Signal Generator : Output EP (OCC2CD) Reviews:-
11/10/06 - Tasty Fanzine
"Some ambient electro synthpop here from Calderdale-based Signal Generator. With a penchant for weird titles like 'Cerebral Sit', Legno Lungo' and 'Radix Lecti', the EP starts of at the bouncy, fuzzy, friendly end of the spectrum and moves through various phases before settling into the slightly disturbing final track - which is very 'I Care Because You Do' era Aphex Twin. Not ground breaking but pleasing enough evening entertainment."
Reviewed by SB
4/5/06 - ManchesterMusic.co.uk
"In a room in Huddersfield somewhere, a group of radio hams seem to have modified their equipment. Now they seem able to receive ambient disconnected transmissions which might or might not be eminating from earth. “Legno Lungo” is the sound of someone floating in space, if indeed they could make a sound from the expansive vacuum of the universe . Preferring to create such noises without a thumping disco beat is quite laudable in itself (although “Radix Lecti” throws in a shuffling D’N’B beat), which does mean that the “Output EP” is more akin to classical opus , with each movement gently passing into the other with a svelte, partially sinister style. It definitely begins to grow on you after just a couple of listens."
22/2/06 - Atomic Duster Webzine:-
"T: You know when you're at a festival and you've been going mosh crazy? Maybe you've bruised a few ribs and you need to take refuge in one of the smaller tents, perhap with the help of a herbal tea and an almighty spliff? Well, THIS is the kind of thing you want to hear playing by the artist at the forefront of the canopy while you recuperate, chill out and gather your thoughts. Or, alternatively, just blitz them. These are possibly the most relaxing tunes I've heard since FSOL's "Life Forms". Obviously a European artist, and the press release will confirm that the guy in question does indeed come from...um...Huddersfield. Oh...
22/12/05 - Vanity Project Webzine:-
"Huddersfield electronic musician, guiding light like a prism and shooting it into a refracted distance. ‘Memory Helmet’ glides and scampers, spider-like and with an innocent glee. ‘Cerebral Sit’ drops, weir-like, akin to amalgam of Banco De Gaia and FortDax. This is ambient, exquisite and highly recommended. "
Reviewed by Skif 22/12/05.
24/12/05 - Diskant Webzine:-
"It must be tough to be an electronicist nowadays, it being a genre that's entered a kind of adolescence. Older forms have a long and fruitful past to draw upon. A guitar-rock band can easily flourish and become massively successful while sounding much like another guitar-rock band that was around thirty years ago, based entirely on an ear for a catchy tune and nice white smiles. Form a folk act, and while there are many qualities that your audience will expect from you, exciting new forms of sonic creation are going to be fairly low down on their list of priorities. Novelty, while always entertaining, holds far less value to a long-established musical genre than it does one for which the listener's perception is that of acres of new ideas and possibilities stretching into the horizon, waiting to be harvested.
Reviewed by Alex M 24/12/05.
12/05 - Leeds Music Scene:-
"Everything is done well here. Synths bleep and sigh expertly... drums crackle about in and out of the frame... nothing outstays its welcome... and it's all produced excellently. There's even a pleasant feeling of glacial calm about the whole affair. The openers Memory Helmet and Cerebral Sit (the names belie Signal Generator's influences as much as the music) exhibit all these qualities and more."
7/11/05 - Music Guru Webzine:-
"From the uniform black and the grime of Huddersfield, comes the colourful and vibrant, Signal Generator. 'Output EP' is the new four- track offering from one of the West Riding's best working solo electronic artists. From the outset of the first track, 'Memory Helmet', with it's playful and sanguine melodies, the listener can be certain that they're not in for mindless circuit board rompings, rather a music that is thoughtful, occasionally delicate and often compelling. The EP's third and penultimate track, 'Legno Lungo' offers a pleasant surprise with its ambient, orchestral motions which gently nod towards the early solo work of Bill Nelson. Short, perhaps too short. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Well, I challenge you to go and find out for yourself."
Reviewed by Alex Clark.
7/11/05 - Comfort Comes Webzine:-
"The name threw me off a little bit at first. I was expecting something completely different. Signal Generator are based in Huddersfield , this is their second release. "Memory Helment" is first track on the EP, and it's quite a mix. The backbone is almost an 80s synthpop feel to it. Yet, there is something a little more sophisticated here. It works really well without vocals too; very strong effort. "Cerebral Sit" has a bit of a funky ambience to it, yet still maintains a lush feel to it. "Radix Lecti" has a great beat to it and is loaded with a diverse set of sounds, and it can get quite intoxicating. The EP is solid base for the band. It showcases some very intriguing tracks. The real stand out being "Memory Helment" but by the end of the four songs there needed to be a hint more of a variation. None the less, a solid foundation "
25/10/05 - Sandman Magazine:-
"Like it or not, the Leeds music scene is quickly becoming dominated by guitar-orientated indie bands. You can have too much of a good thing, though, so it is reassuring to know that there are still people out there doing their own thing, like Huddersfield’s Signal Generator. Described at turns as 80’s Electro pop and melancholic ambience, Output is certainly a mixed bag of electro-ambience. ‘Memory Helmet’ comes on all Supertramp, before morphing into Godley and Crème via Vangelis, ‘Cerebral Sit’ sounds like the more up-to-date Arpanet, ‘Legno Lungo’ is pure ambience in a Future Sounds Of London vein and ‘Radix Lecti’ romps home in a reverent, bombastic style reminiscent of Orbital or The Prodigy. It’s a definitely a grower, but suffers from the curse of ambience – lack of identity and the tendency to sound like a computer game soundtrack. More Jarre and Vangelis than Orb and Orbital but a nice, relaxing noise. (RW)"
3/10/05 - MusicOMH Webzine:-
"While the Aphex Twin seems to have gone to ground since 2001's Drukqs, there are plenty of acts out there willing to take his place in the outer reaches of electronica. One problem suffered by both Richard D. James and his legions of copycats though is the tendency to indulge in discordant, inaccessible noise. This may be down to artistic expression, the contrast between the light (melody, warmth) and the dark (squealing, screaming synths and drilling, pneumatic beats), but it seems almost as if there's an element of pretentious snobbery at work: if you don't 'get it' you aren't worthy.
20/9/05 - Glasswerk Webzine:-
"Other than one Prime Minister, nothing has come out of Huddersfield that is until now, the solo electronic musician that goes by the name of Signal Generator with the release of the second EP “Output”. The influences of early synthpop are clear in all the tracks of variable quality. The real stand out tracks are the first two – “Memory Helmet“ and “Cerebral Sit” these are both defiantly chill out rather than the banging dance that seems to inhabit clubs and the trendier bars in towns and cities. "
5/9/05 - Norman Records:-
"First up we have my favourite record of the week (so far). Its a new CD EP by Signal Generator. I don't know why this one stands out above all the other millions of electronic records released this year - there's nothing new in it ...or challenging..... it's just lovely, honest to goodness electronic music, full of atmosphere and tunes that hit the spot. Think Bitstream, Nautilus, Metamatics, Plaid, Aphex Twin, AI, Warp........4 tunes on a CD EP on Occasional Records. "
Reviewed by Norman Records 2/9/05.