KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Amon Tobin

photo by Nathan Seabrook (courtesy of Ninja Tune)

Brazilian-born sound artist Amon Tobin is on the cutting edge of performance in electronic music.  He started making recordings in 1994, calling himself Cujo.

Underground label Ninja Tune took notice and signed him to make an album under his real name. Amon Tobin’s first full-length, Bricolage, dropped in 1997. On this record, he mixed ambient and industrial sounds with jazz and drum-n-bass.  Creating a whole new set of textures with samples and effects. He released three more studio albums and a soundtrack in this sample-based style before changing his course again on the album Foley Room in 2007.  On Foley Room, Amon used recordings he made of animals, machines, insects and other sounds to create a whole new texture. He says he likes to surprise the listener with unexpected sounds.

For his 2011 release ISAM, Amon Tobin worked with a team of artists to create a stage show that used projection-mapping, ISAM stands for Invented Sounds Applied to Music.  For the touring stage show of this album, Amon stands inside of a cube that sits inside of a city-like structure made of more cubes. A set of projectors create moving visuals that are scored to the music.  Amon Tobin triggers live sounds, and those sounds correspond to different projections.



Amon Tobin’s ISAM show plays tonight at the Paramount Theater as part of the Decibel Festival!

In this KEXP Documentary, Amon Tobin talks about his new stage show and the tension in electronic music between man and machine.

Listen to this KEXP Documentary:

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Or you can check out the entire interview here:

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The Decibel Festival is happening all this weekend here in Seattle. Get the full line-up here.

KEXP Documentaries are created by Michele Myers. This series was co-produced by Decibel Festival‘s Sean Horton. Assistant Producers are John Felthous and Mary Janisch. Lesson Plans are created by Tiffany Grobelski and Michele Myers. Executive Producer is Kevin Cole. If you would like to follow along more closely in the creation of these radio stories, we post historical music facts, research materials, songs and videos on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

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