While acts like THE ART OF NOISE and DEPECHE MODE pioneered the use of sampling found sounds to use as new virtual instrumentation, eventual improvements in the technology meant whole recognisable phrases could be cut, manipulated and looped to create new compositions and arrangements.
So The Electricity Club has put aside some of its snobbery to seek out 25 of the most inventive, and some would say, sacrilegious uses of classic synth samples in popular music. More Inside ›
TINY MAGNETIC PETS were founded in 2009 in Dublin by Paula Gilmer on vocals and Sean Quinn in charge of electronic sound wizardry.
They were joined by Eugene Somers to take care of the percussion side of things and blossomed into a serious act, recognised by the likes of OMD, Michael Rother and Rusty Egan. Returning with their second full length album 'Deluxe/Debris', Gilmer and co promise to deliver their best work to date, a "perfect soundtrack for complicated times". More Inside ›
Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, WHITE DOOR formed from the ashes of prog rock combo GRACE and released one critically acclaimed album ‘Windows’ in 1983. Led by the sensitive vocal presence of Mac Austin, he was ably backed by the Davies brothers Harry and John on synths.
With renewed interest in WHITE DOOR, Mac Austin kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about the band’s brief flirtation with the pop charts and guesting recently with DAILY PLANET. More Inside ›
RHEINGOLD were at the forefront of Die Neue Deutsche Welle, achieving their first domestic hit ‘3klangsdimensionen’ in 1981. Led by Bodo Staiger, the band also featured his now-wife Brigitte Staiger and Lothar Manteuffel.
And now comes ‘Im Lauf Der Zeit’, translated as “over time”, a brand new RHEINHOLD album that features a significant number of instrumentals but also lyrics by Karl Bartos, Uli Luciano and Brigitte Staiger alongside music played and produced by Bodo Staiger. More Inside ›
The Union Club in Soho was the location of ‘Question Mark’, a panel discussion hosted by Wall Of Sound and Back To the Phuture’s Mark Jones. The four guests gathered for the fascinating and extremely good humoured chat were OMD’s Paul Humphreys, HEAVEN 17’s Glenn Gregory, Steve Norman from SPANDAU BALLET and T’PAU vocalist Carol Decker.
Mark Jones announced this was to be the last free session to which Carol Decker amusingly quipped “Will I have to pay to talk about myself?” More Inside ›