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Mark Fell and Mat Steel / SND

Snd was formed in Sheffield, UK, in 1998 by Mark Fell and Mat Steel. Fell and Steel knew each other from art school and had already worked on various projects together when, inspired by highly focused label runs such as Mike Ink's Studio One or Thomas Brinkmann's Max/Ernst, and influenced equally by house, techno, and experimental music, they decided to produce and release a series of 12" records on their own eponymously titled label.

Uncertain if anyone would ever buy it, the first unassuming 12" "Tplay" was produced, packaged in a plain sleeve with no information other than a hand stamped telephone number, and sent out into the world. Almost immediately they were contacted, via the aforementioned telephone number, by the influential but now de-funct Mille Plateaux. Thus began a period which saw three critically acclaimed albums for Mille Plateaux alongside the continuing series on their own label put snd at the forefront of new digital minimalism, pioneering a sound that always influenced but also resisted the so called 'clicks and cuts' movement that built up around them. After their third album "Tender Love" for Mille Plateaux in 2002, snd turned to other projects: solo work, curating events and installations, the occasional contribution to compilations, an album for Raster Noton from side project 'Blir', remix work for the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, and sound design for fellow Sheffielders The Designers Republic. During this time they also honed their impressive live performance through extensive touring of Japan, America, and Europe (most notably with Autechre), and one off shows at festivals and venues around the world.
After a 5 year recording hiatus, snd returned in 2008 where they started with their original and preferred format of 12" vinyl, minimally packaged on their own label. The release "4,5,6", conceived of and recorded as a continuation of their label series and intended for release as three individual 12" records, was delivered with typical obstinance, control, awareness, and disregard for standardised marketing, distribution, and profit-making models, eventually packaged as a triple vinyl set and limited to 350 copies worldwide. This release sold out virtually overnight and was instantly added to many charts for the best of 2008. Their fourth album "Atavism" was released in March 2009 on Raster Noton, and the "split" EP with NHK on Pan in 2011.
SND live on YouTube