Dean Roberts

As punk-edged rock outfit Thela started spinning in different directions in the mid 90s, Dean Roberts started producing his own take on improvisational guitar recordings with solo recording alias White Winged Moth before eventually settling on his own name, after fleshing out a more electronically-dependent sound.

With the rise of the Mille Plateaux label in the late 90s, Roberts’ profile grew in underground circles, and along with ex-Thela bandmate Rosy Parlane, he started developing an international reputation as a leader in the new generation of electro-acoustic composers. Roberts has since settled in Vienna, and has released several albums, often collaborating with the likes of Valerio Tricoli, Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayr. In 2004 Roberts formed a trio with Dafeldecker and Martin Brandlmayr, performing as the Autistic Daughters.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • cassavetes lathe-cut [w/ guy treadgold formacentric]
  • moth park [1998 formacentric]
  • all cracked medais [1999 mille plateaux]
  • the grand cinema [2000 mille plateaux]
  • aluminium [2001 erstwhile]
  • be mine tonight [2003 w/ werner dafeldecker kranky krank063]

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White Winged Moth

With the demise of Thela, Dean Roberts emerged as White Winged Moth, presenting his own guitar-playing in an improvisational guise, which eventually evolved (with his sophmoric release) towards a ditially-altered composition approach. After the relative success of his two Formacentric releases, Roberts starting performing under his own name, eventually recording for Mille Plateaux and relocating to Vienna.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • I Can See Inside Your House [1996 Poon Village]
  • Silo Blanket Lathe-Cut [1997 Formacentric]
  • Ribbon Arcade [1998 Formacentric]

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Thela

Dean Roberts, Dion Workman and Paul Douglas.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Thela Triple 8″ Lathe-Cut [1995 Ecstatic Peace E#53]
  • Argetina 8″ Lathe-Cut [1996 Ecstatic Peace E#88]

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Ohm

Ohm is a quartet that includes Campbell Kneale as well as Stefan Neville of Pumice. Their Live at the Crown, packaged within a hilarious upside-down variation on the Who’s Maximum R’n’B logo, is one of the most beautiful albums i’ve heard this year. With live drone and drum improv of the highest order, ohm create a wistfully psychedelic feel. there’s an astonishing chemistry and compositional sensibility within their improvisational method. Nicely recorded and beautifully played, Ohm show extraordinary mastery over their instruments with brilliant drumming patterns. their overall sound rivals the best of the Dead C and Thela‘s improv work.
Dan Vallor: muckraker #9

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘as sure as moons is cheese’/’egg jelly up’ 8″ lathe-cut [dirtlove]
  • ou cassette [1996 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • jones cassette [1997 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • live at the crowd cd-r [1997? last visible dogLVD008]
  • re:moon cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]

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