Taylor Deupree (born April 30, 1971), is an American electronic musician, photographer and graphic designer. He is most known for the founding of the 12k record label, along with his work as a member of Prototype 909, and his collaborations with Savvas Ysatis and Christopher Willits. In 2008, Taylor Deupree was the Président d'Honneur of the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards 5th in Paris (France).
Prototype 909 (1993-1996)
A collaboration between Deupree, Dietrich Schoenemann, and Jason Szostek, Prototype 909 was a techno group that performed live without the aid of DAT machines. The group released four albums between 1993 and 1997.
Human Mesh Dance (1993–1997)
Deupree's solo project, Human Mesh Dance, which was begun in 1993 and ended in 1997 was an ambient project that was a strong contrast to Prototype 909's more mainstream techno sound. He released three albums as Human Mesh Dance, along with appearances on numerous ambient compilations.
Work with Savvas Ysatis
Also in 1993, Deupree teamed up with Savvas Ysatis, a Greek electronic artist, to create several different projects, each with different sounds. Seti produced ambient electronica, with sounds and words from the various SETI projects from around the world. Futique was the duo's trip-hop project, and its Detroit techno output was released under the Arc moniker.
In 1996, the duo formed the short-lived label Index, which released only a single 12" EP, containing four tracks by various artists.
Deupree founded 12k on January 1, 1997, based on the name of the first Arc album, 12k. On the name 12k:
|“||It first came about when Savvas and I named our first Arc CD (on kk records) 12k. We did so because all of the sequencer files for the tracks on the album ended up having file sizes of 12k. It was an intriguing and mysterious title..so we took it for the album. A year later, when i was thinking of label names, I couldn't get 12k out of my head. I was looking for a name that was abstract and technical-sounding, yet at the same time mysterious and would make people wonder what it was about. It was also very important that it had to be easy to say, look good on paper, and be able to be understood and pronounced by virtually anyone in the world, no matter which language they speak. 12k fit all of those requirements.||”|
12k publishes what Deupree refers to as microscopic-sound music, which features super-synthetic sounds, and minimal compositions. 12k also has two sub-labels: Line, which was started as a collaboration with Richard Chartier in September 2000, focuses on ultra-minimal digital ambience, and Happy, begun in September 2003, aims to give Japanese pop artists more exposure outside of Japan.
Early productions by 12k were limited to between 500 and 1,000 units, partially because of limited storage space, and also because the small edition size increased the collectability of the albums. Since around 2001, editions became less limited but still started at between 1,000 and 2,000 copies.
Deupree has stated that he will be focusing on releasing microscopic sounds under his own name for the foreseeable future. He has done collaborations with several different experimental artists.
- Arc (with Savvas Ysatis)
- Drum Komputer (with Schoenemann)
- Escape Tank
- Futique (with Savvas Ysatis)
- Human Mesh Dance
- Prototype 909 (with Schoenemann, Szostek)
- Seti (with Savvas Ysatis)
- Skai (with Savvas Ysatis)
- Tiny Objects in Space
- Unit Park (with Schoenemann)
- Frank Bretschneider
- Richard Chartier
- Tetsu Inoue
- Stephan Mathieu
- Kenneth Kirschner
- Christopher Willits
- Freak Of Nature (1996, Tension)
- Bang Bang Machine (1997, Electric Music Foundation)
- Acid Technology (as Prototype 909) (1993, Sonic)
- Hyaline (as Human Mesh Dance) (1994, Instinct)
- SETI (as SETI) (1994, Instinct)
- Mindflower (as Human Mesh Dance) (1995, Instinct)
- Live '93-'95 (as Prototype 909) (1995, Instinct)
- Pharos (as SETI) (1995, Instinct)
- Transistor Rhythm (as Prototype 909) (1995, Sonic)
- Ciphers (as SETI) (1996, Instinct)
- thesecretnumbertwelve (as Human Mesh Dance) (1997, 12k)
- Joined at the Head (as Prototype 909) (1997, Caipirinha)
- Arc vs. Tiny Objects in Space (1997, 12k)
- Alphabet Flasher (as Drum Komputer) (1998, 12k)
- Tower Of Winds (1998, Caipirinha)
- Comma (1998, 12k)
- SPEC. (1999, 12k)
- .N (2000, Ritornell)
- Active / Freeze (with Tetsu Inoue) (2000, 12k)
- Focux EP (2000, Audio.nl)
- Polr (2000, Raster-Noton)
- invalidObject Series (continue) (2000, Fällt)
- Occur (2001, 12k)
- Tokei EP (2001, Audio.nl)
- Balance (with Frank Bretschneider) (2002, Mille Plateaux)
- Print EP (2002, Audio.nl)
- Stil. (2002, 12k)
- Invisible Architecture #8 (with Christopher Willits) (2003, Audiosphere)
- Post_Piano (with Kenneth Kirschner) (2003, Sub Rosa)
- January (2004, Spekk)
- Mujo (with Christopher Willits) (2004, Plop)
- Every Still Day (with Eisi) (2005, Midi Creative / Noble)
- Live In Japan, 2004 (with Christopher Willits) (2005, 12k)
- Post_Piano 2 (with Kenneth Kirschner) (2005, 12k)
- Northern (2006, 12k)
- Specification. Fifteen (with Richard Chartier) (2006, Line)
- 1am (2006, 12k)
- Landing (2007, Room40)
- Transcriptions (with Stephan Mathieu) (2009, Spekk)
- Shoals (2010, 12k)
- Faint (2012, 12k)
- Disappearance (with Ryuichi Sakamoto) (2013, 12k)
- Opdyke, D. (1999-07-25. Taylor Deupree: 12k Interview". Retrieved 2006-07-17.
The Sleeping Morning (with Savvas Ysatis, 2008,"record Label here")