One of the great pioneers of cassette culture and post punk era electronic experimental music was Paul Kelday. From a personal perspective, he was massive influence on my early and rather primitive avant-garde excurions into sound experiments and later Falling A took on his catalogue, I think via Frazer Nash of Music For Midgets who seemed to have the whole world of cassette culture at his fingertips before mysteriously disappearing.
Paul also recorded with his brother Phil under the name of Conjunctis Viribus in the mid 1970's. There is some fake material on YouTube under that name which Paul has verified as not theirs. Phil went on to form the equally prolific New 7th Music. Paul made a few cameo appearances on New 7th Music's work. Talking of mysterious disappearances Paul disappeared from the world of music and indeed contact for about 20 years re emerging around 2016 with an affirmative statement that he is no longer making music. His brother Phil is no longer with us.
I am not sure if Paul is still alive. Reports suggest that he is also deceased. The last known contact we know about was in 2017 but his internet footprint is minimal and most material out there is placed by fans. Always a bit of a recluse but someone whose creative legacy offers a great deal to the attentive listener.
The Dark Side Of The Sun
Out Of The Blue
Edge Of The Abyss
Planet Of The Gods
Flight Over Asia
Route To Armageddon
The Death Throes Of Mother Earth
The Search For Intelligent Life On Earth
Last Plastic Rose Of Summer
Journey Across The Mindfield
The Plane Of The Inner-between
The Crack In The Universe
Another Time, another Place
Rings Of Jupiter
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sky
Beyond The Perimeters
Green Land Beneath Crimson Skies
The Laser House
Until The End Of Time
Short Stay In The Garden Of Optimism
Expedition To The Barren Regions Of The Mind
The Last Remaining Years
In the vast landscape of the British underground music scene, Paul Kelday is perhaps the most overlooked luminary, prolific explorer of the outer realms of analog electronic music.
Between 1974 and 1986, Kelday left an indelible mark, releasing a myriad of cassettes that resonate as deeply and provocatively as the works of iconic figures like Klaus Schulze or Conrad Schnitzler.
Among the gems of Kelday's discography and well worth seeking out if you can find it is "One Dimensional", which stands out as a captivating compilation, pulling together materials from the mid-1980s. The album was released in 2004 as a sonic tapestry, weaving together distressed Morse code signals that seem to echo within the walls of abandoned factories. These signals persistently navigate wind tunnels of broken tones, creating a musical landscape that is both haunting and beautiful.
The album not only showcases his technical prowess with analog synthesizers but also encapsulates the essence of his artistic vision. It's a mesmerizing journey that captures the spirit of the British underground, where Kelday's lost voice resounds with a timeless allure.