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General Magic

“Unintentional electronica” duo General Magic could very well be the strangest, least stylistically constrained project in the Austrian Mego label’s roster. Produced by label bosses Ramon Bauer and Andi Pieper around once they set up Mego (GM’s cooperation with Peter “Pita” Bauer, “Refrigerator Trax,” was the initial Mego discharge), GM …

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Füxa

Detroit-based experimental rock duo Füxa centered on a lo-fi, electronics-heavy mixture of droning, treated guitars, vintage synths (frequently the Hammond B-3), and sparse percussion within the vein of Loop, Spacemen 3/Spiritualized, and Amp. Made up of Randall Nieman and Ryan Anderson, the group shaped in 1995 after Nieman still left …

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Uilab

Uilab may be the collaborative work between electronic music rings Stereolab and Ui that led to the 1998 EP launch, Fires.

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Farmers Manual

Austrian digital experimentalists Farmer Manual comprise an informal collective of musicians, DJs, computer geeks, and online freaks who count number music as only 1 of several ongoing tasks. The group’s identification is as secret as the regular transmissions using their Vienna studios (which started showing up in 1996), but their …

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Turing Machine

Brooklyn instrumental math-rock trio Turing Machine (thus named honoring the hypothetical machine designed in 1936 by Uk mathematician Alan Turing that is the building blocks of contemporary theories of computation and computability) reunited guitarist Justin Chearno and bassist Scott DeSimon, who previously teamed in DC sound combo Pitchblende. After Pitchblende …

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Fennesz

Vienna-based guitarist Religious Fennesz is among the many artists from the observed Editions Mego label, which releases mostly free-form ambient and experimental electronica. Comparable in a few respects to the task of Seefeel or Experimental Sound Study, Fennesz’s six-string soundscapes are both darker compared to the previous and more technical …

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Crawlspace

Indiana-bred, Los Angeles-based Crawlspace can be an ever-mutating artwork punk test led by vocalist Eddie Flowers. An assortment of electric guitar noise, space rock and roll hypnosis, punk hostility, and sometimes pretentious lyrics, Crawlspace may be the sort of music group that may fascinate and aggravate listeners at exactly the …

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Cluster

The main and consistently underrated space rock unit from the ’70s, Cluster (originally Kluster) was formed by Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, and Conrad Schnitzler as an improv group which used from synthesizers to alarm clocks and kitchen utensils within their performances. Carrying on on like a duo, Moebius and Roedelius …

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Komputer

The North London group Komputer began its career in the later ’90s as an electro-pop act modeled largely after Kraftwerk but changed its design considerably in subsequent years, moving toward a far more original sound. Made up of Simon Leonard and David Baker, Komputer in fact began being a trio, …

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Chicago Underground Trio

The mercurial and improvisatory Chicago Underground debuted because the Chicago Underground Orchestra in Feb of 1998 with Playground. Although term orchestra is normally reserved for ensembles with ten or even more music artists, the Chicago Underground Orchestra had been in fact a quintet (Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, Chris Lopes, Sarah …

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