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|Born||1 January 1955|
|Occupation(s)||musician, writer, DJ, academic|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass, percussion, keyboards, electronics|
Some Bizzare Records
Off World Sounds
Steel Tiger Records
|Associated acts||Cabaret Voltaire|
Sassi & Loco
Stephen William Mallinder (born 1 January 1955 in Sheffield) is an English artist/musician who was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, and went on to work as Sassi & Loco, the Ku-Ling Bros Hey, Rube! Wrangler and Creep Show.
Mallinder founded Cabaret Voltaire in 1973.
He also recorded as a solo artist in the 1980s, including the Pow-Wow album, released in 1983. In 1988 he recorded with members of Soft Cell in the band Love Street, and in 1989 he was a member of Acid Horse, a band which also featured Al Jourgensen of Ministry.
Mallinder, alongside Richard Kirk, established the Western Works Studio (with Chris Watson until 1982) and subsequently produced in excess of 30 albums, working alongside producers and engineers including Flood, Adrian Sherwood and Marshall Jefferson. He worked as producer, remixer and live performer.
In 1982 Mallinder was one of the founders of 'Doublevision', which was the UK's first independent video label with an associated record label – and of 'Plastex Records' in 1990.
Mallinder is also the founder of the Off World Sounds label (Australia), releasing material under the names Ku-Ling Bros. and Sassi & Loco. And established Off World Productions in 1998.
He is a former journalist, including as a music journalist for Australian publications Ministry Magazine, Sunday Times and West Australian - and as a radio presenter and producer for RTRFM.
Stephen Mallinder wrote a chapter for the publication Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music (ISBN 9781441159373), edited by Benjamin Halligan, Nicola Spelman and Michael Goddard for Continuum International Publishing Group (2013). This book is a collection of essays, proposing new critical approaches and inquiries regarding debate and analysis of noise - from postpunk to shoegaze and beyond. Punk and Post-Punk Noise, Chapter 5 by Stephen Mallinder, 'Sounds Incorporated: Dissonant Sorties into Popular Music'.
He wrote the Preface for Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music, S. Alexander Reed Oxford University Press, 2013 and introductory chapter "Straight Connection back to Dusseldorf City" for German Pop Music: A Companion (editor Uwe Scutte) Penguin (2016)
He wrote "Live or Memorex: Artists and Producers Perceptions of Changing Music Practices" in The Digital Evolution of Live Music (Chandos 2015)
Contributed "Remix Chapter" for Total State Machine: Test Dept. (PC Press 2015)
Mallinder has published numerous academic papers, and gained his Ph.D in music and popular culture from Murdoch University in Australia in 2011 with his thesis Movement: Journey of the Beat. He now lives in Brighton and has been researching at the Art Design Media Centre and teaches on Digital Music & Sound Art at the University of Brighton.
Keynote addresses include "Life in Music" at the Red Bull Music Academy (Melbourne, 2006), "Signal to Noise[1973-83) Music Technology" (Sydney International Festival of the Arts 2010) and the first academic Kraftwerk conference: "Music, Modernity and Movement" (Aston University, 2015)
Current music projects
He has recorded with Steve Cobby - one half of Fila Brazillia - under the name Hey, Rube!. Can You Hear Me Mutha?, their debut album (on Steel Tiger Records), was released in October 2012 - a series of further Hey, Rube! recordings are currently being made ready for 2013 release.
The debut Ku-Ling Bros. album Creach (2001) was reissued in the United States through dPulse and follow up album "Here Come the Astronauts" (2010).
On February 2014, he collaborated with producer/remixer Dub Mentor on the single "Obsession" - which included three versions of a Cabaret Voltaire track. The single was released on the alternative/minimalist independent music label EnT-T.
Mallinder currently works with Phil Winter of Tunng and Benge (Expanding Records) under the name Wrangler for the Memetune Label. They have released three albums LA Spark (2012), Sparked (2014), and White Glue (2016). Wrangler also worked with American artist John Grant under the name Creep Show, releasing the album Mr. Dynamite on the Bella Union label in 2018.
He has worked with actor Janes Horrocks writing music, and performing, for theatre production "Cotton Panic" which debuted at Manchester International Festival in 2017.
He and Wrangler created the sci-fi film The Tourist (2017), with director Tash Tung performing a live soundtrack, for the BFI Unifilmables project alongside Mica and Francesca Levi.
As part of Cabaret Voltaire he has had video work exhibited at MOMA (New York) and with Wrangler in the Turbines (Tate Modern, 2010)
- "Temperature Drop" 12-inch single (1981), Fetish
- Pow-Wow album (1983), Fetish - reissued with extra tracks as Pow-Wow Plus (1985), Mute
- Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 20-22
- True, Chris "Acid Horse Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-01-20
- "Movement: Journey of the Beat - Murdoch Research Repository". Researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "Hey, Rube! page at Steel Tiger Records". Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.