Rob Stroud: Gothic drummer, synthmeister and soundscape artist. A true original who started his musical journey with Gothic legends Sex Gang Children and created a world of dark Musique concrète with his own band Devoid.
Rob is still the drummer with SGC but is also soundscape experimenter who refuses to engage with the usual PC/Mac/Logic brigade preferring instead to embrace the old mechanics of hardware sequencers and samplers...
Rob Stroud: "Starting out with a Korg Monophonic MS-10 synthesizer at the age of 15 I experimented with recording and overdubbing on an Reel to Reel tape recorder along with an old borrowed acoustic guitars, mainly slowing things down using the tape speed option. Experimentation was the main goal.
After 5 years of drumming in bands I moved into synth pop. With the band
Pink and Black I recorded a minimal dance 12” for Illuminated records in 1984 called ‘Sometimes I Wish’ which was re-released via Emotional Rescue Records on 12" in 2014.
Next synth project was Cosmic 666 (1986 – 88) heavily influenced by Swiss electronic wizards Yello and the emerging heavier style of Depeche Mode.
Cosmic 666 turned into Technoquake releasing two records with more a edgier sound : You Say I Said on 7” & Crack Baby on 12” in ’89 & ’91
Devoid was next – Samplers had arrived and it was time to make as much noise as possible – but with no keyboards. The influential album Songs of Mass Destruction (1993) (Energy Rekords) cemented this new non-conventional approach to music production
The internet changed the landscape of music distribution and I successfully released and distributed a number of albums myself: The ‘Themes’ series 3 was just mainly spontaneous recordings with little to no overdubs plus old recordings rescued from tape.
Music of the Film: these are old recordings of ideas I had over many years but never finished - clearing out the vault you might say. All produced courtesy the legendary MPC1000. No PC's or software allowed.
Rob has joined true blockhouse with a stunning first compilation album of his film soundtracks and new recordings which have been carefully curated to flow as a cohesive body of work that takes you on a chilled journey to the darker side of synthwave.
LOCKED features ten synthwave soundscapes which transport you back to a time when authentic indie-synth cut through on movie soundtracks and added that forth dimension to the Directors vision. Compulsive listening.