Fascinated with sound from an early age, The Manitou draws inspiration from both the natural and unnatural world. To him, the collection, creation, manipulation, and transformation of sound into music is a compulsion. That he can find an output for these creations is a bonus.

His earliest influences were the strange sounds produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop for TV shows such as Doctor Who, the popularization of the synthesizer in music from the 70's and 80's; even something as pedestrian as the 'secret sound' segment that aired on local radio.

The theme of entropy is a constant fascination: the decay of man-made objects and their relationship with the unstoppable onslaught of nature. A car body rusting away in the middle of the woods; the remnants of industrial processes; buildings left vacant and empty: all these things have a story, and many yield sounds and ideas. Likewise the sounds of working machines: roadworks, trains, steam engines, pile-drivers; all these things have musical value if one has a mind to extrapolate them. The sounds of nature, too, find a place in his music: birdsong, water, rain, and wind sharing space with the unnatural sounds of synthesizers.

Lyrically, he writes what he likes to call 'observational music'. If you've ever listened to Kraftwerk, you'll get the idea: no band could write a song about a calculator quite like they could. Metaphor plays a big part, and there are science-fiction and occult themes throughout. Oh, yes, there are love songs, but they tend to be about pedestrian things like lamp-posts.

Some of his influences:
Gary Numan, Jean-Michel Jarre, John Foxx, Louis Gordon, Eiffel 65, The Alan Parsons Project, Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Genesis, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Human League, Thompson Twins, Buggles, Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson, Yasutaka Nakata; 70's funk/disco, europop, house music, and new wave.

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Availability is noted below each release.

Music of the Lake
Music of the Lake (2019)
Availability: Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify
Atmospheres (2019)
Availability: Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify
Cybersonic (2017)
Availability: Bandcamp
Radioatomic (2014)
Availability: Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify
Let's Build Mecha!
The Mechanicals EP (2012)
Availability: Bandcamp

Let's Build Mecha!
Let's Build Mecha! EP (2010)
Availability: Bandcamp

Thought To Be Extinct
Thought To Be Extinct (2008)
Availability: Bandcamp
Circuit Zero
Circuit Zero (2007)
Availability: out of print

Silence On The Airwaves
Silence On The Airwaves (2005)
Availability: out of print

All art, text, music: copyright (c) 2000 - 2020 Joshua M. Blanc.