Radio-Activity: An Interview With Felix Kubin

November 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Quietus has a nice interview out with felix Kubin, read an excerpt here:

With his great new album Zemsta Plutona just released, the unique German sci-fi synth-pop explorer and sound artist speaks to David Stubbs about musical deconstruction, radio art, and reconnecting Germany with the culture of Eastern Europe

The music of Felix Kubin spans, in its scope, the years 1916 to 2016. He straddles pop, sound art and composition, regarding all of them of equal value. Active in music since his pre-teens, his music alludes to, and draws on, the spirit of Dada, expressionism, Weimar cabaret, post-war musique concrète, the unique radio art form of Hörspiel, Kraftwerk and the great wave of early 80s German groups who preceded the bland misnomer of Neue Deutsche Welle.

As well as the early 80s German artists he first heard on one of the multiple radio sets in the rooms in which he grew up, Kubin’s music is reminiscent of of a host of artists whose work has collapsed the walls between pop and the commercial, deconstruction and the avant garde – among them The Honeymoon Killers, Raymond Scott and Iannis Xenakis.

His latest album, Zemsta Plutona, finally released on his own Gagarin label, is as good as anything he has ever recorded since the “Tetchy Tapes” he first made when practically still a child on his newly acquired Korg MS-20 synth. It’s been well road-tested. “Usually, I tend to play tracks first live before I put them on record, where it’s possible to play them live,” he explains. “So, people know them from live concerts. Most of the tracks for this were ready for 2009, and were ready to be released on a French label, but that fell through – then I got an offer from a label in Los Angeles who wanted to put out an album but that took so long, two years – until finally, I said, this is ridiculous, I’ve been playing these tracks live for so long – I need to put this out.”

Full story here >>

“Industrial World” 2013

October 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video information:

Hi everyone! SynthFreq here with a new composition titled “Industrial World” written by Crystal (msMotif-6), performed by Danielle and Crystal using the following synths:
Jupiter-8: filtered bell patch
Roland D-50: bright ice
Roland Alpha Juno-1: Z-lead
Roland A-90ex: split syn bass/(midi) to JV-1080 pulse lead
Yamaha Motif-6: percussion live set

The Last Martian by Sound of Science (feat. Oliver Chesler of The Horrorist)

October 22, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

Available now on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/k8jrj6y
or… CDbaby: http://tinyurl.com/letyprf

The Last Martian EP by Sound of Science featuring “The Horrorist”

Vocals:

Oliver Chesler (born January 20, 1970), better known by his stage name The Horrorist, is an electronic music artist from New York. He is the owner of the Things to Come Records. He has live performances all around the world but a hotspot is Germany. Many remember him as the punk styled kid in D.A. Pennebaker’s concert film “101″, featuring Depeche Mode. British music critic Simon Reynolds once proclaimed, “My favorite contemporary American singer-songwriter is Oliver Chesler, a/k/a The Horrorist.

Info on The Horrorist: http://thehorrorist.com/

Remix artists featured on The Last Martian EP:

Vile Electrodes:

Vile Electrodes initially formed through a mutual affection for early synthpop, delta blues, rock n roll and miserable indie bands, but their sound has probably been equally influenced by fetish porn, crap dead-end jobs and an unhealthy obsession with analogue synthesizers.

They began as a duo, have picked up and lost various people along the way and now exist as a 2/3/4 piece (in terms of human content) according to the time of day, the direction of the wind and the position of the stars.

They are currently working together on several exciting new songs and projects that will appear in the not-too-distant future, including additional collaboration with Sound of Science.

More on Vile Electrodes: https://www.facebook.com/vileelectrodes

Chad Glenn (The Coil):

Chad is a producer / sound designer/ composer at The Coil (www.thecoil.net). He develops software and sound libraries across a wide variety of medias, utilizing experimental instrumentation and devices both vintage and hi-tech.

Learn more at http://www.thecoil.net.

Sound of Science Info:

http://www.soundofscience.org
info@soundofscience.org

Check out our first EP release, “Hydrodome”:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hyd…

Excellent source for electronic music – check out THE CAVE on SoundCloud

October 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

And a whole lot more updated weekly with fresh and experimental electronica acts. Here’s how the y describe themselves:

“All songs/tunes/music at THE CAVE is the result of one small team of song writers operating under the same umbrella. The common theme is all about the love of electronic music done by hardware and software synthesizers.”

