Space Music: The Black Dog, Heinrich Dressel


2015's "Neither/Neither" Image via Dust Science records

I believe I've only mentioned The Black Dog in passing here, but the long-running UK electronic act certainly deserves mention here. They've been active a good quarter century at this point, helping to pioneer the sound of 90s IDM and continuously making solid contributions to the darker edges of electronic music.

I have to admit that my exposure to The Black Dog is rather lacking, limited in the past to a handful of mixes. But I'm currently exploring their discography on Spotify, and their latest album is quite enjoyable. Described on their website as "a viral antidote" and "an album of deprogramming material" for an age of total information war, "Neither/Neither" provides an engrossing electronic soundtrack for electronic dystopia. I'm particularly fond of the track "Non Linear Information Lite," which resonates with a strong Brian Eno & "Tomorrow's Harvest" vibe," as well as "MK Ultrabite" which feels like a fitting soundtrack for a futuristic chase sequence through a world lost in its own technology.

The Black Dog currently consists of Ken Downie, Martin Dust and Richard Dust. Downie co-founded the group in 1989 with Andy Turner and Ed Handley, better known these days as Plaid.

Heinrich Dressel

I'd also like to highlight the work of Italian electronic artist Heinrich Dressel (AKA Valerio Lombardozzi), whose work occupies a similar vibe to that of such artists as Pye Corner Audio and The Advisory Circle. Think John Carpenter-inspired synth infused with more ambient sensibilities and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. I'm particularly partial to his 2007 album "Mons Testaceum," but you can explore several of his releases via Soundcloud and Spotify.

Space Music is a continuous exploration of our expanding cosmos of sound, with a firm emphasis on electronic music. Explore years of posts right here, and sample a little of everything 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.