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SYSTEMS THEORY

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Systems Theory biography
Multinational project SYSTEMS THEORY came to be in 1997, but with an extensive prehistory spanning several decades.

The foundation for what eventually came to be Systems Theory goes all the way back to 1977, when then student Greg Amov was instroduced to fellow student Steven Davies-Morris. The two of them hit it off at once, and a long lasting relationship started there and then.

They were both or individually members of various acts in the late 70's, but none of these projects lasted for a long time. Then in 1984 the duo started contemplating a joint collaborative project; and at this point in the name Systems Theory first saw the light of day; a reference to the interest in computers that both of them would pursue professionally. But in 1985 Steven decided that other aspects of his life had a higher importance than the melodic arts; and took what turned out to be an extended hiatus as a musician and composer.

Come 1997 and Steven discovers the joys of software as a tool for music creation. He contacts Greg, and Systems Theory is revived, this time as a creative unit and not just a creative idea. In 1999 UK-based musician Mike Dickson hooks up with the US duo; at first in a minor role but pretty soon he becomes a full-fledged member of the outfit.

Thanks to the internet they were able to collaborate in an effective manner despite not being able to meet in person on a regular basis; and they made quite a few compositions over the next few years.

In 2004 they felt it was high time to make an official CD of their output; which resulted in the album Soundtracks for Imaginary Movies.

Three years later, and some time after they had scheduled it themselves, their sophomore effort Codetalkers was ready. In addition to the physical album they also decided to try out a different approach for the sale of this production - they made the entire CD (including artwork) freely downloadble on the net; and asked the people downloading it to donate whatever amount they felt the album deserved. This offer still stands; and although one hardly can claim that they've had the same success as more highly profiled acts like Radiohead with this stunt; Systems Theory has gotten quite a lot of attention for this still somewhat innovative way of distributing their music.

A third album was originally planned for release at the end of 2008; but has now been postponed to the second half of 2009. When finished, the disc will bear the name...
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Soundtracks for Imaginary Movies
2004
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Codetalkers
2007

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 Codetalkers by SYSTEMS THEORY album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Codetalkers
Systems Theory Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Fancies for the ancient and the mystery.

This is the second shot by SYSTEMS THEORY with three talented and continuously aggressive players. I feel the sounds have got richer and heavier than the previous work, and the whole album over 76 minutes should not be too long for me. (And the album can be divided into three parts - the length of each part is about 25 minutes and not too long. :-P) Regretfully as the outfit says, since they gathered nine songs recorded between 2002 and 2006, the album should have been found no consistency and no unity. But at least for me, their solid and steady passion for a mysterious scene, for ancient civilization, and for the spacey rock can notify me this work should be as-it-is-said a single story.

No Deli in Delhi is an wonderfully and solemnly Oriental delicatessen with passionate percussion and wandering synth sounds. The title is considerable - always wonder whether they should mention nothing delicious is in Delhi or only play out of mischief with the words included in the title. Whether or no, this exotic atmosphere can make us dreamful. As we say about dream, in the first half of Riverrun are lots of birdsongs and a fresh, cool stream like a river. Through the comfortable and pleasant slide called Riverrun we can play and enjoy. The latter half has an air of muddy streams or dark waters but again a cool, quiet stream can follow and make us safe and sound. Spamivore, with stable and slowly danceable flavour, but also something noisy and warped, can absorb us for ten minutes. This eccentricity - some explosions or distortions within the comfortable and rhythmical stuff - is exactly as they should wanna do - surely! Weird shout and rumble come to us in the track Car Crash Messiah. Something terrible we feel all through the song. Cannot find any sounds like a car crash but feel close to a dangerous accident. Can we call that shouts from the inferno? Cannot be helped from the crash by a messiah? Again much Orientally fragrant holiness is SohCarToa. This mysterious chandelier can remind us aborigine dance with fire and a sacrifice. How weird and noisy the dance itself should be! On their dancing, at last, the sacrifice will be dedicated in the scene Memory Of Ur - my feeling. In this track the solemn dance can reach its climax - exactly the aborigine can fall into a trance - us too hahhaha. Well we should go on a trip to another psychedelic world with this trance song. I guess SYSTEMS THEORY should think the song immensely important for their music style. Codetalker, though one of tracks in Codetalkers, is the most suggestive of their attitude for the space and the ancient. All they want to play are packed into the song I feel. With the quiet and graceful synth sounds we can understand them absolutely, can't we? Berlin Night Express is as the name itself says the most speedy shot in the album. Where do they wanna go by this hasty express? Yeah, at least they cannot go to the outer space but go round only about their inner mind...? For this six minutes repetitive kicks can attack us...and them I suggest. The last track Red Sun Fading is with very keen and sharp slash and smooth and floating cotton. The most progressive, the most avantgarde, and the most aggressive for our brain and heart. This song can push and impress SYSTEMS THEORY to us strongly and we can never forget them, their systematically bombs.

