Formed in London in 1996 by Edward George, Anna Piva,and Trevor Mathison, Hallucinator’s music explores dub and electronica processes and forms while also blurring the distinction between art and popular music with an expanding body of work which includes television and theatre soundtracks, performance art, remixes and original recordings.
Hallucinator have contributed original music to the science fiction film Memory Room 451 , the BBC TV documentary Behind Closed Doors and the experimental Russian documentary Universal Substitute .
There is also a strong symbiosis between the music of Hallucinator and the sound art of multi media artists Flow Motion. Ghost Dance and Ghost Version, re-workings of Flow Motion’s installation Ghost Dance, were released on the Pompidou Centre’s Sonic Process CD, . Invisible 0.1, a reworking of materials from Piva and George’s Invisible, was created for the web project ‘Signal – new sound works for empty space’ and can be downloaded via www. finetuned.org/signal/hallucinator/.
Hallucinator’s forays into the arts have also resulted in soundscapes for work by other artists, such as Coco Fusco theatre piece The Incredible Disappearing Woman and Ki - Keiko Courdy’s performance piece Aya Mod 2 . In 2000 Japanese choreographer Saburo Tashigawara invited the group to contribute a track to his CD project Absolute Zero, for which they created Messenger.
Hallucinator have also been invited to contribute tracks to several culturally resonant remix projects. The group produced 21 Aspects of Female Divinity and Chang Tzel for the Tibetan Lama, Gangchen Rimpoche, and his United Voices for Peace CD project . Working in the jazz-electronica vein Hallucinator also produced Mas Que Nada for Irma records’ remix project based around the work of Dom Romao, percussionist with jazz fusion pioneers Weather Report.
In 2006 Berlin based producers Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald aka Rhythm & Sound invited Piva and George to contribute a remix to their dub-techno project See Mi Yah. The result, See Mi Yah , featured vocals from Willi Williams, Jamaican singer/songwriter and veteran of pioneering Jamaican record label Studio One.
Hallucinator’s longest and most notable association has been with Ernestus and Von Oswald’s electronica label Chain Reaction. Over a five year period Chain Reaction released Hallucinator’s debut album, Landlocked, a series of extended singles - Morpheus, Frontier, Red Angel, Black Angel, and their debut recording, People , which was dedicated to the memory of Stephen Lawrence, the black British teenager whose murder would transform British race relations.
Hallucinator are currently working on the final tracks for their new Chain Reaction album and are also reshaping the sonic components from Flow Motion’s Invisible for an album to be released in late 2008.
See Mi Yah w/Willie Williams & Rhythm & Sound:
Morpheus / Waterline / Transition / Reverie
Ghost Dance / Ghost Version, Sonic Process CD,
Frontier, Sonic Process catalogue CD,
21 Aspects of Female Divinity/Chang Tzel w/Lama Ganchen Rimpoche: United Peace Voices CD,
Mas Que Nada
Frontier / Rainmaker / Kilimanjaro
Messenger, Absolute Zero CD,
Red Angel / Sethos / Phebes
Black Angel/ Goldcoast / Moonshot
People/Dusk / Hallucinator (in memory of Steven Lawrence)
Live & DJ sets 1998 +
Astro Black Morphologies: Hallucinator remix, Re-Presenting Diasporas in Cinema & New Media, Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter, England
Space Artists - The Cultural Frontiers of Space Travel, SETI Institute, Mountain View, California, USA
Science Museum Dana Centre, London, England
Acoustic Space: RT2, Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre, Irbene, Latvia
Open Source Encounter, Tours, France
Volkesbhune, Berlin, Germany
Zero Gravity, Sadler's Wells / Lilian Baylis Theatre, London, England
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Batofar, Paris, France
Yuri Gagarin Theatre/ Cosmonaut's Club, Star City, Russia
Podewill, Berlin, Germany
The Link, Bologna, Italy
ICA, London, England
Digital Equinox, Birmingham, England
Steirisher Herbst Graz, Austria
Astro Black Morphologies