Twilight Circus Dub Sound System

Twilight Circus
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresReggae, dub, sound systems
Years active1995–present
LabelsM Records,Fleximix, ROIR, Interchill, Dubhead, Nettwerk, Sony Music Japan
Associated actsLegendary Pink Dots, Cevin Key, Download, Darryl Neudorf, Sly Dunbar, Michael Rose, Dean Fraser, Big Youth, DJ Spooky, Mad Professor, Tear Garden.
MembersRyan Moore

Twilight Circus is the dub and reggae project of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Moore, former bassist and drummer of the Legendary Pink Dots. Twilight Circus is becoming increasingly popular and well known for Moore's work with artists such as Big Youth, Michael Rose of Black Uhuru and Ranking Joe. He originally started off producing dub albums, before recording vocalists for inclusion on his critically acclaimed Foundation Rockers album.[1] In the classic tradition of reggae, Moore releases 10" vinyl record singles, often in limited ion.[2]

With Twilight Circus, Ryan Moore has worked with a wide range of respected figures from the dub, reggae and electronic genres[3] including: Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser, Luciano, Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Mikey General, Big Youth, Skully Simms, Vin Gordon (The Wailers), Earl "Chinna" Smith (The Wailers), Eddie 'Tan Tan' Thornton (Aswad), Buttons Tenyue /Matics Horns (UB40), Ansel Collins, Style Scott (Dub Syndicate), Bobby Ellis (Studio One), Admiral Tibet, Jah Stitch, Sugar Minott, Queen Ifrica, Lutan Fyah, Fred Locks, Gregory Isaacs, Mafia & Fluxy, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), DJ Spooky, and The Mad Professor.

Moore's fascination with dub began in the early 1980s,[4] inspired by the nexus of punk rock and dub which film maker Don Letts forged in London, along with the futuristic possibilities hinted at by cyberpunk author William Gibson in Neuromancer.[5] Throughout the 80's he obsessively collected every dub LP he could find, which included Jamaican dub from legends like King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Lee Perry and Scientist as well as 2nd-generation figures operating from London like Adrian Sherwood, Mad Professor, and Jah Shaka.[3] Some of his early dub experiments from the mid-80's are to be heard on the ROIR release 'Twilight Circus - Dub From The Secret Vaults'.[6]

In 1994 Vancouver's Miller Block studio collective, owner / operator Darryl Neudorf handed Ryan Moore the keys to the studio for after hours sessions, where the first Twilight Circus album Ín Dub Vol.1 began to take shape.[7] From 1994 to the present Moore has made recordings for Twilight Circus in Vancouver, London, Kingston-Jamaica, and The Netherlands - where he had his own studio.[5]

Since being the opening act for Skinny Puppy side project Download on their 1996 World tour and several tours billed with the Legendary Pink Dots, Twilight Circus has maintained a busy schedule playing all over the World on nearly every continent, including major festivals like Dour Festival,[8] Summerjam,[9] Fuji Rock Festival,[10] One Love (UK),[11] Asagiri Jam,[12] Sierra Nevada World Music Festival,[13] Vancouver Folk Music Festival.[14]



Produced by Twilight Circus[]


10 inch singles and EPs[]

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  1. ^ Dacks, David. "Twilight Circus Dub Sound System - Foundation Rockers • Soul, Funk & World Reviews •". Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  2. ^ "Twilight Circus presents DEEPER ROOTS". UK ReggaeGuide. 1933-05-02. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  3. ^ a b Thu, Christina Li (2012-04-12). "Twilight Circus on the Origin of His Moniker and the Rise of Dub Music into the Mainstream - San Francisco - Music - All Shook Down". Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  4. ^ "Splendid are detective. Splendid are select".
  5. ^ a b "Ryan Moore / Twilight Circus - Interview". Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  6. ^ "Dub from the Secret Vaults - Twilight Circus | Release Information, Reviews and Crs". AllMusic. 2004-04-20. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  7. ^ Darryl Neudorf#Miller Block
  8. ^ "Dour Festival 2003 | Twilight circus". Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  9. ^ "SummerJam 2001 - Reggaenode review". Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  10. ^ "Fuji Rock Festival 11 - English". 2004-08-01. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  11. ^ "Twilight Circus Dub Sound System". One Love Festival. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  12. ^ Despres, Shawn. "Asagiri Jam". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  13. ^ "Jammin Reggae Archives Web Site". Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  14. ^ Varty, Alexander (2007-07-11). "Folk festival features dub specialists | Georgia Straight". Retrieved 2013-07-16.

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