Personnel: John Sherwood
Most of his music is dark, droney, and tinkly, but
when he plays live he usually makes it more
accessible, even beaty, adding in some tracks from
his alter-ego Yorky. He uses keyboards, guitar and software
instruments on stage, two or three at a time, mixed live.
Personnel: Adrian Beasley, John Christian and
Further info: Airsculpture play live,
improvised electronic music. All aspects of the
music are performed live with no preperation
Their pieces are
usually lengthy and drifting dreamscapes marked by
sprawling cycles of layered sequencer patterns.
Harmony and melody add fullness and focus but the
main attributes of this music remains texture and
Alexander (also appeared with Stuart Judd)
Personnel: Xan Alexander (& Stuart Judd)
Further info: Xan does solo stuff and
performs as a member of The Omega Syndicate, he
was joined by Stuart for their 2009 set and his
since played solo. Stuart does solo stuff as
Chromengel and has also played with The Omega
Syndicate. This is a new joint venture to try
something a bit different.
Personnel: Joseph Donnelly - synths,
Kevin 'L' Guthrie - synths, Brian Hutton - guitar,
Michael Nelson - guitar, Electra 'C' Smith -
Further info: ALTRES
are a band from Dundee, Scotland who originally
formed in 1983, playing mostly instrumental,
improvised electronic music at a time when very
few bands, if any, were making this type of music
in the UK. This
line-up split in 1985, but after a short break
lasting 17 years, ALTRES reformed in 2003.
Personnel: Jez Creek and Steve Humphries
Further info: Astrogator
are UK synthesists Steve Humphries (Create)
and Jez Creek (Modulator
ESP). They produce electronic music
inspired by such artists as Airsculpture, Arcane,
Jean Michel Jarre, Radio Massacre International,
Redshift, Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. The
music of Astrogator is mostly improvised and
ranges from abstract ambient soundscapes to
intensely rhythmic sequences overlaid with melodic
and progressive elements.
Personnel: Richard Wentk
Further info: The music of Awen features a
mixture of old and new electronic styles, from ambient to trance.
Personnel: Andy Pickford and Paul Nagle
(and special guest Phil Smillie)
Further info: Binar were originally rather jokingly called
Spank the Dark Monkey, but thought they wouldn't
be taken seriously as STDM, hence the name
Their music is improvised live on the night from
prepared material and spans the entire spectrum of
Personnel: Ron Boots and Harold van der
Boots is from Eindhoven in Holland. He
considers himself part of the so-called third
generation of electronic musicians. He is the
co-owner of the Groove record label and
also the organiser
of the Dutch E-Live festival. This will be Ron's first
visit to these shores for 10 years, his last being
at the third EMMA festival in 1995. Live he is joined
on electronic percussion by Harold
van der Heijden.
Personnel: Jez Creek, Mick Daniel & Phil
Further info: Dark improvised
electronic music borrowing from styles as diverse
as Ambient, Space Rock and the Berlin School.
Performed their entirely improvised set to the film
'The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari'
Personnel: Peter Challoner
Challoner is an electronic musician from the UK
creating textural ambient and rhythmic
contemporary electronic music. Peter performed his first ever solo live set at
Awakenings. Peter is also a memebr of SpirlEye.
Personnel: Steve Humphries
Steve made his first live appearance at the second
Awakenings gig in Nottingham on 7.11.04.
debut CD (available from Groove)
'Reflections From The Inner Light', which
is a tribute to the Berlin School of EM, was wholly
created using Reason software, his live rig is augmented with plenty of proper hardware.
Preston: Synths, Electronics, Video, Computers.
Further info: The work of Edge Effect is an
attempt to blend high-art sensibilities with Punk
Rock's do-it-yourself ethic. His main focus is
dark-ambient electronic music, but he's also
engaged in video work & other artistic
Munslow and John Sherwood
Further info: Entity is Steve Munslow (HyperEx
Machina) ably assisted by John Sherwood (4m33s).
They make live electronic music.
Lee Shepherd, Michael Daniel, Phil Booth and Steve Palmer
Further info: EEE was formed by John Sherwood
to fill the gap brought about by another act
he was due to perform in being unable to
play and has grown into an interesting live
project. Features John and other guest performers
The 2009 performance featured Steve and Lee, the
2010 performance featured Steve, Michael and
Electronic sketches played on
synthesizers and diverse instruments by Norman Fay of Vietgrove.
Norman's first solo set at Awakenings was an
improvisation for modular synths.
Daniel (& Lee Shepherd)
Hashtronaut is currently earth based in
Liverpool, England. Plays synthesizers, guitar and
bass. Hashtronaut sort of played his final gig at
Awakenings in 2010, though it was also the final
performance of Pollard, Daniel & Booth. He is also a member of Pylene
50 and Cerberus
Machina is the ambient alter-ego of the harder
edged Hyperdriver aka Steve Munslow from London.
His music is ambient
with sequences and arpeggios, drifting soundscapes
and unnerving contrasts. Occasionally it breaks out
into moderate beats, but is always very melodic and
Personnel: David & Jules
Further info: Ion is a new solo venture by the
established UK musician, David J. Hughes. Ion is
an attempt to get back to basics, to shift the
emphasis away from keyboard chops and screaming
solos and towards a more symphonic and more mature
and more relaxed state of mind. Performances
often include work from David's other projects,
SkinMechanix and T-Bass UK
ESP produces improvised experimental soundscapes using
synthesizers, sampling, sequencing, looping and
processing to create
strange worlds of sound somewhere between '70s
space music, noise and dark ambient drone. His
sets run the gamut from dark ambient to sequences
and have become more experimental of late. He is also a member of
Palmer - guitars, synths, ethnic things, plus
were formed in 1992 by Steve Palmer. There have
been a number of different line-ups over the
years, but now Mooch is back to just Stephen.
