Single Cell Orchestra

Single Cell Orchestra

Real Name:
Miguel Angelo Fierro
Single Cell Orchestra's Miguel Fierro is a member of the fertile San Francisco Bay Area experimental electronic community, which has produced artists such as Spacetime Continuum, Heavenly Music Corporation, Ambient Temple of Imagination, Jon Williams, and Charles Uzzell-Edwards. Working in all styles of electronica -- from the more straight-ahead club gear of his Zoe Magick work to the outbound ambient-electro of his Reflective releases and the mid-tempo head music of his 1996 Asphodel debut -- Fierro approaches each with a focus on rhythm, texture, and atmosphere. The son of a jazz drummer, Fierro grew up listening to post-bop and '70s jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, and began making tracks after playing around with a friend's low-budget keyboard. After experimenting with a few bands (both electronic and otherwise), Fierro decided to go it solo, inspired by his DJ brother to try his hand at freestyle and house music production.

Fierro released his first tracks through West Coast dance staple Zoe Magick, with his "Transmit Liberation" (from the "Liberated EP") becoming an underground classic and prefiguring the styles of lazy, instrumental "trip-hop" later popularized by the Mo'Wax, Wall of Sound, and Cup of Tea labels. From there, Fierro linked up with Jonah Sharp's Reflective label, which released his "Angelic Science" EP in 1994 and the full-length sci-fi electro opera, Dead Vent 7, the following year. His self-titled debut full-length for the Asphodel imprint, released in 1996, returned to the warm breakbeat style of "Transmit Liberation" (included on the album), as well as house and a more minimal brand of environmental ambient. Fierro's most recent work is a collaboration with Daum Bentley of Freaky Chakra, a full-on electro overdrive recorded after a series of live improv gigs which pit the two in a "Vs." scenario.

Single Cell Orchestra Discography


REF LP2 Single Cell Orchestra Dead Vent 7 (Album) Reflective REF LP2 US 1995 Sell This Version
ASW 6166, 7243 8 42048 2 2 Freaky Chakra Vs Single Cell Orchestra Freaky Chakra Vs Single Cell Orchestra - Freaky Chakra Vs. Single Cell Orchestra (Album) Astralwerks ASW 6166, 7243 8 42048 2 2 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
0962 Single Cell Orchestra Single Cell Orchestra (Album) Asphodel 0962 US 1996 Sell This Version
Cyber1017 Single Cell Orchestra Celldom V.1: Opt(10xFile, MP3, Album) Cyberset Cyber1017 US 2006
Cyber1038 Single Cell Orchestra Celldom V2: Arc(CD, Album) Cyberset Cyber1038 US 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ZM-005 Single Cell Orchestra The Liberated E.P. (EP) ZoëMagik Records ZM-005 US 1993 Sell This Version
REF 005, reflective 05 Single Cell Orchestra Angelic Science EP(12", EP) Reflective, Reflective REF 005, reflective 05 US 1994 Sell This Version
ASTRAL 2 Freaky Chakra vs. Single Cell Orchestra Freaky Chakra vs. Single Cell Orchestra - Freaky Chakra Vs. Single Cell Orchestra (Single) Astralwerks ASTRAL 2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
ASP 0102 Single Cell Orchestra Knockout Drops(12") Asphodel ASP 0102 US 1996 Sell This Version
OMWE-021Y Single Cell Orchestra Blockhead (Part X) OMW (Oxygen Music Works) OMWE-021Y US 1997 Sell This Version
IMX002 Single Cell Orchestra The Aim EP(12", EP) IMIX IMX002 US 2000 Sell This Version
PT-006 Bass Kittens + Single Cell Orchestra Bass Kittens + Single Cell Orchestra - Easy Money(12") Pretension Records PT-006 US 2006 Sell This Version


PT 022 Single Cell Orchestra Hear Them Calling(3xFile, MP3, 320) Pretension Records PT 022 US 2014