Clock DVA

Clock DVA

One of a batch of groups forming the so-called "industrial" scene of Sheffield in the early 80s, Clock DVA's first release was, appropriately, on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial label. The cassette-only (until its re-release in 1982) "White Souls In Black Suits" featured Adi Newton (vocals, ex-the Studs; the Future; Veer), Stephen James "Judd" Turner (bass, vocals, guitar, ex-Block Opposite), David J. Hammond (guitar), Roger Quail (drums) and Charlie Collins (saxophone). However, there had already been three previous line-ups, including synthesizer players Joseph Hurst and Simon Mark Elliot-Kemp.

In 1981, the band (with new guitarist Paul Widger) offered "Thirst", available through independent label Fetish. With the ground for such "difficult music" having been prepared by Throbbing Gristle, the press reaction was remarkably favorable. Nevertheless, the band disintegrated at the end of the year, and tragedy struck with the death of co-founder Turner. Newton kept the name while the three other surviving members joined the Box.

By 1983, replacements had been found in John Valentine Carruthers (guitar), Paul Browse (saxophone), Dean Dennis (bass) and Nick Sanderson (drums). A brace of singles prefaced "Advantage", their first album for Polydor Records. The following year Carruthers and Sanderson departed, and Clock DVA continued as a trio. Though it would be five years before a follow-up, Newton was kept busy with his visual project The Anti Group (TAGC), and several singles. "Buried Dreams" finally arrived in 1989. By the time of 1991's "Transitional Voices", Browse had been replaced by Robert E. Baker, of TAGC. The departure of Dennis after the completion of "Man Amplified" and "Digital Soundtracks" in 1992 left the remaining duo of Newton and Baker to record "Sign".

After some 15 years of silence, Adi Newton has reactivated Clock DVA. Since 2011 the new line-up (feat. Maurizio "TeZ" Martinucci) has performed at several festivals and venues throughout Europe. "Horology", a vinyl box set compilation of early material (1978-1980) was released 2012. According to Newton, Mute Records are going to re-release the Clock DVA albums remastered in a box set in the near future.

A "new" album, "Post-Sign", was released 2013; this album was recorded already in 1994/95 by Newton as an instrumental companion album to "Sign", but remained unreleased at the time due to problems with record labels. "Clock 2", a USB release with all new material plus remixes and videos, is scheduled for release in 2014, as well as a limited 12" with two remixes, on Newton's own label Anterior Research Media Comm.

