Category: "Profiles"

Born in a less than likely place :: Vielspaß

Born out of basement space, described by Prioux as a “bargain underground club,” underneath the DMA Vielspaß has all the attributes of an arts college party. Out there. Disjointed. Rag tag. But, a rag tag bunch with some very interesting musical ideas. France has always been a tricky place to pin down when it comes […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Vula Viel

“Recording and mixing was great fun, but it’s playing live that has taken this music out of Ghana and theory and into London and pumping reality. Every single gig we’ve ever played has been a swirling wave of power and energy. Having worked on the content and rehearsed for so long, when we started playing […]

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TH ± Tar Hallow :: From the blackened pits

The Netherlands does electronics well. In spite of its size Holland is a heartland of machine music. Clone. Bunker. Crème Organization. Viewlexx. Bordello A Parigi. And the list goes on. From this fecund ground comes a new imprint, TH ± Tar Hallow. The Rotterdam label, founded by Thano Papadopoulos, notes the above labels as having […]

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ANALOGIC DENSITY :: The spirit of Italian techno rekindled

Analogic Density is a label pushing acid and techno and going back to the machines that founded that sound. A new wave of musicians continuing the Italian electronic project Italy can be overlooked when it comes to electronics, overshadowed by the likes of Britain, Germany and Detroit. But there is a rich seam of machine […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Julia Kent

“I’ve always been inspired by cellists like Tom Cora and of course Arthur Russell, who used the instrument so expressively and individually. And, while the cello will always be my primary voice, I definitely have been incorporating more electronic sounds and more processing both live and when I’m recording: it’s great to have access to […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Sonar

“After many years of playing with all sorts of gadgets and effects, I was kind of tired twiddling knobs to make music. I wanted to concentrate on our instruments and try to produce new sounds just by using our hands and imagination.” (Stephan Thelen) Less is more Sonar is a well-oiled machine. A dynamic living […]

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ROBERT LOGAN :: Modeling sounds

“So Flesh is really about the joy of creation. But similarly, basics outside realities always offer inspiration; the cycles of nature, the cosmos, natural structures, man-made structures, destruction and construction, death and birth. The fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of the fungus; animal, plant and insect flesh—the growth and decomposition of flesh.” (Robert Logan) “Recently I […]

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Berlin. Detroit. Sheffield. Tallinn? :: Estonian Electronics from Porridge Bullet

Eastern Europe has been somewhat forgotten, even ignored, by electronic enthusiasts. Britain, Germany and the US are the historic epicenters with the likes of Scandinavia and Italy taking on the mechanical mantle. But the former Bloc nations demand attention. Porridge Bullet is wonderfully individual. Club bangers to out there ambience and everything in between from […]

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“Something wicked this way comes…” :: Occult Research

More and more labels are turning to tapes. I remember my initial reaction: “Why?” Price being the obvious reason. But, the return to cassettes has allowed a variety of would-be artists and music promoters to get some hands on experience without the sinking investment of vinyl. There’s also the tactile quality of a tape, the […]

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IMMERSIVE SOUNDS :: Q & A with protoU

Out of her home in Kiev, Ukraine, Sasha Cats (a.k.a. protoU), a promising young creative voice in the dark ambient scene and the latest addition to Cryo Chamber’s extensive artist roster, talks about her musical background, influence and of course Earth Songs—the new collaborative work with Dronny Darko. What lured you to the dark ambient […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Northumbria

“I’ve always enjoyed setting self-imposed parameters within which to work, it makes you think in a more creative way. Having limitless possibilities like we do in this age of digital recording can be something of a hindrance, ironically, too many options can be confusing. We decided to make Northumbria a predominantly live band. Conceptually raw, […]

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Five questions with Joe Acheson

The man behind Hidden Orchestra talks about his latest work, Reorchestrations—an eclectic suite of seven tracks by experimental/classical/folk musicians, brilliantly re-orchestrated by Acheson. Across a space of thirty-four minutes the mind-stirring manipulation, cunning morphing and sharp groove of Hidden Orchestra assertively reinterpret effective works by some of Acheson’s peers and collaborators. What was it about […]

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Lux Rec spreads its wings :: MRT

Lux Rec have been steadily gaining more and more attention. Shout outs in Resident Advisor labels of the year, interviews and featured mixes as well as growing audiences of appreciative fans. Sounds like a good time to start a sub-label, no? Yes! MRT has been established as the “darker” wing of the Swiss imprint. Now […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Siri Karlsson

