The duo are often credited with pushing the boundaries of electronic music experimentation and of pioneering a new era of dance music. Their work covers many areas of electronic music, such as ambient technohouse musictrip hopambient duband acid techno.
The artists were fairly enigmatic in the past but have become more candid with their fanbase in recent years with social websites like MyspaceYouTubetheir forum and many interviews in which Cobain almost always speaks for the group.
Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans met in the mids while studying electronics at university in ManchesterEngland. Dougans had already been making electronic music for some time, working between Glasgow and Manchester, when the pair first began working together in various local clubs.
InDougans embarked on a project for the Stakker graphics company. The result was Stakker Humanoida single that went on to reach number 17 in the UK charts, becoming the first credible UK acid house tune to cross over into the mainstream. A video was also produced. In the following three years the pair produced music under a variety of aliases, releasing a plethora of singles and EPs, including the successful bleep techno singles " Q " and " Metropolis ", some of which would end up on the duo's first compilation album Earthbeat in The track has made several British "Best songs ever" polls and track specific accolades.
With this the duo invested in a collection of Akai S samplers and other equipment. They began to play with more ambient music, resulting in the Tales of Ephidrina album ofthe first album to be released under the Amorphous Tukan - Light A Rainbow (Remixes) alias; this was well received by press and marked a distinct shift from the more techno-driven Acceleratorretaining some dance beats, Liquid Insects - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London focussing more on texture, mood and sound.
The album was adventurously released on Quigley, the band's own short-lived offshoot of Virgin. At this time, the band had begun experimenting with radio performance, broadcasting now legendary three-hour radio shows to Manchester's Kiss FM from their studio. Despite its length, clocking in at nearly forty minutes and stretched over six parts, the track made the UK top 30, and previewed what was to come. Inthey released Lifeforms to critical acclaim.
The album featured unconventional use of percussion interspersed with ambient segments. The eponymous single from the album featured Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins on vocals.
Throughout the record, familiar motifs and samples repeated themselves, sitting alongside tropical birdsong, rainfall, wind and an array of other exotic sounds, lending the album a natural, organic feel, backed up by the environmental landscapes that filled the artwork booklet.
The album was also a top 10 hit on the UK album chart. Cobain has said that around this time that journalists would come to talk to them and one of the first things they would ask would be if they liked Brian Eno whom they cite as an influenceto which they would laugh and say that they were about looking forward, not to the past. It was, to them, very much a new work rather than just another Eno-type ambient album. We wanted to release a very immersive, Liquid Insects - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London piece of music that was long and would deeply drench you in it Lifeforms was redefining 'classical ambient electronic experimental' — that was the phrase we used.
The released album's tone was darker and more rhythmic than Lifeforms. Cobain stated that Terminus Pigalle - Paris Violence - Orage Des Années Noires (Best Of Vol.
1, 1998-2003) ISDN they had wanted to achieve something epic and grand but no matter how much technological or Gravity - Chuck Nash - Dressed in Yellow Light (Limited Edition Promo) support they had and they had everything they could have possibly wanted they never got to truly do what they envisioned; he admits to wanting too much at this time, even though the album was successful; the 90s, for Cobain in particular, were a time of frustration and feelings of not being able to do what they wanted to, because the technology at the time didn't fit the band's ideas.
The edition of John Peel Sessions featured three entirely new tracks, which took the breakbeats and chaotic sampling of ISDN away from their previous lush synthscapes and toward a new, more contemporary sound. Inthey released Dead CitiesLiquid Insects - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London expanded upon these early demos. The new material was a mix of ambient textures and dance music. The lead single, "My Kingdom", introduced the sound, with a video featuring shots of London, and a sound suggesting a dystopian city.
The album also So Much For You - Ashley Tisdale - Headstrong the band's first collaboration with composer Max Richterwhich included the big beat track " We Have Explosive " that featured manipulated samples sourced from Run DMC. Released in ; it was used on the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation soundtrackand before the single release in on the video game WipE'out"along with the track "Landmass", which they wrote specifically for the game.
The album was promoted by what the band described as "the fuck rock'n'roll tour" via ISDN, lasting several months and gaining much media attention by being the first band to do a world tour without leaving their studio. While 's tour had focused on creating soundscapes and unreleased material, the and shows were more conventional, each offering a different take on the Dead Cities experience, blending then-current tracks with occasional exclusive pieces of the time.
However, the final few performances jettisoned this material for tracks from a series of unreleased sessions, containing more live sounding material, including considerable use of guitar and percussion. These " sessions" were highly sought after by fans, Liquid Insects - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London some tracks forming the basis of the band's psychedelic projects of the following decade, while others appeared on the From The Archives series.
After a four-year hiatus, rumours of mental illness began to spread which turned out to be nothing more than exaggeration of Cobain's mercury poisoning from fillings in his teeth.
Cobain gained much from the experience, realizing that music was a tool for psychic exploration and entertainment but also one for healing  . The pair returned in with " The Isness "a record heavily influenced by s and s psychedelia and released under their alias Amorphous Androgynous.
