Ian O'Brien

Ian O'Brien

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Ian O'Brien
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Originally a UK music scholar, O'Brien was deeply influenced by the Detroit techno sound of the likes of Underground Resistance, a sound which made him decide to start recording his own music. This feverish 'Mad Mike disease' had him producing tracks first in conjunction with Asad Rizvi under the Memory Tree moniker and then on a solo basis for a variety of UK Techno imprints.
1997's Ian O'Brien - Desert Scores, the man's masterpiece, is still considered a landmark release by those who cherish the kind of Tech-Jazz pioneered on the Galaxy 2 Galaxy EP.
Two more albums for UK Peacefrog records followed, and in 2013 two new albums 'I was there' and 'Understanding Is Everything' were released on Japan's Ultravybe records and Ian's own label Ian o'Brien Productions. In stark contrast to his earlier work, 'Understanding Is Everything' relies almost totally on live performances and improvisations, with Ian playing keyboards, synths, guitar, bass and percussion as well as contributions from guest artists.
He lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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Ian O'Brien Discography

Albums

Ian O'Brien Productions* Desert Scores (Album) Ferox Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien Gigantic Days (Album) Peacefrog Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien A History Of Things To Come (Album) Peacefrog Records, Peacefrog Records UK 2001 Sell This Version
OTLCD1965 Ian O'Brien Understanding Is Everything(CD, Album) Octave Lab OTLCD1965 Japan 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Ian O'Brien Monkey Jazz (EP) Ferox Records 1996 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien It's An Everyday World! 4th Wave UK 1996 Sell This Version
FER026 Ian O'Brien Productions* Intelligent Desert II(12") Ferox Records FER026 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FER 020 Ian O'Brien Intelligent Desert E.P(12", EP) Ferox Records FER 020 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien That Was Now Pacific Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien Tattoo Jazz 4th Wave UK 1997 Sell This Version
PF093 Ian O'Brien Heartstrings(12") Peacefrog Records PF093 UK 1999 Sell This Version
PRT-355 Ian O'Brien Midnight Sunshine(12", Promo) Toy's Factory PRT-355 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
PF IOB3 Ian O'Brien Eden(12") Peacefrog Records PF IOB3 UK 2000 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien / James Hardway Ian O'Brien / James Hardway - Infused Twelve Inch Hydrogen Dukebox UK 2001 Sell This Version
Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien - Promenade Eleven Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART) UK 2011 Sell This Version

Compilations

Ian O'Brien Abstract Funk Theory (Comp) Logic Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
EVSLP04 Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien - The Soul Of Science(3xLP, Comp) Obsessive EVSLP04 UK 2000 Sell This Version
IRMA 503347-2 Ian O'Brien Presents Sofistifunk Vol.2 - Past Time Grooves For The Future(CD, Comp, Dig) Irma IRMA 503347-2 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
OTLCD-1245 Ian O'Brien Kokoro(CD, Comp) Octave Lab OTLCD-1245 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
OTLCD1966 Ian O'Brien I Was There 1995-2000(CD, Comp) Octave Lab OTLCD1966 Japan 2013 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

OTLCD-1130 Ian O'Brien Mi Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed) Octave Lab OTLCD-1130 Japan 2008 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Ian O'Brien Live At Hell's Club, Sao Paulo Brazil(CDr, Promo) Octave Lab none Japan 2008 Sell This Version
none Ian O'Brien Dark Intervals(File, WAV) Not On Label (Ian O'Brien Self-released) none 2013
none Ian O'Brien Shihen(CDr, Ltd, Promo) Octave Lab none Japan 2013 Sell This Version
none Ian O'Brien Naima (2013 Edit)(File, WAV) Not On Label (Ian O'Brien Self-released) none 2013

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sorenfissure

sorenfissure

April 10, 2017
So underrated I think I will say it again, one of techno's most underrated artists and how he still isn't recognised as the true genius that he is a crime.
sorenfissure

sorenfissure

March 14, 2015
One of techno's most underrated artists.

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