cEvin Key

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cEvin Key
Background information
Birth name Kevin William Crompton
Also known as cEvin Key, Kenny King, Scaremeister
Born (1961-02-13) February 13, 1961 (age 53)
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Post-industrial
New wave
Dark ambient
Occupations Musician, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, violin
Years active 1980–present
Labels Subconscious Communications
Synthetic Symphony
Nettwerk Records
Metropolis Records
American Recordings
Associated acts Skinny Puppy
Tear Garden
Images In Vogue
Doubting Thomas
Website Subconscious Studios

cEvin Key (born Kevin William Crompton, February 13, 1961) is a Canadian musician and founding member of the industrial music band Skinny Puppy. In addition to his work with Skinny Puppy, Key has had several side projects, including Doubting Thomas, Cyberaktif, and Hilt. He was also at one point a drummer and song-writer for synthpop group, Images in Vogue. After Skinny Puppy disbanded in 1995, Key's main project was electronic noise group Download, as well as some solo releases. He also embarked on a side project with Phil Western, PlatEAU, and continued his project Tear Garden with the assistance of the Legendary Pink Dots for new material released in the mid-to-late '90s. These post 1995 projects continue to this day. Key is the sole owner and operator of Subconscious Communications, "a California-based records label, musician collective, remix team, 32-track digital studio and analogue synthesizer collection".

Much of 2001-3 was spent on his own solo material, Music For Cats, The Ghost Of Each Room and The Dragon Experience, as well as an undertaking of an exclusive subscription-only music service entitled the From the Vault series—seven CDs of previously unreleased material from his various projects (Skinny Puppy, Download, Tear Garden, PlatEAU, and Hilt) Key also served as a drummer on ohGr's 2001 tour.

2004 brought about the reformation of Skinny Puppy for a new album, The Greater Wrong Of the Right, and they embarked on a worldwide tour that carried on into 2005. Work began underway for their next LP, Mythmaker, shortly thereafter, and was released in 2007.

Key worked on another From the Vault series for 2007–2008, before embarking on yet another Skinny Puppy tour. The releases included new, unreleased and re-released work by Download, Doubting Thomas, PlatEAU, Tear Garden, Hilt, and Skinny Puppy.

2009 saw Key working on new Skinny Puppy and also on several new albums by his existing side projects, as well as the creation of several new projects. Key collaborated with long-time friend and engineer Ken 'Hiwatt' Marshall on a project entitled Scaremeister, which focuses on "mini-scores" for television, movies and video games. Key is set to release the Beyond the Vault series of albums through Subconscious Communications,[when?] featuring several of his own side-projects as well as albums from new artists and friends he has come to admire in recent years. cEvin also went on a series of Download/platEAU-based DJ sets across America as well as Japan. In 2009, Key embarked upon the Skinny Puppy In Solvent See tour across the US. In 2010 a return to Japan for solo works as well as a full European Tour for Skinny Puppy for In Solvent See of which a live album was recorded for Metropolis records. 2011 Brought the release of the long awaited 14th studio album by Skinny Puppy, Handover. The fall of 2011, cEvin began a new project for Subconscious Communications by going into Eurorack synthesizer manufacturing, starting with a rare license of an Oscillator and LFO from a defunct company called Plan B, Key redesigned the modules to be built by machine. Moving forward into 2012,Key partnered with Metropolis records for the reissues of many of the Subcon titles including Doubting Thomas, The Infidel, Download Furnace and Fixer and PlatEAU's album Kushbush. In addition Key made a film for Metropolis," Nine lives to wonder" a musical document culled from the recording period of Legendary Pink Dots album the nine lives to wonder, shot by Key in 1993 in the Netherlands. Key re-entered Subconscious Studios in 2013 for the creation of Skinny Puppy's Weapon album, collaborations with Phil Western on a new Download album called Lingam for Metropolis Records as well an album collaboration with Ryan Moore of Twilight Circus called Dubcon UFO Pon de Gullyside. Key returned to Japan again for another mini tour with Djoto and Utero ZZZAAA, and then brought a trio of bands from Japan to introduce to America. One of the bands BAAL was then signed to Metropolis Records. Key is currently working on touring plans for Skinny Puppy into 2014 as well as the launch of another new module in the Subconscious synthesizer line, "the Vampire". The newly developing subconscious site also now features a Radio at www.subconradio.com which Key and friends are known to play some exclusive material on weekends.


with Skinny Puppy
with Download
with platEAU
with The Tear Garden
with Images in Vogue
  • In the House
with Doubting Thomas (Canadian band)
with Hilt
  • The Flu, 1987, EP (as the Flu)
  • Patsy: A Collection Of Absolute Insanity, 1988, LP (as the Flu)
  • Call the Ambulance (Before I Hurt Myself), 1989, LP
  • Orange Pony, 1991, EP
  • Journey to the Center Of the Bowl, 1991, LP
  • The Worst Of the Flu, 2003, LP
  • Minoot Bowl Dropped the Ball, 2007, LP
with Cyberaktif
  • Tenebrae Vision
with Twilight Circus
  • DUBCON - UFO Pon Di Gullyside, 2013, LP


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