Seth Olinsky is an American guitarist, singer, bandleader, songwriter, and composer who achieved international success as the guitarist, singer and founder of the rock band Akron/Family. He has toured world wide playing top festivals such as Coachella, Primavera, and Roskilde, and has released records on Young God Records, Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian, P-Vine, Joyful Noise, Crammed, Spunk, Family Tree Records, and Lightning Records. He is well known for his multi-band orchestras Band Dialogue, and 40 drum performances, alongside his rock n roll musical moniker, Cy Dune. His large works have been performed at several festivals including Hopscotch Festival, Treefort Festival, Sled Island, and NYC’s Ecstatic / River to River Festival.
Seth owns and operates a studio where he has brought his unique voice as a composer to works for television and commercials, including award winning commercials for Nissan, FitBit, Nike, Gatorade, Hearts on Fire, AT&T, Chevy, and the Turbo Tax Superbowl spot Boston Tea Party directed by Noam Murro (300, Smart People). He has collaborated closely on multiple projects with celebrated director Brian Beletic, including an Olympic campaign for Bridgestone shot in South Africa by cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival, Selma, A Most Violent Year). He composed for the Episode Culture Shock from the HBO TV series State of Play by director Peter Berg (Patriots Day, Deepwater Horizon), He also worked closely with director Doug Pray (Hype!, Scratch, Surfwise) on his Michael Heizer documentary Levitated Mass. His song for Fitbit’s Find Your Fit won AMP's Best Original Music award for 2014, and his piece for the Silver Cannes winning Nissan commercial Shoulders of Giants was recorded with full orchestra at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox and features the celebrated pianist Randy Kerber. He also composed an epic post minimalist piece for Nike's The Next Wave, an Adweek Ad of the Week, mixed by Oscar winning engineer Chris Jenkins (Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman, Heat)
Additionally, Seth has worked closely with legendary minimalist composer Rhys Chatham as a section leader and conductor for his 100 and 200 Guitar Orchestras performed at Lincoln Center as well as well as other US and UK festivals. Alongside musician/conceptual artist Ali Beletic he co-founded Lightning Records and Magazine.
“No Recognize is stuffed to the brim with primitivistic guitar stompers and gritty road tales perfect for helping you plan a weekend of adventure and debauchery. Or, like, it could probably make going to Home Depot and buying paint seem like the shit. Either way, we think you’ll enjoy this” – Noisey
For new project Cy Dune, Olinksy is louder and prouder, though certainly not “folk,” except in the sense that rock’n’roll was a dominant vernacular form of expression in the 20th century. “Make it loud / They can’t ignore us,” he sneers, demanding more and more, again and again, on new Cy Dune song “Move the Room.” – SPIN
“Akron/Family have certainly flirted with righteous dosages of heaviness during the last decade. On “MBF”, for instance, they blasted through walls of Bastard-sized noise; on a 2005 split withAngels of Light, they teasingly crept toward stillness, only to catapult into blasts of distortion-and-volume damage. But none of that adequately presages “Where the Wild Things,” the glorious wrecking ball that leads No Recognize, the debut EP from frontman Seth Olinsky as Cy Dune. These three intense minutes suggest Japanese freaks Fushitsusha playing pop-punk with equal-parts precision and madness. This is the most urgent missive to arrive from any member of the Family in years.” – Pitchfork
Some music has a certain intensity that brings out something animalistic in people. It’s a primal feeling; they want to dance –or just kind of move around. It’s music that energizes the spirit. Cy Dune‘s new EP, No Recognize is music that energizes the spirit– Surviving the Golden Age