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Thursday, November 02, 2006

William Orbit/ Centro Iberico?

Idly googling on 'Centro Iberico' I found the following about William Orbit's early days which gives him a link to Centro Iberico.How strange, but is it true?



Torch Song Biography

Thursday night, Venice, California...The moon is full. Restless figures gather at street corners. On Indiana Avenue a Chevy Impala sits parked under a flickering street lamp. Waves of music undulate from the car stereo as its shadowy occupants listen to 'Toward the Unknown Region' by Torch Song.

The group initially developed within a hot, womb-like chamber that served as a studio ina large derelict school. This Victorian edifice was located in Harrow, West London, set against a backdrop of the Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Market and was shared with Centro Iberico Spanish anarchists, who were on the run from General Franco's dictatorship.

The blend of acoustic and electronic music and vocals they created there led to their first recording contract with a major label. The tiny 4 track studio evolved into Guerilla Studios, now located in crouch end and the creative base for N-Gram Recordings.

William Orbit and Laurie Mayer recorded two albums together, 'Wish Thing' in 1984 and 'Ecstasy' in 1986 (the former containing the dance hits "Prepare to Energize" and "Don't Look Now"). They have continued to create music together over the years with addition of a third member, Rico Conning.

One day in 1984, Rico stopped by at the Harrow Road squat to swap drum machines with the fledgling Torch Song. Shortly after that he dissolved his group The Lines and became a part of the Guerilla Studio's team. He joined Torch Song in 1986. There followed years of mixing and producing a wide variety of other artists while the Torch Song project simmered on the back burner.

The current Torch Song album 'Toward the Unknown Region' will be released 17th April on

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's definitely true
William and Laurie lived in the caretakers' cottage at the edge of the playground of the disused school for several years. It ws at 421a Harrow Road. William had first moved there in about 1978 after he had returned from living in Amsterdam. The school has been demolished to make way for flats now but the cottage is still there, boarded up.

10:03 pm  
Anonymous Rosie X said...

it's definitely true
William and Laurie lived in the caretakers' cottage at the edge of the playground of the disused school for several years. It ws at 421a Harrow Road. William had first moved there in about 1978 after he had returned from living in Amsterdam. The school has been demolished to make way for flats now but the cottage is still there, boarded up.

10:04 pm  

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