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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Albums

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

Singles & EPs

Ian O'Brien - Monkey Jazz album art Ian O'Brien Monkey Jazz (EP) Ferox Records 1996 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien - It's An Everyday World! album art Ian O'Brien It's An Everyday World! 4th Wave UK 1996 Sell This Version
FER026 Ian O'Brien - Intelligent Desert II album art 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 album art Ian O'Brien Intelligent Desert E.P(12", EP) Ferox Records FER 020 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien - That Was Now album art Ian O'Brien That Was Now Pacific Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien - Tattoo Jazz album art Ian O'Brien Tattoo Jazz 4th Wave UK 1997 Sell This Version
PF093 Ian O'Brien - Heartstrings album art Ian O'Brien Heartstrings(12") Peacefrog Records PF093 UK 1999 Sell This Version
PRT-355 Ian O'Brien - Midnight Sunshine album art Ian O'Brien Midnight Sunshine(12", Promo) Toy's Factory PRT-355 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
PF IOB3 Ian O'Brien - Eden album art Ian O'Brien Eden(12") Peacefrog Records PF IOB3 UK 2000 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien - Infused Twelve Inch album art Ian O'Brien / James Hardway Ian O'Brien / James Hardway - Infused Twelve Inch Hydrogen Dukebox UK 2001 Sell This Version
PFG013 Ian O'Brien - A History Of Things To Come (Album Sampler) album art Ian O'Brien A History Of Things To Come (Album Sampler)(12", Smplr) Peacefrog Records PFG013 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien - Promenade Eleven album art 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 album art Ian O'Brien Abstract Funk Theory (Comp) Logic Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien - The Soul Of Science album art Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien - The Soul Of Science (Comp) Obsessive UK 2000 Sell This Version
Ian O'Brien - Presents Sofistifunk Vol.2 - Past Time Grooves For The Future album art Ian O'Brien Presents Sofistifunk Vol.2 - Past Time Grooves For The Future (Comp) Irma Italy 2001 Sell This Version
OTLCD-1245 Ian O'Brien - Kokoro album art Ian O'Brien Kokoro(CD, Comp) Octave Lab OTLCD-1245 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
OTLCD1966 Ian O'Brien - I Was There 1995-2000 album art 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 album art Ian O'Brien Mi Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed) Octave Lab OTLCD-1130 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
none Ian O'Brien - Live At Hell's Club, Sao Paulo Brazil album art Ian O'Brien Live At Hell's Club, Sao Paulo Brazil(CDr, Mixed, Promo) Octave Lab none Japan 2008 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Ian O'Brien - Dark Intervals album art Ian O'Brien Dark Intervals(File, WAV) Not On Label (Ian O'Brien Self-released) none 2013
none Ian O'Brien - Shihen album art Ian O'Brien Shihen(CDr, Ltd, Promo) Octave Lab none Japan 2013 Sell This Version

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AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

April 10, 2017
edited 6 months ago
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, is an absolute crime.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

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

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