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Clock DVA

Alias: ClockDVA
Gender: Male
Country: United Kingdom



One of the original groups in the formation of the Sheffield Electronic Scene in the early 78 to 80's period. Clock DVA's first Audio releases were on cassette only, a 12 Vinyl EP was recorded for release on the label Cherry Red Entitled "Sex Works Beyond Entanglement" which remained unreleased until it was produce in the 6 x 12 Lp album set of all CDVA Cassette releases as HOROLOGY I, a Folder released by Label Vinyl on Demand containing additional 7 / 45 Vinyl, DVD and 28 page full colour Art Booklet. A recent 5 album box set of music HOROLOGY II, has also been released which covers the formative experimental electronic period of Adi Newtons work after his departure from the electronic Trio THE FUTURE who later developed into The Human League a LP of the Future Recordings featuring Adi Newton is included along side an extensive Biographical full LP size Booklet. The first official Clock DVA release was by invitation from TG on there Industrial Records label. The cassette-only (until its re-release in 1982) "White Souls In Black Suits" features Founder members Adi Newton (Vocals, Violin, EMS Synthi E, Tapes (the Studs; The Future, Veer, Tape)), Stephen James "Judd" Turner (bass, vocals, treatments, rhythm machine, ex-Block Opposite), and the original guitarist David J. Hammond (guitar / Treatments). Two additional musicians where added to the line up for that Album / Group, Roger Quail (drums) and Charlie Collins (Alto / Tenor / Baritone, Soprano, saxophones, Flute and Percussion). The first Formalised DVA line up also featured Simon Mark Elliot-Kemp Synthesiser.
In 1981, David J Hammond left and guitarist Paul Widger joined in 1980. The Album "Thirst" was produced by Psychic TV producer Ken Thomas and released through independent Record label Fetish, cited as one of the great Albums of the 80's along side Joy Divisions "Unknown Pleasures" and The Falls "Dragnet" by the NME Journalist Paul Morley the album received high critical acclaim and respectable sales. After THIRST, Newton / Turner decided to take Clock DVA into another direction and parted company with Qual / Collins / Widger, who consequently formed the short lived group The Box. Tragedy struck later with the death of co-founder Stephan James Turner. Newton remained as founder by 1983, replacements had been found in John Valentine Carruthers (guitar), Paul Browse (saxophone), Dean Dennis (bass) and Nick Sanderson (drums). A brace of singles prefaced "Advantage", their first album for Polydor Records. The following year Carruthers and Sanderson departed, although sometime later Clock DVA would continued as a trio. Though it would be five years before a follow-up, Newton was kept busy with his Audio Visual Conceptual project The Anti Group (TAGC) which Researched and Developed Ambisonics and Psychoacoustics and experimental use of Frequencies and ambient acousmatic sound pieces along side visual and conceptual text pieces The Album, The Delivery a Soundtrack Album for the TAGC 16 mm film, a series of 12/45 Discs including Documents and the acclaimed Ambisonic Album Digitaria and the pioneering Meontological Research Recordings where released, also the Sound track to Burning Water a 25 min TAGC Film. In 1988 "Buried Dreams" was recorded utilising the first Digital sampling Synthesisers and Computer sequencing which Newton had been experimenting with in TAGC, pioneered a new Electronic Sound released in 1989 by Interfisch, considered by many journalists as a Masterpiece. By the time of 1991's "Transitional Voices", Browse had been replaced by Robert E. Baker, of TAGC. The departure of Dennis after the completion of "Man Amplified" and "Digital Soundtracks" in 1992 left the remaining duo of Newton and Baker to record "Sign" which where released on the Italian Record Label Contempo.

After some 15 years of silence, Adi Newton reactivated Clock DVA. Since 2011 the new line-up (feat. Maurizio "TeZ" Martinucci) has performed at major Independent Electronic festivals and venues throughout Europe. "Horology I / II", a vinyl box set compilation of early material (1978-1980) (see above) was released 2012