Sound Synthesis Archive is a music and visual art collective that explores the relationships between underground music’s rich legacies, both past & present and their related visual cultures. This inaugural release is a collaboration between Ben Lancaster (electronics, programming & arrangement) featuring Sean Roche on tenor and soprano saxophone and visual artist Justin Hibbs who has created hand printed Artworks for the covers.
Sound Synthesis Archives approach to the physical release is to create a package that values both the musical content (the sound was mastered at D&M Berlin by Helmut Erler) as well as emphasising its status as a visual artefact. Acknowledging the rich historical legacies of DIY vinyl production and the visual cultures associated with them, through labels such as Sun Ra’s ‘Saturn’ with their hand-crafted cover artworks, to all the associated independent and private press labels of the 60’s & 70’s - through to the more contemporary equivalents in Sound System culture, electronic music and Dub.
The 300 piece pressing of 10” records is divided into two limited edition of 150 pieces. The initial set features Riso-printed front & reverse covers, each hand numbered with hand stamped inners. The second set is created from laser cut Woodblocks, each piece an individual and unique print, a contemporary take on a traditional process reflecting the dual musical reference points of the release.
Both sides utilise the same arrangement with the A-side, Hidden Future, featuring tenor and soprano saxophone from Sean Roche and the B-side; Reverse Synthesis, featuring an alternate version featuring Ben Lancaster’s solo on the Moog.
Ben Lancaster has been arranging and recording music for more than 20 years and continues to build his studio with an emphasis on electronics, particularly modular synthesis.
Justin Hibbs is a contemporary Artist and DJ who has exhibited his work nationally & internationally. Hibbs and Lancaster have collaborated previously on exhibitions; ‘Alias_Recovered’ (Carroll/Fletcher gallery 2015) where they created a surround sound installation to accompany a suite of paintings based around the idea of compositional exchanges between painting and electronic music. More recently 2021 on the exhibition ‘Trace elements’ where Lancaster created a Sound-work for live performance for Movement artist Jamal Sterret in response to an installation by Justin Hibbs & Rosalind Davis.
Sean Roche took up the saxophone around 7 years ago. He is an avid vinyl collector with broad tastes, but an interest in avant-garde and improvised music.