Live Video: Four Tet

photo by Shelly Corbett

photo by Shelly Corbett

Throughout the course of his career, the UK DJ Kieran Hebden, who performs under the moniker Four Tet, has been an adventurous gatherer of sounds, and as a result his albums are like sonic scrapbooks or collages. And whether he’s collaborating with dubstep producer Burial, improvising with the venerable jazz drummer Steve Reid or the psych group Sunburned Hand of the Man, or remixing everyone from Beth Orton to Black Sabbath, there’s always something particular about his songs that make them identifiable -- perhaps it’s his ability to really make the digital sound organic or to infuse a certain heady mood to his work. Either way, Four Tet has managed to amass some loyal fans, and as he made his way to Seattle to perform for them at Chop Suey, he stopped by the KEXP studios for this warm, ambient improv set:



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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    DailyMotion’s servers seem to be slow here (California, via Comcast), when viewing the video in HD. Could you go back to Vimeo?

  2. Posted April 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Sorry but Vimeo has limits on file size that we didn’t want to deal with. And some people have the same problems with Vimeo as you do with DM. Try watching in Standard rather than HD quality.

  3. Gabe Hargrove
    Posted April 7, 2010 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Why does KEXP call this a “DJ Set” to describe this three part video? Clearly there are no records, turntables, or headphones. More importantly what we are graced with is the art of true sound manipulation. Take every sound you ever heard; a crisp leaf break under your foot, laying in bed listening to a train miles away, walking past the arcade in the shopping mall when you were a kid, or a mandolin playing softly in the background at a restaurant you once ate at, all that weren’t particularly meaningful to you but your subconscious picked up on and remembers...Kieran Hebden is a true master of collecting these sounds and noises and compiling them in a direction that can extract your emotions in a way I’ve never experienced.
    Who else can take a sound, bend it, turn it upside down and inside out, blow it up with air and then let it pop with rhythm and bliss that provokes goosebumps all over your body? This is no DJ. Four Tet is a true musical genius. Amon Tobin, step aside, someone else just stepped into the ring...with clarity.

  4. Posted April 7, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Sorry, Gabe, but “art of true sound manipulation” just seemed to long for the title! But as you can tell from our own description in the post, we do agree with your point. But thanks for stating it so eloquently.

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