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To step into the studio of Mark and Matt Thibideau is to enter a timewarp of sorts. The place is filled with the synthesizers and other instruments that defined the music of the 1980s. All of it is authentic, most of it is rare, and none of it is easily recognizable to most people.

But Matt and Mark are not nostalgists. They don't wallow in the past. They use all this old stuff (some of which only functions with the help of old computers, also from the 1980s) to make new music. Their record label, Obsolete Components, is built entirely on this premise. Take the best electronic instruments ever made (all of which were analogue, by the way, not digital) and put them back into service to produce something new.

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The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.

It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.

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