b. Matthew Robson, 10 September 1973, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The stutter-step experimental electronica of Random Number is inspired by artists such as Merzbow. The sound is essentially one of discord, enmity and disharmony and the sleeve to the Leeds-based musician’s The Fact That I Did EP, credits the tracks as having been ‘busted and constructed’ by Robson. Random Number merges emotive harmonies with aggressive and scattershot rhythms, to create music that has been described as ‘wrong beat’ and ‘a power tooled monster’. Robson explicitly states that this wayward music is the product of being ‘working class, over-educated and underemployed’, offering another angle in an electronica scene predominantly dominated by white middle class males. Random Number has released music via the Fencing Flatworm, Mouthmoth, Catmobile, Fiend, Rocket Racer and Irritant labels as well as Mogwai’s Rock Action imprint. Prior to Random Number, Robson played in Coping Saw, Rauschen and introspective experimentalists Hood. The Random Number project coexists alongside Sierpinski, a group who take their name from a Russian academic and their musical inspirations from bands such as Bark Psychosis, My Bloody Valentine and Boards Of Canada.
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