Heavy Funk Bass, Hairy Fuzzy Balls, Hope Fun Baby, Hippy’s Full Brunch, Heavenly Fried Bananas, Hideous Face Bends, Highlands First Bank, Hydrogen Fart Bomb, Hen’s Breath Fixation, Hitchcock’s First Blunder… or a technical term regarding aural expansion developments called High Frequency Bandwidth.These initials are important.“All our song titles fit the letters HFB” saysDr Alex Paterson, who has embarked on the new High Frequency Bandwidth project with Dom Beken. The two men are about to make some Huge Fucking Broohaha with their mission to inject some original hip-hop innovation, sonic anarchy and earth-level raunch into the electronic foragings they’re notorious for.Dom currently runs music production company and music with composer Ant Adams, making radio and TV commercials but also finding time for Belka & Stelka, who released last year’sTales From The Projection Room. He started as a drummer in Liverpool after finishing his history degree there, going on to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Dom started hanging out at the city’s Parr Street Studios, graduating from making tea to programming and engineering, working with artists including Manson, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pete Wiley & Graeme Park.Since relocating to London he has worked with the likes of Bowie, Lulu, Placebo’s Brian Molko, Liberty X & Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright [RIP]. A long-term collaboration with Pink Floyd’s touring bassist Guy Pratt not only led to scoring TV programmes like Channel 4’s Spaced but to his old friend Dr Alex Paterson.Alex is, of course, The Orb – for 20 years the ultimate embodiment of the acid house spirit, before and beyond, from early avant electronic and ambient to the furthest galaxies with major success. Alex loves a good satellite project: first himself, Dom and Guy formed Transit Kings with original Orb member Jimmy Cauty of mould-breakers KLF, making the widely acclaimed Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God album and touring festivals. After that, with Alex and Dom’s Heavy Flapping Bollocks inflamed with creative juices bursting to escape and, while Dom joined Alex in Orb activities, HFB. started to materialise.It cannot be overlooked that Dom’s old studio, where the pair originated up their intoxicating sonic stews, is the old projection room at Ealing Studios, legendary home of classic British comedy, horror and war movies since the 1930s. With the ghosts of Will Hay & Carry On star Charles Hawtrey stalking the corridors, some spirit of mischief can’t fail to seep into the air, mixing with Dom’s live playing and production flights steered by the Head, Feet & Bonkers noise ratios of the good Doctor.
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