James Plotkin

James Plotkin

James Plotkin began his musical career as the guitarist for grindcore trio O.L.D., with vocalist Alan Dubin and ever-changing drummer/bassists. They released albums that became more and more adventurous: Old Lady Drivers (Earache, 1988), Lo Flux Tube ([Earache], 1991) and The Musical Dimensions of Sleastak (Earache, 1993). By the time of their fourth album, Formula (Earache, 1995), they had pared down to a duo and the instruments were credited as: "vocoded voice, looped guitar, synth guitar, bass, tapes, rhythm machine... and a drop of 303". In the meantime, Plotkin had already started a new career as a bold and outrageous avantgarde musician, who built otherworldly collages of metal-dance music such as Clinton Street/ Dead Soul Surfing (Alley Sweeper, 1995), A Strange Perplexing (Indiscreet, 1996) for manipulated guitar sounds, and Joy Of Disease (Avant, 1996), for manipulated guitar, bass, rhythm machines and samples; as well as engaged in dynamite collaborations with the likes of KK Null (of Zeni Geva) on Aurora (Sentrax, 1995), that features his guitar tour de force Speeding Across My Hemisphere, and Mick Harris on Collapse (Somnient, 1996), five lengthy pieces for looped guitar and natural/unnatural sounds. He also began to coin ever new alter-egos: Jupiter Crew for the two-track EP Jungle Concrete (Possible, 1996); Flux for the album Protoplasmic (Release, 1997). Plotkin also plays in Khanate.
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James Plotkin Discography Tracks


Kazuyuki K. Null* / James Plotkin Kazuyuki K. Null* / James Plotkin - Aurora (Album) Sentrax UK 1994 Sell This Version
James Plotkin The Joy Of Disease (Album) Avant Japan 1996 Sell This Version
CREET 005 James Plotkin A Strange, Perplexing(CD) Discreet/Indiscreet CREET 005 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
ASP 0963 James Plotkin · Mick Harris James Plotkin · Mick Harris - Collapse(CD, Album) Asphodel, Sombient ASP 0963 US 1996 Sell This Version
James Plotkin : Mark Spybey James Plotkin : Mark Spybey - A Peripheral Blur (Album) Kranky US 1998 Sell This Version
Plotkin* / Gutzeit* Plotkin* / Gutzeit* - Mosquito Dream (Album) Kranky US 1999 Sell This Version
ARCHIVE 19 James Plotkin & Tim Wyskida James Plotkin & Tim Wyskida - 8 Improvisations(CD, Album, Ltd) aRCHIVE ARCHIVE 19 US 2006 Sell This Version
009 James Plotkin Indirmek(CD, Ltd) Utech Records 009 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Plotkin* / Wyskida* Plotkin* / Wyskida* - Live WFMU March 24 2007(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label none US 2007 Sell This Version
Jon Mueller & James Plotkin Jon Mueller & James Plotkin - Terminal Velocity (Album) Taiga Records US 2012 Sell This Version
James Plotkin & Paal Nilssen-Love James Plotkin & Paal Nilssen-Love - Death Rattle (Album) Rune Grammofon Norway 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

James Plotkin Swimming Against Alley Sweeper US 1994 Sell This Version
tinnitus / v.S. 001 Jimmy Plotkin* / Alan Dubin Jimmy Plotkin* / Alan Dubin - Jimmy Plotkin / Alan Dubin(2x7", Ltd, Cle) Speeding Across My Hemisphere tinnitus / v.S. 001 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
KK Null* & James Plotkin KK Null* & James Plotkin - Aurora Remixes (EP) Rawkus Primitive US 1996 Sell This Version
James Plotkin / Pimmon James Plotkin / Pimmon - Split Series #8 FatCat Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
12FAT024, 8 Plotkin* / Pole (2) Plotkin* / Pole (2) - Split #8(12") FatCat Records, Fat Cat Split Series 12FAT024, 8 UK 2000 Sell This Version


12FAT027, 12FAT024-X Matmos v Motion (2), James Plotkin v Pimmon Matmos v Motion (2), James Plotkin v Pimmon - Split Series #11 / Split Series #8(CDr, Comp, Promo) FatCat Records, FatCat Records 12FAT027, 12FAT024-X UK 2000 Sell This Version


James Plotkin Kurtlanmak (Album) Utech Records US 2005 Sell This Version


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March 8, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
American musician James Plotkin was not the first to create so-called "guitar ambient" (Germany's own Maeror Tri are considered godfathers of that weird subgenre of ambient), but he was probably the first to make it more noticeable. Via his collaborations and his own projects, he shown how guitar can be used not only for traditional rock music, but all sorts of experimental sounds as well. Certainly, what he's doing is not for everyone (maybe not even suitable for an average ambient fan), but there are a lot of interesting ideas in his own work and projects with others, namely Mick Harris and Mark Spybey.

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