Lee Gamble Biography

Lee Gamble is a producer and DJ of exploratory electronic/dance music, and founder of the UIQ label. From roots as a teenage DJ rinsing state-of-the-art jungle on pirate radio, Lee explored the mechanics and dimensions of computer music, avant composition and noise in the ’00s with a series of abstract, sculptural releases and live improvisational and multichannel presentations.
Subsequently, he tracked back to the floor from an oblique angle with the ambient-techno / jungle deconstructions of a series of defining releases for PAN – Diversions 1994-1996, Dutch Tvashar Plumes, Koch and Kuang, followed by a 12” for his newly minted UIQ label - Chain Kinematics.
On Mnestic Pressure, Lee’s first album with Hyperdub, signals from elsewhere that echoed through his previous releases - signals from the unconscious, sub-aqua, hallucinated, dreamt - are decoded into a terra interpretation.Mnestic Pressure is an exposition of individually and collectively pressured memory, musically articulated in a series of elegiac melodic movements, punctuated with swerving beat structures and shrill pitch manouevers. Stylistic motion twists and genre bending mixes are reminiscent of Lee's dynamic DJing style.
Lee has toured extensively over four continents, playing solo and with visual collaborator Dave Gaskarth, performing their cartographic A/V show Foldings, as well as regularly DJing. Lee has been commissioned by Shiva Feshareki and the London Contemporary Orchestra to compose two acoustic pieces to be premiered at one of Peak District's caves in September 2017 alongside the first performance of Éliane Radigue's latest composition.
Flush Real Pharynx is the title of sound designer/junglist/composer and DJ Lee Gamble's new threepart album for Hyperdub. The triptychs’ sonic documentary loosely explores three stages of the ‘Semioblitz’ - the aggressive onslaught of visual & sonic stimuli of contemporary cities & virtual spaces.
First part of the series - In a Paraventral Scale - zooms in on the seductive/destructive nature of present-day reality through a symbolic prism inhabited by snakes, vehicles and mirages.
From the sound morphologies of BMW Shuanghuan X5 where recordings of high performance cars melt and spectrally morph into synthesized orchestral timbres, through the arpeggiated neon hyper patterns of the beautiful Folding and the electro slam of Moscow this chapter veers into a crystalline, neon sound mirror of In The Wreck Room, where 21st century jungle meets footwork and electro, takes a ride on board a hypothetical super highway in the rain at night, leaving us in the haunted tension of Lee’s most emotive tracks to date - Many Gods, Many Angels to await the second part of the triptych...
In A Paraventral Scale is a clash of Gamble’s brand of hyper-concrète, where unmanned vehicles hover around us, steel ball bearings roll and scatter, Jet engines end up as smashed objects, voices instruct, orchestral instruments morph into the sounds of doppler-shifting vehicles – all this distilled into signature Jungle mirages, with brash, restless DJ Stingray style 160bpm electro and haunting ambience.
Gamble exposes us to a new type of digital theater, a unique and futuristic filmic world blurring the distinction between non-musical sound, music and dance floor, a push and pull between reality and fictional worlds. All sonics co-exist in an unreal place whose spatial and temporal location is left for us to assemble.
In A Paraventral Scale is out on Friday 1st February. Many Gods, Many Angels is an animated by Clifford Sage.
Lee hosts a monthly NTS radio show.

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