LP / Domestica Records / 2013
Organs evolved out of the Melbourne music scene in 1980s. They played
at venues like Melbourne University and The Organ Factory; a creative
incubator for various "little bands" whose avant-garde music focused on
electronic and synthetic sound. Artificial Organs explored the
potentials of innovative consumer tools for music and recording
including Casio keyboards and drum machines, Korg synthesizers; Syndrums
and the Akai four-track, quarter inch tape deck.
The Memento Mori album was influenced by the zen elegance of
rhythm-tracker Laurie McRae; the badboy-punk ethos of Ian Forrest, the
driving bass of Nick Seymour (later superstar of Crowded House); the pop
lyricism of Trisha Viggiano and Stephen Charlesworth (later with Kate
Cerberano in I'm Talking.) Vocalist Lisa Dethridge organized a
techno-chic video studio shoot with fellow students, making the band
pioneers in the art of music video. Forrest sent a copy of the album to
German band Kraftwerk who met with Artificial Organs members when
Kraftwerk visited Melbourne in 1981. This meeting confirmed Artificial
Organs as talented early exponents in the history of techno-electronica.
Former members currently work across the digital arts in fields of
music, performance, robotics and information technology.