ARTISTS

benge

benge

Benge is Ben Edwards. He has been exploring the sonic possibilities of electronic instruments since he was a small boy when he would spend his evenings in the music room of the school his parents ran. Being the 1970s it was full of synths and organs as well as percussion, recording and other classroom instruments. After graduating from art school in 1990 he began to set up a music studio and started recording his own blend of electronica, culminating in his debut album "Electro-Orgoustic Music" and the formation of Expanding Records in 1995.

Since then he has released nine albums as Benge and his tenth entitled "Twenty Systems" is out in October 2008

cathode

cathode

Cathode is Steve Jeffries who resides in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England. He released his debut album 'Special Measures' on expanding in 2003. His new album 'Sparkle Plenty' is out now on Expanding, for lots more information about cathode check out Steve's website.

flotel

flotel

Flotel is Leigh Toro, broadcasting out of Nottingham, England. Apart from his debut album Wooden Beard on expanding he has also recently released music on arable and cactus island labels. His debut release was the evs 7 bowd.

holkam

holkam

Holkham is Simon Keep, he originally became a sound obsessive whilst studying at art school, making sound installations and electro-acoustic compositions his debut album komatta saru was released in expanding records. he has recently released an album of his minimal sound pieces on belgiums sub rosa label under his own name.

maps + diagrams

maps

Maps + Diagrams is Tim Martin. Since he got his hands on a clapped out keyboard in the early nineties Tim has never looked back. As well as releasing the album polytuft - tech on expanding, Tim has also released music on neo ouija, static caravan, pause2, tundra music and endorphin. He runs his own label, cactus island, with his friend steve who he has made the album centrepoint with under the name sovacusa which was released on expanding in 2005. A new maps + diagrams album is out soon on the japanese 'moo mao' label.

miller and fiam

miller_fiam

Miller and Fiam are Dave Miller and Harry Hohnen. Between working on his debut 2005 album mitchells raccolta and moving abroad, Dave Miller found time to make it to a laptop and some instruments with fellow west australian Fiam, the collaboration resulted in a fine collection of tracks for expanding records that combine his talent for exposing the elegant mathematical formulas within tracks with Fiam's fondness for subtle melodies.

modern institute

modern_institute

Modern Instritute are Italians Teho Teardo who plays guitar, rhodes, synths and programming and Martina Bertoni who plays cello. They make beautiful and complex music that combines electronic sound and programming with the raw acoustic sound of the cello. Their debut album 'excellent swimmer' is out on expanding. For a full biography and more information about teho's work please go to his website.

monoceros

monoceros

Monoceros is Joan Male who lives and works in a small town called Sant Marti Dempuries by the sea near Girona in Spain. He played and recorded with several bands but in 1996 started to listen to electronic music and bought his first computer instead of a new guitar. After several projects he played live in Barcelona and released a 12 with his house project lumiere. he then began a project called salad which was the precursor of monoceros. His debut album when i was a child i wanted to be an astronaut was released on expanding in 2004.

myrakaru

myrakaru

Myrakaru are Estonian duo Indrek Tamm and Joel Tammik, they released their debut album in 2004 on expanding but are now working separately on individual projects. Indrek now records as tammetoru and has released a mini album on cactus island records and Joel has albums out under his own name on u-cover and ulmplaadid recordings.

oblong

oblong

Oblong is Ben Edwards, Dave Nice and Sid Stronarch. The three met as teenagers and have been involved, although sporadically, in various musical projects together over the years. As Oblong they set out to explore the combination of simple acoustic instruments with analog electronic sounds, using a framework of simple song-like structures. The result is their debut album 'Indicator' which takes the listener on a journey from serene rural Somerset, where the acoustic instruments were recorded, to the urban hum of Ben's electronic studio in London, where the album was finished

origamibiro

origamibiro

Originally from Beckenham in Kent, Tom, 29, moved to Nottingham in 2000 where he still lives. Formerly one half of acclaimed electronica duo, Wauvenfold, Tom has released material on Wichita Records and performed a number of live shows under his solo alias - Penfold Plum. His debut with Expanding Records, 'Cracked Mirrors and Stopped Clocks', sees Tom shift away from his often kooky, beat driven method of melodic sound-design to sculpt an album of interlacing classical guitar-part harmonies and textural samples, including the creaks of chairs and all the knocks, scrapes, bumps and other byproducts that come with playing a wooden instrument. The result is an intimate and delicate, broken, organic sound that is both hauntingly vivid and atmospheric, whilst managing to retain some of those glitchy electronic characteristics that earned Wauvenfold its reputation among the likes of Björk, Super Furry Animals and John Peel himself.

orla wren

orlawren

Orla Wren is Tui. Tui comes from the north of England, and travels Scotland in his van selling his photos and making music. His photos are nature in microcosm, macro shots of plants and organic life. The process he uses in his music reflects the one he uses in his pictures, traditional instruments, found organic and acoustic sounds are manipulated into beautiful melodic abstractions. The music reflects his environment, the essence of a summers day lying in a field, the sound of insects, a gentle breeze, rain on canvas, being caught in a thunderstorm, a soundtrack that touches both head and heart.

pq

pq

pq are Samir Bekaert and Maarten Vanderwalle from Bruges Belgium.

pq is a cinematic tapestry of lush ambient-acoustic melodies, merging endless layers of prepared guitars with crisp clouds of electronica. Propagating on - though not necessarily drawing from - influences ranging from Canadian apocalyptical post-rock to Nordic indietronica, and occasionally incorporating classical elements along the way, pq provides a most titillating soundtrack to any willing contemporary image.

pq have released the 7" 'Louise on Earth' on Expanding Records and their full length album ' You'll Never Find us Here' is due out on Expanding in 2009.

stendec

stendec

Stendec are Paul Merritt and Ben Edwards, when Ben is not being Benge and when they are not both running Expanding Records, they will occasionally get into the studio and make music together. They have released the album 'a study of and' and put out 7"'s, made tracks for compilations and provided remixes. They are currently, very slowly, working on material for a new album due for release in 2012.

vessel

vessel

Vessel is Gavin Toomey. The 2005 album Resist was his second for expanding the first being his debut album Dreaming in Pairs. When not making music, watching films or playing video games gavin is a visual effects genius and has worked on many major hollywood films, recently creating effects for Tim Burtons Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The track 'tiny' from 'dreaming in pairs' was included on the recently released Pet Shop Boys compiled compilation 'Back to Mine' he has just released the album pictureland on his own label pictureland records.

vs_price

vs_price

vs_price is Vincent Papon, from Toulouse in France, originally a member of hypnotic/noise band AnaH, Vincent now works exclusively in the field of electronic music. From the age of 5 until 15 Vincent studied the piano, a formal introduction that led him to try out many different instruments, including drums, guitar, mandolin and accordian. He found himself playing guitar in various bands, but in 1996 he began recording solo under the name Vs_Price. In recent years he has concentrated on live performance working closely with choreographers and visual artists on sound installations, performance and video work. His last album, 'Songs06.txt.', was recorded during the summer of 2006 between the south western France seaside resort of Mimizan, and his main working base of Toulouse, using both locales as sound sources for the project.