Originally from San Francisco, USA, Chris Douglas, aka Dalglish, is perhaps best known under his mysterious O.S.T. pseudonym.
Learning how to play piano and keyboard in his childhood, Douglas was introduced to the San Francisco party/rave scene in 1990. He started DJing shortly thereafter, creating the city’s first techno/ambient parties at a time when it was dominated by house and disco.
At the age of 17, Douglas left for Detroit in search of new musical horizons. There his path crossed with the likes of Drexciya’s James Stinson as well as the fabled Underground Resistance crew. It was in Detroit that he released his first record on Switch Records in 1992 under the name O.S.T. He finally moved to Europe in 2003 after being invited by Autechre to perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties they curated in 2003.
Douglas spent the 2000s progressively shedding his music of any recognizable rhythm or patten, exploring abstraction and spatial architectures. His music is intensely personal, however. In fact, the reclusive, now Berlin-based producers work is constantly scattered with memories, as well as the producer’s quiet study of emotions and human interactions.
His 2007 release as O.S.T. - “Benacah Drann Deachd” – fumbled Gaelic for Farewell Cursed Decade “is an attempt to unburen himself of the memories of a troubled decade by labeling 11 tracks with their dates of creation (“25.6.2010, ?8.4.2006”), and collecting them together like intimate diary entries safely locked away in an old journal” (Derek Walmsley). Douglas describes his work under his Dalglish moniker as his more “beats-oriented” output. Yet the central dynamic of works such as 2008’s “Waetka” remains one of turmoil, of rhythms and layers working against each other before they briefly align in a moment of precious equilibrium.
Dalglish will perform live tonight, replacing The Haxan Cloak in tonight’s program at the Berghain Kantine.
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