Locust

Locust

Real Name:
Mark Van Hoen
Profile:
LOCUST is MARK VAN HOEN, a born and bred Londoner who has been working in television and radio since leaving school at 16 and whose musical output since last year has offered the world of Ambient electronic music something with a greater depth and a sense of progression.

In 1982, influenced by Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and other early electronic artists, he gave his first live performance using synthesizer and tape.

Over the years Mark's musical intake has changed: the German electronic pioneers have fallen out of favour to be replaced by jazz and Indian classical music. "I will always love the work of Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and David Sylvian" , said Mark in 1995, "but right now the most important music to me is that of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen". Conversely, he has also developed an ear for pop and more "conventional" vocal-led music.

But the essence of Locust is music that Mark, and only Mark, has performed and recorded. His initial series of releases on Apollo covered the years 1983-1987 and 1991-1994; the compositions on all these records were generated almost entirely using analogue synthesizers. With the follow-on album, Truth Is Born Of Arguments however, things changed quite substantially. Partly instigated by the explosion of the Jungle movement, but mostly by developing new techniques, this album was based on sampling and digital sound manipulation.
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Locust Discography

Albums

Locust Weathered Well (Album) Apollo Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
Locust Truth Is Born Of Arguments (Album) Apollo, Apollo Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Locust Morning Light (Album) Apollo Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
TO:51 Locust Wrong(2xCD, Album) Touch TO:51 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Locust You'll Be Safe Forever (Album) Editions Mego Austria 2013 Sell This Version
Locust After The Rain (Album) Editions Mego Austria 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Locust Skysplit R & S Records Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
LTD PROMO 500 Locust Needle(12", Promo) Apollo LTD PROMO 500 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
LTD PROMO 800 Locust Penetration(12", Promo) Apollo LTD PROMO 800 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
Locust No-One In The World (Maxi, Single) Apollo Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
Locust Your Selfish Ways (Maxi) Apollo Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
Locust The Girl With The Fairytale Dream (Maxi) Apollo Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
none Boom Boom Satellites, Locust Boom Boom Satellites, Locust - Cassette Exclusive To Barfly Readers(Cass, Single) R & S Records none UK 1997 Sell This Version
Locust All Your Own Way (Maxi) Apollo Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
588 624 2 Locust Master And Servant(CD, Single, Promo) 1500 Records 588 624 2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
582585-2 Locust Master And Servant (HDCD, Single, S/Edition) 1500 Records, PolyGram Company 582585-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
eMEGO162X Locust You'll Be Safe Forever Remixes(12", W/Lbl) Editions Mego eMEGO162X Austria 2013 Sell This Version

Compilations

Locust Natural Composite (Comp) Apollo Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
APOLLO 18 Locust In Rememberance Of Times Past(LP, Comp) Apollo APOLLO 18 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
SRV 103 LP Locust / Mick Harris / David Toop / Lilith Locust / Mick Harris / David Toop / Lilith - L'inachevé / The Unfinished(LP, Comp) Sub Rosa SRV 103 LP Belgium 1995 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

STJ 059 Locust Secret Thirteen Mix 059(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Secret Thirteen Journal STJ 059 Lithuania 2013

Miscellaneous

none Locust Live At WFMU On Daniel Blumin's Show May 12th 2012(6xFile, MP3, 256) WFMU none US 2012
none Locust Just Want You (Scanner Destroyed Mix)(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label none UK 2013

Reviews

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edpond

edpond

May 10, 2003
Mark Van Hoen's project was initially responsible for ground-breaking dark and introspective electronic music. Later releases favour the darker examinations of love and relationships without lyrics (Truth is born of arguments), then with lyrics from guest artists (morning light, wrong).

From http://www.a-toi.com/locust :
Although a lot of people seem to think that he stays at home listening to tapes of puppies being tortured, Mark in fact goes out as much as anyone. "I realised that making music is a therapy for me. After working with Annie Williams (one of the vocalists on Morning Light), I could see that, in empathising with someone else, I was resolving my own inner feelings. This results in a warmer, more digestable music that doesn't simply project my paranoia, like my instrumental work tended to."

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