Subversive Element is an electronic soundscape project that brings together all the elements of Jim Goetsch's very broad musical background.
While he has been performing and recording electronic music in the Los Angeles area since the '90s, he also has a long history as a saxophone player performing in avant garde jazz and classcial settings. This project allows him to bring all this experience together in one spot.
Notable past projects includes Demolition Squad, in which Jim contributed massive beats, bass and electronic sound layers that were overlapped by avant garde orchestral parts written by virtual orchestra master Kim Koschka along with samples and scratching by DJ Luke Collins. Their record "Hit It" received a 9 out of 10 rating from Alternative Press.
Recent projects have included a total improv release entitled " 3 2 14" that was a joint effort with The Stratos Ensemble, led by Dean DeBenedicits. This recording is a true spontaneous composition that was created with virtually no discussion or pre-planning.
Jim is currently working on another spontaneous composition project, Baker's Brew, which is led by veteran drummer Maury Baker. Maury has an incredible resume that includes work with David Amram, Janis Joplin, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa and many other notables. To broaden his scope even further, Maury is currently working as a baroque timpanist in the Southern California area.
With this wide ranging background as a starting point, Baker's Brew has released "New Colors" on Goetsch's Psychosomatic Records label and will soon be releasing several other works in a "digital only" format.
photo by Carl Royce