Isambard Khroustaliov

Isambard Khroustaliov is the solo alias of electronic musician and composer Sam Britton from the groups Icarus, Fiium Shaarrk and Leverton Fox. Sam trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London, but took up music after securing a recording contract as an undergraduate. Since 1997 he has recorded and released music for a number of independent electronic music labels in the UK and the US (Output Recordings, Temporary Residence, Domino and The Leaf Label) and performs internationally with his various groups, solo and in collaboration with numerous improvising musicians and ensembles.

His interest in the relationship between electronic music and instrumental performance has led him to study at IRCAM, undertake a PhD with Richard Barrett, Peter Wiegold & Christopher Fox and pursue research in residence at STEIM. Recent collaborative work includes a suite for two improvising musicians and autonomous electronics entitled ‘Long Division’ and ‘Fake Fish Distribution’; an album in 1000 variations, created using generative and parametric software techniques. An anthology of composed work entitled ‘Ohka’ (released in 2009) built on his work with various soloists using live electronics, encounters which are also documented over the course of several critically acclaimed duo albums.

In 2016 Sam’s production company Coda to Coda won an international Music and Sound Award for best sound design in a television series for their work on the CBeebies programme ‘Messy Goes To Okido’. They have also recently been commissioned by the Science Museum to produce the complete soundscape (music, sound design and system design) for their forthcoming touring exhibition on Robots in 2017.

Albums on Not Applicable:

Lady Fairfax – Lothar Ohlmeier / Isambard Khroustaliov
Smart Casual – Leverton Fox
From Bloom To Bust – Alex Bonney / Isambard Khroustaliov / Tolga Tüzün
Live – The Odes
No Fiction Now! – Fiium Shaarrk
The Human Arm – Leverton Fox
Fake Fish Distribution – Icarus
Long Division – Tom Arthurs / Ollie Bown / Isambard Khroustaliov / Lothar Ohlmeier
The Resurfacing of an Atavistic Trait – Maurizio Ravalico / Isambard Khroustaliov
Chaleur – Philippe Pannier / Isambard Khroustaliov
Flensburg – Icarus / Badun
All Is For The Best In The Best Of All Possible Worlds – Icarus
A Further Insight Into Not Applicable – Andreas Willers / Anna Kaluza / Isambard Khroustaliov / Lothar Ohlmeier / Maurizio Ravalico / Rudi Fischerlehner / Tom Arthurs
Ohka – Isambard Khroustaliov
Nowhere – Lothar Ohlmeier / Isambard Khroustaliov
Five Loose Plans – Maurizio Ravalico / Isambard Khroustaliov
Carnivalesque – Icarus
8 Minutes – Isambard Khroustaliov
Misfits – Icarus
Soviet Igloo – Icarus

Tracks on Not Applicable:

Musicide – Isambard Khroustaliov
Fear Of Bees – Isambard Khroustaliov / Maurizio Ravalico
Elliogy – Icarus
Until Yet – Isambard Khroustaliov / Tolga Tüzün
Elastic – Isambard Khroustaliov / Javier Carmona / Maurizio Ravalico / Tom Arthurs
Scratch – Lothar Ohlmeier / Isambard Khroustaliov

Films on Not Applicable:

Flat Home – directed by Martin Hampton, music by The Not Applicable Artists
Uke ‘Em – directed by Martin Hampton, music by Icarus
Edicisum – directed by Candas Sisman, music by Isambard Khroustaliov
Traum – directed by Martin Hampton, music by Isambard Khroustaliov
Ghafla – directed by Yannig Willmann, sound and music by Isambard Khroustaliov
Treatment – directed by Yannig Willmann, music by Icarus
Carnivalesque Part 2 – directed by Laurent Duriaud, music by Icarus
83t/hr – directed by Alice Scott, music by Isambard Khroustlaiov
A Film – directed by Daniel Clift, music by Icarus

Distributed Recordings:

Sylt – Icarus
Sylt Remixes – Icarus