Engineered chaos, acoustic architecture, electronic madness all define ClockDVA. But what does the name Clock DVA itself mean? There are different versions about the origin of the name. Some people say that when Adi Newton, the group's founder and leader, and fellow muscian Steven James Turner originated the term, they liked the idea of clock because of its association with time and surrealism. Others contend that the name was inspired by the movie A Clockwork Orange. DVA translates roughly into the Russian word for two, so "Clocktwo" supports this idea.
ClockDVA was formed in 1977 in the fertile industrial scene of Sheffield, England, by the charismatic Newton. During this early period, ClockDVA's sound exhibited the influences of punk, funk, industrial, new wave and free jazz. The group was originally known for making a form of experimental electronic music involving treated tape loops and synthesisers. Clock DVA became associated with industrial music with the 1980 release of their cassette album White Souls in Black Suits on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Records. The album Thirst, released on Fetish Records, followed in 1981 to a favourable critical reaction,by which time the band had combined musique concrète techniques with standard rock instrumentation. The band split up in 1981, with the non original members of the band going on to form The Box. In 1983, Newton formed a new version of the band. First releasing the single High Holy Disco Mass on the major label Polydor Records under the name DVA, the band then released the album Advantage (with several singles) under the name Clock DVA. After a European tour, however, the band split acrimoniously. After the 1983 breakup of Clock DVA, Adi Newton formed The Anti-Group or T.A.G.C. They released several albums continuing in a similar vein to the early Clock DVA, yet more experimental. In 1987, Adi Newton reactivated DVA and invited Dean Dennis and Paul Browse back into the fold to aid Newton's use of computer aided sampling techniques which he had been developing in the Anti Group. The album Buried Dreams, an electronic album which received critical acclaim as a pioneering work. Browse left the group in 1989 and was replaced by R E Baker. The album Man-Amplified was the next album to be released, an exploration of cybernetics. Digital Soundtracks, an instrumental album, was the next release. Following Dennis's departure, Newton and Baker produced the album Sign. Adi Newton reactivated Clock DVA along with his creative partner Jane Radion Newton in 2008. Clock DVA is scheduled to perform live at Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival in Germany in June 2011, for the first time since 1994.
Clock DVA prove that arresting, involving and outright original music can be both engaging on the dance floor and in your mind. They don't sound like anyone or anything else and on top of their distinct sound, you can add the intelligence of their subject matter. Always hypnotic, their latest contribution weaves a rich and delicate web of sound. While so often music of this type comes off with a frazzled factory feel, this album delivers its product as precise and crisp as Swiss clockwork. This metronomic music may not be for everyone; yet it is a testament to the oncoming cyber age. Whereas many electronic bands use endlessly repeating four bar sequences out of laziness and lack of talent, Clock DVA knows how to balance safely on the thin line between minimalism and the realm of the numbing repetitive.
During this long-lasting sonic mission Clock DVA constantly continues its research of relationship between human and technology.