Chris Clark (musician)

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Chris Clark
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Background information
Birth name Christopher Stephen Clark
Also known as Clark
Born (1979-08-29) 29 August 1979 (age 34)[1]
St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK
Occupations Producer, Composer, Performer
Instruments Various
Years active 13
Labels Warp
Website throttleclark.com
Notable instruments
Akai MPC, Drums, Piano, Acoustic guitar, Found sound, Analogue synthesizer

Chris Clark is an English electronic musician who performs under the mononym Clark. He is currently signed to Warp Records.[2]

History[edit]

Clark was born Christopher Stephen Clark in 1979 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England),[3] where he grew up and attended St Albans School.[4] He started making music as a teenager, and also began experimenting with building his own primitive equipment, including a "home-built stylus made out of a hook and some masking tape".[5] He went on to attend Bristol University.[6] As a student, his music teacher told him that if Chris were to buy a drum machine, he would give up all hope in Chris' musical ability.[7] Whilst still a student, Chris first impressed staff at Warp Records playing under the moniker Chris From St Albans at their Nesh party in December 2000.[8] He was subsequently signed to Warp, and released his debut album Clarence Park in April 2001.[9] Chris then moved to Brighton.[10] He then moved to Birmingham where he stayed for some time,[11] and during this time collaborated with Broadcast on a reinterpretation of his track Herr Barr[12] and other unreleased material.[13] He currently resides in Berlin.[14] With the 2006 release of Throttle Furniture, he shortened his artist name to Clark.[15] His music has been played on BBC Radio 6 by Shaun Keaveny and BBC Radio 6 Music by Lauren Laverne and Tom Ravenscroft.[16] He also recorded a mix for Tom Ravenscroft,[17] described by Tom as "just about the best ever done for the show".[citation needed]

Style[edit]

Clark's music is generally considered to fall under the genre of electronic music, although Clark himself finds this label ambiguous and describes Turning Dragon as a "techno album".[18] He often experiments with forms of degradation, distortion and decay associated with different mediums, employing techniques such as re-recording samples and field-recordings in different environments.[19] Describing such processing, he has said "What I tend to do is just jam stuff through as many boxes as I can, until everything sort of bleeds into itself and all its surrounding parts".[20] Clark plays the drums, and some of his material, especially Body Riddle features recordings of his drumming, often heavily re-sampled.[21]

Live[edit]

On describing his live set Clark states "If you see me play, my hands are all over the place – literally I’m doing every single thing. Everything that happens on stage is being played and created live. It’s very interactive. So in that respect, it is very much based on live instrumentation.".[22] His set has in the past included a live drummer.[23]

Clark has played a Boiler Room session,[24] played the Berlin club Berghain[25] and the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago. Festival appearances have included Bang Face,[26] Sónar Tokyo,[27] Sacrum Profanum[28] and Taico Club.[29]

In December 2013 he premiered his live show Phosphor in London.[30]

Videos[edit]

Notable music videos for Clark's work include Lynn Fox's video for Gob Coitus,[31] 1stavemachine's video for Ted[32] (selected by Pitchfork as one of the top 50 music videos of 2007[33]) , James Healy's video for Herr Barr[34] and The Vikings' video for Black Stone.[35]

Commissions[edit]

Art[edit]

Clark's contributed music, along with fellow Warp artist Jamie Lidell to a giant interactive projection show at Saatchi & Saatchi's New Director Showcase in 2011.[36]

Clark collaborated with Brighton based artist collective Blast Theory in 2011 on a piece entitled Fixing Point. The piece was an interactive audio walk with music by Clark and deals with the legacy of the Conflict In Northern Ireland, in particular the disappearance of Seamus Ruddy.[37] He worked again with the collective on a piece for the Aichi Triennale, contributing his track Black Stone for use in the work.[38]

Dance[edit]

During the summer of 2010, he scored a contemporary dance piece titled 'Tilted Fawn' that was performed by Melanie Lane at the Sydney Opera House.[39] The pair also collaborated on 2013 performance installation Shrine, which "[treaded] the line between dance performance and sculptural installation"[40] and was centred around ideas of ritual and ceremony.[41] They have also worked together on the project Held, which "explores the relationship between memory and the architecture of space that we live in".[42]

Film[edit]

The track The Pining Pt.2 from Iradelphic was featured in the 2013 film Elysium.[43] The track Vengeance Drools was used in a domestic violence awareness advertising campaign by Woman's Aid, which starred Keira Knightley.[44][45]

Videogames[edit]

Clark contributed an unreleased track, Alice, to the OST for the game Sleeping Dogs.[46] He will also be contributing to the soundtrack for the forth-coming game Driveclub.[citation needed]

Albums[edit]

Clarence Park[edit]

Clarence Park was Clark's first release and debut full length album, issued on Warp Records in April 2001.[47] The album was named after Clarence Park, a public park in his home town of St Albans.[citation needed]

Empty the Bones of You[edit]

Empty the Bones of You was Clark's second full length, released on Warp Records in September 2003.[48] Reviews noted that Clark had developed a more mature and distinctive voice,[49][50] and The Mlik Factory described it as "consistent, mature and bloody captivating".[51]

Body Riddle[edit]

Body Riddle was released on Warp Records in October 2006.[52] The album marked a change in style for Clark, and featured the prominent use of live instrumentation, albeit highly processed.[53] It was well received by critics, with Pitchfork giving it 8.5/10[54] and Almost Cool giving it 8/10.[55]

Turning Dragon[edit]

Clark's fourth full length album, Turning Dragon, found Clark exploring a less organic and more mechanised sound, with Pitchfork declaring that it "takes a detour from Clark's ultimate goal of meshing man and machine into one seamless, clattering bundle" and "[it] finds the robots taking the upper hand".[56] The album fared well with critics, with Pitchfork awarding it 8.2/10[57] and Resident Advisor giving it 4/5.[58] It was released on Warp Records in March 2008.[59]

Totems Flare[edit]

Totems Flare was released on Warp Records in July 2009.[60]

Iradelphic[edit]

Iradelphic was released on Warp Records in April 2012.[61] The album was described by The Quietus as "less ethereal, more compact and cohesive" than earlier work.[62] Clark himself commented "Iradelphic is some of the most heartfelt stuff I've ever done, and even though a lot of it is years old, it still really resonates with me."[63]

Feast / Beast[edit]

Feast/Beast was released on Warp Records in September 2013.[64] It predominantly features Clark's remixes of other artists' tracks, amongst them Nathan Fake, Battles, Nils Frahm and Letherette, but also features some reworks of Clark's tracks by other artists.[65]

EPs & Singles[edit]

  • Ceramics Is The Bomb (2001)
  • Throttle Furniture (2006)
  • Throttle Clarence (2006)
  • Ted E.P. (2007)
  • Throttle Promoter (2007)
  • Growls Garden (2009)
  • Willenhall / Baskerville Grinch (2011), a Record Store Day 12" in collaboration with Bibio
  • Fantasm Planes (2012)
  • Superscope (2014)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Spano, Charles. "Biography: Clark". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Discogs Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
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  5. ^ "Groovetracker Entry". Groovetracker. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
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  42. ^ "Held Page". Melanie Lane. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
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  44. ^ "Ad Campaign Press Release". Women's Aid. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
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  60. ^ "Release Page for Growl's Garden". Warp. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  61. ^ "Release Page for Iradelphic". Warp. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
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  64. ^ "Release Page for 'Feast/Beast". Warp. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  65. ^ "Product Page for Feast/Beast". Bleep. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 

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