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Julian Koster is a member of the Elephant 6 Collective, and a band member in groups such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Chocolate USA and The Music Tapes. He has also made appearances in records by many Elephant 6 groups, such as of Montreal, Elf Power and the Olivia Tremor Control

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Julian Koster is an influential Singing Saw player. His playing is extremely notable in the Elephant 6 collective, and he has performed the singing saw for Neutral Milk Hotel and the Olivia Tremor Control. Aside from the singing saw, his music prominently features the Banjo and the Pump Organ. 

Following his the breakup of his first band, Chocolate USA, he joined Neutral Milk Hotel for the recording of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Following Neutral Milk Hotel's disbandment, he began to focus on his solo project, The Music Tapes. 


With Chocolate USA

  • All Jets Are Gonna Fall Today (1992)
  • Smoke Machine (1994)

With Neutral Milk Hotel

As The Music Tapes

  • 1st Imaginary Symphony for Nomad (1999)
  • The 2nd Imaginary Symphony for Cloudmaking (2002)
  • Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (2008)
  • Mary's Voice (2012)