The Black Dog
Andy Stott (live)
Following our launch event - it brings us great pleasure to disclose the above line-up for our second instalment.
The Black Dog are universally respected, not least for their classic ‘Bytes’, ‘Spanners’ and ‘Radio Scarecrow’ albums, which literally created new fields of music. They form new links in the chain of ideas and rhythm between dance music and older forms. Their innovation is grounded in previous generations of artists and musicians, to the beats, the Bohemians, and further back. The group was founded by Ken Downie along with Ed Handley and Andy Turner, who had already been producing music under the ‘Plaid’ moniker. In 1989, they were unable to find a label to back their releases and had to start their own, ‘Black Dog Productions’. Their first full-length album, ‘Bytes’, was released in 1992 on ‘Warp Records’, the label later to publish records from some of the most notable of IDM artists, such as ‘Aphex Twin’, ‘Boards of Canada’, and ‘Autechre’. The groups music was often produced under a number of different names, such as ‘Close Up Over’, ‘Xeper, Atypic’, ‘I.A.O.’, ‘Balil’ and ‘Discordian Popes’. These were often names for the different projects of the three artists. During the year of 1994, Ed and Andy broke off from ‘Black Dog Productions’, to work full-time on ‘Plaid’. Ken Downie continued working on his own, later to return to music production with Richard and Martin Dust, owners of the label ‘Dust Science Recordings’. Since then they have released fourteen EP’s and four LP’s.
Andy Stott is blessed with an ear for space and a knack for constructing tracks that are simultaneously smooth and rumbling. He has transitioned from making high-quality dub techno to releasing a singular and more adventurous strain with an approach that favours leaden tempos and unsettling, sample-based textures. From 2005 through to 2011, Stott recorded exclusively for ‘Modern Love’, where he quickly became a key member of the roster alongside fellow travellers ‘Claro Intelecto’ and ‘Demdike Stare’. He released a dozen singles and EP’s, along with a taut 2006 album ‘Merciless’ and a 2008 compilation ‘Unknown Exception’. The producer made a significant creative advance in 2011 with a pair of creep-outs, ‘Passed Me By’ and ‘We Stay Together’, which were combined and expanded release by the end of the year. Andy has also recorded some exceptional breakbeat oriented dubstep as ‘Andrea’ for ‘Daphne’, a ‘Modern Love’ sub-label.
Ø (Phase) was drawn to synthesized sound from a young age. His first exposure to Detroit Techno came in 1988 by way of a cassette tape recorded for him by an older friend. Although it would take a further five years or so for Ø (Phase) to even begin to realise the significance of those recordings, they were undoubtedly the seeds of a life-long obsession with underground electronic dance music. Having experienced the developing techno landscape during his adolescence and landmark performances from the likes of Richie Hawtin and Derrick May, he began to take his first tentative steps towards music production. As a result, ‘Module Overload’ was supported by Steve Bicknell during 1999 and finally released on ‘Lost/Cosmic Records’ in 2000. Alongside his production work Ø (Phase) is also a mastering engineer and on/off artwork designer.
Support will come from Mime, XI, Mr.F and Malkavath. Imagery throughout the night will be courtesy of the unparalleled Anomalous Visuals.
The evening will begin with an exhibition showcasing the distinct work of Sarah Janes, Brendon Fraser and Rachael Crozier.
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