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The name The Stroy comes from the Slovene word ‘stroj’ which means a ‘machine’. Pronounced together with ‘the’ the phrase sounds as ‘destroy’. The Stroy is a pun with two meanings: machine and destruction.
Musical   collective   The   Stroj   was   formed   in   1997   in   Laško.   Originally   The   Stroj   was   a   percussion   band,   consisting   of   eight   members   who   used      plastic and   metal   waste   barrels,   discarded   machine   parts   and   various   working   tools   to   make   their   music.   Distinctive   percussive   compositions,   based   on   striking, mechanically   structured   rhythms   and   industrially   sounding   percussion   instruments   marked   the   collective's   early   work.   Music   from   this   period   can   be found   on   the   albums   Ventilator   (1999)   and   Gremo!   (2002).   When   painter   and   musician Aleksij   Kobal   joined   the   collective,   their   music   became   enriched by original wind and string instruments, as recorded on the album Cona/The Zone (2006). All three albums were produced by Aldo Ivančič. The   Stroj   became   known   mostly   for   its   striking   music   performances,   based   on   expressive   rhythmics,   created   by   using   non-conventional   percussion instruments,   on   spectacular   pyrotechnics,   and   unusual   concert   venues   like   stone   quarries,   mines,   a   remade   city   bus   and   various   industrial   buildings.   In the   past   decade   The   Stroj   performed   on   festivals   across   Europe,   in   countries   of   the   former   republic   of   Yugoslavia,   and   in   Singapore.   In   the   year   2000 The Stroj received the Golden Bird  award for its musical accomplishments, and a documentary film about the group  was produced by TV Slovenia. In   2006   the   collective   was   featured   in   a   music   and   dance   performance   called   Začasno   avtonomna   cona   (Temporarily   Autonomous   Zone)   at   Cankarjev dom.   At   the   beginning   of   2007   most   of   the   original   members   of   the   collective   left   The   Stroj,   and   started   working   under   the   name   StrojMachine.   In   April 2009      new   line   up,   lead   by   the   founder   of   the   group   Primož   Oberžan,   premiered   their   latest   project   Kymatikon   in   Kinodvor   movie   theater   in   Ljubljana. The   project,   named   after   the   device   which   displays   cymatic   visualizations   of   sound,   indicated   a   transition   to   a   new   creative   stage,   with   notable   changes having   been   made   in   the   sound   and   visual   presentation   of   the   group.   With   this   project   The   Stroj   began   upgrading   their   performances   with   live   video projections of cymatic sound effects by using different types of liquids and powdered substances. On   November   3rd   2009   at   52nd   anniversary   of   lounch   of   Sputnik   2,   The   Stroj   released   single   Laika   with   Eva   Breznikar   on   vocals.   The   Stroj's   music   is        still   based   on   expressive   and   complex   rhythmical   structures,   as   well   as   typical   percussion   instruments   and   sound   devices,   made   by   Oberžan,   but   is        now   complemented   by   electronically   manipulated   field   recordings,   various   electronic   devices   and   odd   electromechanical   equipment.   In   2010   and   2011 collective   undergone   some   line   up   changes   and   recorded   most   of   the   material   for   the   following   album.   In   2012   The   Stroj   took   part   in   the   European Capital   of   Culture,   where   they   staged   a   large   scale   musical   event   at   Surovina   recycling   centre   in   Tezno   near   Maribor.   Few   thousands   people   attended the show and special train was organized to bring audience to the venue. In   2013   Stane   Špegel   aka   HouseMouse   aka   Monom   joined   the   collective   and   helped   them   to   finish   the   compositions   for   album   Metafonik.   Metafonik   was released   in   October   2013   at   MKC   Maribor.   Their   music   is   still   based   on   expressive   and   complex   rhythmical   structures,   as   well   as   typical   percussion instruments   and   sound   devices,   made   by   Oberžan,   but   is   now   complemented   by   electronically   manipulated   field   recordings,   various   electronic   devices and   odd   electromechanical   equipment.      In   Oktober   2014   TV   Slovenia      presented   one   hour   production   with   The   Stroj's   live   performance   and   interview with members of the collective. In addition to their recent repertoire, they also performed a remake of Terminator theme with LadyBird on vocals.
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