After a five-year hiatus, SND returned in 2008 with a triple-pack of 12”s 4,5,6 (SND) and have completed a fourth album, atavism, to be released on Raster Noton in early in 2009. The duo, DJs Mark Fell and Mat Steel from Sheffield, formed in the late 90s and were quickly placed at the forefront of new digital minimalism. With a series of influential releases on their own label and on the now defunct Mille Plateaux (Frankfurt), SND pioneered a sound that combined the linear minimalism of Ikeda and Oval, with the rhythmic geometry of techno artists such as Thomas Brinkmann or Derrick May. The pair have been nominated for several awards for their work including ars electronica, asia-europe award and Quartz award for research in digital music.
SND debuted in 1998, on the cusp of the clicks and cuts wave, with ‘Tplay’ on their own petite SND imprint. Soon after, Fell and Steel nabbed a full-length release, Makes SND Cassette, on the pre-eminent clicks n cuts establishment of the time, Mille Plateaux. In 2000 SND followed up with their sophomore album, Stdio, before their third two years later, Tenderlove. Fell and Steel used radio, electric or electromagnetic signals as source material. SND have also produced music as Blir with three releases to date. The most recent, Raster Edits, appeared on Raster Noton in 2005.
The pair engaged in a one-off collaboration with Terre Thaemlitz as You Speak What I Feel, while Fell has pursued various other collaborative and solo projects. He has released work under the moniker Secular Musics of South Yorkshire (A reworking of The Human League's "Reproduction" on Bottrop Boy, 2003) and more recently under his own name on Line and the Barcelona based Alku label in 2008.
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