Woob

Real Name:
Paul Frankland
Profile:
Woob is UK-based soundtrack and ambient-dub musician Paul Frankland, whose albums for Em:t Recordings are among the most praised and encompassing documents of post-rave ambient of the last several years. Incorporating Middle Eastern instrumentation and vocalese with Jamaican dub-style production, tight, snappy breakbeats, blankets of synth drone and melody, and heaps of treated samples and field recordings, Woob is a sort of state-of-the-art snapshot of heavily hybridized post-rave experimental ambient.

While at college Frankland met Brian Dougans (later of Humanoid/FSOL fame) and wrote some jingles with him but he first came to attention through his participation in a Future Music talent competition held at London's Wembley stadium, refereed by, among others, Mixmaster Morris (of Dreamfish and Irresistible Force fame). Frankland's entry in the seminar/competition — a four-track demo tape — was praised highly by Morris and subsequently passed to a number of British music journalists, eventuating Frankland's relationship with the Nottingham-based Em:t label.

Frankland released his first album as Woob, 1194, through Em:t and has since contributed tracks to many of their compilations, as well as releasing a follow-up full-length, 4495. Stateside reissue of 1194 by the widely-distributed Instinct label has also given a boost to Woob's visibility, and Frankland's popularity is at or near that of his comparatively more prodigious contemporaries.

In addition to his Woob work, Frankland also records (together with DJ Colin Waterton) as Journeyman for the Ntone label. The pair's work is similar to Frankland's own, although the Middle Eastern elements are largely replaced by less localizable, heavily treated and manipulated influences.
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Albums

none Woob - Planet Woob album art Woob Planet Woob(Cass, Album) Not On Label none UK 1993 Sell This Version
Woob - Woob 1194 album art Woob Woob 1194 (Album) em:t US 1994 Sell This Version
4495 Woob - Woob² 4495 album art Woob Woob² 4495(CD, Album, P/Mixed) em:t 4495 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Woob - Repurpose album art Woob Repurpose (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2010 Sell This Version
Woob - Return To The City (Original Soundtrack) album art Woob Return To The City (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2011 Sell This Version
Woob - Have Landed album art Woob / Max & Harvey Woob / Max & Harvey - Have Landed (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2012 Sell This Version
Woob - Lost 1194 album art Woob Lost 1194 (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2013 Sell This Version
Woob - Ultrascope album art Woob Ultrascope (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2013 Sell This Version
BAS014 Woob - The Six Hundred album art Woob The Six Hundred(7xFile, FLAC, Album, 24 ) Bigamoebasounds BAS014 UK 2013
Woob - Ambient Disaster Movie album art Woob Ambient Disaster Movie (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2014 Sell This Version
Woob - Ultrascope: Time Paradox album art Woob Ultrascope: Time Paradox (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2013
none, BASCD04 Woob - 50 Below - Lost Vinyl 9310 / Lost 1194 album art Woob 50 Below - Lost Vinyl 9310 / Lost 1194(Lathe, 5", Cle + CD, Album, Em: + Ltd) Bigamoebasounds, Bigamoebasounds none, BASCD04 UK 2014 Sell This Version
Woob - MXV album art Woob MXV (Album) Bigamoebasounds UK 2015
Woob - Light and Levitation [Epilogue] album art Woob Light and Levitation [Epilogue] (MiniAlbum) Time Limited UK 2015
Woob - Adaption album art Woob Adaption (Album) Time Limited UK 2015
Woob - Death By Coin-Op album art Woob Death By Coin-Op (Album) Time Limited UK 2016
Woob - Overrun_exe album art Woob Overrun_exe (Album) Isometric UK 2016 Sell This Version
Woob - Tokyo Run album art Woob Tokyo Run (Album) Isometric UK 2017 Sell This Version
Woob - 新 プログラム album art Woob 新 プログラム (Album) Time Limited 2018 Sell This Version
TL006 Woob - スリープ 研究 プログラム album art Woob スリープ 研究 プログラム(7xFile, FLAC) Time Limited TL006 2018
ISO003s, ISO S01 Woob - Tokyo Substrate Paradox album art Woob Tokyo Substrate Paradox(15xFile, FLAC, RM) Isometric, Isometric ISO003s, ISO S01 2018

Singles & EPs

bees 005 Woob - Void, Part 2 album art Woob Void, Part 2(12") Beeswax (UK) bees 005 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Woob - EP1 album art Woob EP1 (EP) Bigamoebasounds UK 2009
BAS004 Woob - Giant Stroke album art Woob Giant Stroke(File, FLAC, Single) Bigamoebasounds BAS004 UK 2009
Woob - Paradigm Flux EP album art Woob Paradigm Flux EP (EP) Bigamoebasounds UK 2010

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June 20, 2003
I have been trying to track Paul Frankland and I believe he is still creating music. Although we haven't heard from him for a while he still is very much alive. On earth is one of my favorites and always present in my ambient sets. His Journeyman work has the pulse and creates a subliminal trance, but Woob makes you sink slowly into the deep waters of enlightenment.

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