Simon Irving, know by the stage name of “Inspired Insomniac” or “.ii.”, is an experimental multi-genre music producer, laptop musician, and visual artist from Sheffield, England. Irving’s music originally eschewed the tradition pop format in favour of a more abstract approach, his sounds and melodies incorporate elements of; electronica, glitch, jazz, shoegaze, IDM, and dubstep. More recently his newer works are inspired heavily by experimental hip hop and the use of live instrumentation and outbound electronic hardware. Irving first came to prominence for his work as guitarist in Brisbane band “Tin Can Radio”, renowned for his use of experimental electronic influences and intertwining music styles from different genres, blending together the use of electronic and live instrumentation. Inspired Insomniac has released three studio albums, “Lepidoptera” (2009) “On The Steps Of Our Forefathers” (2011), “Late Nights & Early Flights” (2013). This music is definitely a true representation who Inspired Insomniac is and the evolution of a convalescent modern artist.
Alongside recording his own material, Irving has produced and performed remixes for a number of artists including UK band “Mount Fuji” (formal know as “Conquistadors”) and Australian artist “Emma Louise”. Irving’s recent output includes a number of works with Brisbane based musician “Yukon Snakes” as well as forthcoming collaborations with “Sleepy Tea” and “Motion Picture Actress”. In conjunction with his musical career, Inspired Insomniac has also composed music for performance art works as well as music for television and film. In 2009, Irving worked on sound design and a short score, for the use of advertising and promotion, with “World Wildlife Fund (WWF)” in conjunction with UKYCC employee Nic Seton. In 2012, Irving composed an original score for artist Sarah Winter, creating several soundscapes and original music for works on “A Dinner With Gravity”. More recently Inspired Insomniac signed on to compose the soundtrack for forthcoming independent movie “I’m Not Here” (2013), written and directed by Hamish Rutherford.
It is Inspired Insomniac’s use of synthesized textures merging with organic vintage samples that creates a fusion of old and new. Creating rich tones from a bygone era and blending them with a future sound we have yet to encounter.Soundcloud Bandcamp Triple J Unearthed