Silent Records had a mini love-affair with Australia. Australia had it’s own “ethnic” ambient sound tha fit in perfectly with what Silent Records was doing in the
mid-90’s. One of the bands to come out of this affair was Trancendental Anarchists. Having released a full-length album and appeared on two compilations for Silent, Trancendental Anarchists prove that
“ambient” was a global movement. The band consists of Paul Bambury and Pam Thompson with contributions from Andy Rantzen of Pelican Daughters fame.
Paul Bambury has also released electronic music under the name Alien Headspace. With the demise of mp3.com, many Trancendental Anarchist tracks have become unavailable again,
however, Paul continues to produce music as Alien Headspace and Qpod. He has released music on Think Communications, Gulp Records, Groovescooter Records and DumPhuck Records as well as his Silent Records
releases. Paul also runs a company that deals with Internet Commerce, which sprung from a desire to sell his music on the net. A search engine search for his name will pull up some very informative and
well-written treateses on the subject.
Paul managed to sum up his history (and the history of Trancendental Anarchists) so perfectly, that I going to bypass my own bio and include a portion of that interview here.
I'll give a truncated history of the recording entities I have worked as & my general approach.
I've been producing music in home studios since 1980. I do not perform. All of my music projects since 1980 have been recording projects.
Trancendental Anarchists (TA) was my first recording entity & has had various other members. In the '90s the TA produced mainly electronic ambient, ambient-techno & space
music. This was with Pam Thomson & occasionally Andy Rantzen. More recently I have produced TA material by myself.
Alien Headspace is an entity I started in the early '90s to produce beat based music. This included collaborations with Andy Rantzens techno band Itch-e & Scratch-e and
releases and on a number of compilations. Most of my local releases have been of Alien Headspace tracks.
In 1999 after I moved to Canberra I formed FutureRetro with some local musicians. This is an electronic pop project which focuses on song-writing & vocals. We recently formed
Qualia Recordings to promote our work. I am also currently producing Alien Headpace material which is more vocal based than the earlier dance based style.
Please find below a summary of my musical career.
* Played and composed in the new wave band Smig Zee in the late 1970s.
* Has produced music in a home recording studio since 1980.
* Established the Umbrella Network of home
recording artists and hosted Umbrella parties where home recording artists' music was played, in the mid to late 1980s, in Sydney.
* Worked with Andy Rantzen of Itch-e and Scratch-e in the early to mid 1990s.
* Released electronic music under the names Alien Headspace, Trancendental Anarchists and Qpod on Volition Records, Think
Communications, Silent Records, Gulp Records, Groovescooter Records and DumPhuck Records throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
* Involved in the mp3 scene in the late 1990s and 2000s. Tens of thousands of downloads from Alien Headspace and Trancedental
Anarchists pages of mp3.com.
* Moved to Canberra in 1998, in the following years formed Futureretro with Ross Goddard, Mark Van Veen, Fiona Bolton and Gaye Reid.
* Released Organic Machines in late 2002.