Some examples of my musical influences...
The following should give some ideas of where
I'd like to go musically, along with some of the
demos on SoundCloud. This may give some idea of
whether you'd like to collaborate on this
As far as I'm concerned, they are the elder
statesmen of electronic music. Formed in 1967
during the psychedelic period, they ended up
being some of the founders of the music which
later during the 70's became known as
"krautrock" (or more politely, Berlin School
electronic music). If you've been into
electronic music for long, chances are good that
their seminal 1974 album "Phaedra" is already in
If you like Moogs, tape delays, pulsating,
warbling LFO's and filters, and dark forboding
analog soundscapes that never stop also being
melodic, like a classical piece done with tubes
and wires, you'll absolutely love pretty much
everything they've done up through the late
80's. After that, they seem to have lost their
inspiration, as seems to happen with most
artists after awhile.
Best known for her 1985 synthpop release,
"Running Up That Hill", she is proof that in the
80's, being a serious musician was not so
incompatible with making the pop charts as it is
now. Most of her songs have a certain science
fiction aspect to them. Kate Bush was probably
one of a very few Fairlight owners who actually
took the time to understand the machine and use
it to potential, rather than just having it as a
status symbol to display success.
The Art of Noise
And speaking of people who really know what to
do with a Fairlight CMI, we should not fail to
also mention Trever Horn's most interesting
project, The Art of Noise.
Of all of the various electronic groups that
came out of the new wave direction rock music
moved into in the 80's, probably none were more
electronic in the pure sense than these guys.
And whereas most of this type of music was
trying to keep a certain upbeatness for pop
radio's sake, it seems like Depeche Mode weren't
really worried about it. Their wonderful
bleakness provided the spark for much of the
industrial, gothic, and darkwave musical
splinters that came later. Today, in the
current-day neo-synthpop movement, probably no
other influence from 80's new wave and synthpop
is being more still felt and credited (and
endlessly copied) by the various groups that
have surfaced now than Depeche Mode.
Probably the quickest way to explain B!
Machine's music if you've never heard it would
be: Imagine a version of Depeche Mode that can't
be properly listened to without a subwoofer.
Yes, bass. Lots and lots of really low analog
bass. For years now, I have witnessed with
disappointment the sort of pop music that has
come out that uses sub-bass frequencies and
thought to myself, "Such potential...if only it
was real music." Well, with B! Machine...it is.
The inspiration I get from Swedish neo-synthpop
project "iamamiwhoami" includes many things, but
one of the most important ones is that it
reminds me of the same thing that Devo tried to
teach us all thirty years ago, if we would
listen: In new wave, it's okay to be
weird. Really, really brilliantly weird.
The fact that Trisomie 21 even exists as a band
is both frustrating and inspiring to me as a
musician, because they have already accomplished
what I have always wished to do. There is
something disappointing in knowing that someone
else beat you to it, but it's also reassuring to
know there's proof that it's possible.
Boards of Canada
Boards of Canada are so named because of the old
70's film reels (which were naturally full of
analog synth scores, warbly tape sounds, etc.)
that used to be put out long ago by the Film
Boards of Canada, which seem to be the aesthetic
their music manages to capture. They are
actually Scottish, not Canadian, by the way.