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Rainbow Generator is the name of Australia's first true experimental electronic music group. Consisting of David Labuschagne (nee Mow) who is colloquially known as Mojo, and Rob Greaves who is known as Ras, the group has had had many other musicians contribute to their music but they were and remain the foundation members.

David's musical background was very rich. Born in Zambia in 1948, he was exposed at a very early age to the black culture, particularly the music. Encouraged to undertake playing piano, he desperately wanted to learn Jazz but was forced to learn classical. By the time he arrived in Australia in the early 1960's he had taught himself guitar and played an acoustic guitar. An aficionado of players such as Django Reinhardt and Les Paul, it wasn't until he heard Jimi Hendrix in the mid sixties that he became completely taken by the electric guitar.

Rob on the other hand came from a family background that was largely devoid of music. Born in England in 1946 and emigrating to Australia in 1948, it wasn't until his parents bought a radiogram in the late 1950's that he was exposed to what was in Australia, a very pale imitation of Rock & Roll. However it was the instrumental sounds of surf music, particularly Dick Dale & the Deltones and the Surfaris that caught his imagination. By 1963 he had heard the Beatles first single on a railway station and by 1964 was playing guitar in his first band. By 1967, and many versions of the original band later (including The Sonics, Sound and Moppa Blues), he gave up guitar for the good of the music industry. However, he had also been introduced to the weird musical world of Musique Concrete -- a style of early electronic music that also introduced him to Stockhausen and what he heard grabbed him and gave him a strong shaking.

In 1969 David and Rob met by chance and from that meeting a strong enduring friendship grew. Constantly surrounding themselves with popular and contemporary music in the main, David began to seriously play guitar once again around 1973. Armed with congas and bongos, Rob began to accompany David, and during their travels around Australia, up and down the East Coast and across to West Australia, they met up with and played with a variety of musicians.

In 1975 David had begun to collect a small but effective range of guitar effects pedals, and listening to the sounds they made as well as the way they modified sound, the embryonic love for electronic m...
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