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“old sarge” is creative smokescreen of Brian Thomson of West Lothian, Scotland…a guitarist and writer by inclination, a maker of loop/sample based music by inspiration… 


from rudimentary remixes of Prince tracks on a twin cassette deck in the 80’s, he moved on to six albums worth of indie/shoegaze guitar and drum machine home demos recorded during ’91 and ’92…a few years after that, he had his first taste of cutting and pasting together sounds on a PC… 


it was around this time that he read William S Burroughs’ ‘Mildred Pierce Reporting’, where he was first introduced to the character ‘Old Sarge’, and creating music began to subside into the periphery as he concentrated on assembling his poetry collections, ‘Three Cornered Boxing Ring’, ‘Sweet And Tender Hooligan’ and ‘An Impromptu Fish’… 


after nearly a decade of relative inactivity, it was during ’06 that he stumbled across an old copy of Sonic Foundry’s Acid DAW, discovered ACIDplanet.com with its bountiful supply of free loops and remix contests, and the online persona of old sarge began to emerge… 


“most of the resulting pieces could be labelled dance, electronica or industrial, sometimes with the suggestion of a film/TV soundtrack, and are normally of an instrumental nature…sometimes a bit of film or TV dialog will sneak into the mix, and on occasion a bit of spoken word or poetry might be included…” 


hear him channelling Bobby Gillespie on ‘requiem for a dream’, and as guest vocalist on Retrogramme’s ‘Freak Show’…