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Prospero live at the Krampus Ball III, 2014
|Genres||Industrial Rhythmic Noise IDM Neofolk|
|Labels||sub.session media, Brume Records Artoffact Records|
|Members||Wade Anderson, Steve Sandford (aka Hangedman)|
|Arcane electronics, bagpipes, tribal percussion|
Prospero is a Canadian industrial/rhythmic noise band based in Toronto, Canada. Born as a solo project in August 2001 under musician and DJ Wade Anderson, Prospero’s music fuses traditional industrial electronics with a variety of acoustic percussion and exotic instruments. Since 2011 and the addition of Steve Sandford (aka Hangedman) the band has evolved into a two man act with heavy influences from tribal noise, IDM, neofolk and other post-industrial music movements.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Influences
- 4 Styles and themes
- 5 Discography
- 6 Notable live performances
- 7 External links
2000–2010 Anderson solo period
In 2001, Local Toronto DJ Wade Anderson co-founded sub.session.records, and released Prospero's debut limited edition CDr A Storm is Coming. Prospero's formative second release, Spreading the Infection, was released in 2004 was a double CD split release between sub.session media and France's Brume Records. In 2008 Prospero signed to Toronto-based Artoffact Records release his third CD, Folie à Deux, which contained collaborations with Ayria, Battery Cage, It-clings, and Terrorfakt.
In the first decade Prospero contributed tracks to a number of compilations, including Sub.Session and Duo.Tone released by sub.session.records; Saturation Bombing I and II and [tik]co:man:d[sic] by TIK Recordings.
As Prospero, Anderson has remixed tracks for other notable rhythmic noise artists such as Empusae, s:cage, and Converter as well as playing several industrial festivals, most notably the COMA festivals in Canada. Prospero's early years were marked by a musical style that incorporated dramatic post apocalyptic themes, arpeggiated synths lines and heavy industrial percussion characteristic of the rhythmic noise genre.
2011–2014 Turning Point
In 2011 Prospero released its fourth full length album Turning Point, a 14 track release with remixes by Fractured, Mara's Torment and most notable, a rare resurrection of Xorcist, with his rendition of the title track "Turning Point". Turning Point also marked a change in the band's core musical direction and creative approach introducing a more abstract, and acoustic based element via Prospero's live show, incorporating guitar, tribal percussion and even bagpipes to the instrument arsenal.
Part of this change was the slow integration of local DJ and music writer Steve Sandford (aka Hangedman) as a permanent member of the band. Initially part of the live show support for EBM fest, Sandford added acoustic tribal percussion, bagpipes and vocals. Inspired by Prospero, Hangedman abandoned his own solo project V Combust and focused on re-writing material with a mind to the Prospero style and repertoire.
2014 – present day
With the addition of Sandford as a full-time member of the band, and Anderson as the core creative lead, in 2013 the band made a formative trip to Iceland to DJ at a local Reykjavík subculture music night. Inspired by this trip and along with a live performance at a local Toronto Industrial Noise night Burning Chrome the duo was solidified into Prospero as a two man project with Sandford writing original music alongside Anderson.
In this new incarnation of Prospero, 2014 saw the band releasing Paradise or Apocalypse. PoA was the fifth full length album with 14 tracks and remixes by Daniel Myer (Haujobb, Architect), iVardensphere, Pulse Plant, and Jonah K. Galvanized by the addition of tribal and folk elements as well as vocals from Sandford and Veela, Prospero continues to explore new themes while remaining true to their industrial electronic roots.
Current full time contributors to Prospero are Wade Anderson as creative lead and Steve Sandford (aka Hangedman) as contributing creative composition.
Both work in digital and graphic marketing, both are local Toronto DJs active underground club & fetish scenes
In addition to the core members, Luis Kamakaris has been a long time support on live drums and vocals have been provided by Veela, Tyler Newman (Battery Cage), Ayria and Justin Tripp (Re-Agent). Both Anderson and Sandford take the approach of Prospero being a musical project in the tradition of iVardensphere and welcome side contributors both in the live shows and album releases with many more to come.
