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Formed in 2006 by guitarist/vocalist and composer Stuart Chalmers, session drummer Tom Vincent and bassist Simon James White, Traffic Experiment (named after a temporary road sign in the band’s hometown of Guildford) recorded their first full album, Blue Suburbia, at Woodworm Studios in the rural countryside of Oxfordshire, a converted chapel and formerly the private studio of folk band Fairport Convention.
Chalmers, an astrophysics graduate, had written and demoed the album in full at home in 2005 and, having recruited Vincent and White (former students of the Academy of Contemporary Music and the London Music School respectively), set about recording what would prove to be a fairly complex 11-
As a result of doing everything for themselves, including designing the artwork, setting up their own label, funding and producing the project, Blue Suburbia took Traffic Experiment four years to complete. With its recurring musical and lyrical themes, accompanying visuals, extended soundscapes, and no radio-
To add a further dimension, the album was peppered with sound effects and featured the ‘sped up sound of the Big Bang’, spinning clocks and guitars (with band members twirling around in the studio wearing binaural ear mics), the BBC Radio 4 pips and Once More (with feeling) opening with a cheap monophonic ringtone of its main refrain, amongst many others.
The album also featured the soaring ambient vocals of Harri Norris, only seventeen when recording her parts, as well as a small string section consisting of a single cellist and violinist, recorded over and over to build up the sound.
Produced by Stuart Chalmers, engineered by Steve Hill and mastered by Pink Floyd's Andy Jackson, Blue Suburbia was released in 2010 on the band's own self-
Traffic Experiment were back in the studio in 2011 with producer George Shilling (Blur, Bernard Butler, Porcupine Tree, Stornoway), creating a reworking of the classic Doctor Who theme. Named after a flesh-
On 21st December, a date that attracted many end-
The band released the vinyl-
They are currently busy writing a follow-
TRAFFiC EXPERiMENT are a UK-