Audio (album)

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ReleasedDecember 7, 1999 [1]
Label Virgin
Producer Todd Perlmutter
Blue Man Group chronology
The Complex

Audio is the debut album by Blue Man Group, released on December 7, 1999, through Virgin Records. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. [4]


This album was released in two versions: The DVD had 5.1-channel versions of the music in both DVD-Video (using Dolby Digital) and DVD-Audio formats (one on each side) and a CD that had a 2-channel stereo mix of each track.

A behind-the-scenes video of the album is viewable on a promotional 2000 VHS known as Audio Video. This video is also included as a bonus on the Audio 5.1 Surround Sound DVD.


Professional ratings
Review scores
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Heather Phares of rated Audio three out of five stars. She explained that it "reflects over a decade's worth of musical and theatrical innovation." Although she stated that "the spectacle of the group playing its sculptural, surreal-looking instruments is absent from the album," she concluded her review by calling it "an album that proves the Blue Man Group is as innovative in the studio as it is onstage." [5]

Track listing

1."TV Song"2:08
2."Opening Mandelbrot"3:13
4."Utne Wire Man"3:18
5."Rods and Cones"5:57
6."Tension 2"2:05
8."PVC IV"4:23
9."Club Nowhere"4:50
12."Cat Video"2:20
13."Klein Mandelbrot"8:03
14."Endless Column"5:02


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