Proem

Real Name:
Richard Bailey
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Proem formerly a resident of Austin, Texas, he now resides in Philadelphia, PA. He has been releasing music since 1999 on labels like Merck, n5MD, and Hydrant.
Bailey started experimenting with electronic devices at an early age, using thrift store turntables, some tape decks, a few cheap Casio SK-5s, and some circuit bent bargain bin keyboards. He currently sequences in FL Studio, using a number of VST plugins, such as Kontakt and Reaktor. He is regarded as an early member of the US IDM scene.
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Albums

HYD-007 Burn Plate No.1 — Proem Proem Burn Plate No.1 (Album) Hydrant Records HYD-007 US 1999 Sell This Version
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MERCK 006 Negativ — Proem Proem Negativ (Album) Merck MERCK 006 US 2001 Sell This Version
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MD 103 Among Others — Proem Proem Among Others (Album) n5MD MD 103 US 2001 Sell This Version
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catno.MD116 liveMD[cd?] — Proem Proem liveMD[cd?](CD, Album, Ltd) n5MD catno.MD116 US 2004 Sell This Version
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MERCK 023 Socially Inept — Proem Proem Socially Inept(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 023 US 2004 Sell This Version
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core_003.2 Songs 4 The City Bus — Proem Proem Songs 4 The City Bus(CD, Album, Ltd) Coredump Records core_003.2 US 2004 Sell This Version
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Merck 042 You Shall Have Ever Been — Proem Proem You Shall Have Ever Been (Album) Merck Merck 042 US 2006 Sell This Version
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CATMD145 A Permanent Solution — Proem Proem A Permanent Solution (Album) n5MD CATMD145 US 2007 Sell This Version
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NR006 Till There's No Breath — Proem Proem Till There's No Breath (Album) Nonresponse NR006 US 2009 Sell This Version
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CATMD179 Enough Conflict — Proem Proem Enough Conflict (Album) n5MD CATMD179 US 2010 Sell This Version
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none Before It Finds You — Proem Proem Before It Finds You (Album) Not On Label (Proem Self-released) none US 2013
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none Modern Rope — Proem Proem Modern Rope (Album) Not On Label (Proem Self-released) none US 2018
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MD274MD Until Here For Years — Proem Proem Until Here For Years (Album) n5MD MD274MD US 2019 Sell This Version
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LR25 Twelve Tails — Proem Proem Twelve Tails (Album) The 1056 LR25 US 2021
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Singles & EPs

mtk.mp3.041 Too Many Cookies EP — Proem Proem Too Many Cookies EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 128) Monotonik mtk.mp3.041 US 2000
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MERCK PM 2=1 — Proem Proem 2=1 Merck MERCK PM US 2002 Sell This Version
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com-108 le No_Carrier — Proem Proem No_Carrier (EP) Component Records com-108 le US 2002 Sell This Version
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catmd110 Standard_Naming_Convention — Proem Proem Standard_Naming_Convention(7", Ltd, Cle) n5MD catmd110 US 2002 Sell This Version
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MERCK SI Sociallyinept — Proem Proem Sociallyinept Merck MERCK SI US 2004 Sell This Version
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EN08 Darker Still — Proem Proem Darker Still(7xFile, MP3, EP, 320) En:peg Digital EN08 US 2004
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MERCK DE Debone — Proem Proem Debone(7", Ltd, Cle) Merck MERCK DE US 2005 Sell This Version
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MERCK UN Unravel — Proem Proem Unravel(7", Ltd, Cle) Merck MERCK UN US 2005 Sell This Version
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none, LR29 Till There's No Breath Bonus EP — Proem Proem Till There's No Breath Bonus EP(4xFile, FLAC, EP) Not On Label, The 1056 none, LR29 US 2009
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none Vault EP 4/4 — Proem Proem Vault EP 4/4(5xFile, FLAC, EP) Not On Label (Proem Self-Released) none US 2015
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none Vault EP 3/4 — Proem Proem Vault EP 3/4(6xFile, FLAC, EP) Not On Label (Proem Self-Released) none US 2015

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Survivor1838

Survivor1838

February 19, 2022
He could have been the best IDM artist if not for falling into the unpleasant Dark Ambient.
Damo808

Damo808

September 9, 2021
edited about 1 year ago
Proem really is IDM at its best, especially his 2001-2010 material, which consists of complex rhythms mixed with emotive melodies that rival some of the greatest work in the genre. Big emotional range in this work too, from deep melancholy to playful joy that elevates the music beyond the dry technical ruts the genre often slips into. Socially Inept is one of the best records of that mid-00s IDM era and is essential listening for any fan of the genre, but in truth i enjoy almost everything he's made.
Gabriel153

Gabriel153

January 5, 2021
Just incredible work from this man; never ceases to amaze.
Richard your works are highly regarded by me and always useful.
littlecomputer

littlecomputer

June 13, 2018
outstanding idm artist....perfect soundscapes for me. pure idm bliss. wish me more vinyl releases from him....
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FStanz

FStanz

May 28, 2015
I know Aphex Twin, Autechre, etc are the founders, but Proem is the best I've ever heard in this realm of music.
neurosmack

neurosmack

March 8, 2015
I am so soooooooo thankful for having been able to experience this guy's music. I cannot describe it with words, his music has changed my life profoundly. And kept my mind clear, to date. Thank you Richard, I really hope that even though one day you will say farewell to sound production, it won't be anytime soon.
boogyface

boogyface

March 23, 2013
No fancy words needed! The best electronic artist I've ever heard!!!! Proem is #1 no other artist compares!!!!!!!!!

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