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Clock DVA

Alias: ClockDVA
Gender: Male
Country: United Kingdom
An English industrial avant-garde rock band operating from 1978 to 1995, reactivated in 2008 formed and lead by Adi Newton. The group’s name, a Russian-English slang word denoting a kind of a time-slip, was borrowed from Anthony BURGESS’ A Clockwork Orange. A reference to drug experiences, it also focused on the dark side of the human psyche that allows one to commit vicious crimes despite the time and place of one’s existence. The band’s foun- der and leader was Adolph ”ADI” NEWTON (vocals, clarinet, tape prepa- rations), who had started out as a musician a year before in The FUTURE (later to be renamed to The HUMAN LEAGUE). Initially he was aided by Stephen ”JUDD” TURNER (prematurely deceased as the result of a drug overdose in 1981), David James HAMMOND and Simon Mark ELLIOT-KEMP. From 1979 on CLOCK DVA’s line-up underwent constant fluctuations. Apart from NEWTON himself, the following had most influence on the shape of the group’s output: Paul BROWSE (with the band from 1980 to 1989), Dean DENNIS (with the band from 1983 to 1993) and Robert E. BAKER (with the band from 1990 onwards). Their early work was eclectic compositions clearly inspired by industrial music, especially bands like TG and CABARET  VOLTAIRE. With time, CLOCK DVA’s style underwent systematic changes. Their debut album Thirst (1981) blended elements of diverse genres, varying from jazz and funk to punk, cold wave and avant- garde rock. The next shift in style came about following a four-year-long hiatus (1984-1988). Using the experience gained in the experimental group The ANTI GROUP CONSPIRACY (T.A.G.C.) and inspired by krautrock bands, NEWTON and his associates resolved to focus on exploring new territories in electronic music. Though conventionally arranged, the compositions on Buried Dreams album were intriguing sound-wise and earned the group considerable acclaim. While the next releases were artistically inferior, the band still enjoyed considerable popularity. Never ones to gain critical acclaim, in hindsight, however, they ought to have been credited with an undeniably, substantial impact on the development of gothic rock and the rock/electronic varieties of industrial music. It was CLOCK DVA’s early relases that drew most from industrial culture. White Souls in Black Suits, a cassette issued in 1980 by Genesis P-ORRIDGE’s INDUSTRIAL  RECORDS, re-printed on CD ten years later, is the most prominent work in that respect. It contains excerpts from a fifteen-hour recording session featuring CABARET  VOLTAIRE. At that time NEWTON was fascinated with sexual pathologies and uncontrollable human lust for inflicting pain and death, and made references to both scientific and literary works (e.g. 18th century chemist Humprey DAVY, sexologist Richard Von KRAFFT-EBING, Marquis De SADE). After 1988 his interests increasingly focused on tech- nological progress and its ramifications. His monotonous compositions, full of dispassionate rhythmic pulsation, were supplemented with sparing lyrics, whose predominant themes concerned cyberpunk reality, informa- tion technology progress and exercising total control over the individual by the state. Discography: Lomticks Of Time (Clock Dva 1978) tape Second (Dvation 1978) tape Fragment (Dvation 1979) tape Deep Floor (Dvation 1979) tape Group Fragments (Clock Dva 1979) tape White Souls In Black Suits (Contempo Records 1980) CD 4 Hours (Doublevision 1981) 12” EP Thirst (Contempo Records 1981) CD Passions Still Aflame (Polydor 1982) 12” EP High Holy Disco Mass (Polydor 1982) 12” EP Advantage (Interfisch 1983) CD Breakdown (Relativity 1983) 12” EP Resistance (Polydor 1983) 12” EP The Act (Contempo Records 1988) CD The Hacker / The Act (Wax Trax Records 1988) CD Hacker (Hacked) (Big Sex Records 1988) 12” EP Buried Dreams (Contempo Records 1989) CD
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