Minus Kelvin is a physics and calculus teacher during the day. At night he becomes a techno-pop cyber street busker who plies the internet neighborhood sharing his art. He takes his nick-name from a little known bit of physical impossibility. The Kelvin scale is the absolute scale of temperature. Zero degrees on the Kelvin scale is absolute zero, the coldest possible temperature at which molecules stop moving. Minus Kelvin says that he is cooler than is physically possible. Here is a performer well versed in physical science and a man who likes his ironies.

Minus Kelvin songs are available on Amazon.com for 99 cents. Several tracks are available for free download on MySpace.com as well as Last FM. Rumor has it that Runoff records recently signed Minus Kelvin to do music for the America’s Top Model TV show. Minus Kelvin is a music performer building a reputation in the new social network universe. His business plan is based on community and sharing over the long term. 

Minus Kelvin heavily depends on digital mixing and synthesis of recorded music or sound. He creates unique soundscapes that emphasize the internal harmonies in tones and chords rather than melody. In fact, Minus Kelvin may be part of a long tradition of digital and electronic music pioneers going back to the 1950s.

Many date the development of modern electronic music to the French academic musician, Pierre Schaeffer. His studio in Paris nurtured many composers now well-known. Karlheinz Stockhausen worked in Schaeffer’s studio in 1952. 

Stockhausen was interested in making music that dissected a single extended tone into its component harmonies. When you hear one of these pieces you experience a single complex tone for the duration of the piece. Your ear picks up the pure tones that make up the harmony and you experience those changes as the music, rather than melody. John Cage, described as a minimalist composer by many, was another pioneer in the production of soundscapes adding textures to the extended tones. 

Minus Kelvin’s style suggests the influence of electronic minimalist composers. However, he is also making the kind of music that can form a very pleasant backdrop in an office or retail environment. His sound is soothing and unobtrusive. Yet there is enough musical content in it to keep minds stimulated. Music of this unobtrusive type has been shown to increase work productivity. It also provides a pleasant background that improves the experience of dining and shopping.