Clock DVA Discography


none Clock DVA tape 1.(Cass, S/Sided, MiniAlbum, C60) Dvation none UK 1978 Sell This Version
none Clock DVA The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(Cass, S/Sided, C30) Not On Label (Clock DVA) none UK 1978 Sell This Version
none Clock DVA The Sex Beyond Entanglement(Cass, Album) Dvation none UK 1978 Sell This Version
none Dva* Fragment (Album) Dvation none UK 1979 Sell This Version
DVA 002 Prior To Intercourse, Clock DVA Prior To Intercourse, Clock DVA - Through Latex Mirrors(Cass, Album) Dvation DVA 002 UK 1979 Sell This Version
none DVA* Untitled(Cass, MiniAlbum) Dvation none UK 1979 Sell This Version
none Clock DVA Deep Floor(Cass, Album) Dvation none UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 31 Clock DVA White Souls In Black Suits (Album) Industrial Records IRC 31 UK 1980 Sell This Version
none Clock DVA F Club 24 2 80(Cass, S/Sided, Album) Not On Label (Clock DVA) none UK 1980 Sell This Version
FR2002 Clock DVA Thirst (Album) Fetish Records FR2002 UK 1981 Sell This Version
813 119-1, POLS 1082 ClockDVA* Advantage (Album) Polydor, Polydor 813 119-1, POLS 1082 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
WAX 7094 CLOCKDVA* Buried Dreams (Album) Interfisch Records WAX 7094 US 1989 Sell This Version
01718-08 CLOCKDVA* >>Transitional Voices<< (Album) Interfisch Records 01718-08 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CONTE 217CD Clock DVA Digital Soundtracks (Album) Contempo Records CONTE 217CD Italy 1992 Sell This Version
CONTAPE 182 CLOCKDVA* Man-Amplified (Album) Contempo Records CONTAPE 182 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
CONTE 225MC CLOCKDVA* Sign (Album) Contempo Records, Contempo Records CONTE 225MC Italy 1993 Sell This Version
ARMCOMM CD 001 CLOCKDVA* Post-Sign (Album) Anterior Research Media Comm ARMCOMM CD 001 UK 2013 Sell This Version
ARM USB 1, U.M.P.-031 ClockDVA* Clock 2 Anterior Research Media Comm ARM USB 1, U.M.P.-031 UK 2014 Sell This Version
STJ 125 Clock DVA Secret Thirteen Mix 125(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Secret Thirteen Journal STJ 125 Lithuania 2014
VOD96.1RE Clock DVA Lomticks Of Time(LP, Album, Ltd, RP) Vinyl-on-demand VOD96.1RE Germany 2016 Sell This Version
VOD96.4RE Clock DVA Sex Works Beyond Entanglement (LP, Album, Ltd, RP) Vinyl-on-demand VOD96.4RE Germany 2016 Sell This Version
VOD96.6RE Clock DVA Fragment (LP, Album, Ltd, RP) Vinyl-on-demand VOD96.6RE Germany 2016 Sell This Version
VOD96.5RE Clock DVA Deep Floor(LP, Album, Ltd, RP) Vinyl-on-demand VOD96.5RE Germany 2016 Sell This Version
VOD96.2/3RE Clock DVA 2nd (2xLP, Album, Ltd, RP) Vinyl-on-demand VOD96.2/3RE Germany 2016 Sell This Version
none Clock DVA Untitled(Cass, Promo) Not On Label (Clock DVA Self-Released) none Italy Unknown Sell This Version

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November 22, 2015
edited 5 months ago
DVA's Adi Newton is featured in the music documentary Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.
DVD & Bluray release features +30 minutes of unseen interviews.
Now available from:


August 24, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
There is something about the introspectiveness and experimentation on Clock DVA's art that is really fascinating. The obscure perspective was unique - specially on "Buried Dreams", among the highest standards for avant-garde electronic music albums ever.
It's amazing how this English formation could blend the tastes of minimal ("Transitional Voices", "Sound Mirror"), experimental ("Sonology Of Sex", "The Unseen"), introspectiveness ("The Reign, Velvet Realm"), with sensuality (on "Buried Dreams", the most sexy vanguardist music you could imagine), melted with a natural sense of darkness.

"Transitional Voices" and "The Reign" were real dancefloor anthems on the underground Industrial / EBM clubs in São Paulo in 1990-1991, thanks to connaisseurs such as DJ Magal and Mellão from Muzik.

Clock DVA remains an essential Electronic Act of the Avant-Garde Electronica, just like groups such as Cabaret Voltaire, Klinik, Tangerine Dream, Model 500, Kraftwerk & Riuichi Sakamoto.


July 23, 2004
edited over 2 years ago
Clock DVA's Buried Dreams album is the #1 soundtrack to my darkest sexual pleasures & fantasies. If you like dark sexy machine made music this album must not be overlooked. There has not been one girl I've played this album for that did'nt feel the same way. Highly recommended!


June 17, 2003
Clock DVA evolved from their early electronics/avant garde collective into a more sophisticated electronics/avant garde collective only with a virtual difference to once a more conventional line-up. Obsessions with science and social deviance made their sound go for various debates whether the group were self-indulging in the wake of Kraftwerk as the closest comparison but their influence shoudn't be understated. They cut their own path and we should hail them for their music is some of the most uncompromising statement of the modern age.

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