They sought the advice of other electronic musicians, they learned, they wrote, and they learned some more. By the time spring of 2001 rolled around, Protocol had a sizeable repertoire of songs under their belts considering the short amount of time they’d been writing music. During this period Protocol was almost strictly a rhythm noise based project, influenced by the likes of Noisex, Synapscape, and Hypnoskull. At this time they ran into their acquaintance Bryan Erickson of Velvet Acid Christ at a local show, and they had the opportunity to play him what they’d been working on for the past six months. Bryan seemed impressed with what he heard, especially considering the short amount of time that Ben and Bonnie had been writing music.
The three of them became fast friends due to their many common interests, and Bryan began to “show them the ropes” musically. Around this same time, Ben and Bonnie bought their first analog synthesizer; the Akai AX-73 that is still in their studio to this day. Thanks to their newly acquired musical knowledge and equipment, melody started creeping into Protocol, which leant it a flavor of idm, and dark electro. Ben found that the name Protocol no longer suited the mood of the music, so the projects name was changed, and Revolution State was born. With a new name, and new equipment, Revolution State started to write many new songs.
Bryan approached them about writing some new material for his upcoming album, and on August 5th, 2003, Velvet Acid Christ’s album Hex Angel: Utopia Dystopia was released. The album included two tracks that were written by Revolution State with vocals and samples by Bryan Erickson: an older rhythm oriented track called Misery, and a newer melodic track called Eva. The album received acclaim by many critics and fans alike for its unique new sound. Shortly there after on December 23rd, 2003, Bonnie B. officially became Bonnie P., and in 2004 work on the tracks for the first album stared to progress.
Many changes had taken place in the studio by now, and Revolution State’s setup now revolved around a selection of vintage analog synthesizers. By the spring of 2005, all the music and vocals were complete for a handful of Revolution State tracks, but progress on the album was temporarily put on hold to make way for the Noizekatt project’s live shows (see additional information on the Noizekatt page). Not wanting either project to fall by the wayside, it was finally decided that both projects would contribute 5 songs each to a full length album, which would be released completely independently on Ben and Bonnie’s own Red Dwarf Studio label. On July 15th, 2005, a very successful live show and party were held in honor of the release of the Revolution State vs.
Noizekatt CD. Revolution State just completed two different remixes for the upcoming Wound single by Velvet Acid Christ: Wound (Legacy of the Revolution mix), and Ghost Regen (Fractured Coils version). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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