Stephen Mallinder

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Stephen Mallinder
Born (1955-01-01) 1 January 1955 (age 64)
Sheffield, England
Genres Electronic
Occupation(s) musician, writer, DJ, academic
Instruments Vocals, bass, percussion, keyboards, electronics
Years active1973–present
Labels Rough Trade
Factory Records
Some Bizzare Records
Virgin Records
Off World Sounds
Mute Records
Steel Tiger Records
Memetune Records
Bella Union
Associated acts Cabaret Voltaire
Ku-Ling Bros.
Sassi & Loco
Hey, Rube!
Creep Show

Stephen William Mallinder (born 1 January 1955 in Sheffield) is an English artist/musician who was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, and went on to work as Sassi & Loco, the Ku-Ling Bros Hey, Rube! Wrangler and Creep Show.

Sheffield City and Metropolitan borough in England

Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 577,800 (mid-2017 est.) and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group. Sheffield is the third-largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000.

English people Nation and ethnic group native to England

The English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speak the English language. The English identity is of early medieval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Angelcynn. Their ethnonym is derived from the Angles, one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the 5th century AD. England is one of the countries of the United Kingdom, and the majority of people living there are British citizens.

Cabaret Voltaire (band) British music group

Cabaret Voltaire are an English music group formed in Sheffield in 1973 and initially composed of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk, and Chris Watson. The group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire, the Zürich nightclub that served as a centre for the early Dada movement.



Mallinder founded Cabaret Voltaire in 1973. [1]


He also recorded as a solo artist in the 1980s, including the Pow-Wow album, released in 1983. [1] In 1988 he recorded with members of Soft Cell in the band Love Street, and in 1989 he was a member of Acid Horse, a band which also featured Al Jourgensen of Ministry. [1] [2]

Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 hit version of "Tainted Love" and their platinum-selling debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

Acid Horse was a one-off collaborative side project between two industrial music pioneers, Ministry and Cabaret Voltaire. Only one single, "No Name, No Slogan", was released in 1989 on Wax Trax! Records. The band name is a combination of the slang terms for LSD (acid) and heroin (horse), as well as a play on the title of the then-popular acid house movement.

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with the independent record label Wax Trax! Records, Jourgensen has an active musical career that spans four decades, and is best known as the frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry, which he founded in 1981 and of which he remains the only constant member. He was also primary musician of several Ministry-related projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters. He has also produced and/or recorded with numerous other artists, including The Reverend Horton Heat, Prong, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, The Blackouts, Alan Vega, Iggy Pop, Adrian Sherwood, Jello Biafra and others. Jourgensen is regarded as being one of the most prominent figures of industrial music,</ref> influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in alternative and industrial-associated acts.

Mallinder, alongside Richard Kirk, established the Western Works Studio (with Chris Watson until 1982) and subsequently produced in excess of 30 albums, working alongside producers and engineers including Flood, Adrian Sherwood and Marshall Jefferson. He worked as producer, remixer and live performer.

In 1982 Mallinder was one of the founders of 'Doublevision', which was the UK's first independent video label with an associated record label – and of 'Plastex Records' in 1990.

Mallinder is also the founder of the Off World Sounds label (Australia), releasing material under the names Ku-Ling Bros. and Sassi & Loco. And established Off World Productions in 1998.


He is a former journalist, including as a music journalist for Australian publications Ministry Magazine, Sunday Times and West Australian - and as a radio presenter and producer for RTRFM.


RTRFM is a not-for-profit, community radio station based in Perth, the state capital of Western Australia. It is self-funded, largely through listener subscription and fund-raising events; however, it does carry some "advertising material" at a maximum of 5 mins per hour. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, on 92.1 in the FM band. The name RTRFM is a contraction of "aRTy Radio".

Stephen Mallinder wrote a chapter for the publication Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music ( ISBN   9781441159373), edited by Benjamin Halligan, Nicola Spelman and Michael Goddard for Continuum International Publishing Group (2013). This book is a collection of essays, proposing new critical approaches and inquiries regarding debate and analysis of noise - from postpunk to shoegaze and beyond. Punk and Post-Punk Noise, Chapter 5 by Stephen Mallinder, 'Sounds Incorporated: Dissonant Sorties into Popular Music'.

International Standard Book Number Unique numeric book identifier

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Continuum International Publishing Group was an academic publisher of books with editorial offices in London and New York City. It was purchased by Nova Capital Management in 2005. In July 2011 it was taken over by Bloomsbury Publishing. As of September 2012, all new Continuum titles are published under the Bloomsbury name.

He wrote the Preface for Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music, S. Alexander Reed Oxford University Press, 2013 and introductory chapter "Straight Connection back to Dusseldorf City" for German Pop Music: A Companion (editor Uwe Scutte) Penguin (2016)

He wrote "Live or Memorex: Artists and Producers Perceptions of Changing Music Practices" in The Digital Evolution of Live Music (Chandos 2015)

Contributed "Remix Chapter" for Total State Machine: Test Dept. (PC Press 2015)


Mallinder has published numerous academic papers, and gained his Ph.D in music and popular culture from Murdoch University in Australia in 2011 with his thesis Movement: Journey of the Beat. [3] He now lives in Brighton and has been researching at the Art Design Media Centre and teaches on Digital Music & Sound Art at the University of Brighton.

Murdoch University university in Western Australia

Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia, with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state's second university in July 1973, and accepted its first undergraduate students in 1975. Its name is taken from Sir Walter Murdoch (1874–1970), the Founding Professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.

Brighton Town on south coast of England

Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England that is part of the City of Brighton and Hove, located 47 miles (76 km) south of London.

The University of Brighton is a public university based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings on the south coast of England. Its roots can be traced back to 1858 when the Brighton School of Art was opened in the Royal Pavilion. It achieved university status in 1992.

Keynote addresses include "Life in Music" at the Red Bull Music Academy (Melbourne, 2006), "Signal to Noise[1973-83) Music Technology" (Sydney International Festival of the Arts 2010) and the first academic Kraftwerk conference: "Music, Modernity and Movement" (Aston University, 2015)

Current music projects

He has recorded with Steve Cobby - one half of Fila Brazillia - under the name Hey, Rube!. Can You Hear Me Mutha?, their debut album (on Steel Tiger Records), was released in October 2012 [4] - a series of further Hey, Rube! recordings are currently being made ready for 2013 release.

The debut Ku-Ling Bros. album Creach (2001) was reissued in the United States through dPulse and follow up album "Here Come the Astronauts" (2010).

On February 2014, he collaborated with producer/remixer Dub Mentor on the single "Obsession" - which included three versions of a Cabaret Voltaire track. The single was released on the alternative/minimalist independent music label EnT-T.

A new single, recorded with Steve Cobby, is scheduled for release in April 2016. [5]

Mallinder currently works with Phil Winter of Tunng and Benge (Expanding Records) under the name Wrangler for the Memetune Label. They have released three albums LA Spark (2012), Sparked (2014), and White Glue (2016). Wrangler also worked with American artist John Grant under the name Creep Show, releasing the album Mr. Dynamite on the Bella Union label in 2018.

He has worked with actor Janes Horrocks writing music, and performing, for theatre production "Cotton Panic" which debuted at Manchester International Festival in 2017.

He and Wrangler created the sci-fi film The Tourist (2017), with director Tash Tung performing a live soundtrack, for the BFI Unifilmables project alongside Mica and Francesca Levi.

As part of Cabaret Voltaire he has had video work exhibited at MOMA (New York) and with Wrangler in the Turbines (Tate Modern, 2010)

Solo discography

See also

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