The band's influences are too many to list and delve deep into a vast history of music since the post-punk 1980s period to present. The best descriptor of musical influences in general is "subculture" music ranging from pioneers such as Front Line Assembly, and Skinny Puppy to more recent bands like iVardensphere. A short list of artists among many others are:
- Front Line Assembly
- Skinny Puppy
- This Morn Omina
- Test Department
- Unto Ashes
- Jon Hallur
- Jonah K
Styles and themes
Prospero's music is a fusion of electronic industrial noise marked occasionally acoustic percussion and folk elements. Genre-wise, they are primarily a tribal / rhythmic noise project. Prospero explores a juxtaposition between the dystopian future and post apocalyptic themes against an almost folksy, occult influenced misé en scene of mystery and darkness. With the addition of Sandford the band has skirted with neofolk aspects while retaining a solidly electronic noise presence established since Anderson's foundation. Many of the song titles reference enigmatic mysteries, forgotten places, or cataclysmic scenarios. Zombies, end of days, inter-stellar voyages, ancient martial references and folk inspired witchcraft are all thematic elements found in Prospero's music. Politically and sometimes via their music, Prospero is patently anti-racist, anti-homophobic and anti-misogynist at their core.
Full album releases
- A Storm Is Coming (CDr) (2003)
- Spreading the Infection (2004)
- Folie à Deux - The Elements & The Madness (2008)
- Turning Point (2011)
- Paradise or Apocalypse (2014)
EPs, collaborations and compilations
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- Sub.Session – "Storm Front" – Sub.Session – 2002
- Duo.Tone – "The World That I See" – Sub.Session – 2003
- Futursonic Volume 2 – "Karoshi" – Futursonic – 2003
- Saturation Bombing – "Eye Of The Storm" (L'Ombre Remix) – TIK Recordings – 2003
- [tik]co:man:d[sic] – "Insomnia" (Co:Man:D Mix) – TIK Recordings – 2003
- Empusae – Ritual Decay – "Goblins" (Prospero Remix) – Sub.Session – 2003
- Saturation Bombing 2 – Lair's Rosebush - "The Peace Tower" (Prospero's Remix) – TIK – 2003
- [tik]co:man:d[sic] – s:cage - "Residue" (CMD Mix By Prospero) – TIK Recordings – 2003
- Wumpscut – "Wreath of Barbs" (Prospero Remix) – 2004
- Re_Agent – Abandon – Weak And Wounded (More Lies mix by Prospero) – NXA Records – 2004
- FUCK (First Edition) – Insomnia (Stasis Remix) – Hive Records – 2004
- Interbreeding IV: Gefährlich – Let The Planet Burn – BLC Productions – 2004
- Re: Sound – Insomnia (Manufactura Remix) – Auricle Media, Sub.Session – 2004
- Revelation – Through The Walls – Bugs Crawling Out Of People – 2004
- Saturation Bombing 2 – Extinct – TIK Recordings – 2004
- Extreme Sündenfall 3 – Co:man:d (With Converter) – UpScene – 2005
- [e·vis·cer·ate] – Broadcast From The Coming Dawn – Hive Records – 2005
- Todo Por Nada: 99-05 Collection – Insomnia (Manufactura Remix) – Auricle Media – 2005
- Converter – Expansion Pack 2.0 – Cloud Eye (Remix By Prospero) – Ant-Zen – 2005
- DYM – Zeno Logic – XI (Prospero’s_Xenomorphic_Remix) – Not On Label – 2005
- Displacer – Remixes For Free? – Disconnected (Reconnected by Prospero) – Crime League – 2006
- The Other Side – Protection and Precaution – Geska Records – 2006
- Artoffact Records Volume 1 – Let The Planet Burn – Artoffact Records – 2008
- Circumsounds – Contagion & Rebirth – Brume Records, Tympanik Audio – 2008
- Sonic Seducer Vol. 87 – Let The Planet Burn (Still Burning Mix) – Sonic Seducer – 2008
- Fuck It All – Folie à Deux – Bugs Crawling Out Of People – 2009
- Death of Self – Meaningless (Prospero Remix) – bugs crawling out of people – 2013
Notable live performances
- Krampus Ball III, Toronto, Canada (2014)
- EBMfest 2011, Toronto, Canada (2011)
- DarkRave, 100th anniversary party, Toronto, Canada (2008)
- C.O.M.A. 3 Festival, Montreal, Canada (2006)
- C.O.M.A. 2 Festival, Montreal, Canada (2005)
- Saturation Bombing 2 Festival, Toronto, Canada (2004)
- Saturation Bombing Festival, Toronto, Canada (2003)