Zoë Blade's notebook

The Future Sound of London

Lifeforms
Lifeforms

The Future Sound of London are a duo consisting of Brian Dougans (of "Stakker Humanoid" fame) and Garry Cobain.

As you might expect from their equipment list, the Future Sound of London made heavy use of samples in their work. Stylistically, they ran the gamut from breakbeat infused dance music to chillout ambient soundscapes. They're perhaps best remembered for one of their earlier tracks, "Papua New Guinea", which deftly straddled the line between the two extremes.

They generally combined cutting edge technology and futurism with new age spirituality and mysticism. They "toured" the world's radio stations from the comfort of their studio, via ISDN lines (which offered more bandwidth than a dialup Internet connection). They also had their own SGI machine, and knew how to use it. In retrospect, they were perhaps the most 1990s band there was.

Equipment list

Circa 1992

Additions circa Lifeforms

Selected discography

References

  1. "Past, Present and Future" Simon Trask, Music Technology, Aug 1992
  2. "Future Talk" Simon Trask, Music Technology, Jan 1994

Interviews

Retrospectives

Artists: Aphex Twin | Autechre | Fatboy Slim | Juan Atkins | Kevin Saunderson | Man Machine | Orbital | The Future Sound of London | The Prodigy | Wendy Carlos | William Orbit