Acid Kirk

Cédric Stevens

Profile of the performer Acid Kirk: Born 13/05/1972.



Cédric kicked off his career as a DJ and techno composer / producer

under the pseudonym "Acid Kirk" in 1993. He quickly established

himself as one of the most revered figures in the Belgian scene and

his reputation soon spread beyond his home country's borders. Between

1993 and 1997 he produced over a dozen records (now widely regarded as

classics of the genre) and regularly performed at most of the major

Belgian clubs and dance events (Fuse, Rave Explosion, Cherry Moon...).

He was also frequently booked to play abroad in a number of the

world's major cities - New York, Melbourne, Paris (Rex Club), Rome,

Vienna, Berlin (Love Parade) and Amsterdam (Melkweg) - often sharing

the bill with many of the biggest international DJs, namely Jeff

Mills, Laurent Garnier, Miss Djax, Richie Hawtin, Dave Angel and Dave

Clarke.



In 1997, driven by his growing interest in free jazz, alternative,

psychedelic ambient and experimental music - and the avant-garde in

general - he co-founded Elf Cut records and assumed the role of art

director for the label. He also launched his new project: "The

Syncopated Elevators Legacy" (S.E.L.), with which he would go on to

explore fresh sonic horizons. Over a period of four years, Elf Cut put

out ten records (including three S.E.L. releases) and quickly came to

be known as one of the more influential labels on the avant-garde

electronic music scene. S.E.L. performed at numerous venues and

events, primarily in Belgium and France (AB, Nuits de Botanique,

Halles de Schaerbeek, Festival de Dour, Recyclart, Vooruit, Zaal

Belgie, De Singel, Batofar (FR), Festival Multimédia de Créteil (Fr),

Centre Culturel de Nantes (FR)...). S.E.L. records were

enthusiastically received by a number of prestigious artists

(Christian Fennesz, Vibracathedral Orchestra, My Cat Is An Alien) and

a few of the tracks even caught the attention of the late John Peel,

who played them on his legendary BBC radio show.



Between 2000 and 2004 Cédric composed the music for three productions

by choreographer Bud Blumenthal: "Les Entrailles de Narcisse", "Red

Cliff" and "Les Sentiers d'Ulysses". In 2003 the Flemish Community commissioned him to reinterpret a work by the contemporary music group "Hermes Ensemble", which he performed at the Theaterzaal in Vooruit, sharing the bill with pianist Kris Defoort and the Hermes

Ensemble themselves. These ventures illustrate the evolution of his approach, which has become increasingly influenced by minimalist and

contemporary music.



In addition to his work under the S.E.L. banner, Cédric formed the

"Drifting Bears Collective" in 2003. Accompanied by a guitarist, a

bassist and a drummer, he would use this new side project to develop

the more physical aspects of his music - and thus a long creative

process was set in motion, culminating in the release of the album

"South of No North" in 2007. A psychedelically noise-esque free rock

epic of sorts, this album garnered high praise from the discerning

music press, receiving glowing reviews from publications such as "Riff

Raff" and "The Wire" (the ultimate international reference magazine

for the best in alternative and avant-garde sounds). The Drifting

Bears Collective is also known for its numerous concert performances,

having appeared alongside eminent neo-folk entities from across both

the Channel and the Atlantic (No-Neck Blues Band, Vibracathedral

Orchestra, Double Leopards,...).



Using his own name when performing in the experimental and minimalist

music domain, Cédric's appearances and involvement in this scene are

increasing. He recently participated in the "toute crauté est elle

bonne à dire" expo at the "centrale électrique", for which he

performed an audiovisual piece in collaboration with the painter Serge

Golwicht on the day of the private view (6/2/2009). It was extremely

well received by the public.



The Communauté Française issued Cédric a grant for the creation of a

minimalist piece that was to receive its first public performance on

the 19th of June 2009 at the Notre Dame de la Chapelle church as part

of the "Fetes de la Musique". This took place on the minimalist night,

during which prominent international artists such as Janek Schaeffer,

Christian Fennesz and Alva Noto also performed.



Cédric recently dusted off his Acid Kirk alter ego to reprise his

experiments in the progressive acid techno domain and - for the next

couple of years at least - will be DJing and performing this fresh

material live at various events. A new EP titled "Out of the Blew" was released in February, co-produced by the labels WeMe and First Cask. This revival of interest brought a lot of new bookings and Acid Kirk is now back on the international scene, playing in main events in cities such as Den Haag (The Netherlands), Rome (Italy) or what could be seen as a consecration, a gig in the most world-famous organization of underground rave parties: Bangface (n°72) in the center of London (U.K.).

So in the Web you may find Acid Kirk on the Web by this links:
  1. http://ced-playlist.blogspot.be/
  2. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Acid-Kirk/311112060436?ref=share
  3. http://www.myspace.com/elevalinto
  4. http://www.myspace.com/wemerecords
  5. http://www.myspace.com/bugklinikagency
  6. http://soundcloud.com/acid-kirk
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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label of release
1 Acid Kirk - Psychonautic Experiments Psychonautic Experiments 5 mp3, CD 1994 Re-load Records
2 Acid Kirk's Childhood Memories 2 mp3, CD 2000 Firstcask Records
3 Psychonautic Experiments Vol. 2 5 mp3, CD 1994 Re-load Records
4 Acid Kirk - Acid Kirk's Childhood Memories Acid Kirk's Childhood Memories 2 mp3, CD 2007-01-00 Firstcask Records
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