The Focus Group

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The Focus Group
Birth nameJulian House
OriginEngland
GenresElectronica, library music, sampledelia, musique concrète, hauntology, psychedelia
Occupation(s)Musician
songwriter
Years active2004–present
LabelsGhost Box
Associated actsBroadcast
WebsiteGhost Box Records

The Focus Group is a project of experimental electronic musician and graphic designer Julian House. The Focus Group's sound is a blend of influences ranging from old library music sounds produced in the 1970s, 1960s-inspired pastiches, public information films, and soundtracks to 1970s films and programmes, as well as the sound collage of musique concrète.[1]

The Focus Group have released five studio albums on House's own label, Ghost Box: Sketches and Spells (2004), Hey Let Loose Your Love (2005), We Are All Pan's People (2007), The Elektrik Karousel (2013) and Stop-Motion Happening with the Focus Groop (2017).[2] Hey Let Loose Your Love was featured in The Wire's top 50 albums of 2005.[3]

Additionally, House collaborated with indie electronic band Broadcast, resulting in the 2009 album Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age (issued by Warp) and the 2010 7" EP Familiar Shapes and Noises (released on Ghost Box). Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age was named The Wire's top album of 2009.

Graphic design[edit]

House is also noted as a graphic designer; his work has included cover art for Broadcast, Oasis, Can, Stereolab, Martina Topley-Bird, Razorlight and Primal Scream.[2][4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "We Are Coming Back to Dance With You" digital single (2008, Ghost Box)
  • Ghost Box Free 3 Track EP split digital EP with the Advisory Circle (2008, Ghost Box)
  • Familiar Shapes and Noises 7" EP with Broadcast (2010, Ghost Box)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Wire magazine No. 273, November 2006 Archived 2007-02-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b https://ghostbox.co.uk/artists-page/the-focus-group/
  3. ^ The Wire magazine best of 2005
  4. ^ Reynolds, Simon. "Hauntology: Ghost Box label profile, Frieze magazine October 2005". Reynoldsretro. Retrieved 26 October 2018.

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