C.W. Vrtacek

C. W. Vrtacek
Birth nameCharles O'Meara
Born(1953-03-13)March 13, 1953
Old Saybrook, Connecticut, US
DiedOctober 20, 2018(2018-10-20) (aged 65)
Madison, Connecticut, US
GenresElectronic
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1980–2018

Charles O'Meara (March 13, 1953 – October 20, 2018)[1] better known as C. W. Vrtacek, was an American multi-instrumentalist and composer.[2] He was a founding member of Forever Einstein and group member with Biota.

Career[]

Vrtacek took up guitar at the age of 11, and played in the band Dancing Lessons before starting Forever Einstein with Dancing Lessons drummer John Roulat.[3]

Vrtacek claimed to be influenced by anything from rock, folk, jazz, blues, ska, punk, avant garde, classical, to Irish music. He also cited unorthodox things such as church hymns, cartoon music, and the sounds made by pinball machines as being inspirational.[2] His solo music drew equally from the dissonances of Stockhausen and Varese as well as the melodies of French impressionists such as Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel, and also used tape loops.

In 2013, Vrtacek, along with Nick Didkovsky of Doctor Nerve, conceived and released the "$100 Guitar Project", a recorded project based upon the "journey" of a guitar purchased from a secondhand music shop for $100 that passed through the hands of over 65 players, each of whom recorded a piece with it and then signed it, in turn passing it along to the next player to do the same. The two-CD set, released on Bridge Records, features performances by such noted guitarists and musicians as Alex Skolnick, Fred Frith, Nels Cline, and many others.[4]

Discography[]

References[]

  1. ^ Madison Funeral Home https://www.guilfordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Charles-Chuck-OMeara?obId=3393202#/obituaryInfo
  2. ^ a b "Charles O'Meara (aka Vrtacek)". forevereinstein.com. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Hill, Gary "C.W. Vrtacek Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved October 25, 2018
  4. ^ Kozinn, Allan (2013) "A Generic Guitar Inspires a Distinctive Project", The New York Times, April 2, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2014
  5. ^ Couture, François. "Learning to be Silent Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Couture, François. "When Heaven Comes to Town Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Bush, John. "Days of Grace Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Couture, François. "Silent Heaven Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  9. ^ "Fifteen Mnemonic Devices Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  10. ^ Couture, François. "Artificial Horizon Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "Opportunity Crosses the Bridge Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Tilland, William. "One Thing After Another Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  13. ^ Couture, François. "Down with Gravity Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  14. ^ Tilland, William. "Racket Science Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  15. ^ Bush, John. "Object Holder Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  16. ^ Couture, François. "Invisible Map Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  17. ^ Couture, François. "Half a True Day Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012.

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