Steve Chandra Savale
Steve Chandra Savale from London, United Kingdom known by his stage names Chandrasonic and Chandra Blunt, is a British musician of Asian descent, best known as the lead guitarist of the British electronica band Asian Dub Foundation. He was part of the Birmingham-based bands Higher Intelligence Agency and the Atom Spies in which he was an early collaborator, lead guitarist / vocalist respectively, he composed and co-wrote the musical Gaddafi: A Living Myth with the Asian Dub Foundation and has presented a series of documentaries for Al-Jazeera English called Music of Resistance. Amongst other early projects Savale played guitar with Birmingham band the Davidsons, both live, on their 1987 12" EP release Muscle Jerks, with Dog Food on their 1986 cassette only self-release More Frantic Than... Savale earned the nickname Chandrasonic because he used to tune all of the strings on his guitar to one note and play it with a knife, he uses the alias Chandra Blunt. Savale plays guitar for the Asian Dub Foundation, where he has made his claim to fame as a musician.
Savale has interviewed prominent leftist intellectual, political campaigner and filmmaker Tariq Ali about the War on Terrorism, Pakistan, 1960s musicians and their activism, health care in the United States. The Music of Resistance is a six-part documentary series that tells the stories of musicians who fight repression and sing about injustices, they are unique musical personalities from some of the world's most troubled areas - what makes them different is their need to communicate their politics through music. They are all ambitious and talented but for them'making it' is not about diamonds and sports cars - it is about radical political change, they come from Nigeria, the favelas of Brazil, Cape Verde, the desert of the Sahara and London
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Tank is the fifth studio album by British alternative electronica band Asian Dub Foundation. Flyover Tank Hope Round Up Oil Powerlines Who Runs the Place Take Back the Power Warring Dhol Tomorrow Begins Today Melody 7 Tank at AllMusic. Retrieved 14:07, 9 November 2015
Frontline 1993–1997: Rarities and Remixes
Frontline 1993–1997: Rarities and Remixes is a compilation album by the British electronica band Asian Dub Foundation. It was released in 2001, contains tracks recorded between 1993 and 1997. "Witness" "Change a Gonna Come" "Strong Culture" "Change a Gonna Come" "Rivers of Dub" "Tu Meri" "Nazrul Dub" "Jericho" "P. K. N. B." "C. A. G. E." "Operation Eagle Lie"
Punkara is the sixth studio album by the collective Asian Dub Foundation. It was recorded with The Go! Team producer, Gareth Parton at The Fortress Studios, London, it is the first album released with new singer Al Rumjen of King Prawn. There was an advanced release in Japan on 26 March 2008, it was subsequently leaked worldwide. Punkara was released in the UK on the 13 October 2008 with a different track listing to the Japanese release which featured an exclusive bonus track. A video has been released for Burning Fence. AllMusic was positive about the album but noted it broke little new ground. Official Band Website
Conscious Party (Asian Dub Foundation album)
Conscious Party is an album by Asian Dub Foundation, released in 1998. The album features live cuts of tracks from Rafi's Revenge, as well as several remixes and the tracks "Tribute to John Stevens" and "Digital Underclass", both of which appeared on Rafi's Revenge. All tracks by Asian Dub Foundation "Assassin" "Black White" "Naxalite" "Taa Deem" "Dub Mentality" "Hypocrite" "Buzzing" "Charge" "Free Satpal Ram" "Tribute to John Stevens" "Free Satpal Ram" "Charge" "Digital Underclass" "Culture Move" Louis Beckett – Remixing, Mixing Filthy Rich – Mixing Bobby Marshall – Remixing
Edward John O'Brien is an English guitarist and member of the alternative rock band Radiohead. He makes extensive use of effects units to create atmospheric sounds and textures, provides backing vocals. In 2010, Rolling Stone named O'Brien the 59th greatest guitarist of all time. O'Brien grew up listening to post-punk acts such as Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Ants, Depeche Mode, the Police and David Bowie, he said: "It was a foetal for music because people who went to art college or artists, or musicians thought,'Oh, I can be that'."The members of Radiohead met while attending Abingdon School, an independent school for boys in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. O'Brien said of the first time he played with singer Thom Yorke, who asked to join him for a jam: "Before that, was a bit confusing, a bit crap, and suddenly... I felt something strong like some kind of epiphany like:'This is it.'" O'Brien, along with drummer Philip Selway, was in the year above Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood, three years above Colin's brother, multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood.
