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    Arboreal

    • Year Released: 2010
    Arboreal is the ninth studio album by The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), released on 8 June 2010. Alphabasic offered Arboreal in a limited edition format (500 copies) that included a 20 page full-color booklet entitled "While You Were Flying - The Rewards of Aerophobia". It contains pictures taken by Benn Jordan himself while driving across the United States.
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    Binedump EP

    Binedump EP

    • Year Released: 2005
    Binedump EP is a compilation EP released by The Flashbulb just months after his 2005 album, Kirlian Selections. All of the tracks on this EP had been previously released on Kirlian Selections except for "Binedump (Acidwolf Mix)". Also, the version of the track 'Dishevel' found on the EP is longer than the album version. Altogether this release is supposed to comprise the more hectic, traditional The Flashbulb drill n bass style songs on the album, weeding out the more ambient, unfamiliar-style songs. The Acidwolf Mix is a remix of the title track done under one of Jordan's other aliases, his acid house/analog-equipment-only project Acidwolf.
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    Drain Mode = ON

    • Year Released: 2001
    Drain Mode = ON is one of many stopgap EP releases in between albums from Benn Jordan as The Flashbulb. This EP is interesting for several reasons. First, along with the free, online FLY! EP, Drain Mode = ON acts as a bridge between two very different albums by The Flashbulb, M³ and These Open Fields, employing a more evolved sound and technique, at least equipment-wise, if not conceptually. Secondly, the short release is quite a bit of fun, displaying Jordan stretching out and getting more comfortable as The Flashbulb, and trying out absurd things like a joking Jazz scat singing style in Loose Jazz X, the loosely constructed ambience of My Summer Tinsle and a very unconventional use of the didgeridoo in Didj X. (This is something he would employ again in Red Extensions of Me with the track Didj Z, as well as a few other releases.) The track Stinger has since become a live favorite for several years now.
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    Flexing Habitual

    • Year Released: 2006
    Flexing Habitual is the seventh studio album by The Flashbulb, released in 2006. The track "Ninedump" (a play on one of his earlier tracks, "Binedump") was originally intended to be submitted to the Nine Inch Nails (NIN) "Only" online remix competition, thanks to the persuasion of a fan on his MySpace page. Although the song was well received, it was criticized for "not sounding anything like the original song". Benn thus removed it from the NIN site. The following two tracks, "Stretch Industry" and "Please Don't Remember", allude to their continuation of the first track's rhythm and possibly its origin. The track "Chik Habit" is a drill n bass reworking of the 1995 song "Chick Habit" by April March, itself an English-language cover of "Laisse tomber les filles" by France Gall. The Flashbulb on Discogs.com
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    Girls.Suck.But.YOU.Don't

    Girls.Suck.But.YOU.Don't

    • Year Released: 2003
    Girls.Suck.But.YOU.Don't is the third official full-length release from Chicago intelligent dance music (IDM) artist Benn Jordan, also known as The Flashbulb. The subtitle of the record reads "15 tracks from my hard drive", and some contend that this amusing label is no misnomer. According to interviews with Jordan at the time of the record's release, an upstart Japanese breakcore label by the name of Accel Muzhik contacted him earlier that year, desperate to release some of the musician's work for its own label. Being in no mood to release another definitive work at the time, let alone on a struggling new label like Accel Muzhik, Jordan mastered a collection of fifteen tracks from his hard drive onto CD and sent it to them. The album has received criticism by some due to the haste in which it was put together. Critics charge that the album plays out like a kaleidoscopic, rough trip through the mind of Jordan on an off-day. The drum programming is more lax and roughly assembled on some tracks, the sequencing of the album is abrupt and scattershot, and there is no consistent theme.
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    Kirlian Selections

    • Year Released: 2005
    Kirlian Selections is the sixth full-length album by The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), released in April 2005. Jordan had strongly considered not releasing the material at all, considering it more of a testament to what he was capable of achieving rather than as a piece to be openly acquired (and subsequently criticized) by the public. He originally planned to have the album released as either a super audio CD or a DVD-A, as the album was mixed in 5.1 surround sound, and for it to be released under his real name, so as to disassociate any expectations that would arise if it were released as "The Flashbulb". However, Sublight Records received the material and managed to convince Jordan to release it on CD as "The Flashbulb", suggesting that it would sell more copies if released under that name. Several months later, Jordan finished mixing the album down to 2-channel stereo from the original 5.1 mix and Kirlian Selections was released. According to Jordan, over tens of thousands of dollars of expenses were used in the recording of this album. It is his first album that was recorded entirely outside of his own bedroom, taking advantage of string orchestra and brass sections that he was
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    Lawn Funeral EP

    Lawn Funeral EP

    Lawn Funeral EP is an hybrid CD/MP3 (online) promotional single/EP by The Flashbulb.As a method of garnering interest in his intense upcoming release, Red Extensions of Me, The Flashbulb (AKA Benn Jordan) released a small CD pressing of two tracks, one an edited form of one of the most popular tracks from the album, Lawn Wake I, and an unreleased track from the sessions of the album, Lawn Wake IV (Black). The release sold out so quickly that Jordan decided it would be a good idea to make it more widely available to everyone by releasing it as an MP3 album online, where it is still readily available on his website for download.This is also the only release by The Flashbulb to intentionally serve as promotional material for another upcoming release.
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    Love as a Dark Hallway

