Aster: 'Attempting to Multiply'

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Aster is an Austin, TX duo featuring the music of Tim Hussman and Bryan Ellis. The two share a love for lush ambient drones set against feel-good electronic beats and old video game beeps and sweeps. Aster's latest CD, Some Things Seldom Heard Of, is a warm wash of sound.

Tim Hussman and Bryan Ellis liken their collaboration to "audial cartography," mapping out an inspired mix of electronic and acoustic instrumentation with danceable rhythms and gentle melodies.

Hussman and Ellis met when Hussman answered a "keyboardist wanted" ad in the local Austin paper. At the time, Ellis played guitar for a band called Reveal. The two eventually decided to branch out as a duo.

Aster is the name of a plant that blooms in the Fall while everything else is dying. But Hussman and Ellis say they got the band's name from an imaging instrument on the Terra satellite that orbits earth: the Aster or "Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer."

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This story originally ran Feb. 8, 2008.

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