Boxcutter (musician)

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Birth name Barry Lynn
Born 1980
Origin Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Genres IDM, dubstep, contemporary R&B, dub, ambient, drum and bass, jazz
Occupation(s) Record producer, DJ, musician, guitarist, bass guitarist
Instruments Guitar, bass, synthesizer
Years active 2005 –
Labels Planet Mu, Hotflush Recordings, Cosmic Bridge, Kinnego Records
Associated acts The Host, NeferTT, Barry Lynn & Brian Greene

Boxcutter is the pseudonym for Barry Lynn (b. 1980), an electronic musician from Northern Ireland. Early Boxcutter material from 2005 and 2006, like that released on Hotflush Recordings and on the debut Planet Mu album Oneiric, was frequently associated with the genre Dubstep, although it was also compared to experimental artists such as Amon Tobin and Boards of Canada.[1] The second Boxcutter album Glyphic was more influenced by classic dub music such as King Tubby, but also drew comparisons to artists such as Squarepusher, Foul Play and Seefeel,[2] and continued Lynn's reputation for working outside of conventions and taking a genre-hopping approach. In 2009, Lynn released the SETI-themed album Arecibo Message. In the same year, he also founded the Kinnego Records label,[3] on which he released a collaboration with Kinnego Flux (a duo composed of David Baxter and Brian Greene) featuring artwork by London designers La Boca,[4] and the first vinyl single by Space Dimension Controller.[5]

The Dissolve was released in 2011 and scored 78 on Metacritic,[6] with the BBC Review referencing Panda Bear to describe a collaboration with vocalist Brian Greene,[7] and reviewers remarking on the move away from Dubstep sonics.[8] Also in 2011, Adult Swim commissioned the track Waiting for the Lights for their {Unclassified} compilation.

Boxcutter released the Gnosis EP on Om Unit's Cosmic Bridge label in December 2013.[9]

Boxcutter has also released music as The Host, including 2012's eponymous album on Planet Mu,[10] and Esalen Lecures on Touch Sensitive Records in 2015. An album of material by Barry Lynn pre-dating the Boxcutter alias was released by Planet Mu in 2008, entitled Balancing Lakes,[11] named after the balancing lakes in Craigavon.

Barry Lynn has collaborated with FaltyDL under the alias NeferTT, releasing the EP Blue Skies Red Soil in 2012 for Hotflush Recordings.[12]

Boxcutter has performed live across Europe and the USA, including at Unsound Festival, TodaysArt, Club Transmediale, Bloc Festival, and Decibel Festival. For live shows, Barry often accompanies his electronic music with live electric guitar or bass guitar.


  • Brood / Sunshine (Hotflush Recordings, 2005)
  • Tauhid (Planet Mu, 2006)
  • Brood V.I.P. / November Dub (ABUCS, 2006)
  • Philly / Endothermic (Hotflush Recordings, 2007)
  • Moon Pupils / 2Time (with Kab Driver) (Kinnego Records, 2010)
  • Allele / Other People (Planet Mu, 2011)
  • Gnosis (Cosmic Bridge, 2013)
  • Shea EP (Kinnego Records, 2014)
  • Retina Grains (Kinnego Records, 2014)
  • New Yen EP (with Defcon) (Kinnego Records, 2014)
  • Vatic Dreams (Kinnego Records, 2015)
  • Kitchen Sink (Boxcutter Remix) - Amon Tobin – Kitchen Sink Remixes (Ninja Tune 2007)
  • Sparkle (Boxcutter Remix) - Toasty / Elemental – Angel / Sparkle (Remixes) (Hotflush Recordings 2007)
  • Human Meadow (Boxcutter Remix) - FaltyDL – Human Meadow Remixes (Planet Mu 2009)
  • Otherside Remix (Earth Is My Spaceship) - LED Piperz* – Aerial / Otherside (Airflex Labs 2009)
  • VCOcation (Boxcutter Remix) - Space Dimension Controller – Unidentified Flying Oscillator (Acroplane Recordings 2009)
  • Alpha Beta Gamma (Boxcutter Remix) - Brain Machine – Alpha Beta Gamma Remixes (Titan's Halo Records 2011)
  • Suicide Beauty Spot (Boxcutter Remix) - Point B – Suicide Beauty Spot Remixes Part 2 (Combat Recordings 2011)
  • Life in the Cloudz (The Host Remix) - DJ Earl – Blue Summer EP (Lil Pitch Records 2012)
As Barry Lynn
  • Balancing Lakes (Planet Mu, 18 February 2008)
As The Host
  • The Host (Planet Mu, 20 March 2012)
  • Esalen Lectures (Touch Sensitive, 15 August 2015)
  • Audience Science (Kinnego Records, 30 October 2015)


  1. ^ "Boxcutter – Oneiric (album review ) | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  2. ^ "Boxcutter: Glyphic". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  3. ^ "RA: Kinnego Records – Record Label". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  4. ^ "A Familiar Sound – Boxcutter,Kinnego Flux | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  5. ^ "Review: Space Dimension Controller – The Love Quadrant". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  6. ^ The Dissolve by Boxcutter, retrieved 2015-10-05
  7. ^ Diver, Mike. "BBC – Music – Review of Boxcutter – The Dissolve". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  8. ^ "Boxcutter – The Dissolve". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  9. ^ "Boxcutter announces new EP for Cosmic Bridge, Gnosis". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  10. ^ "The Host: The Host". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  11. ^ "Balancing Lakes". Planet Mu Records. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Review: NeferTT – Blue Skies Red Soil EP". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2015-10-05.

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