Synthesizer delights and sentient cerebrations to light up the mind.

Portland, OR (May 22, 2020)Consciousness, and other tricks of the light, the newest album on the Spotted Peccary label from composer and electronic musician Ben Cox, is an adventurous expedition through the musicality of synthesizers and electronics.

Thoughtfully conceived and executed, this second album by Cox offers an enthralling listening experience infused with contemplative moments and pleasant surprises. The album achieves a delicate balance as its six tracks capture the essence of moods that range from extreme stillness to dynamic motion, combining closed-eye tranquility with ear-opening revelations. Through a  combination of programming, software, and modular synthesis, Cox crafts his compositions with a sonic skill that lights up the mind and soothes the soul, delivering a thoughtful blend of analog and digital synthesis – occasionally augmented by electronic percussion and electric guitar – that maintains a fascinating chemistry across the whole of the project. Sincere and unpretentious, Consciousness, and other tricks of the light is presented with precision and purpose; a compelling musical event rippling across the neurons as it spirals deeper into the mind.

From an early review by Robin James, “Sometimes bold and bright, sometimes deep and hidden, always uncluttered, gentle, and positive, this rare electronic album from Ben Cox is a blend of modular and software synthesizers and guitars, one song has spoken words, the rest are pure astral electronica with a beat.” Ben Cox is a true Renaissance Thinker, a person with many interests ranging from the sciences and history, to poetics and electronic music; he is a multi-instrumentalist, as agile with brass as he is with synthesizers and guitars. In 2004, he co-founded the independent progressive ambient electronic label Lotuspike with Daniel Pipitone and Jeff Kowal, who recorded as Terra Ambient. In 2008, Lotuspike merged with Spotted Peccary Music, allowing their releases to be more widely distributed, marketed, and heard.

Consciousness, and other tricks of the light was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of Consciousness, and other tricks of the light arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone.

Consciousness, and other tricks of the light is Ben Cox’s second solo release on the Spotted Peccary label. His previous offerings include On Water (LSM03), and the self-released collection, multi threaded.

The new album releases May 22, 2020 on Spotted Peccary Music in physical and digital formats, as well as 24-bit Audiophile format.

Please contact Beth Ann Hilton at Spotted Peccary Music with media requests, e-mail: [email protected]

About Ben Cox:
Ben Cox has been a musician and recording engineer since the mid-80s. His interest in electronic music follows from experimentation with musical formal structures, metrical and rhythmic complexity, and the wide sonic palettes of electronic instruments and electronic  manipulation of acoustic sounds. In addition to his recognized work as mastering engineer  for the Spotted Peccary and Lotuspike record labels, his music has been heard from Indiana to Australia in television and radio ads, installations, and trade shows. Connect:

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary has been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 160 titles and 45 artists at