Kangding Ray

Real Name:
David Letellier
Kangding Ray is an experimental electronic project by David Letellier (born 1978 in France, based in Berlin).
Founder of ara (13)

There are few musicians who manage to explore the convergence between techno and experimental as successfully as David Letellier.
Known as Kangding Ray, he has been producing for almost a decade, releasing his music exclusively on Raster-Noton and Stroboscopic Artefacts.
The aesthetic domains of these two labels epitomizes Kangding Ray’s complex sound—it’s an aesthetic that tests boundaries, evolving tirelessly in its exploration of texture, rhythm, and sound design.
Letellier’s foundations in rock and musique concrete give his music a vitality and uniqueness that has won fans the world over, from discerning avant-garde–electronica listeners, all the way to devoted clubbers.
KR has also been known for remixing artists such as Battles on Warp, Ben Frost on Mute, or Inigo Kennedy on Token.
Those who have been following Letellier since his debut album, 2006’s Stabil, will recognize not only his meticulous and constantly developing approach to sound design, but also the conceptual gravity behind his releases.
Through a string of recent EP’s and albums, culminating with the critically acclaimed “Solens Arc”, KR showed his ability to keep his artistic approach while delivering direct and powerful club-leaning tracks and darkly cinematic soundscapes. On 2015’s “Cory Arcane”, he pushed the limits of his sound even further. Relinquishing standard rhythmic structures and conventional tonal models, he delivered what is perhaps his most sophisticated release yet; a raw and visceral universe, allowing a more fluid dialogue between soul and machines.
“HYPER OPAL MANTIS” for Stroboscopic Artefacts opens a new era for Kangding Ray, where he will explore the tension between the natural and artificial, the body and mind, which are central themes in electronic music in general, and Techno in particular. The means of creation, focused around technology and interactions with machines, contrast with the emotional response to sound, the mystical ritual of collective dancing, and the ethos of liberation and tolerance embedded in the culture it has produced.
As he describes it himself in a recent interview : “I’ve been evolving since a couple of years at the outer fringes of the club culture, where it overlaps with different experimental and avant-garde genres. While i intend to continue to explore that zone as a free maverick, i also wanted to give something back to the scene, something strong, beautiful and functional at the same time, while retaining enough personality to be exciting.”
( Adapted from words by Vincent Morris )
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r-n 73 Kangding Ray - Stabil album art Kangding Ray Stabil(CD, Album) Raster-Noton r-n 73 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
r-n 094, r-n 94 Kangding Ray - Automne Fold album art Kangding Ray Automne Fold (Album) Raster-Noton, Raster-Noton r-n 094, r-n 94 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
r-n 123 Kangding Ray - Or album art Kangding Ray Or (Album) Raster-Noton r-n 123 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
R-N 154-2 Kangding Ray - Solens Arc album art Kangding Ray Solens Arc (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 154-2 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
R-N 167 Kangding Ray - Cory Arcane album art Kangding Ray Cory Arcane (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 167 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
SALP005 Kangding Ray - Hyper Opal Mantis album art Kangding Ray Hyper Opal Mantis (Album) Stroboscopic Artefacts SALP005 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
ARA 006LP Kangding Ray - 61 Mirrors / Music For SKALAR album art Kangding Ray 61 Mirrors / Music For SKALAR (Album) ara (13) ARA 006LP Germany 2020 Sell This Version
ARA005 Kangding Ray - STOCK album art Kangding Ray STOCK(5xFile, WAV) ara (13) ARA005 Germany 2020

Singles & EPs

R-N 124 Kangding Ray - Pruitt Igoe album art Kangding Ray Pruitt Igoe (EP) Raster-Noton R-N 124 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
SA015 Kangding Ray - Caos Y Orden Superior // Wars album art Pfirter // Kangding Ray Pfirter // Kangding Ray - Caos Y Orden Superior // Wars (Single) Stroboscopic Artefacts SA015 2012 Sell This Version
SAM011 Kangding Ray - Monad XI album art Kangding Ray Monad XI (EP) Stroboscopic Artefacts SAM011 Germany 2012
r-n 145 Kangding Ray - The Pentaki Slopes album art Kangding Ray The Pentaki Slopes Raster-Noton r-n 145 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
SA017 Kangding Ray - Tempered Inmid album art Kangding Ray Tempered Inmid Stroboscopic Artefacts SA017 2013 Sell This Version
SA027 Kangding Ray - Ardent / Swallows album art Kangding Ray, Rrose Kangding Ray, Rrose - Ardent / Swallows (EP) Stroboscopic Artefacts SA027 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
none Kangding Ray - SUMS album art Kangding Ray + Barry Burns Kangding Ray + Barry Burns - SUMS (EP) Berlin Atonal Festival none 2017
ARA001 Kangding Ray - Predawn Qualia EP album art Kangding Ray Predawn Qualia EP (EP) ara (13) ARA001 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
FIGUREX13, X13 Kangding Ray - Azores EP album art Kangding Ray Azores EP (EP) Figure, Figure FIGUREX13, X13 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
FIGUREX28 Kangding Ray - Branches  album art Kangding Ray Branches (EP) Figure FIGUREX28 2021 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

ssg special Kangding Ray - Ssg Special - Kangding Ray VS Mix album art Kangding Ray Ssg Special - Kangding Ray VS Mix(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) mnml ssgs ssg special Japan 2011
STJ 108 Kangding Ray - Secret Thirteen Mix 108 album art Kangding Ray Secret Thirteen Mix 108(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Secret Thirteen Journal STJ 108 Lithuania 2014
RA.519 Kangding Ray - RA.519 album art Kangding Ray RA.519(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Resident Advisor RA.519 UK 2016


none Kangding Ray - Sparte album art Kangding Ray Sparte(File, MP3, 320) Soul Aid none 2011