Follow their channel here >>

https://soundcloud.com/t-h-e-c-a-v-e

Teaser video below:

THE CAVE – a small team of electro enthusiasts has created this electro music portal to share their sounds to all fans of ambient, electro, synth pop, electronica, techno music. All sounds and music produced with analog synthesizers, drum machines, and fused through modern day music production environments. This video provides a snapshot of some of the sounds you can find in THE CAVE.

The Uninitialized Show: Creating Electronic Music

October 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

In this episode, Andrew and Pete discuss hardware and software for making music. We’ll cover the basics of how electronic music is created and recorded in modern home and pro studios, and then dive in on the stuff we can all use.

Links:

Hardware Recorders
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Zoom R24: http://www.amazon.com/Zoom-R24-Digita… Retails for $500.

There’s also an R16 that’s $100 cheaper, and an R8 which is $200 cheaper (the R8 also looks like it’s a good bit smaller, so it might be a nice one to use for “found” sounds:
http://www.amazon.com/Zoom-R8-Multitr…

Synthesizers, Workstations, and Controllers
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Korg Kaossilator: http://www.amazon.com/Korg-Kaossilato…

Korg Kaossilator 2: http://www.amazon.com/Korg-KO2-KAOSSI…

Korg MicroStation: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detai…
Turns out their Virtual B3 is also available separately: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detai…

Korg MS-20 Mini
http://korg.com/MS20mini

AKAI MPKmini controller: http://www.amazon.com/Akai-Pro-MPK-Ul…

Moog Sub Phatty
http://www.moogmusic.com/products/pha…

Synthesizers.com Modular Synth
http://synthesizers.com/

(many other modular manufacturers. If you want to investigate Eurorack, I recommend visiting http://analoghaven.com )

Recording and DAWs
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Audacity (free sound recorder/editor)
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Ableton Live (desktop DAW PC/Mac)
https://www.ableton.com/en/live/new-i…

FL Studio (desktop DAW)
http://www.image-line.com/documents/f…

FL Studio Groove (for Windows 8, Surface, etc.)
http://www.image-line.com/documents/f…

Electronic music from the North: SILENT WAVE – Landscapes

October 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

SILENT WAVE
Electropop from Gothenburg
First official video
For more information, visit:
http://silentwavesweden.tumblr.com/

Kebu – Just Another Space Odyssey (Live @ Assembly 2013)

October 6, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kebu live at the Assembly Computer Festival at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, 2.8.2013. Real-time computer graphics by VJ Julius Tuomisto and his Z Vector software. Many many thanks to the amazing crew at Assembly for not only arranging the concert but also filming and broadcasting the show (the whole show was streamed online in realtime)!

The song was performed using only analog synthesizers, either played live or sequenced. The performance was recorded directly from the mixer to a stereo track and later mixed together with the ambience from the arena. A few mistakes have been cut out and replaced with the audio from a rehearsal take.

Equipment used in this song: Roland JX8P, Juno 60, Alpha Juno 1&2, TR-808; Moog Source, Korg Polysix, Poly 61; Jomox AirBase99, Touched-by-sound DRM1, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Yamaha RS7000 (only for MIDI sequencing), Behringer DDX3216, Lexicon MPX500, as well as a midi patchbay and additional preamps for my mixer.

New material from Klangstabil – Shadowboy – The awakening

September 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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digital single. ant-zen dig023 / mhz-dig012

free release incl. video and digital booklet.
download here: http://www.ant-zen.bandcamp.com/album…

tracklist: shadowboy – the awakening.
release date: 25.09.2013

taken from the upcoming album: shadowboy
official release date: 30.10.2013
additional release info: http://www.shadowboy.klangstabil.com

the poetry of two source explorers:
klangstabils next move shadowboy – the awakening. since the beginning the concept behind klangstabil was defined by the question: what’s next? finding the answer has never been as exciting as today, because this time boris may and maurizio blanco do not simply turn over the page to the next chapter of this continuing project: they examine this question at face value. klangstabil combine the poetical strength within their music with it’s literary counterpart: on october 30, 2013, the shadowboy album will be published both as an audio release and as a printed book. and to reduce waiting time, ant-zen and megahertz present a first draft in aural and visual format: shadowboy – the awakening musically klangstabil follow the path they are very well known and loved for since releasing ‘taking nothing seriously’. a path of recognizability and complexity, melancholy and aggression, subtle sounds and brutal rhythms result in a unique and distinctive aural realization of this project’s concept. the video exemplifies the plurality of human characteristics while repeating one word: shadowboy. the filming took place at maschinenfest 2010 in oberhausen / germany and includes 200 people coming from klangstabils close surroundings. none of these people knew what to expect or how the film footage would be used. eight hours of shooting in real terms sufficed to capture the essence of all these people in digital format. even when it was not possible to offer room in the video for all participants, each one of them has added their part for the identification of the completed work because the shadowboy maintains his face by being all protagonists. his story is everyone’s story, translated into a fictitious world wherein a reality defined by klangstabil can be reflected. sound is speech, speech is sound, sound and speech merge – a significant point of view for klangstabil, typified by shadowboy.

