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Pitch Black  

Genre: Dub
Description:

Pitch Black are Paddy Free and Michael Hodgson.


Pitch Black are award winning multimedia artist Michael Hodgson and Salmonella Dub producer Paddy Free. Having pumped their way through New Zealand’s electronic music scene since their inaugural performance at the annual Gathering New Year's eve festival in 1997, they have spent the last fifteen years rousing dance floor punters, generating rave reviews, winning awards and gaining thousands of fans across the world.

Hard to box into a single audio 'genre', Pitch Black is a combination of musical journeys. Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds their sound together. One critic has described them as like "Orbital meets King Tubby, or Rhythm and Sound in Technicolor".

Their debut album, Futureproof, was released in September 1999 and rose to the top of the New Zealand electronic charts, despite no marketing or advertising. Electronomicon followed in August 2000, and led to a sell out 30-date tour of New Zealand and Australia. Both albums spawned remix projects, featuring mixes by International Observer, Epsilon Blue & Downtown Brown.

Their third baby, Ape to Angel, was released in New Zealand on October 4th 2004 to critical acclaim. The Ape tour was the biggest yet, with 42 shows across the world, including their debut performances in America. The album was then released in Europe through Dubmission in July 2005, in America on Waveform in August 2005, in Japan, with a bonus remix disc, in May 2006.

Their last album, Rude Mechanicals, came out in New Zealand and Australia in August 2007 and the rest of the world two months later. Possibly their most accessible album to date, it ranges from downtempo dubs and ambient soundscapes to trancefloor grooves and drum and bass, and was lauded by veritable music institution Q Magazine as “the sound of the future”! Remixes of this album were released in May 2009, with versions by Bluetech, International Observer, Patch (Heavyweight Dub Champion) and many more.

They have toured the world relentlessly for the last nine years, playing everywhere from Amsterdam to Zagreb and the streets of Las vegas to the Australian outback, supporting acts such as Coldcut, Skream, Easy Dub All Stars and System 7 along the way.

Over the years they have also found favour among many DJs, both radio and club, including John Peel (Radio One/BBC), Nick Luscombe (Xfm), Greg Roberts (Dreadzone) and Pete Lawrence (Big Chill). Their music has been used in fashion shows, computer games, TV shows such as True Blood and CSI plus many films, including the Oscar nominated Whale Rider.

Discography  
Third Light Third Light
Invisible Circuits Invisible Circuits
Filtered Senses Filtered Senses
Retouched Retouched
Remixes + Rarities Remixes + Rarities
Waveform Transmissions Waveform Transmissions
Made Of Dawn Made Of Dawn
Waveform Transmissions - Volume Two Waveform Transmissions - Volume Two
Rhythm, Sound & Movement Rhythm, Sound & Movement
Electronomicon Electronomicon
Waveform Transmissions Waveform Transmissions
Rude Mechanicals Rude Mechanicals
Chillicious Chillicious
Ape To Angel Ape To Angel