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David Kristian



What happens when science fiction and experimental electronics collide? Meet David Kristian -- half spooky sci-fi buff, half innovative music producer. Kristian began making electronic music in the early '80s when he was working at a cable television station in New Brunswick, Canada. Combining tape loops and analog sound experiments, he created soundtracks for the science fiction and animation shorts aired on his station. One of Kristian's biggest inspirations was the soundtrack to the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet ?- the first completely electronic film score, by Louis and Bebe Barron.

Since then, Kristian has always searched for dark, otherworldly sounds to portray the alien soundscapes in his mind. Over the years, Kristian finetuned his knob-twiddling and audio experimentation. In 1994, he released Synaesthesia on Discreet/Indiscreet. This was followed by two drum and bass EPs: Clubfoot and Ectopic Beat. In 1997 he released Cricklewood, a tribute to the radical sound experiments of the Barrons, released on Alien8. His work with Gregory De Rocher (aka Lowfish) is featured here. "Crown Drawing" was released on Suction in 1997, and re-released on Suction's Snow Robots compilation in early 2001.

In addition to his electronic releases, Kristian has scored several film projects and does video and film production. In 1999, Kristian performed a film soundtrack with the famed Penderecki Quartet and designed sound for Mitch Davis's short, Divided Into Zero. In 2000, Kristian scored for Karim Hussain's feature, Subconscious Cruelty.

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