KILT (Kordik - Ikeda - Lucas) – Electroacoustic Improvisations

"A finely detailed and expressive group that is both elegant and eloquent. All aspects of sound production are scrutinized and employed as valid musical material which in turn gives an immersive and complete listening experience." - John Russell

"This meet-up recorded in London is something of a textural boxing match. However, the trio involved are playing an analogue synthesizer (Daniel Kordik), a digital synthesizer (Ken Ikeda) and a trombone (Edward Lucas), so the results are consistently intriguing. More often than expected, the synths and trombone mesh indiscernibly into one creaking atonal lattice. The opening track is the oddest and noisiest of the lot, with both synths aggressively carving out some sharper frequencies while the trombone can do little but hurl blunt parps into the battleground. The rest of the release settles into a more peaceful mode, resembling murmured scheming between home appliances." - Tristan Bath, The Wire Jan 2017


Daniel Kordik / Vostok synthesiser
Ken Ikeda / DX synthesiser
Edward Lucas / trombone


Studio recording, London, September 2015
Recorded & Mixed by Edward Lucas
Mastered by Rupert Clervaux
Cover image detail from a drawing by Ross Lambert

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC


1. HORLN - 12.12

2. QUARNCH - 05.18

3. SPEEL - 06.47

4. TAK - 07.32

Daniel Kordik

Kordik works mainly as an improviser, music collaborator, field recordist and a regular member of the duo Jamka and duo with Edward Lucas with whom he co-runs Earshots Recordings. "Kordik’s electronics are pretty weird (...). At least some of them seem to work by Theremin-style hand control, which results in a different type of sound than if he were playing either with a keyboard or a modular-style patch." (Paul Margree)

Ken Ikeda

Ken Ikeda  is a composer and performer, born in Tokyo. He creates unique electric improvisation by a delicate combination of sine waves. After studying at Berklee College of Music, he has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world. He has released five solo albums and collaborated on albums with David Toop, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Chihei Hatakeyama and many other improvising musicians; Also he  has collaborated with, amongst others, visual artist Mariko Mori, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tadanori Yokoo, Darren Almond; and composed and recorded for film maker David Lynch. He released CD albums from Touch, Spekk, Baskaru, White Paddy Mountain and Home Normal. Ken Ikeda currently lives and works in London, UK.

Edward Lucas

Lucas is co-organiser (with Daniel Kordik) of the Earshots label - their long running trombone and synth duo led to the beginning of the concert series and label. He has had many associations with improvising musicians in London and beyond, including the duo here with Daniel Thompson - a CD from this duo is expected for release on Inexhaustible Editions later this Summer.

Edward Lucas

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