Modulations: Musician Bios

 

The following is an incomplete list of musicians appearing in Modulations.

AUTECHRE:
Influential British techno duo who record for the warp label. Their sound is a distillation of electro funk and hip-hop into bleak bleep- scapes.

FRANKIE BONES:
New York techno producer. Frankie bones’ “bonesbreaks” records were important influences on the British hardcore scene, which mutated into jungle.

CALVIN BUSH
Journalist for Muzik magazin, and runs own label, fifth freedom.

COLDCUT (MATT BLACK/ JONATHAN MORE)
Kings of the cut-up. Matt black and Jonathon Moore were two of the earliest advocates of sampling and have made some of the best sampling records: “beats and pieces,” “say kids what time is it?,” and their re-mix of Eric b. & Rakim’s “paid in full.”

CARL COX:
Britain’s best-loved DJ. Involved at the most important clubs of the house boom: Shoom and Spectrum. Allegedly was first to use more than two decks while DJ-ing.

DB:
One of the leading lights of the American dance scene, db has been responsible for introducing large numbers of American kids to British forms of electronic dance music. Runs sm:)e records

TAYLOR DEUPREE:
New York producer of ultra synthetic experimental techno and ambient. Responsible for projects such as Unit park, seti, futique, prototype 909, human mesh dance, arc, and tiny objects in space. Runs a label called 12k.

KODWO ESHUN:
Contributing writer to the Wire, I-D, The Face, MixMag, and author of the book ‘More Brilliant Than The Sun’. Along with Simon Reynolds, the first mainstream journalist to write about jungle and hardcore.

KHAN:
German born New Yorker. The man behind Bizz OD, 4E, cube 40. Recorded for labels such as Sony, Super 8, Mille Plateaux, Harvest/EMI, Force Inc., and Home Entertainment, as well as his own Super 8 and Temple labels.

KID KOALA:
Scratch DJ from Montreal and recent signing to ninja tune. He has been stealing a lot of the spotlight with his tricks.

BILL LASWELL:
Specializes in taking incompatible musical genres and fusing them together. He was the producer of Herbie Hancock’s legendary “rock it” and great deconstruction disco by material and Nona Hendryx.

TEO MACERO:
Important for producing Miles Davis’ electric period records. By splicing up tapes of live and studio performances, he had a huge influence on studio practitioners who came after him.

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO:
Industrial/dance music a/k/a jack dangers. 1988’s “Radio Babylon” is a very important fusion of dub and dance beats.

MOBY:
The best-known American techno artist. His best record is “thousand” which is in the Guiness Book of Records as the fastest song in history (1000 bpms), while “Go” is his biggest hit.

GIORGIO MORODER:
King of the moog synthesizer. Best known for his productions with Pete Belotte for donna summer (“i feel love” and “love to love you baby”), as well as the Oscar winning score for ‘midnight express ‘in 1978.

MIXMASTER MORRIS:
Patron saint of ambient (“i think therefore i ambient”). Records as irresistible force for rising high.

GENESIS P. ORRIDGE:
Founding member of seminal industrial band, Throbbing Gristle. When that band split up, P. Orridge formed psychic tv in 1982, and the explicit forging of politics and dance music was groundbreaking. Since then, he has explored ambient music while living in exile in San Francisco.

O. YUKI CONJUGATE:
More experimental ambience. Records for Australia’s extreme label.

PROTOTYPE 909:
America’s favorite live techno act. With over 100 shows on their resume and 3 full length releases.

ROB PLAYFORD:
One of the instigators of Jungle, runs the moving shadow label. Produced Goldie’s album.

STACEY PULLEN:
One of members of the new generation of Detroit techno artists, important for attempting to bridge house and techno.

ED RUSH (NO U TURN):
British junglist and one of the prime movers of the tech-step sound: hard, brutal industrial sounds with jungle breakbeats.

SCANNER:
Famous for sampling scanned celluar phone conversations on his records and live sets. Has a lot to say about the implications of technology.

RONI SIZE:
Junglist from Bristol. “Music Box” and “It’s a Jazz Thing” are both drum ‘n’ bass landmarks.

DJ SNEAK:
King of the disco cut-up. Records tracks that are minimal enough for techno dance floors and musical enough for house dance floors.

DERRICK CARTER:
One of the saviors of Chicago house music and a pretty nifty producer. Records as sound patrol for Organico, runs classic label with Luke Solomon, makes great mix tapes.

SQUAREPUSHER:
Ornate drum programmer who loves fusion. First came to prominence with last year’s ‘Feed Me Weird Things’ on Rephlex. Also records as Duke of Harringay and under his own name (Tom Jenkinson).

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN:
The granddaddy of electronic music. Moved from serial compositions to explorations of pure electronic frequencies in the 50s to aleatoric compositions in the 60s and 70s. Masterpieces include ‘Gesang Der Junglinge’, ‘Kontakte’, ‘Telemusik’, ‘Kurzwellen’ and ‘Prozession’.

DANNY TENAGLIA:
New York house producer and DJ equally adept at screaming queen garage and hard house.

ALVIN TOFFLER:
Futurist author and influence on Detroit pioneers such as Juan Atkins and derrick may.

DAVID TOOP:
Acclaimed music journalist and one of the first to cover hip-hop and world music seriously). Is also an experimental musician of the highest order. Used to work with Brian Eno.

 


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