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Origin London, UK
Genres Electronica
Years active 1998 (1998)–present
Labels Cactus Island Recordings, Dustpunk Records, Just Music, Seed Records, Toytronic
Website www.digitonal.com
Members Andy Dobson, Samy Bishai

Digitonal is a British electronica duo composed of clarinettist and composer Andy Dobson and violinist Samy Bishai, who formed the band in London in the late 1990s.[1]

Reviewing their 2010 retrospective album Be Still My Bleeping Heart, BBC's Mike Diver agrees with the band's description of their own style as "neo classical ambient electronica", adding that, although at times predictable, their music is "extremely accessible, and incredibly pretty", "designed primarily to calm, despite occasionally boisterous beat-work."[2] The Skinny described the duo's sound as akin to Philip Glass and The Orb.[3]

Ben Weisz from musicOMH summarises Digitonal's work by saying that "while the rest of the world spent the noughties lurching from one musical fad to the next, Digitonal quietly created some of the most beautifully-constructed art of the decade.[4] Alex Macpherson, from The Guardian, describes their music as "suited to accompanying a book, a dinner or a hangover [...] Very much atmosphere over action, but not necessarily a bad thing."[5]


  • 23 Things Fall Apart (2002) [6]
  • Live At The Oxygen Bar (2005)
  • Save Your Light For Darker Days (2008)
  • Be Still My Bleeping Heart (2010)
  • Beautiful Broken (2015)


  1. ^ "Digitonal -". Digitonal. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  2. ^ Mike Diver (2010-07-22). "Digitonal - Be Still My Bleeping Heart Review". London: BBC. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  3. ^ Review of Be Still My Bleeping Heart, The Skinny, June 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Ben Weisz (2010). "Digitonal - Be Still My Bleeping Heart". musicOMH. Archived from the original on 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  5. ^ Alex Macpherson (2008-08-01). "Electronic review: Digitonal, Save Your Light For Darker Days". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  6. ^ Digitonal discography on Discogs