Artist Bio's

8m² stereo
8m² stereo

Elmar Hintz is a German musician and sound engineer who began experimenting with synths in the late 1970s. He re-started recording around 1991 after dropping out of medical school. Except for a single appearance on one of the infamous em:t label compilations and a Nonplace Urban Field remix on Source Records, 8m² stereo has mostly operated below the radar. We think he's an overlooked artist with an exceptional skill to produce characteristic ambient music using lo-fi equipment, 2nd hand synthesizers and tape recorders.

Andrew Cox
Andrew Cox

English musician active in the field of experimental, ambient, industrial, electronic music. He was a member of MFH and Pump. Andrew used motley instrumentation - piano, guitar, recorders, reed organ, an obscure synthesizer, pedals and other effects units - to create claustrophobic, crepuscular landscapes, often inspired by paintings or literature. Born 14 July 1961, he died 26 January 2009.

Cicciolina Holocaust
Cicciolina Holocaust

Florim Prishtina and Rezart Veseli recorded together in Firenze (Italy) during the late 70s til mid 80s. In 1984 they started using the Cicciolina Holocaust moniker and released several home-taped cassettes, all small private editions given to friends. Their collaboration ended in 1987 when Veseli migrated to Greece.

Dan Joseph
Dan Joseph

Dan Joseph is a free-lance composer based in New York City. He began his career as a drummer in the vibrant punk scene of his native Washington, DC. During the late 1980s, he was active in the experimental tape music underground, producing ambient-industrial works for independent labels in the U.S. and abroad. He spent the ‘90s in California where he studied at CalArts and Mills College. His principal teachers include Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Mel Powell. Equally influential where his studies with Terry Riley during several workshops in California and Colorado.

Hands To
Hands To

Jeph Jerman (born 1959, USA) began playing drums in 1972 and spent his formative years in various bar bands while simultaneously seeking out more adventurous people to make more adventurous music. He began recording and performing under the name Hands To in 1986, producing sampler and tape-loop based soundwork, all recorded in "real time" (no 4 track).

If, Bwana
If, Bwana

Al Margolis has been an activist ("the godfather") in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig. He was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, he's been making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. Margolis has earned an international reputation for his dadaistic noise music.

Imminent Starvation
Imminent Starvation

Imminent Starvation is one of the many aliasses of Belgian Olivier Moreau, one of the leading figures in the field of so-called 'power/rhythmic noise'. In 1999 Moreau destroyed his mixing table, and gave away its pieces with the limited edition of his Nord release. Shortly after Imminent Starvation was shortened to just Imminent.

John Avery
John Avery

John Avery is an English solo performer and composer & sound designer for theatre. In the 1980s & 90s he was a member of the Sheffield band Hula. He has been a collaborator with the theatre group Forced Entertainment since that time and many of his solo projects fed into music for their performances. John's work has been described as a juxtaposition of melody and noise and is characterised by a sense of narrative. We think he's an important musician.

Knapp
Knapp

Before Justin Brandis and Andy Rantzen began to call themselves Pelican Daughters in 1985, they were Knapp, a surrealist sound project making cassettes in 5-10 print runs for a Sydney import store on their self-imagined cassette label Masking Tapes.

La Bambola Del Dr Caligari
La Bambola Del Dr Caligari

La Bambola Del Dr Caligari were a short-lived minimal synth trio from Bologna, Italy. The group's nucleus consisted of Judy Asquith (voice), Aurelium Spitty (sound engineer, synth, drum machines, effects) and J.R. Ewing (keyboards, effects). They recorded their first demo tape in early 1984.

Lassigue Bendthaus
Lassigue Bendthaus

One of Uwe Schmidt's many, many pseudonyms, Lassigue Bendthaus is the artist's earliest EBM-industrial-acid project. His debut single "Automotif" was released in 1990 and followed by the seminal "Matter" album in 1991.

Loren Nerell
Loren Nerell

Loren Nerell (born 1960) is a composer and performer of ambient music and Balinese gamelan. Loren has written music for film, theater, dance and interactive multi-media. He has performed with the Kronos Quartet, has recorded nine albums of original work, has appeared on several compilations and has made guest appearances on recordings from Steve Roach, Paul Haslinger, Djam Karet and L. Subramaniam. He spent several months in Java and Bali studying native styles of gamelan music, some of which he has performed in the greater Los Angeles area with other gamelan enthusiasts.

MFH
MFH

An English duo consisting of David Elliott and Andrew Cox, that made experimental/industrial/avant-garde electronic music. They were active between 1979 and 1993 and released five cassette albums on York House Recordings (YHR tapes). In 1986 they changed their name to Pump.

Pelican Daughters
Pelican Daughters

Pelican Daughters were founded by Justin Brandis and Andy Rantzen in 1984. Using a variety of instruments, found objects & DIY tape loops, the pair released a succession of cassette-only releases into Sydney music stores. Over the course of several cassette releases and live performances, including two cassette releases on CCP, the duo were joined over the years by occasional members Ben Fontaine, Andrew Holmes, James Fergus, Bryce Cannon and Anthony Maher (aka dub producer Sheriff Lindo).

Pump
Pump

An English duo consisting of David Elliott and Andrew Cox, that made experimental/ambient electronic music. They were active between 1979 and 1993 and released five cassette albums as MFH before changing their name to Pump in 1986. The group never officially dissolved but when David Elliott moved to Japan in the nineties, it was effectively the end of Pump. Andrew Cox died in January 2009.

Randy Greif
Randy Greif

Since the mid 1970's, Randy Greif has been pushing the boundaries of auditory arts, often incorporating electronic, computer and concrete music with spoken word, sound theater and field recordings.

Sermonizer
Sermonizer

Bologna (Italy) based Sermonizer started experimenting with primitive (field-) recordings and tape manipulations in late '79. From 1984 he recorded many avant-garde, industrial and ambient works on to a 4-track recorder. His massive output consists of numerous private tape albums, both studio and live recordings.

Sketch
Sketch

Sketch is a post-industrial, architectual ambient project founded in the mid 80s by Norwegians Kai Mikalsen and Thor Jørgensen, both ex-Jeg Falt. Their 1994 debut proper "Reasons To Sway" was released on Apollo after highschool protege Geir Jenssen played a DAT to the R&S people. Sketch continued to produce organic soundscapes til 2002, both live as in the studio. Members are still active in the field of visual arts and music as Kobi and Magnetic Plural.

Sobillator Sisters
Sobillator Sisters

See Sermonizer.

Thomas P. Heckmann
Thomas P. Heckmann

Hyper-productive acid/techno/trance/ambient artist from Mainz (Germany). Perhaps best known as Drax thanks to his 1994 mega-hit Amphetamine. Heavily influenced by EBM, industrial, 60's electronic music and acid house. His first record "Liquid" came out in 1991 on Force Inc. Music Works and was licenced to Mute the year after. The rest is history.

Vazz
Vazz

Vazz were from Glasgow, Scotland and existed in the mid to late 1980’s. The group consisted of Hugh Small (all music) and Anna Howson (all voices) and were featured on the late great John Peel show on BBC Radio One a few times. They also played a few live gigs including supporting Culture Club in Glasgow.

Woody McBride
Woody McBride

Legendary DJ/producer/promoter Woody McBride (aka Dj ESP, 4D, Pleasure, Earthworm, ao.) has dedicated his life to bringing underground acid/techno to people of all walks of life since 1991. McBride released 100's of records on labels such as Plus 8, Magnetic North, Drop Bass Network, Analog, Missile, Synewave, Labworks, etc. and of course his own Communique Records.

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