Octave One (Burden brothers, US techno producers)

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Octave One is a group of American techno musicians composed of siblings Lenny Burden and Lawrence Burden, sometimes associated with their three other brothers, Lorne Burden, Lynell Burden and Lance Burden. In 1989, The band debuted on Derrick May's Transmat record label with the single "I Believe". In 1990, "I Believe" was included on the compilation Techno 2: The Next Generation (10 Records). Also In 1990, with their brother Lynell, they formed the record label 430 West Records to release the vinyl record Octave One "The Octivation EP". Octave One have remixed recordings for Massive Attack, Joey Negro, DJ Rolando, Steve Bug, John Thomas, The Trammps, Rhythm is Rhythm, and Inner City. In 2000, Octave One released their most commercially successful recording, "Blackwater". In 2002, "Blackwater" was remixed by the band with a reworked live string arrangement performed by the Urban Soul Orchestra in London, England. The single was re-released by Concept Music (United Kingdom), Ministry of Sound/Voidcom (Germany), Vendetta Records (Spain), and Tinted (Australia) in the same year. It peaked at #47 (February 2002) and #69 (September 2002) in the UK Singles Chart.

Octave One tour the world as live electronic musicians. They are included in the second generation of Detroit Techno artists.

Mainly known for their techno recordings, the Burden brothers have also produced many recordings of house music and other electronic genres using other pseudonyms, in particular Random Noise Generation, Metro D (with Terrell Langston) and Never One Sunday.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The "X" Files Octave One 1
1995 Conquered Nation Octave One 1
1996 Point Blank Octave One 1
1997 The Living Key (To Images From Above) Octave One 1
2004 The Theory of Everything Octave One 1
2015 Burn It Down Octave One 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 The Collective Octave One 2
2011 Revisited: Here, There, And Beyond Octave One 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Off the Grid Octave One 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 I Believe Octave One feat. Lisa Newberry 2
1998 Aztlan / DayStar Rising Mad Mike and DJ Rolando the Aztec Mystic / Octave One 1
2000 Black Water Octave One 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Octivation EP Octave One 1
1995 Foundation EP Octave One 1
1997 The Living Key Octave One 1
1999 Art and Soul Octave One 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 New Life Octave One 1
2012 New Life Remixes Octave One 1

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