Mooch is space rock, psychadelic, electronic or
whatever else Stephen fancies. Steve has also
appeared twice with Ethereal Electric Elixir.
Personnel: Dave Gurr (of Demeter
Falls, The Phoenix Project, C.H.A.O.S and
Xan Alexander plus special guests including John
Sherwood and Rob Clynes
and Xan met through a mutual friend and began
working together in June 2002. The
music of The Omega Syndicate is constantly
evolving and the line-up is constantly expanding
to include a diverse range of musicians.
The Glimmer Room
Condon and OJ
refers to himself as a bedroom recording artist, keyboard fetishist and
convicted technophile. The
Glimmer Room's sound weaves chopped up breaks and
beats with lush synthesis and melodic
instrumentation to form atmospheric, layered
soundscapes. Live he is joined by OJ of The Jupiter
8 on guitar and laptop. Their early Awakenings
sets were as the Glimmer Room, but they have recently decided
to perform together live as Parallel Sun, which is
a project designed for live performance.
Pollard, Daniel & Booth
Personnel: Brendan Pollard, Mick Daniel and
Phil Booth aka Pollard/Daniel/Booth
Further info: Brendan is half of Rogue
Element, he is a big fan of vintage gear and makes
his music using Mellotrons, modular synthesizers
and other analogue goodies. His music evokes that of
'70s Tangerine Dream at their peak.Pollard/Daniel/Booth
performed sets at Awakenings in 2009 and 2010 and
bowed out as part of Hashtronaut's farewell
Personnel: Steve Dinsdale,
Duncan Goddard and Gary Houghton
Further info: Radio
Massacre International perform retro improvisational EM and space rock
usings sequencers, synths, samplers, guitar, bass
minimal templates, RMI generate complex patterns
of electronic textures that merge and mutate to
become pleasantly crafted harmonics of cosmic
proportion.' (MATT HOWARTH Sonic Curiosity). RMI
have so far performed twice at Awakenings, once in
2005 at Leeds (released as Antisocial) and more
recently in 2010 at Burton, where they were joined
for their first piece by dancers from Paget..
Personnel: Nick Robinson
Further info: Repetition
and Intuition are the key factors behind Nick's
music. He uses the guitar as an organic
sound source in conjunction with looping
technology and treatments to build soundscapes.
His pieces are born, evolve and die away.
Further info: Ross
is an electronic and often ambient artist from
various locations in the United Kingdom. His music conjours images and soundtracks of
various places in his head, via ambient
soundscapes, industrial rhythms and a heavy load
of field recordings.
Personnel: David Hughes
Mechanix make music with dance
rhythms fused with throbbing retro sequences and
fiery electronic soundscapes, strong melodies and
challenging arrangements, all fused together into
a magical melange, to occupy a new territory which
is perhaps unique in the UK synth music scene. David
now performs under the Ion name, but sets still include music from SkinMechanix
Personnel: Peter Challoner and Neale Haddon
Further info: Spiraleye
produce contemporary improvised electronic
soundscapes. Neale plays guitar and guitar synth
whilst Pete plays keyboards, synths and does the
Personnel: Peter Tedstone
Further info: Peter uses a mixture of real
vintage analogue synthesisers and virtual analogue
software synthesizers for his live performances.
For Awakenings, Peter will be donning his retro
A skillful mixture of Berlin School style EM,
fastened with the driving forces of England School
aggressiveness and percussion was how Peter's
music was described in one review.
Personnel: Norman Phay (synths/ guitar/ bass/ programming)
and Mark Bailey (guitar/ bass/ programming)
Originally formed in 1986 this line-up has been in
place since the 1997 release 'Orbus Tertius'. They
have just released the follow-up 'A Little
Apocrypha' after 8 years.
music is like a cross between Prog Rock and
traditional EM. Live they add more ambient and
Berlin School elements to their improvisations.
Personnel: Eppie E Hulshof
Further info: Von Haulshoven does not
like the average "top 40" music but
loves electronic soundscapes and sequenced rhythm
parts. He makes stone age sequences combined with
smack you in the face FX and orbit strings. Doing
this for over 30 years. Making music just for fun,
"I aint no business man". Eppie came
over in 2009, we hope he will return someday.
Personnel: Terje Winther
Further info: Terje is from Norway is a
member of WintherStormer. He uses
old and new analogue synthesizers to create his music. Inspired by the
Berlin school of
electronic music, with influences from Klaus
Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre and
Ashra as well as prog-rock and kraut-rock of the
1970s. Terje improvises vast electronic
first performance in the UK was at the Hampshire
Jam Jam in 2008. His performance at Awakenings was
an epic undertaking, details of which are on his
website, and the recording was released as 'awaken
van der Wouden
Personnel: René van der Wouden
Further info: Composer and producer of
electronic based music. Founding owner of REWO
Records. Started with making music when 5 years
old and taking piano lessons from the age of 8.
Both parents very musical and supported René from
the very first beginning.
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