‘i create, you destroy, you made me the shadowboy’

more releases of klangstabil:
http://mailorder.ant-zen.com/products…

klangstabil on the internet:
http://www.klangstabil.com
http://www.facebook.klangstabil.com

ant-zen. audio & visual arts. http://www.ant-zen.com
mhz records and bookings. http://www.megahertz.org

Electrospective launches Spotify’s first dedicated electronic music app

September 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Electrospective, the multi-platform celebration of electronic music from 1958 to the present day, has added another string to its bow – the Electrospective Spotify app.

From the press release below:

Pop, classic rock, jazz, metal, and classical music are all already catered for amongst Spotify’s apps – Electrospective fills the gap for fans of everything from synth pop, ambient, breakbeat and dance to experimental and industrial.

The app’s home page offers event driven playlists, such as the set list from The Human League’s recent Kew Gardens shows, artist curated playlists from the likes of Mute records founder Daniel Miller and artist focused playlists such as the Daft Punk collaborators playlist.

Want to look back through the ages of electronic music? Head to The Electrospective tab and navigate your way through the complete retrospective of 550+ albums. Too much music for you to take in? You can of course scale it back by selecting different decades and sorting by artist or specific sub-genre.

The real power of the app lies in its Playlist Generate function. Turn the style to your preferred setting (underground to pop, or anything in between), select the tempo, choose from a selection of sub-genres and a time span from the past 50 years. One click on generate and the app creates a bespoke playlist for your to listen to there and then, or save for later.

The app is the latest offering from the Electrospective project which was launched last Summer to bring together the extraordinary wealth of electronic music from the catalogues of Virgin, Parlophone, EMI and Mute. It chronicles the key works of visionaries like Kraftwerk and Brian Eno as well as the ground breaking success of Depeche Mode and The Human League, the explosion of electronic dance music in the late 80s and the rise of global stars like Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers. The project is now being curated by the team at Universal Music Catalogue, with electronic gems from across Universal Music’s labels due to join the already stellar line up.

Electrospective kicked off last year with a 2-CD compilation, offering the listener a snap shot of the collection. Merchandise including iconic logo T-shirts and limited vinyl LPs were available to purchase from the Electrospective online store.

A broader chronological selection was chosen for the Electrospective website which has a timeline highlighting key moments such as the invention of the Korg, Moog and Nord synthesizers, release of Propellerhead production software and the launch of online DJ store Beatport.

Artist interaction has been central to Electrospective, both on an offline. Visionaries, tastemakers and influencers Daniel Miller (The Normal and founder of Mute), Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark), Martyn Ware (The Human League/Heaven 17), Mark Jones (Wall Of Sound/Back to The Phuture), Matthew Herbert and Bill Brewster (DJ and Co-author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life) came together at Abbey Road last July to talk about the influence and importance of electronic music.

Other current DJs and producers such as David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Richie Hawtin and Paul Oakenfold have supported Electrospective by giving interviews and taking part in webcast events.

Open the Electrospective Spotify app

Hard rockers Die Krupps are back with a new album

September 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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“The Machinists of Joy” is the first all-new album of the millennium for the german electro pioneers Die Krupps so Audioglobe informs us. The new 11-track album will be released on October 25 2013 in 4 formats: normal digipak CD, limited 2CD digipak, a fan box and as a limited LP/CD combo.

The limited edition 2CD will contain an exclusive bonus CD of which the final tracklist is not known yet but it will for sure include the tracks “Nazis on Speed” and the digital-only single “Industrie-Mädchen”. According to the band several tracks will refer to the origins of Engler and Dörper who have both had been active in the Düsseldorf Punk scene long before the first Krupps release “Stahlwerksynfonie” (1980). Included will be also a collaboration with Punk-Pioneers Metal Urbain from France (“Panik”), and one track with ex-Kraftwerker Wolfgang Flür.

Tracklist:

  1. Ein Blick zurück im Zorn
  2. Schmutzfabrik
  3. Risikofaktor
  4. Robo Sapien
  5. The Machinist of Joy
  6. Essenbeck
  7. Im falschen Land
  8. Part of the Machine
  9. Eiskalter Engel
  10. Nocebo
  11. Im Schatten der Ringe

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