Real Space Noise reunites Ichor and Laboratory X members Chad Blinman (programming/voices) and Steve Ashburn (keyboards/guitars).
As with their previous projects, the directive of Real Space Noise is to create a complex architecture of pop-oriented songwriting, synthesizer-and-guitar-driven instrumentation, insightful lyrics, and certain characteristics of retro-styled space rock.
The result evokes aspects of modern rock and electronica, 70s/80s "new wave" and "no wave" musics, and vintage science fiction soundtracks. These elements, combined with Ashburn and Blinman's peculiar writing and arranging style, fuse into something strangely familiar - yet difficult to categorize.
Blinman, a studio veteran whose production and engineering credits range from Face to Face, The Get Up Kids, Viva Death and Senses Fail, to Faith and the Muse and German industrial giant Das Ich, to the programming/production collective The Legion of Doom (whose mashups and remixes are the stuff of internet legend), brings his unusual recording style to all of Real Space Noise's output.
The first full-length release from Real Space Noise is the album Radio Method, produced by Blinman and Ashburn at The Eye Socket (Blinman's Venice, California recording facility and the central laboratory of Real Space Noise). Independent label Functional Equivalent Recordings will be releasing the album in Q3 2006.
Themes of man's relationship with technology, reason and faith, and the broken promise of the future run throughout Radio Method, forming a densely detailed sonic landsapce that is at times stark and chilling, then a towering wall of angular, layered sound.
Moving beyond the self-contained, some songs on Radio Method feature guest vocal performances by Trever Keith and Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Viva Death). Keith also collaborated on the song "Are You Uncomfortable?" writing the lyrics as well as performing them.
In addition to audio releases, Real Space Noise is exploring the world of video imagery: their self-directed video "The Monkey Gear" is available for download at realspacenoise.com, and future video releases are in the works.