The Van Allen Belt is a unique audio/visual performance project that takes several musical styles to their penultimate using a plethora of sampling, effects, and harmonies recorded in home studios and hoisted to manipulated electronic heights at live shows. The songs can be described as skewed or modernized oldies in the sense that the songwriter B.K. Ferris’ John Barry-esque cinematic scores backdrop unexpectedly personal and uneasily realistic lyrical content performed by the vocalist Tamar Kamin. Their sound is transformed by sound designer Scott Taylor into a bombastic spectacle of original video work punctuating the theatrical score. Since their debut in 2007, they have released 2 LPs, 2 EPs, a single, and several music videos that are featured in their live performances, they have been included on compilations from Peppermill Records, Under The Radar Magazine, and BEKO DSL, They have worked with contributing artists on album art including painter and digital artist Peter Luckner (Ohio State University - Columbus, OH) whose original animations and paintings are featured on the sophomore album "Superpowerfragilis: Or How I Learned To Stop Caring And Love The Drug" as well as the live video for "Camp Newton". The band has showcased at SXSW, MPMF, Irving Plaza in NYC, VIA, and the Occupy Pittsburgh General Assembly. They plan to release a new LP sometime in 2014.