Baboon Torture Division is a Canadian rock trio who use a laptop to drastically expand the limits of their instruments and talents. Masked superhero singer Steve Biloba plays guitar, robot Pocketron XP plays bass, and extraterrestrial drummer CS7 plays the electronic drum kit. They bring dirty garage rock sound to the electronic genre and make a visual impact wherever they go. And they go plenty of places. Japan, Vancouver, Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, you name it, and Baboon Torture Division has been there.
In the last 18 years of making albums, and have evolved from a studio project into a live band.
Their mission is to explore strange new possibilities for the computer as transformative tool in live music. In 2009 they turned all their songs into chiptunes played live on the guitar and bass. In 2011 they turned into a garage rock breakcore band. In 2013 they began rehearsing with a live drummer, allowing for things like improvisation and interaction. As a fully live electronic band, Baboon Torture Division can do what no DJ or Live PA act can; organically explore the crevasses of a deep ass groove.
Unfortunately, Baboon Torture Division shows rarely go smoothly. Villains such as Ronald McRonald, Ronald Reagan, litigious copyright lawyers, and an uncaged bear show up to spoil the fun.
Their surreal in-band mythology, costumes, and audio wizardry make Baboon Torture Division a tripy and hearty feast for your ears, eyes, and booty.
Get ready for an evening of space traveling puppets, upsidedown beatboxing, surreal comedy, and unexplainable screaming. Vancouver's rockingest venue, The Rickshaw Theatre will be hosting Los Angeles based puppetmaster weirdo, David Liebe Hart, along with his new friends, Viktor Barkar (Vancouver Puppet Theatre), noCore, MCFlail, and Baboon Torture Division.
Tickets are $13 at the door for fans over 19. Come see what Baboon Torture Division has been cooking up since their mysterious disappearance to the Theta Sector. If you can't get enough Baboon Torture, we will be playing a sweaty all-night dance party type thing the next night at an undisclosable location (hooray nofun city). Ask around for details.
2016 September 29
254 E. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P1
Doors 8:00 PM
Facebook Event Page
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Extraterrestrial funckster CS7 acquired a taste for the music of Baboon Torture Division while on an interstellar vacation to Earth's Miami, Florida. He was attracted to the ripeness of the funk they were laying down and could not believe that so much sound could come from a two piece rock group. He was astonished to find out that the band always played along with pre-recorded drum tracks. The next morning CS7 began day drinking, and by 3 PM was reported to be blackout drunk by staff at A1A Beachfront Avenue. His next recollection was waking up in a hotel room with Baboon Torture Division and discovering that 3 days had passed and he was now the drummer for Baboon Torture Division. Upon receiving news of his good fortune, CS7 and his new bandmates began celebrating and inebriating wildly. The band is busy working on CS7's catchphrase, which is rumoured to be 'Hubba Hubba Hubba!' They are expected to play their first show as a trio in fall 2016.
Here is a video of CS7 and Steve Biloba having a freeform jam at The Ultimate Extreme Music Challenge in early 2016.
January 1, 2014
Announcung: Barely Sex
This album is a collection of songs which have been previously posted on this website. If you are a hardcore fan, you probably have all these songs already. The purpose of this album is to get these songs into Itunes, Spotify, Amazon, and whatnot. It's cheaper to get an album into their system than a bunch of singles. As always, you can hear all our music free of charge on this website.
It's a DJ breakdance throwdown with Fresh Crew and Baboon Torture Division's lead singer, Steve Biloba, credited here as DJ Stevie B. The Breakdance Sesh is a 44 minute drum solo designed specifically to deliver superior quality audio on the ghettoblaster's speakers. This recording is intended to fill one side of a 90 minute cassette tape.
No turntables of any kind were used in the creation of this recording.
September 15, 2012
A tripy tune with some breakbeat and hip hop elements. Samples are from a Joe Rogan radio interview talking about tripping his balls off on DMT.
August 26, 2012
Bah na nhat nat na
Bah nah na nah nana nah
A throbbing mess of glitchy IDM rock'n'roll and samples from Kung Pow: Enter The Fist.
March 13, 2012
Poop Everyday Live 2011
Pooping too often will cause nutrients to wash away before they can be absorbed. Pooping too seldom will strain your immune system. Poop everyday to maintain perfect balance. Remember that quality and quantity are as important as frequency if you want perfect poop. The size and consistency of two bananas per day is ideal. It's time to get serious about your poop because if you never poop, you will die.
