, hailing from Haverhill, Suffolk, UK. Equipped with just one synthesiser and a drum kit, he entered Octopus Studios, located in Stowupland, Suffolk, and run by
, in 1980/81 to record the ultimate minimal electronic music album.
s music is nothing but rather unique, there were not many bands around that created a similar sound, except maybe for Neural Circus that are coming to mind.
Once again, Roy
is a pristine example that limitation can be the perfect source for a massive amount of creativity: the rather raw sound is based solely on his Korg MS-10 synthesiser which was monophonic, of course. Anyway, Roy
seemed to have a great imagination as even though the tracks are mostly very short they are far from being poor in textures, with brilliant analogue synth sounds all through (bass, monophonic lead synths, effects, synthetic percussion).
Engineer Dave Hoser
is said to have helped in the performance, thus it can be concluded that, as a team at least, they truly mastered the MS-10. While the lyrics are a testimony of an angst-ridden teenager living in the Thatcherian-Britain-Cold War era ('This cage is barred I'm trapped inside', 'I just recede', 'I dream I'm you', 'Dead bodies decaying - all over the town', 'There's no way out of this nightmare'), the music, to some surprise, is coming up with many uplifting moments in terms of unexpected melodic parts.
So, over the recent years, some people have described 'Still Human' as being the 'Holy Grail' of minimal electronic music, while others say it is totally overrated. From own experience, it can be said that the album needs its time and a good amount of attention to be understood. Also, to be frank, it must not really be classified at all, as - as mentioned above - it is rather an unique electronic music album, that simply has been too much unavailable for too long in an official form.
The album has been carefully remastered from an original vinyl copy by Stefan Bornhorst
(aka The Silicon Scientist
). Two original demo recordings from 1980 have been added: "Concepts" and "Vortex", which were taken off the original master tape by courtesy of Nicolas Delbarre
and Dave Hoser
. The artwork was accurately adapted from the original album by Steve Lippert