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Biography

also known as: HELMHOLTZ RESONATORS

The Helmholtz Resonators are a renegade group of spaced-out psychedelic audio scientific oddballs who have been playing and writing music together since the turn of the century. Live multi-instrumentalists, dream weavers and time travellers. They studied acoustic science and the work of Hermann Von Helmholtz, being particularly inspired by his series of works 'On the Sensations of Tone…', essential reading for anyone interested in the science of sound and sound synthesis.

The band formed when Garland Vanderbilt discovered an old Burg organ in a skip. After rescuing and installing it in his studio he was thrilled to find it still working and sounding great, if slightly strange!
Around the same time Carlton Breezy had an old hyper-fuzz pedal he never liked the sound of when used with his guitar, so he discarded the guitar and found the fuzz perfect with an old 1970s precision bass. Chladni Plates was thrilled; he had wanted to form a “hatstand of psychedelia” for some time. Getting together in the studio they all wanted to play the drums, so made sure to each have a go on at least one song per band member - resulting in eclectic live shows and rhythmically tremulous music.

Heavily inspired by the ethos behind concept albums, the band have created a repertoire of songs that are as eccentric as their image, touching on influences as diverse as The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and Can to The Flaming Lips and LCD Soundsystem and picking up support from the likes of Trashmouth Records, Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq, Eddy Temple Morris and Frank Skinner

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