Various - Project Symbiosis

Various - Project Symbiosis

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Various - Project Symbiosis

Various - Project Symbiosis

UK 2020 CD; Ian Helliwell: HELLI001

07:11 Graham Massey - Symbiosis


6th January 2020.


"Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

10 track CD 12 page colour booklet containing an essay on Symbiosis by Ian Helliwell, and short biographies on all the contributors. 100 COPIES / NO DIGITAL


In 1975 hobbyist magazine Practical Electronics published a feature on Symbiosis, an electronic music composition by Malcolm Pointon, designed for realisation by readers via a graphic score.

The piece was developed to augment the Minisonic synthesizer construction project, and stimulate builders and enthusiasts to explore their synths and use them for creative music-making.

During research for the book Tape Leaders, and the Malcolm Pointon anthology Electromuse, Ian Helliwell discovered two versions of Symbiosis recorded in the 1970s, and decided to tackle the piece with his own self-built equipment. This was the catalyst for inviting a number of fellow electronic music-makers to also follow the instructions and create new recordings, resulting in Project Symbiosis. Alongside Malcolm Pointon’s original, nine other versions interpreting the graphic score make up the compilation.


1. Paul Williams
2. Ian Helliwell
3. Steve Duckworth
4. Simon James
5. Graham Massey
6. Peter Keene
7. Tom Richards
8. James Gardner
9. Daniel Wilson
10. Malcolm Pointon

released January 6, 2020 "

"Graham Massey

When not moonlighting in various side projects, Manchester born and bred Massey, maintains 808 State, the highly successful group he co-founded in 1987. In the 1970s and 80s he played in local bands including Biting Tongues, becoming a significant figure in the electronic dance music scene, and going on to co-write two early solo tracks for Icelandic multi-media diva Bjork. For his recording of Symbiosis he operated a Spectrum synthesizer originally a construction project featured in the first issue of hobbyist magazine Electronics and Music Maker in March 1981."

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