Dust Science Recordings The Future Sound of Sheffield 2017-04-19T14:14:25Z http://www.dustscience.com/feed/atom WordPress admin <![CDATA[The Black Dog]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=129 2017-01-13T13:01:28Z 2009-08-19T11:00:03Z A lot of people love music. A lot of musicians love music, despite it being their job. After all, how many bin men love black bags? How many salesmen love their target? For musicians, work means another day in the studio, another set of A&R men to make happy, another day knowing you’ve sold your soul for a strap-on! Working in music is poisonous. Yet a lot of musicians love music anyway.

But what if music loves you?

Looking back – and forward – at The Black Dog, that’s the feeling you get: The beauty, and sophistication, of The Black Dog’s work doesn’t come from their being music lovers who are really good at making tracks. It comes from music itself loving them, making them an outlet for itself. That’s why The Black Dog don’t play industry games. They don’t need to. Dust doesn’t either.

The Black Dog are universally respected, not least for their classic Parallel, Bytes and Spanners albums, which literally created new fields of music. With new personnel added to the line up, we now see output that is stronger and darker. They form new links in the chain of ideas and rhythm between dance music and older forms. The Black Dog’s innovation is grounded in previous generations of artists and musicians, to the beats, the Bohemians, and further back.

Yet their music appeals to a huge spectrum of people. Famously reticent of the press and other apparatus of the industry, The Black Dog on record evoke a curious bitter sweetness, at once tender and distant, while delivering incredible rhythmic inventiveness. Some call it “intelligent”, and it is, but the word denies the music’s visceral, overpowering sensuousness. The Black Dog make music you feel as well as think about, and Dust is proud to be a base for their next mission.

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admin <![CDATA[Application]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1775 2017-01-18T15:19:38Z 2017-01-10T15:15:42Z Application is an experimental side project created by Martin & Richard Dust from The Black Dog.

The first release for this project was “System Fork” on Dust Science and was quickly followed by the free download “Manifesto 1” and the EP “Applied Remixes”, featuring contributions from renowned electronic artists Scanner, Pye Corner Audio, Beneath, Geiom, Russell Haswell and Mark Fell.

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admin <![CDATA[The Book of Dogma III]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1624 2017-04-11T12:18:10Z 2016-01-15T10:36:16Z “Unsavoury Products” was the fifth full length studio album by The Black Dog and features the Parisian spoken word artist Black Sifichi.

It is meant as a tribute to William S. Burroughs and inspired by The Black Dog’s collaboration with Burroughs before his death. Ken Downie explained: “We’d sent tapes to William Burroughs, and were waiting for him to deliver some spoken word back to us, but he fell ill, and died. Mr Sifichi sent us a pair of blue underpants he’d found in Paris, so he was the natural person to help us finish off the album. We got on very well, and had a lot of fun making it.”

Black Sifichi remembers: “The Black Dog heard my first album with Negative Stencil ‘Tick’ and I made contact when I heard about their Burroughs project. I thought I could do a ‘cameo’ reading of one of Bill’s texts somewhere on it. Anyway, The Black Dog loved my voice, how it was delivered. After Bill’s death a demo of mine inspired them to produce a homage to Burroughs with me. Unsavoury Products has a message… the majority of traditional electronic albums do not. It is a way to use musical aesthetics and seamlessly merge them with words. In many ways the album is closer to art than most music media/products, which are constrained by commercial demands.”

At the time of the album’s production the band considered itself a “multimedia collective” with members Martin (in charge of creative design and development), Steve Ash (studio production) and Ross Knight (guitar) besides Ken Downie: “We’re essentially a collective in the Warhol ‘Factory’ sense; we float in and out of the group depending on the projects we’re working on, independently or together.”

We’ve collected both Unsavoury Products & Genetically Modified (Remixes of Unsavoury Products) into the 3rd Volume of The Book Of Dogma.

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admin <![CDATA[Very Extended Play EP]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1615 2017-04-11T12:21:54Z 2015-09-16T09:31:04Z The Black Dog’s latest album gets the remix treatment with contributions from Ambivalent, GoldFFinch, Application and The Black Dog themselves.

