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Manic

Ryan Green - drums Paul Gross - vocals/keyboards Zane Smythe - guitars/keyboards Nate Perry - bass/backup vocals Believe it or not, Manic didn’t want to get signed to Suretone, the new label of ex-Geffen president Jordan Schur. Not because they had something against them but they didn’t want their creativity stifled by a corporation. This band, who crafts lush, layered pop rock, wanted to do things on their terms and to be the masters of their own destiny.

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Open System

Open System are Michael Martin & Matt Hillier. The two decided to combine forces in 2003. The pair are also working on a new ambient/IDM project called Octophonic (also featuring the late Jake Stephenson otherwise known as Ganja Beats). Matt's main project is Ishq, with his partner Jacqui. They are based in Cornwall, UK, and have been writing music since about 1994 under various names and guises. They have released 3 solo albums to date and 3 collaboration albums on various labels including their own label Virtual.

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Fieldhead

Fieldhead is P. Elam (a resident of Leeds, UK). He produces ambient/electronic music that delights in tape hiss, geography, bleak landscapes and decaying analogue loops. He is also a full time member of The Declining Winter and a part time member of Glissando's Fleeting Glimpse Ensemble. As well as creating his own music, he has also provided remixes for Winter North Atlantic, Northerner, The Declining Winter, worriedaboutsatan, and The Home Current. His remix of The Declining Winter's Yorkcitythree can be downloaded for free from last.fm here.

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Alexis

There are at least six artists called alexis. 1) alexis German-Danish artist. The music can be describet as IDM, Downbeat or Chillout with Breakbeat-elements - sometimes it makes you happy sometimes very sad. It can you make feeling in love or it could also make you feel stupid. For more informations about and free downloads from this german guy, please visit the official myspace-Site www.myspace.com/lxsmusic. 2) Alexis, Chanson-Singer 3) Alexis, aka Elena Ferretti Eurobeat singer. Aliases: Alexis, Helena, Jilly, Karina, Rose, Sophie, Victoria

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My Friend The Chocolate Cake

Formed 1989 by David Bridie and Helen Mountfort (members of Not Drowning Waving) Like their former band, My Friend The Chocolate Cake's music can be seen to straddle the worlds of ambient and world music, with an emphasis on piano and violin-led acoustic music. Influences range from the obvious (such as Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Celtic folk music), to the less obvious (such as John Cale and Talk Talk).

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hunz

Hunz is a three-piece electronic pop band, spearheaded by Brisbane-based electronic musician and producer, Hans Van Vliet. With a background in music programming and motion design, Hans pulls his notes out of a binary soup of ones and zeroes, hand-crafting synth patches and beats from scratch. The result is a mix of pulsating, glitchy electronics and ethereal vocals that hint at the sinister, but succumb to the pleasure of pop hooks instead.

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