Tuesday, July 23, 2013

modern master: richard h. kirk

As founding member of the band Cabaret Voltaire, Richard H. Kirk has played a major role in shaping the underground music landscape. From industrial rock, to post punk, and acid house to ambient, Kirk's influence runs far and wide. What set Cabaret Voltaire apart from the rest of the pack early on was a distinct strain of mutant funk running through all the genres Kirk and co. had covered. Expressing a keen interest in the ancient tribal rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean islands, Kirk recognized the parallel they had with contemporary and forward-thinking dance styles, connecting the dots in his own electronic music compositions.  You can watch a great clip of Kirk talking about his influences HERE from the excellent "Synth Britannia" documentary. In the meantime, Cabaret Voltaire are poised to reissue remastered versions of their albums very soon. Now, if only they can get back together and tour again!