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“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
The Helmholtz Resonators are 5 musicians who have been playing and writing music together since meeting at university in London around the turn of the century. They studied acoustic science and the work of Hermann Von Helmholtz, particularly being inspired by the book ‘On the Wires of our Nerves’ which is essential reading for anyone interested in the science of sound and sound synthesis.
The band, as we know it, was not formed until a few years later, when Garland Vanderbilt discovered an old Burg organ in a skip, and after rescuing the relic installed it in his studio thrilled to find it still working and sounding great, if slightly strange!
Around the same time Carlton had an old hyper-fuzz pedal he never liked the sound of with his guitar, so he discarded the guitar finding the fuzz perfect with an old 1970s precision bass. Chladni was thrilled; he had wanted to form a “hatstand of psychedelia” for some time now.
Through the fruits of their excitement ‘LaLa’ came into being with Chladni on organ, Carlton on bass and Garland on drums. All three were so excited they kept writing and swapping instruments (mainly because they all wanted to play the drums and none of them were drummers) until several tunes had been composed. They were having a lot of fun and it soon became apparent that the sounds were infectious, so they called in Vandamme Laudenkleer (who had been temporarily vacant for sometime) to record and produce a few of the compositions.
What transpired was a barrage of chaotic waveform propagations with just too many buttons to press. Manrose Finesteride had leant some of his logarithms to the scientists in Vandamme’s troubled absence. It was clear that he needed to stay on board and sail along upon the good ship Resonators.
The LP ‘Crystal Submarine’ took shape, inspired by the sound of the organ, the friendship they shared, cream cheese and oscillators.
Mixing art and science, sound synthesis, big beats and fuzzy bass with English eccentricity and determination, the band have recorded, produced and released everything including their videos by themselves – hoping that their experiments with sound can help brighten and expand future minds.
"An electronic riot from start to finish" 5 out of 5 (Mark Cousens) ARTROCKER Magazine
“Fantastic, industrial, robotic Tim Burton soundtracks performed with gusto and no little glee”