Alfred Darlington, aka Daedelus, studied jazz, with a focus on the double bass, at the University of Southern California before releasing his first full-length album in 2001. Now, a dozen albums and even more EPs later, the side-burned eccentric is still making a similar style of experimental electronic music with jazzy influence and flourishes. In addition to his huge catalog, he's known for pioneering the use of the Monome, a button-grid controlled device used for sampling, during his live performances. It's the same tool that artists Deadmau5 and Flying Lotus use in their live sets.
Daedelus' music is typically full of bursts of samples and noises, with lots of experiments in sound and structure. Some tracks sound like 1990s video game soundtracks; others are more dreamy and jazz-influenced and show off his classical training. The music is bold and in your face, except for when it isn't, like when he made a folky, psychedelic album called "The Long Lost" with his wife, Laura Darlington.
In the 17-minute-long track Daedelus performed live at the KDHX studios, we get a bit of everything: rapid, schizophrenic beats to start, some funky, acid jazz in the middle and a bit of trippy, experimental electronica to finish.
All photos by Louis Kwok