Levente Toth is a United Kingdom-based synth artist. He is now ready with an album called “The Dowland Shores”, inspired by the works of American writer Philip K. Dick.
Levente Toth was born in Transylvania’s Hungarian ethnic minority, and his main escapism during the communist dictatorship was listening to electronic music. He built his first analogue synth when he was a teenager living under the Ceausescu regime. Music creation has really begun later on in his home studio, which he established after his relocation to the UK in 1995.
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), whose works, exploring philosophical, political and theological themes, have moved from a rather unique corner of “science fiction” into mainstream (including cult film adaptations like Blade Runner and Minority Report) and into courses on literature. In Dick’s exquisitely complex, often disturbing (and disturbingly prophetic) universe there are numerous veiled or direct references to John Dowland, the English Renaissance composer.
While navigating through Dick’s unique and turbulent world, these references for Levente were akin to encountering safe shores of humanity, of familiar and cosy reality, where one could stop for a moment among the many turbulent flows and currents. This album is about those shores – the human, sometimes background or secondary, stories and undercurrents in Dick’s ever-changing labyrinthine universe.
Among the compositions, which were inspired by these, there are also a few tributes to John Dowland – hopefully adapted to fit into the Dick-inspired musical world as Dick’s references to the music of a distant past fit into his universe…