SPK began as a pioneering industrial band from Sydney, Australia that paired gutwrenching noise with brutal images of the horror of modernity in order to shock their audiences into consciousness. The group spoke of becoming a voice for the mentally ill and tried “to express the content of various psychopathological conditions” in sound. Then, suddenly, as if to illustrate Carl Jung’s principle of enantiodromia, SPK transformed into a group that just wanted to dance.
New Zealander Graeme Revell formed the band when he was working in a mental hospital in Sydney former mental patient Neil Hill (a.k.a. Ne/H/iL). Revell soon took the name Operator, or sometimes EMS AKS, after an analog synthesizer. Revell explained the origin of... Read More