Dave Vorhaus – The Vorhaus Sound Experiments

Dave Vorhaus - The Vorhaus Sound Experiments LP front cover
Dave Vorhaus - The Vorhaus Sound Experiments LP back cover
Dave Vorhaus - The Vorhaus Sound Experiments LP side A

Published in 1980, The Vorhaus Sound Experiments was Dave Vorhaus‘ first solo release on KPM and the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with the prominent British library music company. Vorhaus never envisaged producing incidental, background music, though, and his was always meant as music of the highest order with elaborate arrangements and sumptuous electronic sounds, as is the case in this fine collection of electronic miniatures. Some of the tracks on this LP were used for the soundtrack of cult Australian TV series Prisoner: Cell Block H, appearing on Australian TV between 1979 and 1985. Some of these tracks are available on YouTube “videos”, like Disintegration Series, Momentum, Time Base or Voyager One, albeit with bad sound quality. The Prisoner series also included music lifted from other library music LPs by the likes of Keith Mansfield and John Saunders. No surprise, then, The Vorhaus Sound Experiments sometimes verge on film music and is often reminiscent of Colin Towns’ remarkable Full Circle soundtrack, 1978. Additionally, track #19 Aurora was written by film music composer Brian Gascoigne, famous for The Emerald Forest soundtrack.

01 The Great Chip Takeover (2:04)
02 Design Technology (1:09)
03 Interaction (1:10)
04 Energizer (2:16)
05 Computer Code (A) (1:49)
06 Computer Code (B) (:33)
07 Sea Of Tranquility (A) (1:10)
08 Sea Of Tranquility (B) (2:50)
09 Regeneration (2:04)
10 Momentum (A) (2:18)
11 Momentum (B) (:38)
12 The Jamaican Digital Blues (:43)
13 Time Base (3:03)
14 Disintegration Series (A) (1:17)
15 Disintegration Series (B) (:32)
16 Voyager One (3:52)
17 Future Scan (2:32)
18 Charged Particles (2:14)
19 Aurora – with Brian Gascoigne (2:49)
20 Moog Logo (A) (:14)
21 Moog Logo (B) (:14)
22 Moog Logo (C) (:16)
23 Synth Effect (A) (:15)
24 Synth Effect (B) (:10)
25 Synth Effect (C) (:11)
26 Synth Effect (D) (:10)
27 Synth Effect (E) (:10)
28 Synth Effect (F) (:19)

Total time 37:00
LP released by KPM, ref. KPM1243, London, 1980

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7 Responses to “Dave Vorhaus – The Vorhaus Sound Experiments”


  1. 1 litlgrey April 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    BLESS YOU for posting this up!

  2. 2 continuo April 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Enjoy!

  3. 3 Stack April 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    very cool, continuo! thanks for this, and the previous de wolfe and patchwork lps :)

  4. 4 continuo April 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    You’re welcome.

  5. 5 josephnechvatal May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    delightful and majestic

  6. 6 continuo May 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Actually, I more or less succumbed to library music thanks to several Vorhaus LPs.

  7. 7 osman May 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks!!!


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