March 5, 2012
Background Music For A Party 3
Do you dream of being a rockstar but don't have to time or discipline to learn a real instrument? Would you believe that you could enjoy all perks of rockstardom by simply playing other people's recordings? It's that easy. Everybody loves a good DJ. A DJ is, after all, the life of the party. You will gain the respect of your peers. You will get recognized by strangers. You will expand your pool of potential sex partners. You will get to hang out with the cool crowd backstage. Start your DJ career by pressing the play button below. Background Music For A Party 3 is a surefire crowd pleaser. This is the sequel to Background Music For A Party and Background Music For A Party 2 from the 2010 album, Background Music For A Party. This is an upbeat groove with a steady throbbing bass drum at a moderate 120 BPM. During the track's 10 minute duration, you can wave your hands in the air, do a few dance steps, mess with your headphones, whatever. You will look like a huge pimp, and the pictures will look great on your facebook page.
January 21, 2012
Porno Person (1980's Entertainment Console Remix)
The Chiptunes Live remix of a 2003 cover of Doktor Kosmos' 1996 song, Porno Person. This is part of the Baboon Torture Division chiptunes sesh, where live instruments are used to play lo-fi synths, transforming real songs on a real guitar and a real bass. Making it all sound like a gameboy soundtrack through the magic of computers.
January 4, 2012
Welcome To The Jungle Remix
Do you know where you are? You are in the jungle, baby. DJ Stevie B's breakbeat dubstep mashup remix of Guns'n'Roses timeless classic. In 2009, Welcome To The Jungle was #1 on VH1's countdown of best hard rock songs of all time. In 2012, this remix will be #1. Shannannanannannaknees. knees.
December 29, 2011
Baboon and friends Video Game RAVE. Saturday, January 28th.
Before Sega was leading the 16 bit revolution, videogame soundtracks were created by the bloops and bleeps of dedicated synthesizer chips. Due to the tiny amount of data storage and the minimal synthesis capabilities of the chips, video games from the 8-bit era have a distinct lo-fi sound which is instantly recognizable. Before long, game cartridges were replaced by CD's and synthesizer chips were replaced by CD quality audio playback. Only a dedicated few hobbyists continued to write music for these obsolete synthesizer chips in relative obscurity. Thanks largely to the rugged construction of the Nintendo Game Boy, and the arrival of the LSDJ Game Boy cartridge in the early 2000's, musicians found an approachable and straitforward way of playing and composing 8-bit music. Since then, there has been an explosion of young musicians, programmers, and enthusiasts working with the Game Boy and the Commodore 64. Known worldwide as Chiptunes, the 8-bit sound has begun percolating into pop music in recent years, mostly due to it's rabid, energetic young fans who crave the music's dense bass lines and dizzingly fast arpeggiated melodies. On January 28th, Seattle Chiptune superstars, Ovenrake and MC Firedrill, will head north to Vancouver's sassiest record store, The Zoo Zhop and show you how it's done. It will be Game Boy versus guitar, Commodore 64 versus laptop, as the Seattle chiptunes kids battle local computer rockers, Baboon Torture Division, and IDM mixmaster, Colby Sparks for the North American Welterweight Tittle. $8 admission, $5 coat check. Doors 9pm Show 10pm. The Zoo Zhop is just north of Hastings on Main Street.
Breakcore remix of Captain Ahab's sleazy electro masterpiece, I Can't Believe It's Not Booty. The track was produced for a compilation of Ahab remixes which never made it to press. This track is available for free. To download, you must prove they your are worthy. Find the mp3's url in the source code of this web page. If you are unsure how to do this, you are not worthy.
November 11, 2011
We Move Through The Night Unseen. A song for all the white people who dress in black. If you are planning a gothic love triangle tonight, including this song in your background playlist is mandatory.
