Synæsthesia (Canadian band)

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Also known as Synaesthesia
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Ambient
Years active 1995 (1995)–2001 (2001)
Labels Cleopatra, Zoth Ommog, Hypnotic
Associated acts Conjure One, Cyberaktif, Delerium, Equinox, Fauxliage, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly, Intermix, Noise Unit, Pro>Tech, Skinny Puppy, Will
Past members Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber

Synæsthesia was a Canadian ambient band in the 1990s formed by industrial musicians Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber as a side project of their main band Front Line Assembly.[1] Keyboard magazine writes: "Synæsthesia explores dark tribal ambient sounds, composers have a flair for cinematic electronica, and favor epic pieces that unfold slowly."[1]

Due to contractual entanglements Leeb and Fulber were originally not able to admit they were behind the music.[2] Instead credits went to "R. Deckard", an allusion to the main character in the film Blade Runner.[2] The identity of the musicians was revealed with the release of the third album, Ephemeral, crediting Leeb with the music and Fulber with programming.[2][3]

Synæsthesia uses samples from a number of musicians and from the film Fire in the Sky.


Desideratum is Synæsthesia's second album of ambient, industrial music, released October 17, 1995 by Cleopatra Records.[4] It was produced by Leeb and Fulber. Its length is 139:15. It received a four of five star rating by AllMusic.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  • Disc one
  1. "Andromedia" – 8:00
  2. "Orion Nebulua" – 11:30
  3. "Consciousness" – 6:56
  4. "Umbra" – 9:00
  5. "Barred Spirals" – 9:48
  6. "DNA Barcode" – 10:42
  7. "Surface System" – 11:20
  • Disc two
  1. "Dark Core" – 8:08
  2. "Subversion" – 8:24
  3. "Lumia" – 10:30
  4. "Hallucinations" – 9:07
  5. "Mosaic" – 9:48
  6. "Lifeless" – 15:42
  7. "Tubastrea Aurea" – 10:20



  1. ^ a b "Synaesthesia - Ephemeral". Keyboard. NewBay Media (24): 136. 1998. 
  2. ^ a b c "Synaesthesia (CA)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Synaesthesia (CA)". Sputnik.
  4. ^ Brenholts, Jim. "Desideratum Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ AllMusic ratings link