FIVE TIMES OF DUST
Bristol and Cardiff UK
M.A.PHILLIPS and ROB LAWRENCE [1981 - Now]
plus SUISSE  and HATSUNE MIKU 
Five Times Of Dust [5XØD] is a British electronic band.
In the Summer of 1981, MAP answered a request for someone to collaborate with, that Rob had placed in a record shop in Bristol UK.
We both had a cassette label - Maptapes (MAP) and Quick Stab Music Products (Rob).
Our cassette releases were at that time being posted around the world and many varied cassette tapes were received back from other like-minded music creators!
In the Autumn of 1981 Rob returned to Cardiff, carried on releasing tapes for a couple of years and then in 1983 finished Quick Stab Music Products whilst MAP remained in Bristol and did similar with Maptapes.
We travelled to visit each other and continued working together and continued to use the postal system to continue creating 5X0D music.
Our main cassette releases were:
Ø1 THE DADACOMPUTER 
(C60 - Maptapes / Quick Stab Music Products)
Ø2 5IVE XIMES ØF DUST 
(C60 - Unreleased)
Ø3 DOGCHILD 
(C30 - Quick Stab Music Products)
Ø4 THE BLACK TAPE 
(C60 - Quick Stab Music Products)
Ø5 YUM YUM MUSIC 
(C60 - Unreleased in UK. Released by StichtingStopcontact in Netherlands).
We continued to develop a strong love for the music of the Japanese techno-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra (Hosono, Sakamoto and Takahashi) and also Sandii and the Sunsetz, Akiko Yano, Yello, Telex, Logic System, Kraftwerk, Can, Hip Hop and Electro, Neu, Der Plan etc and many other experimental musicians and bands from all around the world.
We embraced the advent of affordable home computing, and used the following home computers:
Sinclair ZX 81 (both of us),
Jupiter Ace (Rob),
Atari 600, 800XL and ST (MAP),
Yamaha CX5M MSX (Rob),
We also embraced the beginnings of affordable sampling - the Casio SK1 and 5 and RZ1 Drum Machine - allowing us to digitally manipulate sounds in a lo-fi fashion.
In the 1990s MAP continued his prolific music creation in solo and group form (eg. Atrocity Exhibition, Raw Messiahs and Space Babies).
At this point, after 15 years, Rob stopped making music and in 1992 took up a career as a keyboard and piano teacher!
MAP and Rob lost touch with each other at the beginning of the new Century. But happily, in 2007, MAP sent a postcard to Rob and we got back in touch through the internet, creating our 5XØD myspaces and going on to create and release the CD INCENSE IN THE MIDDLE FRIDGE OF BIRTH . This time the music was sent via internet rather than post and this recording is available to listen to on this very site. The tracks use samples of our sounds from the 80s, but rebuilt into new computer age compositions by MAP. The Vocaloid 2 program Hatsune Miku sings on many of these tracks to add a cool 21st Century Japanese vibe!
In 2011 a track of ours called Computer Bank, from THE DADACOMPUTER cassette, was released on THE HIDDEN TAPES, a compilation LP and CD release on the MINIMALWAVE label.
Then, a CD of THE DADACOMPUTER was released on the ICEAGE PRODUCTIONS label based in Melbourne Australia.
Then, the cassette of THE DADACOMPUTER was released by MINIMAL WAVE.
Then, a vinyl double LP called SMILE WITH THE EYES, featuring 14 of Five Times Øf Dust's songs, was released on MINIMAL WAVE Records.
Solo recordings by MAP and Rob have been released as part of a box set of 80s synth recordings on the VINYL ON DEMAND Label.
In the Autumn of 2015, a 10 inch record of three 5X0D tracks was released on DOMESTICA RECORDS in Spain.
We are looking forward to two of our tracks being on a forthcoming CHERRY RED 4 CD boxset called CLOSE TO THE NOISE FLOOR.
MAP and Rob still make the odd 5X0D recording together, as well as working on solo material. Rob continues to teach music.
This SoundCloud site is maintained by Datacurata Rob
- the keeper of the cassettes.