Rob Stroud

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Rob first compilation album, LOCKED, featuring film soundtracks and new recordings which have been carefully curated to flow as a cohesive body of work that takes you on a chilled journey to the darker side of synthwave. Locked also feature two remixes by CellarHouse.

LOCKED features twelve synthwave soundscapes which transport you back to a time when authentic abstract synths really cut through and added that forth dimension to your favourite movie.  Electronically Yours!

Rob Stroud: Gothic drummer, synthmeister and soundscape artist. A true original who started his musical journey with Gothic legends Sex Gang Children and created a world of dark Musique concrète with his own band Devoid.

Rob is still the drummer with SGC but is also soundscape experimenter who refuses to engage with the usual PC/Mac/Logic brigade preferring instead to embrace the old mechanics of hardware sequencers and samplers...

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Rob Stroud: "Starting out with a Korg Monophonic MS-10 synthesizer at the age of 15 I experimented with recording and overdubbing on a Reel to Reel tape recorder along with an old borrowed acoustic guitars, mainly slowing things down using the tape speed option. Experimentation was the main goal.

After 5 years of drumming in bands I moved into synth pop. With the band Pink and Black I recorded a minimal dance 12” for Illuminated records in 1984 called ‘Sometimes I Wish’ which was re-released via Emotional Rescue Records on 12" in 2014.

The internet changed the landscape of music distribution and I successfully released and distributed a number of albums myself: The ‘Themes’ series 3 was just mainly spontaneous recordings with little to no overdubs plus old recordings rescued from tape.


Music of the Film: these are old recordings of ideas I had over many years but never finished - clearing out the vault you might say. All produced courtesy the legendary MPC1000. No PC's or software allowed


Next synth project was Cosmic 666 (1986 – 88) heavily influenced by Swiss electronic wizards Yello and the emerging heavier style of Depeche Mode.

Cosmic 666 turned into Technoquake releasing two records with more a edgier sound : You Say I Said on 7” & Crack Baby on 12” in ’89 & ’91

Devoid was next – Samplers had arrived and it was time to make as much noise as possible – but with no keyboards.  The influential album Songs of Mass Destruction (1993) (Energy Rekords) cemented this new non-conventional approach to music production