Schema Factor is the musical moniker of Leif Bloomquist, a prolific electronic musician based in Toronto, Canada.
Computer-based sounds, samples, effects and music have been a lifelong interest, even since the days of the Commodore 64. Classically trained in clarinet and percussion, he now composes using sequencing software while incorporating eclectic and home-built hardware.
His material can be heard in such diverse environments as on CBC Radio 3, ambient music festivals, gothic nightclubs, and churches. Leif is a founding member of the Independent Electronic Musicians Collective, and has released six albums to date through his Schema Factor and Interweaver projects.
In 1992 I began to build on my lifetime interest in electronic sounds, resulting in the creation of Schema – a virtual band consisting of myself, in 1994. Schema’s first release was Geosynclical Law Enforcement Satellite in 1996 – a 40-minute cassette with 12 tracks. The title came from William Gibson’s novel Virtual Light.
Geosynclical Law Enforcement Satellite was very well received, and reached Top 40 status on CKMS 100.3 FM (Waterloo).
In 1999, a long-awaited second album was released on CD: Exorage. This was a full-length album (55 minutes, 16 tracks) which was again very well received, receiving significant exposure and radio play. A Schema site was created on mp3.com allowing for much greater exposure and networking.
2001 was a very eventful year:
Geosynclical Law Enforcement Satellite was re-released on CD.
Jph Wacheski and I, calling ourselves “Jamming Signal”, performed live at the Amsterdam Lounge in Windsor for the Faceless Corporation Summit.
Schema’s first live performance happened at The 360 Club in Toronto, as part of Riot Art on August 25th.
In 2003, Schema Factor was included on the Varia Compliation which featured a number of select industrial and electronic acts from across Canada. The third album “Xenogothic” was released.
In 2008, an album “Redux” was released, featuring new and live material plus remixes by Zug Island, Strange as Angels and Inferiority Simplex.
There were sporadic live gigs and performances, and then in 2010 I renewed my commitment to live performances. I began to incorporate elements of dance and interactive technology to provide a more immersive experience. Momentum in this area is growing exponentially and I have been collaborating with several others – see below.
The latest release “Plasmavore” featuring all new material was released in 2016.