“Since the start people have been telling us about the visions they get when they listen to our music. Music at its best is some sort of escapism or release of the mind. It seems that our music summons up all kinds of images, landscapes and emotions into people’s minds and hearts, ours, but still […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Kuba Kapsa

“I established Contemporary Noise Sextet and started to write jazz music which was strongly influenced by my rock roots, and after a while I again felt caged, this time in this jazz thinking, which eventually led me to a musical dead end. Then, after some time, the sun came out…and that sun was…Igor Stravinsky.” Smuggled […]

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{Members.Welcome.} :: Computer Club

I’m not really a computer nut. Yeah, I know we all use ’em all the time but I’ve never really been into coding and stuff. I never really got past BASIC, or past the first few hours with it. Yet, I must admit, I always liked the egalitarian nature that a lot of coding has. […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Schnellertollermeier

“A small, completely harmonic and quiet part in the right place can have a much bigger impact if something really sharp and harsh or brutal or completely abstract happened before, and vice versa.” One compact organism You probably won’t hear a Schnellertollermeier track on the radio; the Swiss trio’s name bluntly shouts no commercial potential, […]

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Music Non-Stop :: Behind Kraftjerkz Records

Robin Des Iles has built a fertile platform from which a spread of dancefloor shoots has taken root. Electro, house, neo-disco, techno and a whole host of machine musings have been served via wax and download. Old hands, discovered talents and fresh faced newcomers have been collected across a range of releases. Machines are slaves. […]

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HOBBES MUSIC :: No Style Left Unturned

Depth sits alongside shallow self-interested surface. Good music runs parallel with, well, less good music. I guess the best advice is suck it and see, though be careful of the contents. Edinburgh doesn’t have the musical clout of its grubbier neighbor Glasgow. Whilst I lived in Scotland’s largest city I never once made the short […]

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SEALT RECORDS :: Future Echoes

Sealt is less concerned with the club, instead it is the armchair which is the focal point. The other week I got some records from Peru. First I’ve ever had arrive from South America. Bit of traditional Peruvian pop you say? Loada aged B12 EPs but there ya go. The latest lot to be delivered […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Shalosh

“Shalosh’s style is open for interpretation, we combine the musical character of each one of us, and that makes our music edgy and unpredictable. Rock, jazz, progressive, electronic, groove, world music, we let the audience decide what to name it.” Deeply connected The alias, Shalosh (three in Hebrew), perfectly represents what the special union of […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Ambient Jazz Ensemble

“The album evolved over a few years. I instinctively loved the marriage of jazz and ambient electronica, and sketched a few ideas whenever I could. This culminated in a 3-month phase when it became the focus of my attention. I scored horns, piano, bass and string parts, but the key players were given the freedom […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: John Lemke

“Bringing an audience to tears at the beginning of the show is maybe not an ideal way to start a concert, but it did amaze me to hear about such strong reactions. But I suppose you couldn’t ask for a better feedback—at the end of the day I guess it’s why we do what we […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Daniel Herskedal

“People say to me I should make music for movies. I’m happy that’s what people think, because hopefully that means they listen carefully, and imagine pictures and stories in reaction. That’s often what music is for me—telling stories, the deepest ones you have, without using any words.” Telling stories, depicting landscapes Daniel Herskedal is a […]

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Mussels, Beer & Acid :: The Kromatones Diet

Music that should come with a health warning: “May cause eye irritation. May damage hearing. Will destroy speakers.” I’ve never really understood why Belgium is a hot spot for electronics. Maybe it’s the industrial heritage of this Lowland country, or the range of influences that flow through its borders. Whatever it is Belgium is always […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: The Kandinsky Effect

“While musically stretching can be risky, the nature of our improvisation is that the soloist is the climber, and the rest of the band is the rope. We always get pulled back in. Sometimes it’s the recovery that is the most fun and interesting—especially from the audience perspective. That’s what makes it a different show […]

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From Philadelphia’s Foundries :: Great Circles

From a forgotten space, or a rejected one, comes caustic chords and rusted rhythms. Great Circles are part of that change to harsher dialogue. Panel beaten pound, steel stained snares, tetanus transferring thump and aging assembly line atmospherics. Great Circles has a message, one given in severe and uncompromising tones. They say as the years […]

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