Richard H. Kirk

Richard H. Kirk

Real Name:
Richard Harold Kirk
Born in Sheffield, Cabaret Voltaire member Richard H. Kirk released his first album "Disposable Half-Truths" in 1980, and since then he developed a solo career parallel to the band until its dissolution in 1994, featuring a fusion of diverse styles music genres from dance-orientated Techno and House to Experimental Electronica and Ambient.
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Richard H. Kirk Discography


Richard H. Kirk Disposable Half-Truths (Album) Industrial Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Richard H. Kirk Time High Fiction (Album) Doublevision UK 1983 Sell This Version
Richard H. Kirk Black Jesus Voice (Album) Rough Trade UK 1986 Sell This Version
Richard H. Kirk Ugly Spirit (Album) Rough Trade UK 1986 Sell This Version
Peter Hope & Richard H. Kirk Peter Hope & Richard H. Kirk - Hoodoo Talk (Album) Native Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Richard H. Kirk Virtual State (Album) Warp Records, Warp Records, Intone, Intone UK 1994 Sell This Version
Richard H Kirk* The Number Of Magic (Album) Warp Records, Intone Germany 1995 Sell This Version
IRREG 4 CD Richard H. Kirk Knowledge Through Science(CD, Album, Ltd) Blast First IRREG 4 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
Richard H. Kirk Darkness At Noon (Album) Touch UK 1999 Sell This Version
Tone 12 Richard H. Kirk LoopStatic (Amine ß Ring Modulations)(CD, Album, Car) Touch Tone 12 UK 2000 Sell This Version
Richard H. Kirk TWAT v4.0: The War Against Terror (Album) Intone UK 2003 Sell This Version
INTONECD06 Richard H. Kirk Feat. Pat Riot (2) Richard H. Kirk Feat. Pat Riot (2) - Meets The Truck Bombers Of Suburbia Uptown Vol. 1(CD, Album) Intone INTONECD06 UK 2004 Sell This Version
SJR LP/CD 130 Sandoz A/K/A Richard Kirk* Sandoz A/K/A Richard Kirk* - Live In The Earth: Sandoz In Dub (Chapter 2)(CDr, Promo) Soul Jazz Records SJR LP/CD 130 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none Richard H Kirk* Sonic Reflections (Unreleased Soundtrack Project 1994)(3xFile, AAC) Intone none UK 2009
none Richard H. Kirk Reality Is Opposite(8xFile, AAC, Album) Intone none UK 2011

Singles & EPs

Peter Hope, Richard H. Kirk Peter Hope, Richard H. Kirk - Leather Hands Doublevision UK 1985 Sell This Version
RTT 199 Richard H. Kirk Hipnotic(12") Rough Trade RTT 199 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12NTV 36 Peter Hope & Richard H. Kirk Peter Hope & Richard H. Kirk - Surgeons / N.O.(12") Native Records 12NTV 36 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Richard H. Kirk Virtual State Warp Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Tone 12-12 Richard H. Kirk LoopStatic (Amine ß Ring Modulations)(12") Touch Tone 12-12 UK 2000 Sell This Version
12KIRK6 Richard H Kirk* Detonate / Reworks EP(12", EP) The Grey Area 12KIRK6 UK 2004 Sell This Version
DUSTV009 Richard H. Kirk Fear (No Evil)(12", EP) Dust Science Recordings DUSTV009 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none Richard H Kirk* Neuroscience EP(File, AAC, EP) Intone none UK 2009
Richard H. Kirk Never Lose Your Shadow (EP) Minimal Wave US 2014 Sell This Version


KIRK6CD, 0724359822808 Richard H Kirk* Earlier / Later (Unreleased Projects Anthology 74-89)(2xCD, Comp, Enh) The Grey Area, Mute KIRK6CD, 0724359822808 UK 2004 Sell This Version

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April 21, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
"What can you say" is that Kirk is the eyebrow-plucking auteur's auteur, evidence of his essential auteurism being available from any viewed angle despite the parallax of unconverging style and idiom that runs angularly through his compositional domain.
Somehow as different as his Sahara-by-way-of-Sheffield Reed playing of the early industro-bop is from his latterday airless pushbutton monikers, there is a consistent sonic world whose pulses and timbres are signature in their ingredient. KIRK'S TONALITY is one of the most Bizarre and placeless I have ever known, apparently ur-atonal or maybe seminally multitonal, meaning he doesn't so much ignore musical key as obselytize it entirely. In my Factory-Records-centric youth I collected the sound and picture releases of CABARET VOLTAIRE exhaustively until I found a copy of "Black Jesus Voice" and the "Martyrs of Palestine" 12" single and realized that Mallinder's dopey amorphous bass and vocals were hindering more than helping; Kirk needs no one but a good drug dealer and his trusty mixing desk at Western Works.
WHY Kirk is so damn good is almost impossible to prove; much of what he does as a rule, is, as a rule, an example of poor music-making in other hands. He is a champion of the 'Unattended Mixing Desk with a Sequencer going Full-Boor' methodology common to all styles prefixed "Euro-" on the islands or continentally; HOW does he invert this into an attribute? Because his loops are Aggressively repetetiv without being Repetitious as they are in the default EDM template...there's an op-art mentality at play in which if one steps back from the picture, or listens to the entire side, one may experience a telescoping sense of parts relating to whole; first the bricks, then a brick wall, then the wall itself is seen to be a single brick again. Across the years of monastic output one can isolate unbroken arcs of musical agenda; a sincere trancemaking intent and an uncanny ability to source sounds and notes incomparably ALIEN, summarized by the sunburned amphetamine-hangover of Kirk's amoral just-back-from-Spain mien.


April 21, 2004
What can you say? The history of electronic music wouldn't be complete without a paragraph or two about this guy.

For any serious student of electronica, you could do a lot worse than to pick up the early Cabaret Voltaire stuff. His style is generally to build the tracks gradually, using a lot of classic Detroit-ish melodies and straightforward percussion programming, while using strange sounds and catchy hooks and vocal (often left-leaning politically) vocal samples. His seminal releases mostly occurred on the Warp label ("Reality Net" makes my personal all time Top Ten electronic tracks, which is on "Artificial Intelligence II".) Sandoz' "Digital Lifeforms" is pretty much a classic in the early 90's IDM genre, as is Cabaret Voltaire's "International Language." If you like industrial dub (think the better On-U Sound stuff) you would be remiss not to own Sandoz’ “Chant to Jah”. To be honest, I don’t think any of his releases are bad, although as stated, some are only okey-doke (e.g., Sandoz’ “Every Man Got Dreaming.”)

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