Boomkat Product Review:
Horology 2, covering the years 1977-1978, can viewed as a prequel to the 2012 Horology boxset which scanned Adi Newton and ClockDVA's pioneering Sheffield electronics circa 1978 - 1980.
The first LP features recordings by The Future - a.k.a. Newton, Martyn Ware, and Ian Craig Marsh - prior to the trio bifurcating into The Human League and ClockDVA. It includes nine songs ranging from industrial synth-pop to pulsating proto-techno and essentially covers one of the earliest and most interesting chapters in Sheffield's hugely influential electronic pop scene. However, the other four discs are by Newton solo and broach a very different section of his archive. They're abstract, amorphous recordings, scaled in length between 3 and thirteen minutes, and inspired by a spectra of esoteric elements, from psychoacoustics to early acousmatics, the occult, and infrasound. They're arguably the darkest creations you'll find from Sheffield during this era. An incredible box set and another crucial document of forgotten sounds from Vinyl on Demand.