Main (band)

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Main
Genres Ambient music, experimental music, post-rock, dark ambient, alternative rock, indie rock[1]
Years active 1991 - present
Labels Beggars Banquet Records, Sub Rosa, K-Raa-K, Staalplaat
Associated acts Loop, Robert Hampson, The Hair and Skin Trading Company
Members Robert Hampson
Stephan Mathieu
Past members Scott Dowson

Main were a British ambient band formed in 1991 by the guitarists Robert Hampson and Scott Dowson, the former members of Loop. They combined ambient sound with layers of electric guitars and dark, foreboding emotional overtones. In 2006, Hampson announced that Main had effectively been disbanded in favour of his solo work.

In October 2010, Hampson announced that he would be reactivating Main, and that along with his solo acousmatic work, he would start performing and recording in a more collaborative process with other sound artists.

In 2011, the German composer Stephan Mathieu joined Hampson for a current incarnation of Main.

Discography[edit]

Singles, EPs[edit]

  • Hydra (12" single 1991)
  • Calm (12" EP 1992)
  • Dry Stone Feed (12" mini LP/CD 1992)
  • Firmament (CD 1993)
  • Core (7" single 1994) - limited edition of 300 copies, later released on the Ligature CD
  • Ligature - Remixes (12" EP 1994)
  • Firmament II (CD 1994)
  • "Coderays" (7" single 1995) - limited edition of 100 copies
  • Hertz 1 - Corona (12"/mini CD 1995)
  • Hertz 2 - Terminus (12"/mini CD 1995)
  • Hertz 3 - Maser (12"/mini CD 1995)
  • Hertz 4 - Haloform (12"/mini CD 1995)
  • Hertz 5 - Kaon (12"/mini CD 1995)
  • Hertz 6 - Neper (12"/mini CD 1995)
  • Firmament III (EP/CD 1996)
  • Deliquescence (CD 1997) - live
  • Firmament IV (EP/CD 1998)
  • Transiency (mini CD - 2003)
  • Ablation (Editions Mego - 2013)

Albums[edit]

  • Motion Pool (3LP/CD 1994)
  • Hydra-Calm (LP/CD 1995) - re-issue of "Hydra" and "Calm", plus one inedit
  • Ligature - Remixes (CD 1995) - re-issue, contains 3 extra tracks (the "Core" 7" single)
  • Hz (3LP/2CD 1996) - re-issue of the whole "Hertz Project"
  • Firmament III & IV (3 cd 1999) - re-issue of the Firmament III and Firmament IV EPs plus Deliquecence
  • Tau (CD - 2002)
  • Exosphere Exosphere (CD - 2003)
  • Surcease (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic entry for Main". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 

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