Category: "Profiles"

BITS & PIECES with Denzel + Huhn

The first album you bought? Denzel :: Since my parents plus two elder siblings were listening to quite a lot of stuff from rock to classical music I started with a tape collection…quite late I was buying my own stuff. Directly after moving to Berlin in 1988 I bought all the stuff I could get […]

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Five questions for Cryo Chamber

“I have always had a love for ambient music and it’s a shame most people never get to experience it the way it is supposed to, isolated in your room with the lights out. That is enough motivation for me to keep things going. I am also constantly excited about our artists’ new albums coming […]

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BITS & PIECES with David Cordero

The first album you bought? Europe “The Final Countdown”. I was 7 years old. When I was a kid I listened to a lot of Hard Rock. The last album you were addicted to? Max Richter “Sleep”. I think it is a sublime record, exciting eight hours. Wonderful. A movie you can always watch? Only […]

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BITS & PIECES with Robert Rich

The first album you bought? I think it was “Chicago Transit Authority” around 1971 or so. I was about 8 years old and I liked the song “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Ironically I’m still really interested in watches and timekeeping, so the thoughts behind the song still resonate, and that album […]

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BITS & PIECES with Madeleine Cocolas

The first album you bought? The first album I recall buying was the Star Wars soundtrack. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I bought it (it was around the time I had my Luke Skywalker toothbrush), but it completely blew my mind and started off a long love affair with soundtracks. The […]

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DROWNED RECORDS :: From Bremen with bite

Drowned Records has some similar characteristics to ZCKR. Both labels have released music from Qnete, a homegrown talent with a penchant for raw and thumping electronics, and both like to turn their attention to the idea of local artists. I don’t know much about Bremen. I know where it is, North Germany. It’s a sizable […]

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777 :: Breaking from the Bonds of Berlin (Interview & Mix)

Perhaps I was wrong about Berlin and survival of the fittest. New and exciting imprints, like Wilson’s, are flourishing. Maybe “THE capital” has enough shelve and platter space to go around. I’ve always felt that German electronic music somewhat suffered from its own success. Certain labels and artists, and the clubs they were, or are, […]

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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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