Oscillate is an experimental music club which was initiated by Modulate members Scylla Magda and Bobby Bird in 1992.
Best known for their club based events throughout the '90s, after moving out of club environments they went on to create electronic music and multi-spacial sound arts spaces in woodlands at festivals and in urban alternative arts spaces. Today Oscillate continues to present occasional high quality events for special occasions in special locations, featuring innovative electronic music both past and present.
One of the main inspirations for starting the nights was from going to a series of underground events in North London, called Fun-de-Mental, where, in a maze of dark rehearsal rooms we first heard acts like Orbital, Ubik, Pressure of Speech and Headspace all playing out of sight in a seamless mix of live acts and DJs. The environment was chaotic, creative and unlike anything we had experienced before. At the early Oscillates, Bobby brought along various bits of his bedroom studio equipment and started to experiment with it in a live setting. This was the beginning of the Higher Intelligence Agency / HIA, whose subsequent releases 'included Colourform' and 'Freefloater', as well as the more filmic 'Birmingham Frequencies' and 'Polar Sequences' in collaboration with Biosphere, 'Deep Space Network meets Higher Intelligence Agency', and S.H.A.D.O.W' 1 and 2, with Pete Namlook.
Oscillate was always more about live electronic music than DJ's, and over the years hosted memorable performances by Autechre, Orbital, Mu-ziq, Higher Intelligence Agency, Plaid, Ultramarine, Locust, Children of the Bong, Insanity Sect, Freeform, The Drum Club, Pentatonik, Headspace, Banco de Gaia, A Positive Life, State of Flux, Exquisite Corpse, Deep Space Network, Sun Electric, Space Time Continuum, Subtropic, Spring Heel Jack, Schematix, Non Place Urban Field and T-power.
Although mainly based in Birmingham, the Oscillate club also travelled further afield, staging one of our events in a 2,000 capacity disused gas-holder in Amsterdam, where the sounds of the live acts, including HIA, Orbital, and Autechre flew around the giant circular space, while an artist created ice sculptured chairs in the Telepathic Fish chillout zone, and a few hundred dedicated 'Oscillators' travelled from Birmingham to share with us the experience a truly memorable event.
"To those in the know, including the 650 clubbers who frequent the club in Birmingham every other Friday night, Oscillate is the club of the moment, making waves far beyond the Midlands, and attracting clubbers from as far afield as London, Manchester and Edinburgh "
"The single most important club of the past two years, with its clubber considerate ideology, inspiring music, and attitude free atmosphere"
'A Masterclass in dancefloor dynamics'
"One of the best clubs we've played at"