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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O.L.D. To Ebb Is To Drift (Jimmy Plotkin Remix) (as Jimmy Plotkin) O.L.D. - Hold On To Your Face Earache US 1993 Sell This Version
Various Lost (Held Under) (as Plotkin) Various - Ambient 4: Isolationism (Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Stabbing Westward Lies (Club Mix = Power) (as Jim Plotkin) Stabbing Westward - Lies Columbia US 1994 Sell This Version
KK Null* & James Plotkin Neuro (Reversed Mix) KK Null* & James Plotkin - Aurora Remixes (EP) Rawkus Primitive US 1996 Sell This Version
RWK 1118-2 Tactile Intervention 5 - Tactile Vs. James Plotkin Tactile - Recurrence & Intervention(CD, Album) Rawkus RWK 1118-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
EST0001 Various Bay Of Hopelessness (Plotkin Remix) Various - Gone Too Far!(CD, Comp, Ltd, Num) Experimental Sound Terrorist Records EST0001 US 1999 Sell This Version
5ive's Continuum Research Project Part II - The Hemophiliac Dream 5ive's Continuum Research Project - The Hemophiliac Dream (EP) Tortuga Recordings, Tortuga Recordings US 2002 Sell This Version
RSCDUK043 Various The Hemophiliac Dream Part 2 (Remixed By James Plotkin) Various - Music With Attitude - Volume 43(CD, Enh, Promo, Smplr) Rock Sound RSCDUK043 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Khanate No Joy (Remix) Khanate - No Joy (Remix) Load Records, Load Records US 2003 Sell This Version
FACT07 Earth (2) 070796 (Reconstructed By James Plotkin) Earth (2) - 070796 Live(CD) Autofact Records FACT07 US 2003 Sell This Version
TTH 12 Sunn O))) Sunn O))) - Veils It White(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Thin The Herd TTH 12 US 2003 Sell This Version
Isis (6) The Other Isis (6) - Oceanic Remixes Volume I Robotic Empire US 2004 Sell This Version
Isis (6) The Other (James Plotkin Remix) Isis (6) - Oceanic Remixes/Reinterpretations (Comp) Daymare Recordings Japan 2004 Sell This Version
Pelican (2) Angel Tears (James Plotkin Remix) Pelican (2) - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (EP, Comp) Daymare Recordings Japan 2005 Sell This Version
Pelican (2) / Mono (7) Angel Tears (James Plotkin Remix) Pelican (2) / Mono (7) - Mono / Pelican Temporary Residence Limited, Hydra Head Records US 2005 Sell This Version
Agoraphobic Nosebleed Untitled (Phantomsmasher Mix) Agoraphobic Nosebleed - PCP Torpedo / ANbRX (Album) Hydra Head Records, Double H Noise Industries US 2006 Sell This Version
EOSLP002 Yakuza (3) Back To The Mountain (James Plotkin Remix) Yakuza (3) - Samsara(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Blu) Eyesofsound EOSLP002 UK 2007 Sell This Version
HH666-154 Pyramids 1,2,3 (James Plotkin) and 1 more… Pyramids - Pyramids(2xCD, Album) Hydra Head Records HH666-154 US 2008 Sell This Version
DYMC-081, TGCS-5300, TGCS-5301 Nadja (5) Thaumoremix (By James Plotkin) Nadja (5) - Thaumogenesis + Thaumoradiance(2xCD, Comp) Daymare Recordings, Daymare Recordings, Daymare Recordings DYMC-081, TGCS-5300, TGCS-5301 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
DYMC-128 Nachtmystium Every Last Drop (James Plotkin Remix) Nachtmystium - Addicts - Black Meddle Pt. II(CD, Album) Daymare Recordings DYMC-128 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
Nadja (5) ThaumoRemix Nadja (5) - Thaumogenesis (Album) Important Records (2), Important Records (2) US 2007 Sell This Version
none Various Asmodeus (James Plotkin Remix) Various - URSK(10xCD + Box, Ltd, Num) Utech Records none US 2010 Sell This Version
Kajkyt* ... Kajkyt* - Krst Remixes God Records (3), Wire Globe Austria 2011 Sell This Version
Zu Chthonian (James Plotkin Remix) Zu - Axion (Phantomsmasher Remix) / Chthonian (James Plotkin Remix) (EP) Public Guilt US 2011 Sell This Version
RR7201 Horseback | Locrian The Gift Horseback | Locrian - New Dominions(CD) Relapse Records RR7201 US 2012 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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