visceral effort, is a juggling act, extending from a concern for the harmonious 
integrity of things in space and time. ADM rests on a foundation of classical piano and 
western music theoretical study, an acute and maturing interest in rhythm and percussion, 
and the application and development of it all thru free and intentional improvisation. 
This effort is dependent upon and grows from an interactive network of people, calling 
attention to the relationship between the producer and consumer, the giver and receiver.

Adam Petersen is a central Cincinnati native and current resident. While studying piano 
performance at CCM [The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music], Adam 
was building a cultural foundation with many other creative conspirators in their 
residence at The Marburg Hotel, using the living space as a functional recording studio, 
DIY concert venue and general quasi-public, creative safe space for the surrounding 
Clifton / University community. This collective effort yielded many months of varietal 
aesthetic events and inspired phenomenal expression, interactivity and maturity about 
its sphere of influence. Since the cultivation of this place-based community, there has 
endured a momentum maintained by its people, and it is by way of this momentous stream 
which ADM navigates.
"ADM experiments with electronics and keys, creating compelling, unique tracks that feature 
sparse beats and clicks, eclectic song structuring and trippy, layered vocals. The result
is ambient, psychedelic and strangely melodic, a slanted, otherworldly interpretation of 
Pop that is often mesmerizing." - Mike Breen, CityBeat
"A Delicate Motor is the musical equivalent to a post-modern painting: multitudinous in 
layers, greater than the sum of its parts and open to numerous interpretations.  It is 
abstract without being unapproachable and serious without being pretentious. 

I found a deeply resonating, almost primitive driving force behind the music.  The bass 
vibrates your inner-self and the chant-like singing reaches out to a long-buried primeval 
piece of your humanity and says ‘come play with me.’” - Jim Nolan, WVXU’s Local Xposure


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Live at The Comet for the Lazy Heart Residency, 12.10.13 in Cincinnati, O.

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