frightened child, part rabid cur, the music snaps around your ankles,
sometimes retreating, sometimes advancing; from world-weary rock ballads
to an ambientesque drum'n bass. At times I was put in the mind
of David Bowie 's younger days, but not for long enough to be lulled into
any secure places. Direction Magazine March 2000
the formation of Ohm all of the members of the band had been involved
in various other South African musical projects, some of which are still continuing.
Jury is a well-known face on the South African music scene. Famous
for forming Urban Creep, the biggest and most popular rock group in South
Africa at the time, BrendanÙs musical career is expansive to say
the least. Playing viola and piano from an early age he went on to study
at Natal University where he gained a doctorate in musicology. After his
sojourn with Urban Creep he founded Trans.Sky with Andre Van Rensburg.
This dance oriented, techno, drumÙnÙbass, trance band have released
one album and currently exist as a studio project. Brendan has worked
on a number of movie soundtracks as well as composing for television commercials.
He has also worked with Greg Hunter on
a track for a compilation produced by Survival Intl. Brian Eno and Kris Weston. More
recently he has been invited by Faithless to play with them and Michael
Stipes in San Francisco as part of a prestigious International
venture called The Astronaut Project.
Van Rensburg started playing guitar aged seven years and was classically
trained. At 18 he moved to London where he busked for a year before returning
to South Africa to form Supernature with whom he produced two albums released
on Sugar Cane records. Following this he started playing with Butterfly
9, (with whom he still plays) who have released five successful albums.
He then went on to play guitar with Brendan in Trans.Sky, before forming
Ohm. He also continues to work on sound installations and multi-media
events in galleries and dance exhibitions under pseudonym Poison Dwarf.
McAlpine started playing violin at a very early age and with expertise
on a number of instruments could be defined as a musical prodigy. At 16
he started playing drums in a death metal band Urban Assault, going on
to form the nucleus of Plain as the main singer/songwriter. In Ohm he
plays guitar and bass.
Ou Tim joined Ohm in 2000, after playing bass with Urban Creep for
the last year of their existence. Although bass playing is what he is
known for he is also a virtuoso drummer, and can play most instruments
in both a rock band and symphony orchestra. Raised in Kimberly with Chinese
heritage, multi talented Sean is now working on his own sample based dance
music alongside his work with Ohm.
Goliath was also originally from Kimberly, but moved to Johannesburg
when he was 18 and played drums in a disco band. Since then he has played
in a number of groups spanning a variety of genres. He has played with
Carlo Mombelli as Prisoners of Strange, producing esoteric, experimental
jazz music. Although seen by many as primarily a jazz drummer, he started
playing drumÙnÙbass long before it was popular in South Africa
both as a DJ and live performer. He also joined Urban Creep, playing with
Brendan for a year. A founding member of Ohm, Gaston has now moved to
London to continue his career there.
diverse talents OhmÙs music is difficult to categorise. Influenced
by music from all over the world, but essentially informed by the South
African experience, Ohm are an experimental post-rock outfit with an Eastern
melodicism breaking through. Constantly creating new sounds and dissolving
boundaries, their songwriting structure is highly original and their music