2016 will forever be remembered as the year when a significant number of cultural icons and popular musical figures left us; DAVID BOWIE, PRINCE, TOMITA, PETE BURNS, COLIN VERNCOMBE, KEITH EMERSON, DON BUCHLA and LEONARD COHEN were just some of the names who sadly departed.
But despite sadness that loomed, the year did produce some good music, particularly in the second half of the year, although in all, 2016 was not a vintage year for electronic pop. Continue Reading ›
Seattle based musician Tom Shear has carved a justifiably successful career over the past 20 or so years with acclaimed releases such as ‘Compass’ and ‘Storm’. 2012’s ‘Bruise’ album saw a move towards a more mature sound.
In the interim, Shear returned to a harder EBM style with the side project SURVEILLANCE, made possible via a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign. The same approach has been deployed for the latest ASSEMBLAGE 23 release ‘Endure’. Continue Reading ›
The American town of Providence in Rhode Island is the home of MARI KATTMAN. Mari, previously of DAY TWELVE and MARI & THE GHOST, had become a sought after voice. Her marked vocals on 'Husk' from SURVEILLANCE's album 'Oceania' earned her a well-deserved interest and rapid following.
Recently Mari has joined forces with composer Matt Echo and under the umbrella of MARI KATTMAN, they release their first album, 'Hover'. Continue Reading ›
The cancellation of Alt-Fest in August 2014 sent shockwaves around the alternative music scene. So acts from many shores who had pre-arranged to come to the UK, now had nowhere to play. Coming to the rescue were Flag Promotions who promptly hosted some of the bands at Electrowerkz in London. Fittingly named SOS, the event was a success and prompted a second instalment for 2015.
TEC reports from the electro room on the first day of SOS#2 Festival where ASSEMBLAGE 23, ANALOG ANGEL, VIVIEN GLASS, EMPATHY TEST and TREGENZA all played. Continue Reading ›
With 2013 having been one of the strongest years in electronic pop since its post-punk heyday, 2014 was always going to struggle to compete, despite it being the 50th Anniversary of the Moog synthesizer’s first prototype demonstration at the Audio Engineering Society convention in October 1964.
While 2014 was nowhere near in terms of the high profile releases of 2013 or even 2011, it certainly surpassed the comparatively quiet year of 2012. Continue Reading ›