November 1, 2011
Fans have been demanding the Baboon Torture Division put out an album of all the recent remixes and live music we've been producing lately. Instead, we've decided to be ahead of our time. There are certain expectations people have about albums. An album has between 8 and 16 tracks, it is between 35 and 72 minutes, and it usually has some sort of cohesive themes. The whole idea of an album became obsolete the day that singles became commercially available for download. Sure, there is an artform to recording a solid album with flow from one song to another, but since the 90's the album has been a scam. Instead of releasing singles of popular songs, record companies decided to package the hits on a more expensive full length album which includes a bunch of crap filler. As an analogy, let's pretend that you wanted some bacon. You go to the grocery store and they don't sell bacon, they only sell whole pigs. If you want to bring home that bacon, you'll have to pay through the nose for a whole goddamn swine and you get hundreds of pounds of meat and bones that you didn't even want. Well, now we're all free to download just the bacon, and toss the rest of that filthy carcass in the trash.
In an era of user generated playlists, streaming music on demand, and internet radio, it becomes less and less likely that someone will ever listen to an album from start to finish in the order intended by the artist. For the foreseeable future, Baboon Torture Division will be releasing singles and videos one at a time on this website once every two or three weeks. For commercial purposes, we will still release albums from time to time, but think of them as collections, or batch uploads to music vendors, rather than an 'album' in the spirit of Dark Side Of The Moon.
Enough ranting. Here is the latest nugget from the Baboon Torture Division. This is a noisy, dirty mashup/mixup/sound collage featuring Wesley Snipes as Blade. He does not think you are ready to roll with him. I tend to agree with him, but give the song a listen and decide for yourself.
October 22, 2011
Just in time for Halloween, here are three new terrifying tunes from the Baboon Torture Division.
Goo Goo Muck (written by Ronnie Cook, made famous by The Cramps)
Zombie Dance (The Cramps cover)
Larry King (versus Benny Hinn)
October 13, 2011
Oktoberfest is here again. We at the Baboon Torture Division have upheld our long tradition of making a new chiptune for each Oktoberfest. Here is a brand new one for your 2011 Oktoberfest. This is a 8 bit remix of What My Baby Does from the 2010 album Background Music For A Party. It was recorded live at Dorky's Arcade in Tacoma, Washington.
Stay tuned for info about our upcoming Halloween show somewhere in Vancouver BC.
August 15, 2011
Live music night at Dorky's Arcade in Tacoma, Washington.
An evening of Dorkcore. Spectacular costumes, energetic performances, chiptunes, hypnotic video art, arcade games, pinball, beer, hot dogs, and texting. 21+ or fake ID. No cover charge.
754 Pacific Ave.
Saturday, October 1st. 9pm
April 20, 2011
Baboon Torture Division plays POOP EVERYDAY live in early 2011
Background Music For A Party
January 1, 2010
The latest release from Baboon Torture Division is over one hour of sweet techno cheese. Upbeat, modern, and non-invasive. All you need to do is leave this album on loop and keep the party rockin.
Tell the DJ to take the night off and let Baboon Torture Division take control of the soundtrack.
Whether you're throwing a house party, frat party, dance party, pool party, birthday party, staff party, wedding reception, bat mitzvah, or political fundraiser, Background Music For A Party will shake the booties of your guests until the beaka-break of dawn. Baboon Torture Division draws from an array of contemporary music genres including funk, trance, breakbeat, rap, and pop, to satisfy the diverse tastes of modern music consumers. The band has taken a break from their usual complex, challenging, avant-garde tendencies to deliver listeners consistent four-on-the-floor beats, strong melodies, fat synth sounds, and almost coherent lyrics. This album will be freely downloadable from this web site. Rich people who want to support good music can purchase the CD HERE for $10, or get MP3's from Itunes and other online music stores.
BTD Releases Digital Masturbation 2
March 14, 2009
Baboon Torture Division pays tribute to the golden age of 8-bit gaming in the long awaited sequel to Digital Masturbation. The magic of modern computers makes their guitar and bass sound like a Nintendo. The track list is similar to what the BTD has been playing in their live show for the last year or so, but instead of sounding like distortion pedals and rock'n'roll, now it sound like background music from an old video game. The album is an experiment in melding the tracker-based world of chiptunes with live instruments and vocals. The CD includes the Baboon Torture Division Video Game for Windows, which is also downloadable from the website.
Sexy Times Music Video
December 15, 2008
A team of MIT physicists created this elaborate computers simulation of what would happen if Baboon Torture Division played an major arena or stadium venue. This is the first video for the upcoming album 'Background Music For A Party' expected in 2009 along with a breakcore EP.