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LORD OF THE ANTS is the alias of electronic music composer and producer Christopher Westcott.
Christopher was born on December 29th, 1965, in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, where he currently resides. Aside from the Lord of the Ants music project, Christopher is also an entrepreneur and is currently involved in a number of successful business ventures, including owning and operating an award-winning internet-based company.
In 1976, the family decided to move back to England but Christopher can still fondly remember his life in this brave new World and insists that it shaped his thinking for years to come. Christopher still regards himself as an ‘honorary’ Canadian.
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Lord of the Ants - Albums
Firebird is an imaginative blend of rhythmic electronic music and cinematic electronica, with deep house, chill, rock, dance and experimental influences that is superbly produced and grabs and holds your attention from start to finish.
From the opening title track, the listener is treated to a series of memorable themes and intriguing soundscapes, either established by foot tapping sequences, infectious rhythms or deep bass and cinematic tones underpinned by searing guitar and melodic lead lines all encompassed in wonderfully original sound effects and atmospherics.
When things slow down, as with “Impossible Sky” and "Secrets of the Days", the superb use of unconventional rhythms under deep bass and occasional acoustic guitar and treated voices is mind blowing. Even the use of a sampled Eastern female vocal on “East At Least” is given a new twist with the imaginative backing and unusual rhythms. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better you’re treated to the joyously trippy “Keep off the Grass”.
The debut album 'Quantum Voodoo' was an interesting collection of diverse music, but this time round Christopher has honed his skills and wrapped his great themes up in clever rhythms, sequences and diverse sounds. But above all, by focussing the arrangements it has ensured 'Firebird’ is a mature, interesting and hugely entertaining electronic music album.
Lord of the Ant’s own galvanic, compelling brand of electronica is heavily influenced by electronic music’s eager adopters, which dutifully include Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno, Tomita, Vangelis and many other innovators of the early EM scene. Other more contemporary influences include Radiohead, Boards of Canada, Moby, Aphex Twin, Code Indigo, Sigur Ros and Café del Mar.
Sparked by his North American adventure, Christopher developed a keen interest in various forms of North American pop culture, including comic books, rock music, ufo’s and all things paranormal. But Christopher discovered his great love when in 1981 a friend introduced him to an LP called ‘Cyclone’, by a German band Christopher had never come across. The band was called Tangerine Dream.
Christopher had always admired the early pioneers of electronic music, which included Pink Floyd, Yes, Emmerson Lake & Palmer et al, but Tangerine Dream were different - vastly different. Their music was unlike anything he had heard before and he was instantly captivated by this enigmatic new sound. It was musical poetry, brimming with esoteric allusions. It was also bold, non-conformist and touched on subjects that were not recognised as mainstream. From that point forward, Christopher became an ardent fan of the electronic music movement and the music of Tangerine Dream in particular. Driven by his passion, Christopher then began to experiment and create electronic music with his own vision and style. www.lordoftheants.com