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Spacetime Continuum
Spacetime Continuum
Ambient techno innovator Jonah Sharp has recorded several albums and EPs as Spacetime Continuum and played an important role in consolidating the San Francisco experimental ambient and techno scenes through his Reflective imprint. A London native and an acid jazz drummer before embarking on his career in electronic music, Sharp was an in-demand session drummer until the rigours of the club scene and the mawkish obsolescence of the genre had him experimenting with other styles. Glomming onto ambient and techno as a DJ, Sharp was a founding member of the periodic Spacetime parties, held in a hologram factory in London and host to such early new ambient luminaries as Mixmaster Morris, David Moufang, and Dr. Atmo. Sharp left London for America in the early '90s, settling in San Francisco, where he established his Reflective label and recorded the bulk of his work to date. Although that work has been split over a number of different project headings (Emit Ecaps, Alien Community, Reagenz, Electro Harmonix, and others), his most consistently visible work has been as Spacetime Continuum. Sharp signed a non-exclusive multi-album deal with Astralwerks in 1992 and released his first full-length work -- a live recording of a collaboration with author Terrence McKenna and didgeridoo player Stephen Kent -- the following year. The largely ambient Sea Biscuit followed in 1994, and was released through the Fax label in Europe (Sharp has recorded a number of collaborative projects for Fax). Emit Ecaps, released in early 1996, returned to Sharp's dancefloor roots, incorporating elements of house, techno, and jungle. It also spawned a remix album, Remit Recaps, featuring work by Autechre, Plaid, and others. In addition to a smattering of Sharp-related releases (including the collectible Flurescence EP), the Reflective label issued albums by Subtropic, Velocette, Kid Spatula (aka Mike Paradinas), and Single Cell Orchestra, as well as a stream of 12-inches. The next Spacetime Continuum full-length, Double Fine Zone, appeared in 1999. ~ Sean Cooper, Rovi
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