Sam Kidel
Untitled (Movements)
LP (E182)

Bristol-born Sam Kidel began playing guitar in bands
as a teenager, before branching out into multi-track
recording at school (he was never a fan of sports
lessons). Since the age of 15, when he started making
music with computers, Kidel — also operating under
the moniker El Kid, or as a member of the Young Echo
collective and Killing Sound — has built up a diverse
portfolio, including soundtracks for British and French
TV documentaries, fashion shows, French painter
Fabienne Verdier, the New York theatre world, and
installations and performances from Glasgow and
Geneva to Basel and Berlin. He is currently completing
an MA in Composition and Sonic Art at Oxford Brookes
following his receipt of an AHRC studentship award.

Untitled (Movements) is inspired by poet and painter
Henri Michaux’s eponymous drawing. It is based on two
layers of synthesiser — one almost unchanging, bar the
natural heat fluctuations of analogue circuitry, and the
other undergoing a slow and subtle metamorphosis —
and collaged clippings of a modified guitar.


youngecho.co.uk
Interview in Electronic Beats

Edition of 200 copies (out of print)
Mastered by Jacques Beloeil




Henri Michaux, Untitled (Movements), 1950–51


Review

Located much farther out than Kidel’s work with Killing
Sound or the Young Echo collective, or even his numerous
soundtracks for film, TV and theatre, the piece is based on
two layers of synthesiser — one outputting the wavering,
natural heat fluctuations of analogue circuitry, and another
undergoing a slow and subtle metamorphosis. Pocked with
collaged clippings of a modified guitar, the results recall
Bellows’ incredible crack’d tape loops as much as Eliane
Radigue’s microtonal works and Jim O’Rourke’s prepared
guitar pieces, fracking salty synth tones and quivering
partials with jagged scree to patient, stealthily hypnotic
effect. In other words — it’s really pretty great and
definitely one of the most interesting transmissions yet
from any of the members of this already prolific collective.

Boomkat