Tracking The Odds: Z'EV (Audio)

Sep 28, 2020
Produced by Roulette Intermedium.

The percussionist Z’EV (1951-2017), credited as an originator of Industrial Music, was a gentle soul more interested in acoustic phenomena than in brutal noise. Usually theatrical in presentation, his materials were custom steel resonators, gongs, frame drums, cymbals, shakers, bells and, later in life, electronic percussion. In this edition we hear projects covering 33 years, from 1983 to 2016, in acoustic solos, electronic works, and pieces dedicated to Maryanne Amacher, John Coltrane, and Alice Coltrane. Image: Z’EV in 2010.

Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium ( and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM and Standing Wave Radio. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive. Tracking The Odds airs the fourth Monday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is archived at

Founded in 1978, Roulette operates a 400-seat concert hall on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with a focus on experimental and unorthodox music and performance across all genres and media. It's archive of thousands of audio and video recordings is currently being restored.