Mark Van Hoen

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Biography

  • Mark Van Hoen (born September 1966 in London, England) is an electronic music artist. He has created music under his own name as well as Locust, and Autocreation. He was a founder member of the influential group Seefeel. The BBC said, "in a brief liste..
    Mark Van Hoen (born September 1966 in London, England) is an electronic music artist. He has created music under his own name as well as Locust, and Autocreation. He was a founder member of the influential group Seefeel. The BBC said, "in a brief listen one can hear the influence on Boards of Canada's damaged melodies and dense claustrophobia, more so even than usual suspects like the Aphex Twin." Pitchfork said, "Musically, Van Hoen belongs to a distinguished family tree. Originally influenced by the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, and later presaging both Autechre's glitch and Boards of Canada's pastoral IDM, with his latest album Van Hoen would fit in just as well alongside White Rainbow or Atlas Sound on a current label like Kranky: He combines oceanic drone with pop lyricism, using technology as a catalyst.." Mark Van Hoen signed with Belgian Label R&S in 1993. The initial releases were as Locust and used vintage analogue synthesizers and tape recorders. As the Locust sound moved towards an increasingly more vocal oriented approach in the late 90s, Mark Van Hoen also began to release music under his own name Biography Born in Croydon, England (26 September 1966), grew up in Smethwick (part of The Black Country, an industrial area in the Midlands of England).He began to create electronic music in 1981. In 1983 Mark embarked on a career in radio and moved to London in 1988, during the Acid House explosion. In 1993, R&S records signed Mark Van Hoen after hearing a demo tape and attending a live performance. In 1994 Mark shared a house with Darren Seymour (Seefeel) and Neil Halstead (Slowdive), and then the following year Mark moved his studio to the Fortress studio complex in East London. During this time he also shared a house with another musical collaborator, 4AD artist Vinny Miller. At the end of 1999, R&S records was sold to Sony and Mark Van Hoen was dropped from the label; at the same time, the Fortress studios were closed down. Mark now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and children.
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    Selected discography

    Daren Seymour & Mark Van Hoen - Aurobindo: Involution (2 versions) Ash International 1995 The Last Flowers From The Darkness (CD, Album, Car) Touch 1997 Playing With Time (CD, Album) Apollo 1998 The Warmth Inside You (CD) Very Friendly 2004 Where Is The Truth (3 versions) City Centre Offices 2010