Bio

Keith Kenniff is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and electronic music producer. He composes ambient/electronic music under the moniker Helios and post-classical piano music under Goldmund. He is also one-half of the indie band Mint Julep, and ambient project "A Pale Fire" (previously "Hollie & Keith Kenniff"). Keith is also a composer for film, television, dance and performance art. In 2010 he began the record label Unseen. He composed the song "Years" for Facebook's "A Look Back." Biography: Kenniff graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006 with a B.A. in percussion and composition. In 2004 'Unomia', Keith's first album under the moniker Helios, was released followed by the critically acclaimed album 'Eingya' in 2006. His third album 'Caesura' was released in 2008. Keith also records and performs music for solo piano under the name Goldmund for which he has six releases on Unseen Music, Type Records and Western Vinyl, including the most recent album 'Famous Places'. Keith has toured and performed extensively throughout the US, Europe Japan and Canada. Keith has an indie rock/shoegaze band with his wife under the name Mint Julep. In late 2010, they released an EP called "Adorn". The band followed-up with the release of their first full-length album, "Save Your Season", in 2011. The Kenniffs also have a children's music project, Meadows (inspired by the couple's young son), whose debut album, "The Littlest Star" was released in the summer of 2011.

Reviews

Helios - Ayres (from Sound Proector)

Ayres is the third work of well-known and beloved Bostonian multi-instrumentalist Helios (aka Keith Kenniff) - very talented person, whose compositions can get to the very core of listener's feelings and dreams. It seems he knows well how to make his music deeply touchable and fill our souls with it, he conciliate our mind with the surrounding world and presents us precious minutes of relaxation..... Read More »

HELIOS - Live At The Triple Door (from Forced Exposure)

Since 2003, multi-instrumentalist and composer Keith Kenniff (aka Helios) has been a mainstay in the electronic music/IDM community with releases on influential labels such as Merck Records and Type Records as well as countless remixes and compilation appearances. His signature blending of electronics, ambience and found-sounds have garnered attention from some of the top music critics in the industry... Read More »

HELIOS - Unleft (from Forced Exposure)

Since 2003, multi-instrumentalist and composer Keith Kenniff (aka Helios) has been a mainstay in the electronic music/IDM community with releases on influential labels such as Merck Records and Type Records as well as countless remixes and compilation appearances. His signature blending of electronics, ambience and found-sounds have garnered attention from some of the top music critics in the industry... Read More »

helios - ayres (from Mimaroglu)

helios : ayres the follow-up to last year's world beating 'eingya' is this six track mini album, where keith kenniff discovers his voice... simply breathtaking! it hasn't been long since keith kenniff's gorgeous collection of gauzy, cinematic sound-poems 'eingya' slipped into the consciousness... Read More »

HELIOS - Ayres (from Forced Exposure)

It hasn't been long since Keith Kenniff's gorgeous collection of gauzy, cinematic sound-poems, Eingya slipped into the consciousness. In a short space of time, the Boston-based multi-instrumentalist has become awash with acclaim and been invited to perform numerous live dates around Europe, something which gave life and inspiration to this latest collection of work... Read More »

HELIOS - Eingya (from Forced Exposure)

This is US-based Keith Kenniff's second full-length release as Helios, following his incredible alias Goldmund album, Corduroy Road. Eingya is very different from his work as Goldmund, as it incorporates not only his piano playing, but his delicate touch on guitar, drums and his masterful electronic production. It is an album of wordless songs, eleven carefully measured movements, each holding inside it an entire movie's worth of emotion... Read More »

HELIOS - Caesura (from Forced Exposure)

LP version. Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff has been with Type from the very beginning, and now as Type is well into its fifth year, he offers his fifth gorgeous release. The five years have seen Keith's style evolve constantly -- from his drifting piano compositions under his Goldmund alias, to the Helios sound moving out from underneath the clipped beat-heavy electronics of Unomia and into a more unique place, even incorporating vocals on the Ayres mini album... Read More »

Helios - Eingya (from pitchfork)

Since Helios' Eingya is the third full-length by Boston-based composer Keith Kenniff, and the second from the same alias (Corduroy Road was released under the name Goldmund), you can't accuse him of not being serious about his work... Read More »

Helios - Eingya (from Stylus Magazine)

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Helios - Caesura (from Tiny Mix Tapes)

The term 'easy listening' seems to be one of the greatest anathemas within music. It immediately conjures bitter images of Pure Moods commercials, John Tesh, Kenny G, and Enya. Interestingly, the line between 'ambient' music and 'easy listening' is often blurred, toed delicately by artists unwilling to accept such a stigmatized, abhorrent title as a descriptor for their work. It is pleasant, unobtrusive, and, true to its name, doesn't ask much of the listener other than a muddled mind to soothe... Read More »

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Gate Dytronics FS1 Elysia Mpressor EML 101. modded EMS 2000 Vocoder EMT 140 Plate/Stereo/Tube EMT 240 Gold Foil EMT 252 FX EMT 258 x4 Filters Ensoniq ASR10 Eventide DSP4000 Eventide H3000 DSE Eventide H949 x4 Focusrite ISA110 Orig x8 Focusrite ISA430 Fulltone Tape Echo Harrison 32EQ GR500 HAT Mechanical Drums <span>Helios</span> x2 Intellijel Rubicon JH ARP Quadra Phaser JH Storm Tide FLanger x2 JH Tau Phaser Jomox Sunsyn V1 x2 Kawai K5000R Klark Teknik DN780 Korg DS8 Korg Minipops7 Midi. sepouts Korg PS3200 Korg PS3300 x3 Lexicon 480L Lexicon PCM70 LPG Lynx Aurora 16 Make Noise DPO Marion PROSynth x2 Meinl Read More »

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New Lo-Pan album details

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