    • Year Released: 2011
    Love as a Dark Hallway is the tenth studio album by The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan). It was released by Alphabasic on 15 March 2011, which offered the album in Digipack format, as well as 350 limited edition copies that included a leather casing and bonus artwork.
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    M³: Daily Assortment of Sound

    M³: Daily Assortment of Sound

    • Year Released: 2000
    M³ (Daily Assortment of Sound) is the first album from The Flashbulb (real name Benn Jordan). Stylistically, this album is very straightforward and Jordan's direct influences of fellow intelligent dance music artists such as Aphex Twin and Squarepusher are much more apparent than in subsequent releases.
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    Pale Blue Dot

    • Year Released: 2008
    Pale Blue Dot: A Tribute to Carl Sagan is the first studio album released by Benn Jordan using his own name, instead of the various pseudonyms he generally releases his music under (predominantly The Flashbulb). Jordan shifts away from his typical drill n bass style with an original and flowing ambient album paying tribute to the late scientist Carl Sagan. The album title is an homage to the famous Pale Blue Dot photograph of Earth taken by Voyager 1 from over four billion miles away. All songs written by Benn Jordan. By September 10, 2008, the album had also been released in MP3 and FLAC formats on several private trackers which includes the same message addressed to downloaders that was attached to the torrent file for Soundtrack to a Vacant Life. http://www.discogs.com/release/1445735 http://www.alphabasic.com/index2.htm
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    Red Extensions of Me

    Red Extensions of Me

    • Year Released: 2004
    Red Extensions of Me is the fifth official full-length release from Benn Jordan as The Flashbulb. This album seems to be driven by the aesthetic of drum n bass/jungle theory, used to accentuate a particular focus on electric guitar-controlled MIDI sequences written in a neo-classical metal style. The last two tracks (Lucid Bass I and II) are straightforward drum n bass tracks, featuring a long, repetitive running time and rhythm and elements such as triggered samples of sleep therapy tapes during the breakdowns, the classic drum and bass rhythm, mandatory amen break/Apache break chopping, looping, dreamy, pitchshifted synth passages and robust, heavy, droning sub-bass lines. As usual for Jordan, the track list of the album includes tracks that serve as short breaks from the main theme of the album, for example, short classical piano pieces ("In an Instant") or folk music-esque acoustic guitar/singing tracks ("If Trees Could Speak"). This is the first album released by Jordan as The Flashbulb to feature outside musicians in the recordings. Despite all of this, however, the comparisons between his work and the work of his peers Tom Jenkinson and Richard D. James grew exponentially
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    Resent and the April Sunshine Shed

    Resent and the April Sunshine Shed

    • Year Released: 2003
    Resent and the April Sunshine Shed is the fourth official full-length release from electronic music producer Benn Jordan as The Flashbulb. This album features a range of new instrumentation added to Jordan's list. The album has overtones of acoustic and electric guitar and bass guitar and many more peripherals were used during the recording of this album, including live drums, cello, turntables/scratching, Indian-style singing, a grand piano, and a renewed emphasis on warm analogue synthesizer tones. As the first official release of Jordan's label Alphabasic, this album (catalogue number alph001) is something of an experiment in enhanced CD, featuring an interactive menu that pops up when the disc is placed in a PC that contains five previously unreleased tracks, wallpapers, contact information and a music video for a song called "Autumn Windows". The included music video for a song called "Autumn Windows" is a darkly portrayed stop-motion claymation cartoon created by Jordan himself. It is about an orange who leaves his home to meet a fellow orange he falls in love with only to have his companion meet a deadly fate. The other parts of the enhanced portion of the disc are publicity
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    Réunion

    Réunion

    • Year Released: 2005
    Réunion is an album by Benn Jordan, released on October 12, 2005, under his nickname, The Flashbulb. This album is a mix of easy-going IDM and ambient music. The recording of this album was temporarily delayed because of a shortage of Quantegy 2-inch tape in 2004/2005. The song "Going Brown Again" is an updated remake of "Brown #12" from Jordan's first album as The Flashbulb, M³. Written, performed, produced, artwork and photography by Benn Jordan Violin - Greg Hirte
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    Soundtrack to a Vacant Life

    Soundtrack to a Vacant Life

    • Year Released: 2008
    Soundtrack to a Vacant Life is the eighth studio album by The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), released in 2008. The track "Suspended in a Sunbeam" contains an excerpt from Carl Sagan's book Pale Blue Dot, which may serve as a prelude to Jordan's following album Pale Blue Dot.
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    These Open Fields

    These Open Fields

    • Year Released: 2002
    These Open Fields is the second official full-length release from Chicago intelligent dance music (IDM) artist The Flashbulb (real name, Benn Jordan). The album displays a significant maturation from the first release, M³. The album has a central theme, unlike the playful experimentation of M³. Inspired by the death of Jordan's grandfather, it has a darker, more coherent tone. This was the unofficial first release on Jordan's struggling new upstart label, Alphabasic. These Open Fields (second edition), released September 2002, adds "Taste My Solitude (Longhair Mix)" 2:44 to the end of the album. Its release coinciding with the recording of Resent and the April Sunshine Shed, the song features sitar, used on the latter album.
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