Sam Kidel Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Affiliate of Bristol collective Young Echo, Sam Kidel has become known for his sense of pranksterism. His 2016 project ‘Disruptive Muzak’ saw the artist play a strange brand of elevator music down the phone to people in call centres, and then record their perplexed reactions. His new record ‘Silicon Ear’, seems to continue this brand of subversive commentary, with the track titles ‘Live @ Google Data Center’ and ‘Voice Recognition DoS attack’.
An esoteric selection of producers step up to modify the sounds of Parris. So that’s Sam Kidel, who is part of the Young Echo collective, modern concréte / noise producer Helm, and O$VMV$M, each turning into something rather different, from spaced ragga to thick drone. There really is a great array of sounds at play here. The Parris Remixes is out on Ancient Monarchy.
Sam Kidel of Young Echo had a little bit of fun making Disruptive Muzak, for which the basic concept was this: play muzak-esque electronic sound down the phone to operatives at government call centres. Hilarity ensues as the employees repeatedly ask if anyone is there. The B-side contains the music without the phone calls, so you can try it yourself! 500 copies on The Death Of Rave.
Killing Sound/Young Echo/El Kid man Sam Kidel takes a dive into elongated synthesizer drone (incorporating fragments of prepared guitar) for this limited (200 copies) release from Entr’acte. The piece is inspired by the work of Belgian artist Henri Michaux, whose 1950-51 artwork 'Untitled (Movements)' lends the release its title.