Brian Dougans

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Brian Dougans
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Background information
Birth nameBrian Dougans
BornGlasgow, Scotland
GenresElectronica, IDM, trip hop, big beat, ambient
Occupation(s)Musician
composer
producer
InstrumentsKeyboards, Sampler, synthesizer, drums, laptop, computer, music technology
Years active1984–present
LabelsJumpin' & Pumpin'
Virgin Records
Rephlex
Associated actsThe Future Sound of London
Websitefuturesoundoflondon.com

Brian Dougans is a British musician, and a member of the British electronica duo, The Future Sound of London (FSOL).

Brian Dougans was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1968. He is one half of the British electronica group The Future Sound of London.

He is the more technical member of FSOL, doing most of the programming, circuit bending et cetera and creating electronic instruments at his home studio in Glastonbury, Somerset where he lives with his wife, Lysa Barlett and two children, Bow Dougans and Mos Barlett that stands at the intersection of nine leylines.(9L WEST Studios)

Currently head of FSOLdigital ( FSOL's Recording Label ) and co designer of the FSOL:Digitana SX-1 Synthesiser

His first releases were as "Humanoid", releasing the Acid house single "Stakker Humanoid", which reached number 17 in the UK in 1988, and also charted in 1992 and 2001. Stakker Humanoid was No.1 for 5 weeks in the UK dance chart (December 1988) and has been sighted as a major influence on early Aphex Twin releases. Dougans music as Humanoid is also part of the MOMA NY collection via Stakker Eurotechno.

Dougans has always been the quiet, technical workhorse of FSOL whilst Garry Cobain brings in his melody and softness to balance Dougans' technical wizardry ergo creating the balance that makes FSOL what it is. Where as the sound of Amorphous Androgynous is very much Cobains vehicle FSOL's more "mechanical" sound is Dougans.

Music[edit]

Humanoid[edit]

Brian Dougans first releases were as "Humanoid", releasing the acid house single "Stakker Humanoid". The track was a hit not just at influential clubs like Shoom in London, but was championed by mainstream stalwarts like Radio DJ Bruno Brookes and Kylie and Jason producer Pete Waterman. After the single reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1988, leading to Dougans' appearance on Top of the Pops on 1 December 1988.[1] Subsequent re-issues also charted in 1992 and 2001.

Stakker Humanoid was No.1 for 5 weeks in the UK dance chart (December 1988) and has been cited as a major influence on early Aphex Twin releases. Dougans music as Humanoid is also part of the MOMA NY collection via Stakker Eurotechno.

Stakker was also used as the name of the collaboration between Dougans and video artists Colin Scott and Mark McLean. Eurotechno, the soundtrack to a visual installation by the group, was originally released in 1989.

Future Sound of London[edit]

Brian Dougans was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and met Garry Cobain in 1985 when he was at Salford College of Technology in Manchester studying Music Recording Technology. After Dougans left college he set up his own studio in London where Cobain joined him and they began to release a plethora of singles under various aliases, some of which would end up on their first compilation album (as FSOL) Earthbeat in 1992.

Whereas the sound of Amorphous Androgynous is Cobain's vehicle, FSOL's more "mechanical" sound is Dougan's.[2][3]

Synthesizers

Dougans has co-designed 2 synthesizers with English electronics company DIGITANA. The SX-1 analogue synthesizer and the Halia ( stand alone digital sampler synth ) - ( Halia still in development ) - The SX-1 has been received with critically acclaim and has been used in - Spiderman (into the spiderverse) / Netflix The Innocents / National Geographics One Strange Rock )

3 Guinness World Records

Dougans received (along with Musical partner Gaz Cobain) 3 retrospective awards from the Guinness World Records.

Most notably THE FIRST INTERNET MUSIC DOWNLOAD - 22 June 1994 distributed via new york based internet bulletin board Sonicnet.

The other 2 are for

FIRST BAND TO TOUR THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING THEIR STUDIO

and

FIRST BAND TO TOUR THE WORLD DOWN TELEPHONE WIRES


Discography[edit]

All as Humanoid unless indicated. please see also The Future Sound of London .

Albums[edit]

Release Date Title Label Notes
27 January 2003
 Eurotechno Rephlex
CAT129CD
An early project, released on Aphex Twin's label Rephlex, a soundtrack of sorts to a visual installation artist Mark McLean both of which was a major inspiration to the Rephlex collective and as such was re-released on the label in 2003.
19 November 2007
 Your Body Sub Atomic FSOLDigital.com
Digital download
20th anniversary remix album of the Stakker Humanoid release and other tracks by Brian Dougans; the remixes are by both new and established artist's and DJ's, download also included an Adobe Flash "booklet" and high quality video of the "Feadz 2007 Mix".
19 March 2007
 4 Forests FSOLDigital.com
Digital download
As Part-Sub-Merged, an experimental project released on FSOL's website; a dark soundtrack to a short film by him under the same alias.

Compilation albums[edit]

Release Date Title Label Notes
1989
 Global Westside Records
CDHUM 1989
Early compilation of the singles he released in 88/89.
10 February 2003
 Sessions 84-88 Rephlex
CAT130CD
An experimental compilation full of acid house tracks and a remix of Stakker Humanoid.
1 March 2007
 Zeebox 1984-1987 Vol. 1 FSOLDigital.com
Digital download
As Zeebox; the first part of a digital download compilation set of Zeebox albums, experiments from his time in Glasgow and Manchester.
4 March 2007
 Zeebox 1984-1987 Vol. 2 FSOLDigital.com
Digital download
As Zeebox; the second part of a digital download compilation set of Zeebox albums, experiments from his time in Glasgow and Manchester.

EPs[edit]

Release Date Title Label Notes
1992
 Braindamage Bit Bites Brain
BIT 9215-12
A release on a small German indie label featuring b-sides by another artist called Phase IV.

Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Label Notes
1988
 "Stakker Humanoid" Westside Records
WSRT 12
As Humanoid, first single, hit No. 17 in the UK singles chart, No. 1 in the UK dance chart for five weeks
1989
 "Slam" Westside Records
CDWSR14
As Humanoid, featured on "Global" compilation.
1989
 "The Deep" Westside Records
HUMT2
As Humanoid, featured on "Global" compilation.
1989
 "Tonight" Westside Records
HUMT1
As Humanoid, featured on "Global" compilation.
1989
 "Crystals (Back Together)" Chicago Trax
PROMO HUMT3
As Humanoid, featured on "Global" compilation.
1989
 "R.A.V.E" Dangerous
M-4001
As Humanoid, released on the obscure American Dangerous Records.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart Aitken (11 November 2013). "Stakker Humanoid: how the Future Sound of London won hearts and minds". guardian.co.uk.
  2. ^ The Future Sound Of London Interview Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Barcodezine.com. Retrieved on 2017-06-15.
  3. ^ Future Sound of London : Music News Feature. Clash Music (2009-10-17). Retrieved on 2017-06-15.

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