The first Synth Hero of the new decade is Scanner aka British artist Robin Rimbaud.
Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music.
To date he has scored 75 contemporary dance productions, including works for the London Royal Ballet and Merce Cunningham. In 2016 he installed his Water Drops sound work in Rijeka Airport in Croatia, Ghosts at Cliveden National Trust UK, and scored the world’s first ever Virtual Reality ballet, Nightfall.
He scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba (2007) and Narnia ballet (2015) based on the popular children’s book, Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2012 and in 2018 produced work that measures the quality of soil in Europe using live data with artist Kasia Molga.
For his Synth Hero mix, Robin decided to “simply choose synth oriented music I had listened to in the last week, so it’s a picture of my listening habits at a certain moment in time.”
Scroll down while you listen to read personal track notes by Robin for each song.