SOUND ART TRIENNIAL
8th, 9th, 10th February 2018 – Electrowerkz, London
LOWER SYNTH DEPARTMENT
(DE) ➣ Post-minimal Electronics
Lower Synth Dept’s music is deeply influenced by and related to the experimental electronic music of the late 1970s and early 1980s. This includes music made in Sheffield by bands like The Future/The Human League, Vice Versa, Cabaret Voltaire, or by the formerly Preston-based musician Colin Potter and a few American avant-garde and electronic music pioneers such as John Bender. Although the band is very careful in creating a minimal electronic sound, obviously appearing vintage in itself, it is produced in a hybrid way, by using analogous procedures combined with modern techniques. Ultimately, Lower Synth Dept. is focussed on post-minimal electronics. The band’s name contains at least three different references, which interact with each other and portray the sound of the band. It refers firstly to the cold aesthetics of modernist and especially brutalist architecture, which conveyed and expressed a very dehumanized attitude to life from the 1950s till the 1970s, that still affected even the 1980s. Secondly, the name is a technical reference, to the low frequency oscillator, which creates a rhythmic pulse or sweep and is often used to modulate synthesizers, delay lines and other audio equipment to create effects used in the production of electronic music. The final reference is contained in the abbreviation of the band’s name itself. Sebastian H. and Kyo R. founded the project in 2010 in Witten and Wuppertal (Germany) and released their first album Plaster Mould in 2012 on Genetic Music. A number of compilation appearances and several concerts have followed and a new L.S.D. album release is currently in progress.
These are artists who want to push you as a listener, viewer, toucher, taster. They feel the competing powers that define human and inhuman experience and press this open the audience. This is work that requires the presence of the artist and the engagement – sometimes submission – of the public. Your senses will thank you for the embrace that is DELIQUIUM.
Alexei Monroe | Sound Theorist