SND

SND (UK)

[EXCLUSIVITÉ NORD-AMÉRICAINE]

SND est le duo formé de Mark Fell et Mark Steel, originaires de Sheffield. La paire déploie une approche totalement inédite de la construction minimaliste de rythmes à l’aide de capteurs et de senseurs sonores. C’est à la fin des années 90 que paraît Makesnd Cassette, un premier album dénudé à l’extrême et pourtant empreint d’un dynamisme particulier, animé par des touches d’IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). Paru sur la très influente étiquette Mille Plateaux, sa prise sur la création allemande d’avant-garde est évidente.

En 2000, Stdiosnd Types rajoute une couche de chaleur et de profondeur à la signature sonore du duo, comme c’est le cas encore un peu plus pour Tender Love, l’album suivant sorti en 2002. Mis à part quelques collaborations et rares éditions limitées sur vinyle, SND se met alors en veilleuse, mais cette année est celle de leur grand retour avec Atavism, leur quatrième album sous le nom de SND qui compte parmi leurs meilleures productions à ce jour.

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Monument-National 29/05/2009

[NORTH AMERICAN EXCLUSIVE]

SND is the duo of Mark Fell and Mat Steel, the Sheffield-based production team that has developed a thoroughly unique approach to making rhythms resembling the ambient ghosts of techno through the use of contact mics and minimalist techniques.

They first rose to prominence in the late 90s with the debut album, Makesnd Cassette, a severely minimal and yet still warm slab of “intelligent” techno that appeared on the Mille Plateaux label and drastically influenced the direction in which the German electronic avant-garde were heading.

In 2000, Stdiosnd Types appeared and added depth and warmth to their initial template, a trend that continued through to 2002’s Tender Love.

For the years that followed, SND remained fairly reclusive, emerging only for the occasional side project or limited vinyl release, but this year they make a triumphant return with Atavism, their fourth album as SND, which ranks among their best work to date.

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Ex-Centris 29/05/2002

Although occasionally associated with the German minimal scene, British duo SND (Mark Fell and Mat Steel) sets itself apart with an unquestionably atypical approach. SND uses neither conventional software nor typical electronic or digital instruments, but instead has developed its own virtual sound manipulation software. Using compositions inspired by highly corporeal musical genres (funk, R'n'B, breakbeat), they slice them with the minimalist scalpel, purify them and leave what seems like the least amount of sound necessary for composition to exist. Stripped of the excesses to which our ears are accustomed, only the essential remains.

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