Three years on, they followed the album with a continuation of the Amorphous Androgynous project, Alice in Ultraland. Liquid Insects - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London to be accompanied by Liquid Insects - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London film of the same title, the album took The Isness ' psychedelic experimentation and toned it down, giving the album a singular theme and sound, and replacing the more bizarre moments with funk and ambient interludes.
The album was ignored by the press, but was received more favourably among fans than its predecessor. Unlike The Isnesswhich featured almost musicians over the course of it and the various alternative versions and remix albums, Alice in Ultraland featured a fairly solid band lineup throughout, which extended to live shows which the band had undertaken away from the ISDN cables from onwards.
And when I say 'psychedelic', it's not a reference to 60s music but to the basic outlook of a child, which we all have. I think Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd - King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Lynyrd Skynyrd is the only salvation now. Dance music taught us how to use Liquid Insects - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London studio in a new way, but we have to now take that knowledge and move on with it.
This stuff, electronic music, is not dead. It's a process that is ongoing. We have to take hold of the past and go forward with it The piece contained reworked material from their archives and newer, more abstract ambient music. The piece was coupled with a Capricorn Rising - Mike Simonetti - Capricorn Rising called "Stereo Sucks", marking the band's theories on the limitations of stereo music, which was released on a DVD packaged with issue of Future Music Magazine in December and on FSOL's own download site in March They also moved into creating their own sounds when they began constructing electronic instruments, the result of which can be heard on the release Hand-Made Devices.
At their website Glitch TV where the motto is "[A] sudden interruption in sanity, continuity or programme function" they sell and explain their devices such as the "Electronic Devices Digital Interface" glitch equipment. Inthe band uploaded several archive tracks online, for the first time revealing much of their unreleased work and unveiling some of the mystery behind the band. The old FSOL material, including the previously unreleased album Environmentsalong with a selection of newer experiments, the 5.
As of July the CD releases of the Archives series have sold over 15, units. The FSOLdigital platform has performed very well - we are delighted that people still dig us - we dig you all too.
In early Marchthe band released a new online album as Amorphous Androgynous entitled The Peppermint Tree and Seeds of Superconsciousnesswhich they describe as "A collection of psychedelic relics from The Amorphous Androgynous, ". The release retains the sound of their last two psychedelic albums, while expanding on the element of funk first introduced on 's Alice in Ultraland. They recorded their following album, The Woodlands of Oldunder the alias of their imaginary engineer Yage.
Unlike the techno work recorded as Yage inthis new record was darker, more trip hop and world music -oriented and featured ex- Propellerheads member Will White. In a continuation of the band's newer, more candid side, they revealed future plans to fans via email and MySpace, with promising archives from The Amorphous Androgynous, more solo experiments from Dougans and further Environments albums, covering past and present material.
An entirely new FSOL album is in the works, but no actual details have been revealed to date. The remaining shows appeared on the band's official site. Many of the new tracks appeared on the band's Environments series. Cobain has described the new music as having "the introspective, kind of euphoric sadness that was always there in the FSOL melodies". From this point, the band have been alternating their focus between different projects.
Whilst the Archives feature old, unreleased material, the Environments albums feature a mixture of old demos, recently completed, and new tracks.
The first two were released under the Amorphous Androgynous alias, subtitled "Cosmic Space Music" and "Pagan Love Vibrations", with the first taking over two years to compile, mix and gain sample clearance, both featuring the band's psychedelic influences. A third is set for release sometime inand will be more electronic, mixed by the Future Sound of London. Noel Gallagher of British rock band Oasisafter hearing the first release, became a fan and asked the band to remix the following Oasis single "Falling Down".
The Amorphous Androgynous responded with a 5 part, minute Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble remix, which Noel liked enough to release on its own 12". On 6 July it was announced that Noel Gallagher's second solo album will be in collaboration with The Amorphous Androgynous, and is set for release in What a Life!
However, as the project is currently shelved,  the group have returned to original material, releasing the first ///// - Of The Vine - East-the-Water a series of Monstrous Bubble Soundtracksentitled The Cartel.
The group continue to give updates for the Galaxial Pharmaceutical news site and forum,  while largely releasing material through their FSOLDigital imprint. They remain prolific, working on multiple projects at once. On 26 Aprilthe band released Yageconsisting of eleven songs. The album was also released on vinyl and CD on Record Store Day that year; the latter release featured an additional two tracks. Nevertheless, Virgin records still controls FSOL's back catalog and was going to release the Teachings from the Electronic Brain compilation without them, but the duo insisted on taking control of the production of the project.
Why is it, everybody, from the fucking fish and chip shop to a magazine ends up selling itself, getting the millions and retiring. Why don't people keep going with it, why can't they change it so that it keeps being important to them. Why didn't Anita Roddick keep going with Body Shopwhy did it get so alien to her that she had to sell it, why? Surely she's making so many millions she can get the right people that she loves to keep going with the ethos; there's something dangerous there.
Cobain has said that FSOL's mentality has always been about making a journey of an album rather than focusing on trying to have hit singles. He said that they had several top 40 singles and albums in the 90s because they had enough fans and had built up enough of a reputation to achieve these hits while still concentrating on the album rather than any potential singles during their time at Virgin.
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