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Being exposed to Cage forced me to expand my consciousness and enhance my appreciation of the sounds intended or accidental that are always around us, and helped me compose works that use conventional and unconventional instruments alike. All sounds are acceptable musical materials, he adds.
Stockhausens compositions brought the idea of movement to me, how he used the direction of the sounds and their movement in space as aspects of form, says Devine. It was another totally new concept to incorporate into my music this idea of surrounding the listener with sound, to actually imply movement.
From Punk to Electronic Music
When industrial music came out, it kind of fused both of those elements together. It was this new form of music that combined the hard-edged elements of punk mixed with these low bit digital sounds of hip hop and digital sampling, says Devine. And for me, it was the perfect hybrid a nice transition from what Id just come from.
As the industrial scene was coming in, and the scene of the late 80s started to die out, I was hearing interesting things happening in Canada and England with techno music and with groups like Meat Beat Manifesto and Coil. So I started getting more into experimental music, he reflects.
It was another totally new concept to incorporate into my music this idea of surrounding the listener with sound, to actually imply movement, says Sonic Mayhemist Richard Devine.
Before he knew it, Warp enlisted him into the ranks to propel the Warp name into the new millennium, putting out tracks, touring and doing remixes for other Warp artists.
Designing Tweaky Sounds
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