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 now works across the borders of music composition and performance, software development and research. He holds a PhD in electronic music and composition and has been a resident composer and researcher at IRCAM in Paris and STEIM in Amsterdam. Sam has also worked with the London Sinfonietta as part of their Writing the Future commissioning scheme, with Aphex Twin on his Remote Orchestra project and is an associate member of Matthew Herbert’s ‘New Radiophonic Workshop’.

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 & The Leaf Label) and performs internationally with his various groups, solo and in collaboration with numerous improvising musicians and ensembles. His latest release with Fiium Shaarrk, the 2017 album ‘We Are Astonishingly Lifelike’ was listed by both BBC Late Junction and DJ Gilles Peterson as one of their best albums of 2017.

Notable past 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.

With Will Worsley, Sam is also the co-founder of the audio production company Coda to Coda whose work won an international Music and Sound Award in 2016 and a D&AD award in 2018.

Albums on Not Applicable:

I Am Zebra – Leverton Fox
We Are Astonishingly Lifelike – Fiium Shaarrk
Vaucanson’s Muse – Tom Arthurs / Isambard Khroustaliov
Velcro Bird – Leverton Fox
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

Links:

www.icarus.nu
www.differance.org