It’s always pretty easy for us to pick who’d we’d like to remix our work as we listen to so much new music and still remain fans of other people’s work, even after all this time. We never select people for commercial reasons but for the love of what they do, it just makes more sense for us to do it this way.

We been following the work of Ambivalent and GoldFFinch since they started, so it was a real pleasure to ask them to rework any track they wished from the album and the results speak for themselves. Application supplied a crisp and cold version of the title track in a way only they can with all their rules.

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admin <![CDATA[Commodities & Pavement]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1608 2017-04-11T12:23:35Z 2015-06-04T10:30:33Z The Black Dog take two tracks from their new forthcoming album Neither/Neither and respin them for the floor and head.

Cut and Mastered in their Sound Lab deep inside The Socialist Republic Of South Yorkshire. The Black Dog have taken Platform Lvl 6 and Commodification and completely reworked them both with bass and large sounds systems in mind.

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admin <![CDATA[Neither / Neither (Limited Vinyl)]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1593 2017-04-11T12:25:20Z 2015-05-20T09:00:18Z Limited edition pressed on 3 x 12″ heavy weight 180g vinyl and limited to 300 units worldwide.

We live in dangerous times. We are blinded by control vectors that separate us from reality. And The Black Dog returns with a viral antidote: an album of de-programming material which they’ve called Nether/Neither.

This record continues the work they started with Further Vexations and Radio Scarecrow. Burroughs was right: we are now living in a world that is nothing short of a total information war. We are neither one thing nor another, endlessly on the fence in the face of an onslaught of disinformation. Non-linear hypermedia systems are openly used to control us, their operation being totally exposed, mocking our impotence, yet complete in their power. We are all proles now; all are expected to maintain a mental state of Neither/Neither, of uncertainty and inaction. Even in a world where anyone can be an instant expert on any subject in a single click, we find that all our knowledge is a mere replay of someone else’s script.

We are surrounded and occupied by systems of platitude generation that are empty and self-referential. All is surface and all is hollow. From the Tories’ election propaganda to David Icke, they’re all the same, all meaning filtered to nothing by a lack of substance, science and humanity. Falsehood becomes reason, no matter how ridiculous the proposition. They stand for nothing so they can have no questions to answer.

False prophets and the modern day snake oil salesmen parade their viral vampirism, grasping for our time, money and headspace. Even our ridicule becomes fuel for their trade as they turn ignorance and psychopathic exploitation into received wisdom and public opinion. Ask any sideshow psychic; repeat pure Barnum bunkum enough times and you can seize the psychology of the masses. Rumours become truth then they become action and policy that in the cold light of the day make no-sense at all. No one’s sure where they heard it but they have. The spectral offer of change, which actually sustains the stasis of confusion. They spin us on a ball of confusion and as long as they have us in a state of Neither/Neither they will always maintain control. Fight Back!

Neither/Neither shows the world The Black Dog is reflecting.

Hero Badges
When you buy your copy of Neither/Neither (CD or Vinly) from Duststore.com we’ll also include a full set of our Hero Badges. However, these are limited to the first 100 orders so jump in quick. Ten bonus points for identifying them all.

Hero Badges - Neither/Neither

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admin <![CDATA[Neither / Neither]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1596 2017-04-11T12:26:33Z 2015-05-20T08:59:48Z We live in dangerous times. We are blinded by control vectors that separate us from reality. And The Black Dog returns with a viral antidote: an album of de-programming material which they’ve called Nether/Neither.

This record continues the work they started with Further Vexations and Radio Scarecrow. Burroughs was right: we are now living in a world that is nothing short of a total information war. We are neither one thing nor another, endlessly on the fence in the face of an onslaught of disinformation. Non-linear hypermedia systems are openly used to control us, their operation being totally exposed, mocking our impotence, yet complete in their power. We are all proles now; all are expected to maintain a mental state of Neither/Neither, of uncertainty and inaction. Even in a world where anyone can be an instant expert on any subject in a single click, we find that all our knowledge is a mere replay of someone else’s script.

