Ambulance are a predominantly
electronic musical outfit from Dublin with an emphasis on live midi manipulation.
Dunk was introduced to Trev by a mutual friend who insisted on their alliance
due to their interest in programmed music. As Trev had working sequencing
software, Dunk brought his first synth up to Trev's dining room in late
1997 where it has remained ever since. With the aid of two four-track tape
mixers and a couple of synths they discovered a love of mathematically
based melody and prolonged looping rhythms.
They started gigging at an under ground speakeasy in the
National College of Art and Design Dublin where they were given their name
by the host. It was there they were spotted by U:Mack members and asked
to play in the legendary Phunk City at the Funnel club in Dublin, which
featured regular acts such as Decal, Bola, Jega, Autechre, Freeform, Richard
H. Kirk, T-Power, the Orb, Mu-ziq etc. U:mack then released the first Ambulance
e.p. which featured a remix by top jackin' Dublin dj/ producer Toirse.
Ambulance began to focus more on the live element of their work, setting
up midi environments in which they could improvise the direction of their
performance. They played many live shows, supporting acts such as Mu-ziq,
Pole, Squarepusher, David Kitt, Labradford, Lee Perry, Super Collider and
Dunk and Trev gradually gathered samplers, fx units, mixing
desks and synths enabling them to open up their sound and fuel a passion
which insured all elements of their music were unique. Using a wide variety
of sound sources; found sound, piano, guitar, harmonium, harmonica, kalimba,
noise etc. they fused these sounds with coarse editing and synthesis, creating
an organic sound with obvious digital treatment. They began to personify
the meaning of their name by moving the mood and structure of each song
from one place to another.
In 1999 Front End Synthetics Records was formed and they
have since showcased many emerging electronic music producers from Dublin
including Ambulance and both Dunk and Trev's solo acts. Another electronica
label, the Fear, was set up two years later and Ambulance continue to work
closely with both labels playing the live electronic extravaganzas, radio
shows, releasing records and contributing to their compilations. Dunk and
Trev are also playing live shows with the aid of visual master "Pixelcorps"
at the moment, whereby the visuals are directly synched to the improvised
2001 saw Ambulance's first release on Planet-Mu Records,
a 7" including their restructuring of the BellX1 song "Snakes".
In January 2002 Mike Paradinas asked Ambulance to record an album for his
label. The work resulted in more than two albums, the first of which is
"the Curse of Vale do Lobo". This work contained detailed textures,
complex melodic structures and an overall production that disregarded both
typical digital electronica and classic analogue techno leaving the listener
faced with a journey across unchartered music with no obvious reference
points. The album received rave reviews including The Wire, Future Music