Techno Animal

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Techno Animal
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative hip hop
Electronic
Experimental
Illbient
Industrial hip-hop
Years active 1991 – 2004
Labels Pathological Records
Virgin Records
Blue Angel Records
Position/Chrome
City Slang
Digital Hardcore Recordings
Matador
Members Justin Broadrick
Kevin Martin

Techno Animal is an industrial hip-hop duo formed in 1990 in London, England by British composers and musicians Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin. The name addresses the concept of a technological animal.[1]

History[edit]

Kevin Martin had already formed the industrial metal group God in 1987. Justin Broadrick had founded Godflesh in 1988, recorded with Napalm Death and would soon join God alongside Martin.[2] The Techno Animal project came to fruition in 1990, arising from the musicians' shared interest in studio exploration.[1] The intent was to restrict the project to the studio and use sampling to develop the music, with no intent to perform the material live.[3]

Techno Animal's debut album Ghosts was released in 1991. In his review of the album, English music critic Simon Reynolds compared the music to that of other sample-based acts such as Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Krupps and 23 Skidoo.[4]

Influence[edit]

Notably, Techno Animal's music was an important source of inspiration for electronic music musician Kid606, with their debut album Ghosts being particularly influential to him. "It was one of the first experimental electronic records I had ever heard," he said, "Kevin Martin and Justin Broadrick were humongous influences on me from early on."[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums
Singles & EPs
  • Babylon Seeker (Blue Angel, 1996)
  • Unmanned (Position Chrome, 1996)
  • Demonoid (City Slang, 1997)
  • Phobic (Position Chrome, 1997)
  • Cyclops (Position Chrome, 1998)
  • Brotherhood Of The Bomb/Monolith (Force Inc. Music Works, 1999)
  • Megaton/Classical Homicide (with Dälek) (Matador, 2000)
  • Dead Man's Curse (Matador, 2001)
  • We Can Build You (Matador, 2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Techno Animal: Full Discography". Matador Records. 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Techno Animal". Allmusic. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, Simon (May 24, 2011). Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing About Hip Rock and Hip Hop. Soft Skull Press. p. 192. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Techno Animal: Ghosts". Melody Maker. 1991. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kid-606: Glitch Glyphs". The Wire (Wire Magazine, Limited) (194-196): 10. 2000. Retrieved October 8, 2012.