LTO first made waves as part of mysterious electronic collective Old Apparatus. Their music - anonymous, dark, ghostly, subterranean - was reminiscent of dubstep, garage and grime scenes, but sheened with a nocturnal miasma and fierce intellect, obfuscated by deliberate myth-making. And while LTO as a solo producer retains elements of this darkness and beguiling sound-design, his latest LP 'Storybook', which we have previously covered here on Loose Lips, sees him let the light in.
Joining forces with visual artist Jason Baker, who's recent clients include Alpines and Gorgon City, the LTO live experience has become a fully immersive, multi-sensory journey, bringing his unique collaging of mechanical and ethereal sounds to a more physical realm.
Today, we're excited to bring LTO back to the Loose Lips readership, providing a link to a brand new performance video of one of his tracks from his 'The Number From Which All Things Come' release, entitled 'Awaken'....and a separate PICKS feature delving into his love for soundtracks.
And his 10 favourite film tunes...
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Heptapod B
I love the originality of this score - the creativity in the use of the human voice. It's easy for a sci-fi soundtracks to fall into clichés but this does well to avoid them. RIP Johann.
Brad Fiedel - The Terminator
Timeless classic. So ahead of its time.
Autechre - Kalpol Introl
This is off the soundtrack for Aronofky's Pi (The day I'm writing this happens to be Pi day). This was one of the first experimental films I ever watched and it greatly influenced me.
Jonny Greenwood - Open Spaces
There Will Be Blood wouldn't feel half as unsettling if it weren't for Greenwood's amazing score.
Simple but powerful. Love it when the timpani kicks in.
Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Candlelight Vigil
The most gentle use of a pipe organ I've ever heard. And the strings also sound so fragile.
Thomas Newman - American Beauty
Love the magical mood of this piece. When I first watched the film when it came out in 99, I'd never seen anything like it.
Oblivion - StarWaves
Just love the epicness of it and the blend of orchestral and synth sounds. Those synth brass pitch bends in the drop get me every time.
Joe Hisaishi - The Legend of Ashitaka
Hisaishi has such a distinct sound and half the joy of watching Miyazaki's animes is from the scores.
Toto - Paul Meets Chani
The crescendo at the end gives me the shivers. Didn't know Toto wrote stuff like this until I came across this!
Hans Zimmer - Cornfield Chase
Never really liked the sound of the pipe organ until I heard this.
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Bibo no Aozora
First heard this on Jay Electronica's 'Better In Tune With The Infinite'. So beautiful.
Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight
This is one of the saddest tunes I've ever heard.
Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Revenant
Saw this at the cinema when it came out. Loved the expansive barren atmosphere which is enhanced through Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Dessner's chilling score.