Powell (9)

Real Name:
Oscar Powell
Profile:
Oscar Powell, who goes by his last name Powell, is a British electronic musician, composer and producer based in London. He co-founded Diagonal label with Jaime Williams in 2011 and established a ƒolder multimedia audio-visual platform. From November 2013 to June 2019, Powell hosted a monthly online show, Melon Magic, on NTS Radio. In his recent works, Oscar Powell departed from experimentations with techno and other "dance" genres toward more abstract and conceptual music. He searches for inspiration in systems theory, mathematics, Iannis Xenakis' stochastic processes, Deleuzian philosophy, and imitating natural phenomena in composition and synthesis.

In 2011, Powell presented his debut 12" EP on a newly-launched label Diagonal. In 2013, Oscar Powell had more 12" records on other labels, including Liberation Technologies and Boomkat's limited edition imprint The Death Of Rave. Powell began gaining prominence for his highly-unusual DJ/live performances. In May 2014, Diagonal Records had a room at the "Leitmotif 002" event, organized at London's Corsica Studios. Five DJ sets by the label's artists were later documented on Diagonal Rave Tapes 5xCassette boxset from the Reel Torque label. Powell began extensively collaborating and performing with other artists, including Russell Haswell, Karl O'Connor and Lorenzo Senni.

In early 2015, Powell got signed by XL Recordings, starting with a release of Sylvester Stallone 12". His second single, Insomniac, contained a sample of Steve Albini introducing a song from Big Black's Pigpile '92 album. When Powell contacted Albini to request the sample clearance, he received a disgruntled email from Steve, stating he always "detested mechanized dance music and its stupid simplicity." He provided Powell blanket permission to sample anything, stressing he couldn't possibly care less and further ranting about his hatred towards this kind of electronic music. Powell asked permission to use the said email for promotion, and Albini granted it with yet another remark, "still don't care." Finally, XL Recordings rented a massive billboard on Commercial Street in London and printed Albini's entire email to advertise Powell's single, generating notable publicity. In October 2016, Oscar's debut full-length 2xLP/CD album, Sport, came out.

The artist continued releasing music on Diagonal and celebrated the label's fifth anniversary in 2016 by performing across North America with Not Waving and Russell Haswell. In 2018, Powell began working together and playing live with German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. They released a limited edition Spoken By The Other 12" EP at XL Recordings. In May 2020, Powell launched his new ambitious project, a multimedia cross-genre platform a ƒolder, in collaboration with Swiss filmmaker Michael Amstad, Norwegian visual artist Marte Eknæs and veteran cross-disciplinary artist Mathias Gmachl from Austria. Oscar Powell released two full-length albums and several AV works on the platform.

In July 2021, Powell got signed by Editions Mego and released his next album, Piano Music 1-7 CD/LP. Oscar Powell devised a new compositional method, applying stochastic functions not just to control sound variables ("wave-shapes," FM parameters, frequency or filter modes) but to generate visual scores compatible with any software/MIDI instrument. He used a generic Grand Steinway sampler as a "placeholder" instrument, eventually building seven distinct "synthetic piano" compositions around these sounds.
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Albums

XLCD776 Sport — Powell (9) Powell (9) Sport (Album) XL Recordings, XL Recordings XLCD776 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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DIAG038 New Beta Vol. 1 — Powell (9) Powell (9) New Beta Vol. 1(12", MiniAlbum) Diagonal DIAG038 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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DIAG041 New Beta Vol. 2 — Powell (9) Powell (9) New Beta Vol. 2(12", MiniAlbum) Diagonal DIAG041 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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af18 flash across the intervals — Powell (9) Powell (9) flash across the intervals (Album) a ƒolder af18 UK 2020 Sell This Version
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aƒ7 midi-flex 222 — Powell (9) Powell (9) midi-flex 222(File, AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV, Album) a ƒolder aƒ7 UK 2020
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aƒ19 multiply the sides — Powell (9) Powell (9) multiply the sides(File, AAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, Album) a ƒolder aƒ19 UK 2020
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eMego 301V Piano Music 1-7 — Powell (9) Powell (9) Piano Music 1-7 (Album) Editions Mego eMego 301V Austria 2021 Sell This Version
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aƒ20 on the feet of a wind — Powell (9) Powell (9) on the feet of a wind(LP, Album, Ltd) a ƒolder aƒ20 UK 2021 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

DIAG 001 The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh — Powell (9) Powell (9) The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh (EP) Diagonal DIAG 001 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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DIAG002 Body Music EP — Powell (9) Powell (9) Body Music EP (EP) Diagonal DIAG002 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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LTECH004 Fizz — Powell (9) Powell (9) Fizz (EP) Liberation Technologies LTECH004 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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Rave002 Untitled — Powell (9) Powell (9) Untitled (EP) The Death Of Rave Rave002 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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DIAG009 Club Music — Powell (9) Powell (9) Club Music Diagonal DIAG009 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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DIAG016 Club Music Remixes — Powell (9) Powell (9) Club Music Remixes (EP) Diagonal DIAG016 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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XLT730 Insomniac — Powell (9) Powell (9) Insomniac(12", Gre) XL Recordings XLT730 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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XLT663 Sylvester Stallone — Powell (9) Powell (9) Sylvester Stallone(12") XL Recordings XLT663 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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XLT786 Frankie & Jonny — Powell (9) Powell (9) Frankie & Jonny(12") XL Recordings XLT786 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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DIAG036 Diag N.A 2016 — Powell (9) Powell (9), Not Waving Powell (9), Not Waving - Diag N.A 2016(12", EP, Ltd, W/Lbl) Diagonal DIAG036 US 2016 Sell This Version
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XL965T Spoken By The Other — Powell (9) Powell (9), Tillmans* Powell (9), Tillmans* - Spoken By The Other(12", EP, Ltd) XL Recordings XL965T UK 2018 Sell This Version
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aƒ181 notes on a ƒolder — Powell (9) Powell (9) notes on a ƒolder(File, AIFF, MP3, WAV, EP) a ƒolder aƒ181 UK 2020
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Compilations

DIAG018 11 - 14 — Powell (9) Powell (9) 11 - 14 (Comp) Diagonal DIAG018 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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DJ Mixes

FACT 390 FACT Mix 390 — Powell (9) Powell (9) FACT Mix 390(File, MP3, Mixed, 192) FACT Magazine FACT 390 UK 2013
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FAKTION7 Reel Torque Volume 7: Diagonal Rave Tapes — Powell (9) Russell Haswell / Raime / Powell (9) / Vereker / Evol Russell Haswell / Raime / Powell (9) / Vereker / Evol - Reel Torque Volume 7: Diagonal Rave Tapes(5xCass, Mixed + Box) Reel Torque FAKTION7 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none Angry Elf (Stocking Mix) — Powell (9) Powell (9) Angry Elf (Stocking Mix)(File, WAV) BBC Radio 6 Music none UK 2015
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aƒ34 The Bells, Mosaic — Powell (9) Powell (9), Michael Amstad, Marte Eknæs Powell (9), Michael Amstad, Marte Eknæs - The Bells, Mosaic(File, MOV, MPEG Video) a ƒolder aƒ34 Germany 2020