Biography

Ken Peel is a creator of electronic music and sound art, an award winning media composer and a field recordist. He has been releasing electronic music spanning numerous genres since 2004 and in 2017 was awarded a Master of Music with distinction, by Bath Spa University, for his studies in Creative Sound and Media Technology.

Ken's music has been favourably reviewed in in local and international press including: Decode, Future Music, The Bristol Evening Post, The Wire, Venue and Electronics and Music Maker.  He's also garnered praise from several online sites including Electronic Music, The Big Chill and Untitled Music.

 

Classically trained in piano and euphonium, Ken became interested in music technology during the Acid House revolution and acquired his first sampler in 1989.  During the 1990s he played keyboards in funk and soul bands in Basingstoke and Bristol, before emerging as a solo artist and producer early in the 21st century.

In 2004, in homage to the 1980s BBC sci-fi series, Blake’s 7, and under the moniker Avon, Ken created Salary Man - an LP released by Iris Light Records and Karvavena Records.  Its critical reception lead to a live performance of the album on London’s X-FM show Flo-Motion, presented by Nick Luscombe.  At the same time, Classic FM producer Ben Eshmade asked Ken to create the audio branding for The Chiller Cabinet, a weekend midnight show of ambience, movies and minimalism. 

The next 6 years saw the release of 3 EPs, the album Marginal and the folktronica collaboration Ogonblick with Swedish multi-instrumentalist David Stiernholm.  In this period, Ken wrote TV soundtracks for documentary series on BBC2 and ITV and his music was licensed for The Arts Council England, BBC Alba and TV and cinema commercials in the USA.  A national USA commercial for Axe by agency BBH New York, scored by Ken, received a Gold Medal at the Cannes Lions Advertising Awards.

2011 saw a digital re-release of Salary Man, the 23-track album Bristol Left Overs 1999-2009 (a collection of TV themes and related compositions) and the launch of an Internet radio Live365 channel, Departure Point Radio, which ran for several years. The Live365 channel was unexpectedly popular in Peru and Ecuador.  In the summer of 2014, Spotify included Ken’s track Ashes and Snow for their Ultimate Chill Out playlist and notching over one million streams in 6 months.

 

2015 saw the release of two EPs and Ken embark on his Masters studies delving deep into Max for video processing, collaborating with the choreographer Emily Harper and exploring field recording in abandoned factory spaces in Somerset and the streets around Karl Marx Strasse in Berlin.  Another two EPs were released in 2020.  

In 2021, Ken formulated the idea for the Rockaway Park Sample Library; sounds and digital instruments created from field recordings at the Rockaway Park community turned into musical collateral offered as donation-ware for Care4Calais.

Ken lives with his family in the South West of England.

 

Commercial Releases

2004 – Legs (as Avon) on The Abduction of the Art of Noise (compilation) [CD], Karvavena/Iris Light Records

2004 – Salary Man (as Avon) [CD], Karvavena/Iris Light Records

2005 – Marginal [CD, digital], Karvavena Records

2005 – The Cut (e.p.) (as Avon) [CD, digital], Departure Point Recordings

2007 – The Cloud of Reason (e.p.) [CD, digital], Departure Point Recordings

2010 – EP7, in 14 Versions of the Same EP [4x CD boxed set compilation], Front and Follow Records

2011 – Ogonblick, (with David Stiernholm) [digital], Departure Point Recordings

2011 – Bristol Left Overs 1999-2009 [digital], Departure Point Recordings

2011 – Salary Man (re-issue) [digital], Departure Point Recordings

2015 - I Am Not Ken Peel (e.p.) [digital], Departure Point Recordings

2015 - A Tune a Day: Synthesizer Book 1 (e.p.) [digital], Departure Point Recordings

2020 - Party Droids (e.p.) [digital], Departure Point Recordings

2020 - Shadows of the Future (e.p.) [digital], Departure Point Recordings

 

Broadcast Commissions and Licensing

  • Arts Council England, documentary, Cultural Cargo

  • BBC Alba, documentary, Balaich Eileen

  • BBC2, documentary, The People Detective

  • BBH New York, TV & cinema commercial, Axe Residue

  • ITV, documentary, RAPID