CRACKLE started off as an off-kilter collaboration between bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas and drummer Frank Byng, that draws on their extensive experience as musicians and producers working across a wide range of traditions and practices, old and new.
Through a series of studio experiments and improvisations the duo set out to explore the frontiers between analog and digital, acoustic and electric, lo-fi and hi-fi, real and imaginary... this resulted in their album 'Heavy Water'. The duo had never planned to take the project live but couldn't turn down an offer to support Barry Adamson on a UK tour., enlisting synth maestro Ben Cowen to help augment their live sound. Now a trio, Crackle have continued to perform extensively in the UK to rave reviews and are currently working towards their second album....
Nick Doyne-Ditmas [bass, cornet, electronics] -
Since working with acclaimed avant-jazzers Pinski Zoo in the mid 80's, has been a mainstay of the south London music scene for many years, collaborating many times with This Heat/ Camberwell Now drummer Charles Hayward (My Secret Alphabet + Where is Chaos Now on Sub Rosa) and with artists/bands as diverse as H2C7, Charles Stuart, Skip Macdonald, Vibration Black Finger and K-Scope. Ongoing member of Monkey Puzzle Trio [featuring Charles Hayward and Viv Corringham] who have recently released their second album 'The Pattern Familiar' on Slowfoot.
Frank Byng [drums, electronics] -
Currently heading up afro-kraut collective Snorkel as well as filling the drum seat for Robert Logan's live band, He also features as a producer/drummer on the Hostile Takeover EP with Spring Tides on the Blank Tapes label. His training included studying traditional music with members of the Pan-African Orchestra and Farafina in West Africa and drums with legendary Sun Ra drummer Clifford Jarvis. He has previously worked with the likes of Barry Adamson, Ayub Ogada, Spectre/Mannasseh, 1 Giant Leap and Bass Clef.
Ben Cowen [keyboards, electronics] -
Recent addition to the band is who is/was one half of electronic duo 7-Hurtz, who released two albums on Trevor Jackson's Output label in the 90's, and also currently plays with Snorkel, Skye and Ross [Morcheeba], Woven Entity, Robert Logan and Vibration Black Finger.
"...Marvellous south London duo Crackle.. ... won our hearts at Barry Adamson's Pigalle Club show by forcing supper club punters to consume their grilled monkfish to a distinctly uneasy soundtrack of murky experimental electro jazz" - [Time Out]