In 1985, they formed On a Friday, the name referring to the band's usual rehearsal day in the school's music room. O'Brien studied economics at the University of Manchester. In 1991, On a Friday signed a six-album recording contract with EMI and changed their name to Radiohead, they found early success with their 1992 single "Creep". Their third album, OK Computer, propelled them to international fame and is acclaimed as one of the best albums of all time. OK Computer saw O'Brien use less distortion and more delay and other effects, creating a sound that was, in his words, "more about textures". Radiohead's next albums, Kid A and Amnesiac, were recorded and marked a dramatic change in sound, incorporating influences from electronic music, classical music and krautrock. O'Brien kept an online diary of Radiohead's progress during the recording, he struggled with the band's change in direction, saying: "It's scary – everyone feels insecure. I'm a guitarist and it's like, there are no guitars on this track, or no drums."
At the suggestion of Michael Brook, creator of the Infinite Guitar, O'Brien began using sustain units, which allow guitar notes to be sustained infinitely. He combined these with looping and delay effects to create synthesiser-like sounds used on the records. By 2011, Radiohead had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2019. O'Brien contributed to the soundtrack for the BBC drama series Eureka Street before recording Kid A, he played guitar on the 2003 Asian Dub Foundation album Enemy of the Enemy. O'Brien and Selway recorded with Neil Finn as part of the 7 Worlds Collide project. O'Brien is a founding director of the Featured Artists Coalition, a nonprofit organisation set up to protect the rights of featured musical artists in the digital age, he appeared on the 16 April 2011 episode of the BBC Radio 5 Live sports programme Fighting Talk in support of Record Shop Day. O'Brien worked with Fender to design a signature model guitar, the EOB Stratocaster, which went on sale in November 2017.
It features a sustainer neck pickup. In 2019, O'Brien said, it is produced by Flood and Catherine Marks and features musicians including Omar Hakim, Nathan East and Dave Okumu. O'Brien's earliest guitar influence was Andy Summers of the Police his use of delay and chorus effects on "Walking On The Moon", his other influences include Peter Buck of R. E. M, Paul Weller of the Jam, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, John McGeoch of Magazine and Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Edge of U2. O'Brien admired, he said: "They were great guitarists, but they weren’t lead guitarists... My favourite guitarists know. You make more of it when you do play. Make it count."O'Brien plays Fender Stratocasters, including the Eric Clapton Stratocaster. He plays Gretsch and Rickenbacker guitars, including a twelve-string Rickenbacker. While Jonny Greenwood plays most of Radiohead's lead guitar parts, O'Brien creates ambient effects, making extensive use of effects units, he said of the technique: "It's. That would be in accompaniment with Thom playing chords on the piano — you're building up a cloud of effects behind."
O'Brien said in 2017 that his most used effects are distortion, a Memory Man delay, a DigiTech Whammy pitch shifter. O'Brien's Radiohead contributions include the high-pitched chiming sound that introduces "Lucky" and the reverberating pops on the introduction of "2 + 2 = 5". On "Karma Police", O'Brien distorts his guitar by driving a delay effect to self-oscillation turning the delay rate to a low frequency, creating a "melting" effect. "Treefingers" was created by processing O'Brien's guitar loops. On "Dollars and Cents", O'Brien used a pitch shifter pedal to shift his guitar chords from minor to major. For "All I Need", he used a sustain unit and a guitar strung with four bottom E strings, creating a "thicker" sound. O'Brien said of his playing: "I learned to play my instrument within the band, so I started off limited — and I’m still limited, but I’ve been lucky, because I’ve been in a band that has not required you to be a virtuoso." In a 2015 Rolling Stone article, David Fricke named O'Brien the 59th greatest guitarist of all time.
O'Brien sings backing vo