On several occasions, STS9 has billed themselves under the name Tzolkin. A promotional flyer put out by the band advertising the 2001 performance reads: "A New Sound Expression" from Sound Tribe Sector 9. Tzolkin is all 5 members of STS9. These very experimental concerts have been used to debut brand new material in a live setting without having the audience expectation of hearing existing STS9 material. The term Tzolkin means sequence of days and refers to a 260-day harmonic module calendar cycle.

Tzolkin performed live on:

  • July 3, 2001 - The Justice League, San Francisco, CA

  • October 12, 2002 - Earthdance Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

  • June 10, 2004 - Tasty World, Athens, GA

[Landscape and Breathe]

Landscape and Breathe has performed as STS9 members David Phipps (keyboards/laptop) and Hunter Brown (guitar/laptop/midi keyboard) thus far. Landscape and Breathe is very similar to the sound of STS9. Steeped in ambience and without drums and bass, the sound is softer and lighter. This side project has been known to work through raw material and ideas that eventually become STS9 compositions.

Landscape and Breathe is credited with producing 4 songs on the STS9 2005 release Artifact. The duo also contributed 4 different songs to the Low Pro Lounge 2004 release, The Most Hi-Fi. Other Landscape and Breathe compositions can be found on the STS9 2004 release Live At Home, although the songs are credited individually to Phipps and Hunter.

A new album is in the works, and may be released sometime 2009. (from wiki)

Landscape and Breathe performed live on:

  • July 15, 2001 - Club Sugar, Santa Monica, CA
    Originally advertised on Jbase like so : Tonight there is a very special event featuring Sound Tribe Sector 9's resident DJ's Saxton and Harris at Club Sugar in Santa Monica. Saxton will be spinning new soul drum n bass and Kris Harris will be spinning mid and uptempo lounge. There are supposed to be "special guests" sitting in on laptop computers and I think we all have an idea who that might be. Should be a great way to chill out and celebrate the end of a great Sector 9 California tour.
    Erik Koral
    JamBase SoCal Correspondent

    It turned out to be Harris opening for Phipps and Brown, with Saxton following.
    This was the 1st time Jebez or W.M.I.O.D. was played.
    This was a small gig (less then 80 people attended) that was the night after STS9 tour ended.
    KCs dog was lost and then found, L & B was born as was the STS9 "PA" set, and a good time was had by all except the bartender whom was a raving bitch!

  • March 19, 2003 - Olive, San Francisco, CA (J. Garcia art opening)

  • April 20, 2003 - Rawhide, San Francisco, CA (Low Pro Lounge event)

  • July 31, 2004 - Brookdale Lodge, Brookdale, CA (Blue Moon Benefit)
    This was another intimate show put on by Evan Borthwick (of Redwood Pizza Fame) and the members of STS9 in order to raise money for local music in school programs and really was a family affair featuring Brown and Phipps on stage performing while Murph mixed the show and Velmer took turns dancing and painting along side J. Garcia. Many of us brought stuff to donate for the silent auction, I myself donated 10 + mineral specimens... only to end up winning the only other crystal donated for the auction. Funny how things work out...

[Santa Cruz Hemp All-Stars]

Santa Cruz Hemp All-Stars (S.C.H.A.S.) is a side project that includes the STS9 rhythm section of Jeffree Lerner (percussion & effects) and Zach Velmer (drums). STS9 member David Murphy (bass) has also appeared with the band on 4 occasions.

S.C.H.A.S. performed live on:

  • May 13, 2001 - Palooka Ville, Santa Cruz, CA Listen

  • August 19, 2001 - Palooka Ville, Santa Cruz, CA Listen

  • December 16, 2001 - The Justice League, San Francisco, CA Listen

  • January 25, 2002 - Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA (opening for Maceo Parker) Listen

  • June 14. 2002 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA Listen

  • November 16, 2002 - Studio Z, San Francisco, CA Listen


L.I.F.E. (Love In Full Effect) was a short lived side project that included STS9 member Zach Velmer (drums) plus Max Malone (drums, bass) from The Free Energy Project. According to the band: The intention of L.I.F.E. is to perform music as an uplifting experience of transformation to a higher vibration of love. Through selected tones and rhythms, the music is performed as a cycle of life recognizing our journey from birth to death, spring to winter, as circle, vibrating higher after each revolution to experience Love In its Fullest Effect.

L.I.F.E. performed live on:

  • January 12, 2002 - Studio Z, San Francisco, CA (Digital-Be-In Media Festival)

  • February 1, 2002 - Vet's Hall, Santa Cruz, CA

[Root Science]

Root Science was a short lived side project that included STS9 members Zach Velmer (drums) and David Murphy (bass). The band also included DJ James Christopher, lyricists Lost and XQR, and female vocalist Syrene. A promotional flyer put out by the band advertising the event reads: "Root Science is a classic drum and bass tracks interpreted live in an improvisational atmosphere. As a group, the performers will recreate and simultaneously reinvent the sounds at the roots of the modern jungle."

Root Science performed live on:

  • February 2, 2002 - The Justice League, San Francisco, CA
    Set 1: warhead, seven seas, kiss the girl, limb by limb, only a dream, fallen ones, shadow
    Set 2: sweetiest taboo, no games, zion 4, 6 million ways to die, original nutta, snapshot
    E: supaman

    [Sucker Punch]

    Another short lived side project that included STS9 member Zach Velmer (drums) with

  • Marc Brownstein (bass) Disco Biscuits, ron Magner (keyboards) Disco Biscuits, Jamie Shields (keyboards) The New Deal, & Mike Greenfield (percussion) The Ally

    Sucker Punch performed live on:

    • July 19, 2003 - Endless Mountain Music Festival, Union Dale, PA
    • July 20, 2003 - Zen Festival, Webster Hall, NY Listen

    Note: There may be a third date as well, I am not 100% but I believe there was another show at least announced. Let me do some digging and I will get back to y'all.

    [Learn Over]

    [The Free Energy Project]