Benge's London studio houses one of the biggest collections of analogue synthesizers in the UK and was heavily featured in last autumn's BBC documentary, Synth Britannia. Gary Numan was also recently filmed at the studio for an interview where he discusses the impact that John Foxx had on his own music www.youtube.com/
Meanwhile, last year the Roundhouse launched its festival of electronica, Short Circuit, with a line-up including Jeff Mills, Erol Alkan, Holger Czukay (Can), Gavin Bryars and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
The first acts of Short Circuit 2010 are now announced: an evening celebrating the best of electronic music, headlined and curated by John Foxx.
Following DJ sets by Jori Hulkkonen (best known for his 'Sunglasses At Night' hit with Tiga) and Gary Numan with co-producer Ade Fenton, John Foxx will perform a unique analogue synthesizer show to mark his 30th anniversary as a solo artist. The founder of Britain's first synthesizer rock band Ultravox, released his debut solo album Metamatic in early 1980. This dark electro classic is one of the few albums to be acknowleged by Aphex Twin as an inspiration and is described by the Klaxons as a 'visionary' record.
Foxx and a one-off group of special guests will assemble on stage for the first time with the machines he used on that album - the Moogs, ARPs and drum machines that created the sound of the future - to perform material from the forthcoming John Foxx & The Maths album (due out in the autumn), at least one new collaboration with Paul Daley from Leftfield and a selection of songs from Metamatic and early Ultravox.
Earlier in the day there will be a series of events programmed by Foxx. These will include movies, DJs, VJs, audio-visual work by Ghostbox and his own new collaborations with various film-makers, including a Super 8 project he's currently working on with London Orbital author, Iain Sinclair.
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