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Clock DVA

Clock DVA
Clock DVA performing in Moscow, Russia in 2014.
Background information
Origin Sheffield, England
Genres Industrial, post-punk, EBM, cyberpunk
Years active 1978–1981, 1982–1984, 1988–1994, 2008–present
Labels Industrial Records, Polydor Records, Wax Trax! Records, Contempo, Mute Records
Associated acts The Anti-Group/T.A.G.C., The Box, Siouxsie & the Banshees
Members Adi Newton
Past members Steven "Judd" Turner
Jane Radion Newton
Simon Mark Elliot-Kemp
Dave Palmer
Joseph Hurst
Charlie Collins
Roger Quail
David J. Hammond
Rod Siddall
Paul Widger
John Valentine Carruthers
Paul Browse
Michael Ward
Nick Sanderson
Dean Dennis
Robert E. Baker

Clock DVA are an industrial, post-punk and EBM group from Sheffield, England. The group was formed in 1978 by Adolphus "Adi" Newton and Steven "Judd" Turner. Along with contemporaries Heaven 17, Clock DVA's name was inspired by the Russian-influenced Nadsat of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange;[1] Dva is the Russian word for "two".


  • History 1
    • 1978–1981: White Souls in Black Suits and Thirst 1.1
    • 1982–1984: Advantage 1.2
    • 1987–1994: Buried Dreams, Man-Amplified and Sign 1.3
    • 1995–2007: Hiatus 1.4
    • 2008–present: Reactivation 1.5
  • Discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • Singles & EPs 2.2
    • Video 2.3
    • Compilation appearances 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4


1978–1981: White Souls in Black Suits and Thirst

Newton had previously worked with members of Cabaret Voltaire in a collective called The Studs and with Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware in a band called The Future. He formed the first lineup of Clock DVA in 1978 with Judd Turner (bass), David J. Hammond (guitar), Roger Quail (drums) and Charlie Collins (saxophone, clarinet) (born 26 September 1952, Sheffield).

Clock DVA was originally known for making a form of experimental electronic music involving treated tape loops and synthesizers such as the EMS Synthi E. Clock DVA became associated with industrial music with the 1980 release of their cassette album White Souls in Black Suits on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Records.[2]

Paul Widger joined on guitar. The LP Thirst, released on Fetish Records, followed in 1981 to a favourable critical reaction,[3] knocking Adam and the Ants' Dirk Wears White Sox from the top of the NME Indie Charts, by which time the band had combined musique concrète techniques with standard rock instrumentation. "4 Hours", the single from Thirst, was later covered by former Bauhaus bassist David J on his 1985 solo EP Blue Moods Turning Tail.

The band split up in 1981, with the non-original members of the band going on to form The Box.[2]

Turner died in September 1981 due to an accidental drug overdose.[4]

1982–1984: Advantage

In 1982, Newton formed a new version of the band. First releasing the single "High Holy Disco Mass" on the major label Polydor Records under the name DVA, the band then released the album Advantage (with singles "Resistance" and "Breakdown") under the name Clock DVA. After a European tour in 1983, however, the band split acrimoniously. Adi Newton went on to form The Anti-Group or T.A.G.C.[3] They released several albums continuing in a similar vein to the early Clock DVA, yet more experimental.

1987–1994: Buried Dreams, Man-Amplified and Sign

In 1987, Newton reactivated DVA and invited Dean Dennis and Paul Browse back into the fold to aid Newton's use of computer aided sampling techniques which he had been developing in The Anti Group. They released Buried Dreams (1989), an electronic album which (along with its single "The Hacker") received critical acclaim as a pioneering work in the cyberpunk genre. It is also rumored to have been the CD found in Jeffrey Dahmer's stereo at the time of his arrest, according to a 1990s piece published by Alternative Press.

Browse left the group in 1989 and was replaced by Robert E. Baker. The album Man-Amplified (1992), an exploration of cybernetics, was the next release. Digital Soundtracks (1992), an instrumental album, followed.

Following Dennis's departure from the group, Newton and Baker produced the album Sign (1993).

1995–2007: Hiatus

After the release of Sign and related singles, Clock DVA toured Europe (line-up: Newton & Baker with Andrew McKenzie and Ari Newton) and Newton relocated to Italy. However, their Italian record label at the time, Contempo, folded which caused a number of problems.

Collective, an anthology album and a box set was released in 1994. Newton began working on new material with Brian Williams, Graeme Revell (from SPK) and Paul Haslinger but continued problems with record labels eventually caused Newton and Clock DVA take a long break from the music scene.[5]

In 1998, Czech record label Nextera released a reissue of Buried Dreams, sanctioned by Dean Dennis and Paul Browse but not by Newton.

2008–present: Reactivation

Adi Newton reactivated Clock DVA along with his creative partner Jane Radion Newton in 2008.

Since 2011 Clock DVA has performed at several electronic music festivals and venues throughout Europe [6][7][8] with a new line-up consisting of Newton, Maurizio "TeZ" Martinucci and Shara Vasilenko.[9]

In November 2011, a new Clock DVA track "Phase IV" was featured on Wroclaw Industrial Festival compilation album.[10]

In January 2012, German record label Vinyl on Demand announced Horology, a vinyl box set compilation of early (1978–1980) Clock DVA material.[11]

A historical overview exhibition of Clock DVA (photographs, video and audio) took place at the Melkweg cultural centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands in February/March 2012.[12]

In July 2013, a new Clock DVA album called Post-Sign was released on Anterior Research. It was produced and composed by Adi Newton in 1994–95 as an instrumental companion album to Sign, though it remained unreleased at that time due to problems with record labels.[5]

According to Adi Newton, Mute Records were set to re-release the eight Clock DVA albums remastered in a box set in 2012.[5]

In 2013, Clock DVA played at the Incubate festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

In 2014, Clock DVA released the album Clock 2 on a USB drive through their label Anterior Research. This limited edition release consists of 3 new studio tracks and various remixes of them, in addition to 4 video files. A 12" called Re-Konstructor / Re-Kabaret 13 was released shortly after. Another EP, Neo Post Sign, containing tracks recorded 1995-96 but omitted from the Post-Sign album, was released early 2015.



  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 271-2
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music. Guinness Publishing.  
  4. ^ Martyn Ware interviewed in The Quietus
  5. ^ a b c Clock DVA/Adi Newton interview in Peek-a-Boo Magazine
  6. ^ Wave-Gotik-Treffen Bands and Artists 2011
  7. ^ Wroclaw Industrial Festival 2011 Artists
  8. ^ BIMfest 2011 artists
  9. ^ Moonlight Festival concert review in Filth Forge
  10. ^ Bleak Records announcement
  11. ^ Vinyl on Demand announcement
  12. ^ A Chronology of Dvation: The subversive & occult emergence of Clock DVA

External links

  • Anterior Research/Clock DVA/T.A.G.C. Official website
  • Anterior Research/Clock DVA Official US website at the Wayback Machine (archived 3 August 2008)
  • The Clock DVA on Myspace
  • Last.FM group
  • Review on TrouserPress
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