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Manchester, United Kingdom (1988 – present)

The Future Sound of London (often abbreviated to FSOL) is a British music duo, formed in 1988 in Manchester, United Kingdom, and made up by Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans. Their music style covers most areas of electronic music, such as , , , , , , and often incorporates elements of , and . In addition to music composition, they are involved in 2D and 3D computer graphics, video, animation (in making almost all their own videos for their singles), radio broadcasting and creating their own electronic devices for sound making. They are mostly known for the ambient-dub single “Papua New Guinea” and the innovative ambient album Lifeforms.

They have released works under numerous aliases like The Future Sound of London (main moniker), Amorphous Androgynous, Yage, Humanoid, Amorphous Androgynous, Mental Cube, Q, Zeebox, Heads of Agreement, Semtex, The Far-Out Son Of Lung, PART-SUB-MERGED, Art Science Technology, and many more.

Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans met in the mid 80s while studying electronics at university in Manchester, England. Dougans had already been making electronic music for some time, working between Glasgow and Manchester, when they first began working in various local clubs. In 1988, Dougans embarked on a project for the Stakker graphics company. The result was the club hit “Stakker Humanoid”, issued under Humanoid alias. In the following three years the pair produced music under a variety of aliases, releasing a plethora of singles and EPs, including the successful bleep techno singles “Q” and “Metropolis”.


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  • tfaaon

    Ulver brought me here. it's awesome !

    14 Oct 9:54am Reply
  • ZRFS

    this guys are really interesting, their music is so divers and complex.....glad that i found them!

    4 Oct 6:34am Reply
  • pizzicatoiv

    really enjoying Environment Five. Should be so much bigger.

    28 Sep 6:42pm Reply
  • matcochr

    VSpike > Solar Fields might be in the same kind of area, although perhaps with more synth and fewer samples.

    22 Sep 1:03pm Reply
  • Defiled

    Environment Five is magnificent![2]

    18 Sep 8:18am Reply
  • unlogicthing

    I used Everyone In The World Is Doing Something Without Me in my mixtape. maybe you'll like

    16 Sep 9:28am Reply
  • iLukas

    Environment Five is magnificent!

    11 Sep 12:23pm Reply
  • Tim32

    Environment Five !

    8 Sep 3:59am Reply
  • eitzenchemical

    that's how the future sound of every city needs to sound.

    18 Jun 2:49pm Reply
  • Moby_spark

    Мелодии <3

    6 Jun 5:39am Reply
  • CosmicYage

    Lifeforms 20 years!

    1 Jun 2:42pm Reply
  • wills316

    We Have Explosive and Landmass are the songs of my childhood thanks to Wipeout 2097, what else of theirs should I listen to if I love those tracks?

    12 May 9:55am Reply
  • mellohippo

    VSpike, NOBODY! They're truly one of a kind and pretty inimitable

    4 May 7:07am Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    When will London sound like this officially?

    30 Apr 10:07pm Reply
  • VSpike

    Biosphere might be one example...

    2 Apr 1:39pm Reply
  • VSpike

    I'm listening to ISDN again. It's my favourite FSOL album. I was thinking, who makes music like this now? I don't mean a copy-cat ... but the same aesthetic, the same experimental sound and big soundscapes? Perhaps no-one, but I'd love suggestions.

    2 Apr 9:50am Reply
  • Terrasidius

    Thank you for being there for the past 24 years of my life...

    24 Mar 9:17pm Reply
  • Graf1982

    All time best electronic group

    13 Mar 10:47am Reply
  • Ghob_

    putain de groupe, à réhabiliter d'urgence parmi les grands défricheurs électro des 20 dernières années

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • devildownbelow

    Thank you for being there for the past 20 years of my life...

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
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