Espion music biography
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“Error Response blew me away with its refreshing take on contemporary electronic composition… very future-is-now and cinematic, dramatic, yet hauntingly beautiful and rich with emotion… Stephen Arnold is a pure talent and precision beat creator with original flavor. His music inspires mood, thought, and feeling.”
Stephen Arnold began producing electronic music in 1994, orginally on ProTracker on the Atari STe, then building up his studio over time with an AKAI S2000, multi-effects units, analog/digital synths, drum machines, scraps of paper with EQ settings, and stacks of boxes full of floppy disks. His style ranges from chillout, trip hop under the Error Response name, to dark and technical electronic music as Espion and he has released 25 digital/vinyl EPs and one CD digital album.
http://www.soundcloud.com/error_response (trip hop, soundtrack)
http://www.soundcloud.com/hyperoctave2 (electro, techno)
With a catalogue of over 400 tracks ranging from ambient film score, techno, electro and drum n bass, Espion has brought his dark and meticulous sound to venues all over the UK, Prague, Berlin, Udine (Italy) and Shenzhen (China), while also doing sound recording, sound design, post production and music for short film and digital media.
Sound cloud links:
http://www.soundcloud.com/hyperoctave (electro, techno)
In 1997 he moved to Glasgow to study sound, audio engineering and music technology, and began to network with influencial producers and promoters from the industrial city. This fuelled his ambition to produce darker, more experimental music from his earlier work, which was more influenced by the mainstream electronic artists of the mid to late nineties. After several years as a promoter from 2001 (notably Camouflage and Breakcore Extravaganza), resident at various club nights (Super Scientists, Pogo Vogue, Dogma and more) and frequently attending warehouse parties and illegal raves, Espion made his first real mark on the underground scene in 2005, with sell-out releases on Transparent Sounds’ label Orson Records, followed by remixes on two of the best selling records on Billy Nasty’s Electrix Records; Transparent Sounds’ ‘Cider Club ep’ and ‘Spot the Difference’.
Espion live set on Frequency Radio, Berlin, 2007:
Since then, his diversity in his music has seen him progress into a well established artist, releasing with Toob, Swayzak, Bangkok Impact, Mesak, Scape One, John Selway, Paul Blackford, Vector Lovers, Mazzula, C-System, with frequent plays on Dave Clarke’s White Noise radio show in 2008-2009.
His first release on the Berlin based label Bass4bots was Witches, still one of the most popular tracks.. A fan made video shows a timelapsed video of a thunderstorm
The Petrol Bomb ep released in 2009, hit number 1 in the Juno downloads in the first week, stayed in the top 5 for 6 weeks, and number 26 in the Beatport chart by April 2009.
One review from Veto read “two of the uk’s finest electronic talents, Espion & Point B, join forces on the discerning Berlin label Bass4Bots! huge worldwide dj & radio support… the sound of electro pushing forward into the 21st century“, while Bodytonic wrote “Espion ‘Petrol Bomb ep’ rivals a lot of the Satamile catalogue for dark and uplifting electro, and may well have given us one of the last electro anthems of the decade..“
Between 2005-2010, Espion appeared on 23ep’s on labels including Orson Records, Underground Evolved, Reldz Recordings, Serotonin Records, Deadlock Records, Pyrate Music, Bass4Bots Records, Electrix, Tyrant, Exceptional Records, Soma Recordings, Backwater Community (BCR), Reliquary Records, Process Recordings and Skream Science.
Under the Error Response moniker, Stephen released the album Zen which was released in 2009 on Elektrotribe Records, which mixes mysterious film score with downtempo, trip hop grooves – an urban film noir future samurai soundtrack. Sound revolt gave the album a score of 9/10, writing “A cocktail of only the highest quality dubstep, IDM, hip and trip hop, drum and bass verging on breakcore. On one track Error Response is a film score composer only to become Venetian Snares‘ gentler brother a few minutes later..”
Espion – Live at Tronic, Merchant City Festival September 2009 part 2 by hyperoctave