One of the founding fathers of synth pop, Gary Numan has influenced countless artists with his constantly evolving form of dystopian electronic rock music since the late 1970s. Establishing a lonely, android-like persona, he rose to fame leading Tubeway Army, a pioneering new wave band whose second album, 1979’s Replicas, became the first of Numan‘s three consecutive gold-selling, chart-topping full-lengths in the U.K. The same year’s The Pleasure Principle, his first solo effort, included the perennial favorite “Cars,” which remains his biggest worldwide hit. He continued refining his sound, incorporating elements of jazz and funk into more sophisticated efforts like 1982’s I, Assassin, and remained a consistent presence in the U.K. charts throughout the following decades. His impact continued to make itself felt; his dark, paranoid vision, theatrically icy alien persona, and clinical, robotic sound were echoed strongly in the work of many goth rock and (especially) industrial artists to come. His own work took a turn towards industrial and darkwave with releases like 1994’s Sacrifice and 2000’s Pure, and the release of a tribute album, in addition to numerous dance artists sampling or reworking his past hits, helped revive his popularity. Frequently working with producer Ade Fenton since the late 2000s, Numan released some of his most acclaimed and well-received work in decades during the 2010s, with 2017’s Savage (Songs from a Broken World) reaching number two in the U.K., his highest charting album since 1980. He continued exploring post-apocalyptic themes with 2021’s Intruder.
I Speak Machine are vocalist and synth-nerd Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis. Together, they make brooding soundtracks and horror/sci-fi films, creating audio and visual in unison to give both elements equal prominence. The result is a “live score film”, where all screenings of the film are accompanied by Tara perfoming the score live.
They released their first soundtrack, the score to their mind bending sci-fi short “The Silence”, in 2014 on Lex Records. They released their latest soundtrack to their short film Zombies 1985 in May of 2017 in collaboration with producer/ writer Benge (Wrangler, John Foxx). The soundtrack & film is a sinister, synth-centric love letter to 1980’s horror.
I Speak Machine toured the US & UK in 2016 with Gary Numan, and was part of the TROIKA! tour (a triple bill with Kite Base & Hannah Peel). New projects on the horizon include the groundbreaking sci-fi horror animated series “STRATA” with illustrator/ writer/ director Tommy Lee Edwards. Also recently announced is Tara’s upcoming I Speak Machine album “WAR” – a sonic dive into the harrowing trenches of mental illness and one’s internal struggle to navigate their way to sanity & peace.