I SPEAK MACHINE is the audio / visual collaboration between musician Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis, inspired by Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone who used to discuss score ideas while scripts were being written for the classic Spaghetti Westerns.
In Busch's own words "What was meant to be a 3 song EP by Benge & I morphed into an 11 song brain chomping monster". The ‘Zombies 1985’ film itself tells the story of greed and self-obsession in Thatcher’s Britain. Continue Reading ›
FADER is a new collaboration between Neil Arthur of BLANCMANGE and Benge, best known for his work with WRANGLER + JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS.
The FADER album ‘First Light’ showcases the strengths of both involved, whilst evoking a purist analogue electronic sound that harks back to the first wave of Synth Britannia when acts like THE NORMAL brought technology into the punk ethos. Neil Arthur and Benge kindly spoke to The Electricity Club... Continue Reading ›
‘First Light’ is the debut album from FADER a synth superduo (if you will) featuring Neil Arthur from BLANCMANGE and Benge, best known for his work with WRANGLER and JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS.
The obvious thing to do here is to compare ‘First Light’ with the last couple of WRANGLER albums and Benge’s work with JOHN FOXX. What strikes immediately is that with Neil Arthur on board, this is a much softer and more melodic sound. Continue Reading ›
The switch to digital technology in the production of synthesizers caused a seismic shift not just in the way that music was produced, but also how analogue devices were perceived.
The synths chosen are also from the first wave of digital synths and as such doesn’t include any of the current wave of digital-based products. Continue Reading ›
EM Forster’s short story ‘The Machine Stops‘ was published way back in 1909, an incredibly prescient and apocalyptic vision of an Earth that is virtually incapable of supporting human life.
To be honest, if any musician is qualified to soundtrack a dystopian play about a civilisation run by a machine, then the involvement of JOHN FOXX is a complete no-brainer… Continue Reading ›