We are surrounded and occupied by systems of platitude generation that are empty and self-referential. All is surface and all is hollow. From the Tories’ election propaganda to David Icke, they’re all the same, all meaning filtered to nothing by a lack of substance, science and humanity. Falsehood becomes reason, no matter how ridiculous the proposition. They stand for nothing so they can have no questions to answer.

False prophets and the modern day snake oil salesmen parade their viral vampirism, grasping for our time, money and headspace. Even our ridicule becomes fuel for their trade as they turn ignorance and psychopathic exploitation into received wisdom and public opinion. Ask any sideshow psychic; repeat, pure Barnum bunkum enough times and you can seize the psychology of the masses. Rumours become truth then they become action and policy that in the cold light of the day make no-sense at all. No one’s sure where they heard it but they have. The spectral offer of change, which actually sustains the stasis of confusion. They spin us on a ball of confusion we live on continues to turn and as long as they have us in a state of Neither/Neither they will always maintain control. Fight Back!

Neither/Neither shows the world The Black Dog is reflecting.

Hero Badges
When you buy your copy of Neither/Neither (CD or Vinly) from Duststore.com we’ll also include a full set of our Hero Badges. However, these are limited to the first 100 orders so jump in quick. Ten bonus points for identifying them all.

Hero Badges - Neither/Neither

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admin <![CDATA[Sound Of Sheffield Vol. 04]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1578 2017-04-11T12:29:00Z 2014-10-27T12:08:24Z Vol. 04 of The Black Dog’s Sound Of Sheffield closes the series with 3 blistering tracks for the floor and the head.

Developed deep inside their sound lab in South Yorkshire, using dark grooves and found sounds from around the city, this leaves you in no doubt what their current position is.

The strangely titled Cathedral Sex lulls you into a false sense of security before boxing your ears good and proper, one for Berghain we believe. Havelock Circle pounds home a modal bassline and rhythmic patterns you can just lose yourself in. The Fabric version of Havelock Circle was a great night, the crowd where really up for it and the lighting man had the face on because they’d told him to turn all the lights off!

A fine way to close the series.

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admin <![CDATA[Exhibit 1 & 2]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1573 2017-04-11T12:36:26Z 2014-09-29T09:56:19Z Recorded, mixed and treated for two exhibitions at Sheffield’s Festival Of The Mind.

Parts 1 and 1.1 are for unique audio-visual exhibition in collaboration with photographer Shaun Bloodworth, recreating the bird song of a dawn chorus. The full video will be released shortly.

Parts 2 and 2.1 are perfect loops used for an installation in the Millenium Galleries, Sheffield. The speaker system recreated the outdoor environment for visitors while walking through the gallery.

Background
Have you noticed we don’t hear the dawn chorus anymore? Techno legends The Black Dog have recreated it, using recordings of birds, with visuals by Shaun Bloodworth. The science behind the exhibition, supplied by bird expert Professor Tim Birkhead, is disturbing: Britain’s bird population is in decline.

Tim Birkhead is an award-winning educator, researcher and author of several books on bird behaviour. Ambient techno pioneers The Black Dog are among the defining voices of the Warp generation. World-class photographer and filmmaker Shaun Bloodworth is a prolific documenter of the international dance music scene.

Links
http://festivalofthemind.group.shef.ac.uk/save-the-birds-exhibition
http://www.shaunbloodworth.com
http://www.theblackdogma.com

Donate
http://www.rspb.org.uk

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admin <![CDATA[Sound Of Sheffield Vol. 03]]> http://www.dustscience.com/?p=1569 2017-04-11T12:30:33Z 2014-09-08T11:47:59Z Vol. 03 of The Black Dog’s Sound Of Sheffield takes a twist in tone but still has its eye clearly on the dance floor, crafting sounds taken from around their studio in Sheffield.

This release delivers two brand new cuts and a live version taken from Trouw. Fraction Slide is built for the darkest of dance chambers: mind bending bass and drums that hit you in the head while the lead synth leaves a dirty 8-bit wound. In contrast, Riser takes tBd’s work with strings, bass and grooves back to early SoYo with sounds explored by the likes of The Human League and Heaven 17.

Fraction Slide Live @Trouw is taken from a set they are constantly asked to release, recorded downstairs on a massive sound system with no lights, it leaves you with no doubts.

Another belting EP.

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