Forgive me but I wanna say as follows: Although this album can be downloaded freely, could you please give a donation to them for their producing great music in future?

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 Soundtracks for Imaginary Movies by SYSTEMS THEORY album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Soundtracks for Imaginary Movies
Systems Theory Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Awesome - exactly interactive communication with another space!

Soundtracks For Imaginary Movies, officially released in 2004, is SYSTEMS THEORY's first blow against the space rock scene and could make their musical style unshakable. Basically all members (Greg, Steven, and Mike) play various instruments and do programming, with keen sensitivity and supramundane majesty. They express themselves as a 'cinematic ambient spacerock world fusion' outfit and you can understand what should be said with feeling their space. Their ambiance is certainly worldwide - with classical, jazzy flavour, and ethnic, Oriental appearance.

You can be absorbed deeply into the Oriental atmosphere, in this two tracks 'Green Miata Baja Bound' and 'The Cool Vibe Of Asia C'. The former song has danceable melodies and rhythms with flavour of Indo-strings and Eastern percussive sounds, giving full play to your imagination of the faraway Eastern land. In the next slow ballad, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo horn) and exotic percussion sounds play very active roles, so you should be confused as if you listen to Asian traditional music. 'Four Piece Suite', formed with four parts as the title says, has various emotional faces - a sadly graceful mellotron solo can let you weep, rhythmical and raindrops-like xylophonic synth sounds can make you dreamy, a dry techno loop can shake your body, and the last mixed sounds with a horn, electronica and percussions can raise your mind toward the sky. 'Silent Service' gets started with the sound of footsteps from the hell and chases you with speedy and streaming rhythms. This track is, I feel, one of the most avantgarde and most spacey scenes in this soundtrack. Indeed it's silent but short of breath for you surely. :-) In 'A Lifeboat, Tallulah And Me' are lots of seagulls crying and a keyboard solo weeping - please listen and think - you cannot help wondering how your life has been, in a lifeboat named YOU on the large sea. Instead of a spacey roadrunner in the previous track, you should stop a while and float on the green sea looking the blue sky - and the story goes on through the next 'Water Through Fingers'. In the beginning part solemnness and grandeur are around you as if you sink into the deep sea, in the middle you can find the seafloor very dark and very weird with such dangerous synth sounds, and in the last you should be absolutely free with the hugeness of the mellotron solo. Impressing! Again a slow ballad with ethnic flavour comes to you - 'Zero Sum Equation' is a comfortable area. I guess everything should reach the equation of zero...? Stable and gentle rhythms and melodies can remind you the wonderland you should go to. Lovely one. 'One Step To Freefall' - may not the above-mentioned wonderland be a wonderful land but a close-to-the-edge one? Extremely fantastic and fully plaintive melodies move you - into the violent fall. You should be immersed with SYSTEMS THEORY and no helper comes here. Are you prepared for the risk? The 'Last Letters From Stalingrad' should finish the movie with weird but awesome mellotron sounds and awful shout from Stalingrad...by whom? And the last scene should let you die with some funeral bells - and send you to the next world constructed by SYSTEMS THEORY.

A great movie and soundtrack by them - check it out! ;-)

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