Newbury, 06/07/18-Lancaster, PA based artist Manipulant (David Speakman) releases the single “What Good are the Stars?” - catalog number SBCE008 on Submarine Broadcasting Company. The single features four versions, including a guest vocal from Jennifer Doll, two remixes. The original utilizes swirling keys over a melodic bass and percussion that surround melancholy vocals.

Newbury, 26/03/18-Lancaster, PA based artist Manipulant (David Speakman) reveals his third release, ‘perspective’ on UK label Submarine Broadcasting Company (catalog #SBCE005).  perspective, a five song EP, tails the self-released ‘Eclectro’ (2017) which placed on several year-end ‘Best Of’ lists and helped him collect a nomination on the Wigwam Online Radio Awards in the ‘Best Indie/Alternative Act’ category. “This record is so much more personal than my past efforts” said Manipulant. “Before, the songs were just stories. These are pieces of me, reflective of my current state. The music, though electronic, avoids sterility. It’s very imperfect, just as we are.” Manipulant cites The Fall, Tom Waits, The Legendary Pink Dots, & Brian Eno as stimuli.

"Folks, this is a fully-realized, mature, wonderful piece of art. Each track transports you into its world, and holds you there. I thought of each track as a portal into unique worlds, where the sound prevails and your brain adjusts, accepts and then adores each stop along the way. I loved the overall sound, very roomy and open and expressive, enveloping in all the right ways."

"We've been very impressed with Manipulant's material over this last year and recognize the unquestionable quality that it clearly exhibits. Combining a thoughtful, articulate nature with an air of dark brooding cynicism, he has the makings of a modern day Tom Waits."
Mike Green, WIGWAM Online Radio. 

"Je suis a big fan of manipulant with his echoey vocals, trippy beats and backwards writing. Proper good!"

"Eclectro is one of the most unusual and sonically amazing albums I’ve heard in a long while. At times disturbing, and other times gorgeous, it’s a brilliant, meticulously crafted album..."

Dr. Terenzi Vocal-bombs her own tribute song

Lancaster, Pa - Acoustic astronomy pioneer Dr. Fiorella Terenzi joins Lancaster, PA electronic artist Manipulant  (David Speakman) on his new album release “Eclectro” (6.20.17).  The song, titled “Doctor, I Need Your Expertise” combines the voice of Dr. Terenzi, a renowned astrophysicist,  describing the sounds of space against swirling keyboards and a driving beat to create a hypnotic journey through the solar system.

Dr. Terenzi, composer of “Music from the Galaxies” (Island Records) is also an accomplished professor and author.  After hearing a demo sent to her by Speakman, the Milanese stargazer gushed “The way you treated the galaxy is very good.  Excellent!” and Dr. Terenzi jumped into the collaboration process.

The self -released “Eclectro”, the second album from Manipulant, follows the experimental  Méthode de Narration (2016) with its trance-inducing rhythms, social commentary, dark undercurrents. .. and now throws an astrophysicist into the mix.  “Eclectro” will be available on various digital outlets and by compact disc on the Manipulant website.  For additional information and inquiries related to Eclectro please visit or to learn more about Dr. Terenzi visit

" ...I know brilliance when I hear it, and the dark corners and hypnotic lulling of this effort are perfectly done. There’s an energy throughout, a real, thoughtful control, and fearless execution at every turn. Despite things being bleak sometimes, there’s hope, and in this way it is perfect for our times. A truly impressive, packed 27 minutes of music, and an album to which I will return because it will reveal more and more with each subsequent listen."

"Nearly 100% of the lyrics seem to be stream-of-consciousness musings over variously electronic and analog instrumentation. ...well-produced and dreamlike. The Organist” is a beautiful track anchored by electric drums, sparse singing and (duh) an organ. (Pocket Trumpet) ...It’s strange, for sure, but in a way that invokes Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building In There?" 

“The music of MANIPULANT has a dream-like, otherworldly quality - mixing the warmth and vibrancy of primal rhythms with the cold conciseness of electronic sounds.”