Under the Dome features Grant Middleton and Colin Anderson on assorted synthesizers and guitars. The duo are based in Scotland and have appeared on several CD anthologies and released two acclaimed full-length studio albums: The Demon Haunted World (1998) and Bellerophon (2002) as well as Wot No Colin?; a live album which was released at their 13 September 2003 concert in Philadelphia.
Under the Dome live at Jodrell Bank Planetarium 11 March 2000
Their music, "deftly alternates between silky smooth quiet passages and upbeat sequencer brilliance." and has been described as having, "superb and dynamic melodies backed by spectacular digital synth sweeps with sparse but welcome guitar work…". Showing their Berlin-School influences, their moody realizations are, "dramatic, with pounding synths and sequencers on some tracks and reflective, almost ambient settings on others".
Outside the studio, Under the Dome has proven their abilities having performed live at several noted British Electronic Music series, including those held at the National Space Center, Jodrell Bank Planetarium and at the "Hampshire Jam" festivals. Their live work culminated in the Fall of 2003 in Philadelphia at their state-side concert debut at The Gatherings Concert Series on 13 September 2003.
Following the concert, Under the Dome moved their music-making gear up to STAR'S END Ambient Radio for a live on-air in-studio radio concert. The duo realized two one hour sets of original ambient spacemsic specifically designed for this broadcast of STAR'S END. Upon the duo's return home, Over the Pond, a recording of this radio concert, was released.
Being "under the dome" is more commonly understood in counter culture circles as the mysterious feeling of being transported into another reality far underground beneath a huge weight. Here, Grant Middleton explains how he interprets this phrase and made it his own musical persona as Under the Dome.
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