Plaid (band)

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Plaid Optronica.jpg
Plaid at the bfi London IMAX Cinema at Optronica Festival on 20 July 2005
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres IDM
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warp
Black Dog Productions
General Production Recordings
Associated acts The Black Dog
Members Andy Turner
Ed Handley

Plaid are an English electronic music duo composed of Andy Turner and Ed Handley. They were founding members of The Black Dog[1] and used many other names, such as Atypic (Andy Turner) and Balil (Ed Handley),[2] before settling on Plaid. They have collaborated with female singers Mara Carlyle,[3] Nicolette[3] and Björk,[4] and have released records on the labels Clear, Peacefrog, Black Dog Productions, and Warp (along with Trent Reznor's label Nothing Records).[3]

Aside from their own material, Plaid have done extensive remix work for many other artists, including Red Snapper, Björk, Goldfrapp, and The Irresistible Force. Parts in the Post (2003) contains just a handful of Plaid's remix work to date.

Plaid collaborated with video artist Bob Jaroc for their live performances and on the 5.1 audio/visual project entitled Greedy Baby.[5] The project was completed on 20 July 2005, and was first shown at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank Centre, and subsequently at the BFI Imax cinema in Waterloo, London. Greedy Baby was released on DVD from Warp on 26 June 2006.

In 2006, Plaid composed and performed the original score to Michael Arias' anime film Tekkonkinkreet, and then went on to rejoin Arias for his second feature, Heaven's Door, as well as two of his subsequent short films.[6]

In 2009, they contributed a cover of a Plone song to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.

Musical style[edit]

Plaid is generally described as IDM and has been referred to by some critics as "post-techno." They are known to employ a variety of time-signatures in their music and often create syncopated beats and melodies using a variety of real instruments and samples.[7][8]




  • 1992 Scoobs in Columbia
  • 1995 Android
  • 1997 Undoneson
  • 1999 Peel Session
  • 2000 Booc
  • 2002 P-Brane


  • 1993 Bytes (A Black Dog Productions album that includes two Plaid songs, Object Orient and Yamemm)
  • 2000 Trainer (a collection of early material, including all of the Mbuki Mvuki album)
  • 2003 Plaid Remixes – Parts in the Post (remix collection)
  • 2003 Dial P (mix album inserted in deliveries of pre-ordered copies of Spokes)
  • 2007 Tekkonkinkreet Remix Tekkinkonkreet (remixes of the songs from Tekkonkinkreet by Derrick May, Prefuse 73, Atom, Vex'd and others)
  • 2011 Induction (an exclusive to Warp, download-only compilation, chosen by Plaid ahead of the new album Scintilli)

Audio Visual Project[edit]


  1. ^ Laurence, Alexander (May 2002). "Plaid Interview". Online magazine. Free Williamsburg. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Unknown author (10 July 2000). "Trainer". Online magazine. NME. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Plaid – biography". Online magazine. NME. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Unknown (30 September 2011). "Plaid Predict the Future of Electronic Music". Online magazine. Spinner. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Burgess, John (26 October 2006). "Plaid and Bob Jaroc, Greedy Baby". Online magazine. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "HEAVEN'S DOOR Review". Twitch. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ Spacelab Research Staff (4 August 2011). "Plaid Return with Cool New 3D Album Scintilli, Gorgeous New Video for "35 Summers"". Online magazine. Spacelab. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Cooper, Sean (Date not listed.). "Plaid – biography". Online magazine. Allmusic by Rovi. Retrieved 3 August 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE". Retrieved 2013-07-04. 

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