Daniel Patrick Quinn
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|Daniel Patrick Quinn|
|Born||26 February 1981|
|Origin||Lancaster, England, UK|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, violin, percussion|
Wee Black Skelf
|Associated acts||Kurt Doles|
Daniel Patrick Quinn (born 26 February 1981) is a British musician, composer, producer and performer. Quinn founded the experimental, Edinburgh-based record label, Suilven Recordings (2003 - early 2006), which released his own works and that of postminimalist, ambient American composers, DAC Crowell and Kurt Doles, with whom Quinn also collaborated.
Quinn's work is influenced from numerous genres, including European folk and folklore, pastoral ambient, punk and post-punk, minimalism, classical, spoken-word, jazz, world and avant-garde. His 2005 composition The Burryman, which includes narration by Duncan Grahl regarding the Scottish custom of the Burryman, was featured on the Sonic Arts Network compilation, curated by comedian and writer, Stewart Lee. Quinn founded the London-based group, One More Grain, and its second album, Isle of Grain, was released on 28 January 2008 by White Heat Records. The album was received critical acclaim and was granted the Sunday Times Album of the Week feature and received airplay on BBC Radio 1.
Quinn contributed to trumpeter Andrew Blick's solo project, Gyratory System. He was working on a new Afrobeat-inspired solo album, Acting The Rubber Pig, when he announced his retirement from music. Quinn cited the lack of substantial industry funding for the group as the primary reason for his retirement. A posthumous "One More Grain" 7" single of the traditional English song "Scarborough Fair" was released via Static Caravan in 2008.
Following the announcement of his retirement, Quinn moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, and oversaw "In Nem", a New York minimalist-inspired, gamelan recording project in Central Java. This was in addition to writing liner notes for Trance Gamelan in Bali. Quinn then became a writer and editor for an Indonesian volcano website, Gunung Bagging, which provides information on the peaks of the country with 1000 metres topographic prominence, known as the Ribus.
Currently Quinn is teaching in Jakarta, where he divides his time between raging at students and eating McDonald's Big Breakfasts.
Quinn's sabbatical continues, although there are rumors of Bunkton's Slumber Strips. A novel and highly innovative invention which couples the restorative properties of caffeine with the soothing and calming nuances of chamomile. However, information of an official release are not yet available.
- The Winter Hills (Suilven Recordings) 2003
- Jura (Suilven Recordings) 2003
- Severed From The Land (Suilven Recordings) 2004
- SUILVEN007 (with Beano Jameson) (Suilven Recordings) 2004
- Ridin' The Stang (Suilven Recordings) 2005
- Don't Look Down (with DAC Crowell and Kurt Doles) (Suilven Recordings) 2006
- West to the Irish Sea (Wee Black Skelf, 10" compilation) 2007
With One More Grain
- Pigeon English (Victory Garden) 2007
- Live in Brighton (Victory Garden / Static Caravan, 3" cd) 2007
- Having A Ball (White Heat, 7" single) 2008
- Isle of Grain (White Heat) 2008
- Scarborough Fair b/w Giriama Wedding (Static Caravan, 7" single) 2008
- Nine Standards Rigg on cover cd, issue 13 of Is this music? magazine 2005
- TheFirstTen Suilven Recordings sampler (Suilven Recordings) 2005
- The Burryman on Sonic Arts Network cd The Topography of Chance 2006
- Figure of Eight - instrumental demo on cover cd, issue 1 of Plus One Lung photozine 2006
- Tropical Mother-in-Law on free All Tomorrow's Parties cd 2007
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- The Times (London): Review of Ridin' The Stang by Pete Paphides
- Interview on Whisperin' and Hollerin' by Tim Peacock
- Interview on Mouvement Nouveau by Tobias Fischer
- Ambient Music: Suilven Recordings
- Playlouder: Review by Luke Turner of Ridin' The Stang
- Sunday Times (London): Review by Stewart Lee of Don't Look Down by Crowell, Doles and Quinn