Parterre du Quartier des spectacles 03/06/2016
WHO: Birmingham-bred producer and DJ
STYLE: Abstract techno disfigurements
LATEST WORK: B23 Steelhouse (2015), Koch (2014)
LABELS: Entr’acte, Pan
MORE: Does a monthly radio show on NTS and has a new label called UIQ inspired by the notion of panspermia, the idea that life on earth originated from an alien source
MUTEKs: Lee Gamble (live), Montreal: 2013 and 2016; with Dave Gaskarth, Mexico: 2015
With his conceptualist’s approach to sonics, Lee Gamble has forged a discography built out of musical shards and artefacts with an ear for deliberate subversions of genre – adding fringes to the fringes of electronic music in the process. His sleights of sound deal in ambiguity and rupture – intent on discombobulating the time-space continuum, toying with memory and expectation.
Growing up in 90s rave, pirate radio England, Gamble’s first releases deconstructed his teenage collection of jungle/d’n’b mix tapes, extracting and amplifying their surface noise, discreet vocal or rhythmic moments and generally creating an impressionistic, decomposed rendering of the genre: an almost hallucinogenic evocation of an era. Restlessly, he moved next into code, into the space of the computer, teasing out a tangle of digitalia and putting it through a blender of processing and twisted arrangements to create a disfigured techno that somehow still managed an invitation to dance. With three albums on Pan now, he has established a reputation for thrilling aberrations in electronic music.
More comfortable identifying himself as a DJ than a "musician," he revels in challenging bodies with his eclectic selections and combinations, deconstructing the "dance" in the experimental club music he unfurls.
With albums that explore sonic abstraction and decomposition in deliberately warped and murky ways, forward-looking British producer Lee Gamble operates on the cerebral fringes of modern electronic music. A founding member of the austere Cyrk collective, Gamble and his heavily processed computer music recently joined the ranks of experimental label PAN. His two exquisite 2012 releases deconstruct visceral body music with academic rigueur, as ghostly sounds are processed beyond recognition. Whether it be his sublime jungle/d’n’b deconstructions of mid-1990s mixtapes onDiversions 1994–1996 or his adventurous techno disfigurement on Dutch Tvashar Plumes, Gamble crafts complex atmospheres and twisted arrangements. When performing live, he imbues his compositions with a playfulness that doesn’t compromise his experimental roots – the very framework for his densely layered sonic palette. From breakneck drum rolls to decaying electronic textures, Gamble’s debut performance at MUTEK will run the conceptual gamut.