Their interest in visuals began even before the music,
with a project to design "the ultimate trip video".
Many weekends were spent creating psychedelic visuals
in the living room, ending up as the famous (infamous?)
Om Video (1994), which made it into Reachin'
Records even before their music did.
The 5000 Fingers then designed visuals to accompany
their live music performances and contributed to creating
the unique mixed media atmosphere of events like Frigid
and Freaky Loops, carving out a classic underground
reputation for themselves as they did so.
So what is the story behind 5000 Fingers of Dr T?
"We were both making music on our Amiga computers,
just for fun, back in 1988. We stopped doing this
when Amigas started to die off, then a few years later
there was the acid revival, and we just had to make
those squelchy sounds.
One piece of equipment led to another, and then
we got our first gig at Clan Analogue's 'Electronic'
at the Bentley Bar. Adam was already a member of Clan,
as he did visuals at raves. We had to come up with
a name for the gig fast, and The 5000 Fingers of Dr.T.
- Jasper Russell
Their recipe for making music starts with matching
ASR-10's fed through a chain of resonant and envelope
filters run by their home-made controllers. This is
then poured over a thick buzzing bassline before being
served up with a side dish of electro beats.
They rarely use sampled loops, instead preferring to
create beats from scratch. Jasper is the rhythm master,
with Adam bringing the musical element to tracks. They
are also well known for their home-made, often quirky
musical instruments and software programs, along with
their innovative video clips, which have appeared on
several music video shows, including Alchemy (SBS) and
Their debut album 'Orange
Chrome', (1997, Clan Analogue) a dark experimental
journey through metallic ambiences, schizoid funk and
floating tranquilities featuring electronic music with
mood, substance and wit, warping funky beats and complex
rhythms, was given 4/5 in 3D World. The track 'Still
Of Night' was co-produced in collaboration with
Belgian composer Stephan Van Elsen (Brain Pilot).
"Tracks like 'Building a Ship With a Spider's
Thread' have been seminal in defining the high quality
and unique character of Sydney electronica."
- DJ Visceral, 3D World
Their second album, the self-released 'Chewed
Up and Spat Out' (1998) is an experiment
in both subversive music and alternate production. The
music is a tumultuous racket of minced, mangled, mashed
and muffled tunes, hacked, hewn and hung out to dry.
It lives in the outlands of sonic experience where it
freely traverses the fuzzy border between music and
noise. Each CD is hand-made and individually mangled
with a pair of scissors, to complete the chewed up concept.
Their third album, the maxi-EP 'Buttsqueezer',
(2000, Clan Analogue) is filled with funky tracks, tasty
tunes, buzzy squelches and groovy electro beats. This
CD includes a remix by the Telemetry Orchestra, 3 bonus
video clips and the unique Blob Generating program,
designed and created by Adam.
"Trash your Cindy Crawford video - Sydney-based
electrofreako band The 5000 Fingers of Dr.T. has released
_the_ sexiest workout for the coming Spring under
the delightful title 'Buttsqueezer'.
Every dancer with the funk going on in their pelvis
will appreciate Dr T's well-rounded bottom end, especially
in the wiggly basslines of the title track and the
radio-friendly Jasper Van Patterntangle mix of 'whocanhearthat'
- Stuart Ridley, e)mag, July 2000
Their long-awaited latest offerings see them entering
the wacky world of funky cross-genre experimentation,
in collaboration with mr.suavo, who just happens to
be dead. The first in a series of 4 self-released EP's,
in analogue heaven' (2004) is a mello cruise
through heavenly analogue soundscapes. Just what do
dead guys in white lounge suits dream about?
The second instalment in the series will see 'mr.suavo
in space truckin' odyssey' (due to be completed
2005). How does a dead guy in tassle-fringed flannelette
go boot scootin' with aliens?
The 5000 Fingers have also had releases on over 20
compilations, which include 'Habitat'
I & II'
'Beat & Squelch'
Loops I & II'
Gold' (Clan Analogue), 'Sound
Quality: Approved for Export' (ABC),
(Groovescooter). One half of the 5000 Fingers
has also had several successful releases under the guise
of Jasper Van Patterntangle.
"The Fingers have always been a can-do outfit,
knocking out CD-Rs, playing shitloads of gigs and
taking bold stylistic directions."
- Jonathon Sykes, Electroplastique
During their 10-year career, the 5000 Fingers have
played hundreds of live gigs, including the Big Day
Out, the Apollo Festival, Freaky Loops
and a performance at the MCA, as well as regular
spots in Sydney nightclubs, outdoor festivals, university
events and dance parties. They have participated in
several Clan Analogue road shows, appearing interstate
in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.
In 1998, they performed a live improvisation piece
with world famous cyber performance artist 'Stelarc'
at the Conspiracy Club, Newtown. In 1999, they appeared
on Alchemy (SBS TV), along with two of their
video clips, both of which made it into the Top 5 of
Alchemy's groove charts. In 2001, they were invited
to compete in Channel 10's Ground Zero band competition,
where they made it to the final round.
"If you've watched the SBS program Alchemy at
all over the past year, you might have stumbled across
- and been enthralled by - the 5000 Fingers of Dr
T video clip 'Barbecued
Crickets', which featured on their last album.
The clip was put together by band members Jasper
and Adam, along with Selena Seifert, and it's a striking,
somewhat disturbing, and downright trippy take on
the Punch & Judy puppet show theme; I'd go so far
as to say it's one of the most inventive and memorable
of Australian electronic music videos."
- Andrez Bergen, Zebra/Inpress, Melbourne
They are no longer playing live shows, preferring to
concentrate on studio work instead.
Free MP3 tracks and
MPEG's of their video
clips can be downloaded here and all their CD's can
be purchased online at CrispyDisc.
For more information, please email email@example.com.