Nomex [Artist Profile]

Nomex artist profile on Praxis

Nomex was the pseudonym of noise musician and film maker Paul Kidd (1967-2014). Paul was a part of the crew throwing the Dead by Dawn parties at the 121 Centre in Brixton, London, from 1994-1996, along with TechNet and Praxis.

From 1996-1999 he ran his own Adverse label, releasing some key records of conceptual noise of its time.

In 1997/98 he also ran the Maschinenbau label along with DJ Scud. They released two collaborations, the Eurostar/Piling Machine and Total Destruction, both on 7″, now classics of the noise-breakcore crossover and re-released on one 12″ on Praxis (with the catalog number Praxis 56) in 2018.

In 1999 his EP Trocante Gramofony EP was released on Praxis with the catalog number Praxis 33. A fantastic mix of experimental noise, found sounds and audio collage. Originally on transparent vinyl, this was re-released in a limited edition of 100 by Praxis in 2021.

Paroxism EP (Praxis 60) in 2024

2024 finally sees the release of his Paroxism EP, planned as a Praxis release and more or less ready around 2010. Currently (June 2024) it’s on pre-sale in the Praxis online shop. A few tracks are available to listen to on the Praxis Soundcloud already. The catalog number will be Praxis 60.

Tragically Paul Kidd died in a motorcycle accident in New Zealand in February 2014.

His former partner Jo Burzynska wrote a memoir of him, titled A Life in Full Frequency for the Almanac for Noise & Politics in 2016 (released as an eBook in 2024), where John Eden’s interview with Nomex – originally for Datacide 13 (2013) – was also republished. For the same issue of the Almanac, Christoph Fringeli compiled a commented discography of Nomex and Adverse Records. We recently published an expanded web version of this on the Datacide website.

Praxis Discography

  • Praxis 33 – Nomex: Trocante Gramofony E.P. 1999/2021
  • Praxis 56 – Nomex & Scud: Maschinenbau EP 2018
  • Praxis 60 – Nomex: Paroxism EP 2024

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