Hoboe is a new paradigm featuring amplified rock oboe and various odd and end bizarre eccentricities in a genre-bending steam train to your strangest desires.
The amplified oboe is centerpiece to a cross-rock sound with hints of metal, punk, classic, psychedelic, jazz, alternative, folk, grunge, prog and pop: a 21st century post-rock Jethro Tull.
Yes, it has been a dog's age. Hoboe have been on hiatus for the better part of a year. Members up and moved, Zen Ben's oboe got stolen, the debut album is in search of the perfect label, yaddi yadda yadda. Suffice it to say, the Hoboe train has been at the station getting serviced. Stay tuned though, we don't expect this layover to keep going indefinitely.
In the meantime, Zen Ben has an exciting new research project that he will be unveiling very soon--the world's largest database of rock, pop, and jazz oboists, and their songs, albums and recordings. "You would be amazed at how many of us [rock oboists] there are in this world--far more than you think!", Zen Ben tells us.
Part of the project's unveiling is going to be a complete online database (with a catchy name being kept secret for now), and links to videos, audio and detailed information. The project will also include an ongoing blog showcasing the various rock, pop and/or jazz oboists (with interviews!), reviews of albums, and historical summaries of some of the best pop oboe bands out there. The project hopes to be a complete and consolidated clearinghouse for everything related to "strange" (ok, we'll just say "non-classical") oboe usage. From what we've seen in the back-end about this project, there is nowhere that has this much information about rock, pop and jazz oboists anywhere on the web.
If you have suggestions of bands, oboists, albums or songs relating to oboe being played in rock, pop, jazz or experimental (non-classical) music, please let us know so that Zen Ben can include the information in his research project.
Electric oboists! Rock oboists! Jazz oboists! You out there? Drop Zen Ben a line to say hello.
Another angle of interest to Zen Ben is to compare and contrast the various methods and equipment used by those who amplify their oboes....
This is going to be a lot of fun to reveal!
In the meantime, check out the following links--but small parts of the overall project that will piece together the many beautiful and dynamic facets in the history of our field!
Oboe Hoboe Pandora StationNot Your Classic Oboe! YouTube Playlist
and of course as always, our own personal band website:
Thanks for ridin' our train, and when things get toot-a-tootin' once more, we'll let you all know. Until then, enjoy these rock/pop/jazz/experimental oboe samples. Hopefully, it will hold you over until Hoboe rise from their stupor.