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 Productions* - 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

FER-LP3 Desert Scores — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Productions* Desert Scores (Album) Ferox Records FER-LP3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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none Gigantic Days — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Gigantic Days (Album) Peacefrog Records none UK 1998 Sell This Version
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PFG009LP, PFG 009 LP A History Of Things To Come — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien A History Of Things To Come (Album) Peacefrog Records, Peacefrog Records PFG009LP, PFG 009 LP UK 2001 Sell This Version
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OTLCD1965 Understanding Is Everything — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Understanding Is Everything(CD, Album) Octave Lab OTLCD1965 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

4w-OB 1, 4w-ob1 It's An Everyday World! — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien It's An Everyday World! (Single) 4th Wave, 4th Wave 4w-OB 1, 4w-ob1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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FER023 Monkey Jazz — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Monkey Jazz (EP) Ferox Records FER023 1996 Sell This Version
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FER026 Intelligent Desert II — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Productions* Intelligent Desert II(12") Ferox Records FER026 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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FER 020 Intelligent Desert E.P — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Intelligent Desert E.P(12", EP) Ferox Records FER 020 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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fic016 That Was Now — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien That Was Now Pacific Records fic016 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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4W-OB 2 Tattoo Jazz — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Tattoo Jazz 4th Wave 4W-OB 2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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PF093 Heartstrings — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Heartstrings(12") Peacefrog Records PF093 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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PRT-355 Midnight Sunshine — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Midnight Sunshine(12", Promo) Toy's Factory PRT-355 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
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PF IOB3 Eden — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Eden(12") Peacefrog Records PF IOB3 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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DUKE 94DJV Infused Twelve Inch — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien / James Hardway Ian O'Brien / James Hardway - Infused Twelve Inch Hydrogen Dukebox DUKE 94DJV UK 2001 Sell This Version
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PFG013 A History Of Things To Come (Album Sampler) — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien A History Of Things To Come (Album Sampler)(12", Smplr) Peacefrog Records PFG013 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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ART-NR2 Promenade Eleven — Ian O'Brien Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien - Promenade Eleven Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART) ART-NR2 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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none The High Frontier — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien The High Frontier(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Not On Label (Ian O'Brien Self-released) none 2021
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Compilations

74321 69334 2 Abstract Funk Theory — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Abstract Funk Theory (Comp) Logic Records 74321 69334 2 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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EVSCD04 The Soul Of Science — Ian O'Brien Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien Kirk Degiorgio & Ian O'Brien - The Soul Of Science (Comp) Obsessive EVSCD04 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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IRMA 503347-1 Presents Sofistifunk Vol.2 - Past Time Grooves For The Future — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Presents Sofistifunk Vol.2 - Past Time Grooves For The Future (Comp) Irma IRMA 503347-1 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
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OTLCD-1245 Kokoro — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Kokoro(CD, Comp) Octave Lab OTLCD-1245 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
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none Rarities & Remixes I — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Rarities & Remixes I(9xFile, ALAC, Comp) Not On Label (Ian O'Brien Self-released) none Japan 2013
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OTLCD1966 I Was There 1995-2000 — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien I Was There 1995-2000(CD, Comp) Octave Lab OTLCD1966 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
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DJ Mixes

OTLCD-1130 Mi Mix — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Mi Mix(CD, Mixed) Octave Lab OTLCD-1130 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
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none Live At Hell's Club, Sao Paulo Brazil — Ian O'Brien Ian O'Brien Live At Hell's Club, Sao Paulo Brazil(CDr, Mixed, Promo) Octave Lab none Japan 2008 Sell This Version

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AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

April 10, 2017
edited over 4 years 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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