Space Music: Team Doyobi

Team Doyobi Image via WATMM.

I’ve championed the brooding, uncanny ambiance of Christopher Gladwin’s solo project The Wyrding Module for years here, but I’ve never given proper coverage to his collaboration with Alexander Peverett: Team Doyobi.

The duo have an impressive discography, including three albums and multiple EPs released since the late 1990s. They’ve been part of the UK IDM scene for over twenty years, performing at London’s All Tomorrow's Parties festival and opening for Autechre on a 2001 tour.

A lot of Team Doyobi’s output occupies a glitchy, proto-chip tune space – and I realize that’s a particular sound that might not suit all audiences. But there’s more to Team Doyobi than complex abstraction. I’d like to call your attention to such tracks as the epic “Hipatropic Doyobi Drive In Freefall - Dinosaur Green Grass Revisited” off the 1006 album “The Kphanapic Fragments.” This 15-minute odyssey is a stunning sonic journey through what I can only describe as a partially mechanized alien ecosystem. There’s mechanical exploration here, certainly, but there’s melodic warmth and trickling beats as well to capture a sense of temporal expansion. Have a listen:

I’m also partial to the tracks “Music for Cat,” “The Solar Sailor” and “Santeloco” off 2001’s “Cryptoburners.” You’ll find other such gems as well if you explore the Team Doyobi discography at Spotify or wherever you get your music.

And here’s an AV presentation of “Hipatropic Doyobi Drive In Freefall” from Icasea – the first half of the afore mentioned track:

Space Music is a continuous exploration of our expanding cosmos of sound, with an emphasis on electronic music. Sample a little of everything from past posts at the Space Music Sampler playlist on Spotify.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.