HEAVEN 17 started as a pop subsidiary of BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION, a production company signed to Virgin Records formed after Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left THE HUMAN LEAGUE in 1980. With Glenn Gregory as lead singer, the trio eventually became almost as successful as their former sparring partners.
'Play To Win - The Virgin Years' captures the glorious imperial phase of HEAVEN 17 and the developmental pace of music technology through these five albums. Continue Reading ›
Ambient electronic music is a much misunderstood genre. Modern ambient probably came to prominence with BRIAN ENO.
Restricted to one album per moniker or collaborative partnership, here are the twenty long players which form The Electricity Club’s Electronic Legacy of Ambient. Acting as a straightforward introduction to the genre, it refers to many artists whose comparatively mainstream works may already be familiar. Continue Reading ›
To celebrate 60 years of THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP, the pioneering collective held a pair of events within the plush confines of The British Library.
The first comprised of a panel discussion chaired by Louise Gray of The Wire, while the second was a surround sound concert with striking visuals directed by Obsrvtry. Despite THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP members now pushing 70 years of age or more, they possessed more vigour than many acts half their age. Continue Reading ›
THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP was the legendary group of musicians / engineers that were set up in a BBC department 'Room 13' to provide music and sonic effects for the Corporation’s radio and television programmes.
The reunited collective’s manifesto for 'Burials In Several Earths' was to was to “...see what happened if we allowed people to react together with their machines in a very unplanned and spontaneous way” Continue Reading ›
THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP are to release ‘Burials In Several Earths’, a brand new work which will be their first commercial available product since 1985.
The veteran sonic architects recently gave a mind-blowing live performance as part of the ‘Picasso By Night’ evening curated by Martyn Ware of HEAVEN 17; so it is fitting that he features on the album along with Steve ‘Dub’ Jones, best known for his engineering work for THE CHEMICAL BORTHERS and UNKLE. Continue Reading ›