Kris Weston

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Kris Weston
Birth name Kristian Weston
Also known as Thrash
Born (1968-09-18) September 18, 1968 (age 45)
Origin London, England
Genres Electronica, trip hop, IDM
Occupations Musician, record producer, remixer
Instruments keyboards, guitars
Years active 1990–present
Labels Justablip Records
Associated acts The Orb

Kris Weston (born 1968) (aka "Thrash") is a British electronic musician, record producer and remixer best known for his work as a member of The Orb.

Near the beginning of his career, he worked with Andrew Weatherall on remixes of Meat Beat Manifesto, remixed for Saint Etienne, U2 and others. He was still a teen when working on the first few albums by The Orb. Thrash was with The Orb for less than 5 years, from around 1990 to the end of 1995. He appeared on the Orb albums and the many remixes they did during this period, including the album FFWD, a collaboration with Robert Fripp that is credited to Fripp, Thomas Fehlmann, Weston, and Alex Paterson.

He also worked with Fortran 5 on their first album Blues.

Late 1980s-early 1990s[edit]

In 1990 and 1991, Weston performed remix work for many electronic pop groups including Depeche Mode, Miranda Sex Garden, and Bananarama under the name Thrash.[1]

The Orb[edit]

In 1991 while working as a studio engineer, Kris Weston was invited by Alex Paterson to join him in live performances as The Orb.[2] Weston's technical abilities allowed The Orb to craft panoramic sounds portraying aspects of space travel, especially the launch of Apollo 11 in their album The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld.[3] Paterson and Weston wrote their next single, "Blue Room". Assisting with the recording was bassist Jah Wobble, keyboardist Miquette Giraudy, and guitarist Hillage.[2] This led to Weston and Patterson appearing on Top of the Pops where they played a game of chess in space suits with "Blue Room" playing in the background.[4][5] Weston brought his technical and creative expertise to the Eno-influenced ambience on U.F.Orb.[3]

Weston and Patterson, along with Robert Fripp and Thomas Fehlmann worked on the FFWD. Soon after the release of FFWD in August 1994, Weston suddenly quit The Orb to pursue his own projects. Paterson claimed that Weston's departure was due to Weston's desire to have more control over The Orb's projects.[6] However, in an interview with i-D, Weston reportedly attributed the split to Paterson, saying that Paterson "never did 50% of the work."[7][8]

Post-Orb[edit]

In the early 2000s, Weston produced and remixed for Japanese music artist and singer Coppé.[9] In 2003, Thrash formed Justablip Records, an Open Source/Creative Commons license style music label.

Weston is currently crowd funding new material via http://krisweston.com

Discography[edit]

Orb Albums with Kris Weston[edit]

Justablip Records Discography[edit]

  • BLIP001/BLIP 23CD : Various Artists WTF? Madonna Remix Project (2003)
  • BLIP002 : Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004)
  • BLIP003 : Petrol Observer Good Luck, Cunt/Iscream (2004)
  • BLIP004 : The War Against Terror Go back to bed America (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thrash". Discogs. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "The Orb Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2006-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b Prendergast, Mark (2003). The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Moby-The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. pp. 407–412. ISBN 1-58234-323-3. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (1993-04-09). "Breakdown". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Boyd, Brian (1998-10-23). "Unidentified Flying Orb". The Irish Times. p. 12. 
  6. ^ Doerschuck, Robert (June 1995). "Inside the Ambient Techno Ultraworld". Keyboard Magazine. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (2001-01-19). "The Friday Interview". The Guardian. p. 6. 
  8. ^ Prendergast, Mark (1995-07-01). "JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE ORB". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2007-04-21. 
  9. ^ "COPPE Interview". The Milk Factory. February 2001. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 

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