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As drummer, songwriter and cofounder of Tourniquet since its inception in 1990, Ted's aggressive, musical, and often unorthodox approach to the drums has been recognized by thousands. Ted grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and began to play drums at age 12. The readers of HM Magazine voted him "Favorite Drummer" for 10 years in a row, and again in 2003. Ted has twice been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine.

Ted's philosophy of treating the drums as a musical instrument - not just a noisy timekeeper - makes sense in light of the fact that he has written the music and lyrics for fifteen of Tourniquet's #1 singles, in addition to the songs that bring out the technical, melodic, and eccentric side of the band. He is well known for his ability to create and execute polyrhythms within the framework of songs and for his advanced double bass technique.

Besides the normal influence of other drummers, Ted's unique style developed from other more unconventional sources. As a great admirer of the classical masters, he has incorporated the staccato bursts of Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas, the counterpoint of Bach's fugues, and the explosiveness of Beethoven's symphonies into his playing.

As a traveler to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, the Amazon Basin of Western Brazil, Malaysia, Taiwan, Ecuador, the Solomon Islands and other far off lands in search of butterflies and other insects, the fantastic and repetitive sounds of the jungle have influenced his drumming as well. For the often requested acoustic sets Tourniquet occasionally performs, Ted plays 6 or 12 string guitar.

1. A surgical device for arresting hemorrhage by compression of a blood vessel.
2. A lifelong spiritual process by which a personal God, through the atoning blood, death, and resurrection of His only Son-Jesus Christ-can begin to stop the flow of going through life without knowing and serving our Creator. HE IS OUR TOURNIQUET.

The band name is based on Psalms 147:3

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Overall Rating computed from Album Ratings
Year Title Rating Views
2018 Gazing at Medusa 81
2015 Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance 863
2014 Onward To Freedom 1172
2014 Onward To Freedom [Limited Rhino Cover] 931
2013 Antiseptic Bloodbath (voiceless) 1290
2012 Antiseptic Bloodbath 7811
2011 Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance (Reissue) 9189
2011 Stop The Bleeding (Vinyl Re-Issue) 7205
2011 Psychosurgery (Vinyl Re-Issue) 6559
2011 Stop the Bleeding (Vinyl Re-issue Limited Edition) 7118
2011 Psychosurgery (Vinyl Re-issue Limited Edition) 6341
2010 Live In California (DVD) 1012
2010 Live In California 8495
2008 Crawl to China (Reissue) 9888
2006 Till Sverige Med Karlek (DVD) 1988
2004 Circadian Rhythms (DVD) 2082
2004 Vanishing Lessons (Reissue) 11387
2003 Where Moth And Rust Destroy 10006
2003 Ocular Digital (DVD) 3705
2001 Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance (Reissue) 8571
2001 Psychosurgery (Reissue) 8961
2001 Stop The Bleeding (Reissue) 10478
2000 Video Biopsy 2000 (VHS) 1732
1999 Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm 13590
1998 Acoustic Archives 9030
1998 Live in California (VHS) 1669
1997 Crawl to China 14337
1997 Guitar Instructional Video (VHS) 1448
1996 Collected Works 12095
1995 Carry the Wounded 6234
1995 Pushin' Broom (VHS) 1493
1994 Vanishing Lessons 10573
1993 Intense Live Series, Volume 2 5842
1993 Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance (Metal Blade) 8718
1992 Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance 13300
1992 Video Biopsy (VHS) 1495
1991 Psycho Surgery 9779
1990 Stop the Bleeding 11738
1990 Ark of Suffering (VHS) 1226

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