Kangding Ray

Real Name:
David Letellier
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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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Albums

r-n 73 Stabil — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray Stabil(CD, Album) Raster-Noton r-n 73 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
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r-n 094, r-n 94 Automne Fold — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray Automne Fold (Album) Raster-Noton, Raster-Noton r-n 094, r-n 94 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
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r-n 123 Or — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray Or (Album) Raster-Noton r-n 123 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
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R-N 154-2 Solens Arc — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray Solens Arc (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 154-2 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
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R-N 167 Cory Arcane — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray Cory Arcane (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 167 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
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SALP005 Hyper Opal Mantis — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray Hyper Opal Mantis (Album) Stroboscopic Artefacts SALP005 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
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ARA 006LP 61 Mirrors / Music For SKALAR — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray 61 Mirrors / Music For SKALAR (Album) ara (13) ARA 006LP Germany 2020 Sell This Version
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ara010 ULTRACHROMA — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray ULTRACHROMA (Album) ara (13) ara010 Germany 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

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

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

none Sparte — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray Sparte(File, MP3, 320) Soul Aid none 2011
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ARA005 STOCK — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray STOCK ara (13) ARA005 Germany 2020
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ARA012 RLT 2 U — Kangding Ray Kangding Ray RLT 2 U(File, MP3) ara (13) ARA012 2021