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Terraforma2018 – A festival of superior, sustainable bliss (live report)

Blog English August 10 2018

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Terraforma Festival 2018, Milan, Italy, 29.06-01.07 – review by Sandra S. Borch. Photos by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Guido Borso

For the past four years Villa Arconti, a baroque rural palace just outside Milan, has been home for one of Europe’s most blissful festivals, Terraforma. First held in 2014 with a line up featuring Voices From the Lake, Pierre Bastien, and CB21, and later editions have included artists such as Suzanne Ciani, Mark Ernestus, Millie and Andrea, Aurora Halal, and Rashad Becker. The artistic programme celebrates music with an open-minded and experimental attitude across borders and genres. For its fifth edition the festival had the wizard from Detroit Jeff Mills, spokeswoman for the NON collective Nkisi, Rabih Beaini, Danielle De Santis, and many more. Here follows a selection of performances and thoughts on Europe’s newcomer among experimental music festivals. Læs resten

Janushoved – “I always wanted a feeling of anonymity” (interview)

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Interview and all photos (Yuri & Internazionale, Soho Rezanejad, Raquin, Manon Lescaut 22.06.2018 @ Mayhem) by Cameron Pagett

“I always wanted it to have a feeling of anonymity.” Mikkel Valentin, founder and recording artist of Copenhagen electronic label Janushoved reflects. “I started making noise music when I was 16, I thought I had invented a completely new genre.” (laughs). Some years later and a total of 80 releases past the beginnings of Janushoved it feels like a big step forward to him. Showcasing and coming out and connecting physically as a label and a unit hasn’t always been directly on the cards. With numerous releases under different aliases, the label has a feeling of mystery and familiarity. Having established itself firmly as a name in the local Copenhagen DIY electronic scene, it feels like this could have or should have been done much more than it has. With an adoring local and international audience and a unique presence in the noise community with a sound normally bearing a romantic and sensual aura, Janushoved has grown organically from the seeds of pure sound and a penchant for exotic, bizarre and sentiment driven visuality. “It’s a label that draws the intellectually stimulated melody junkie,” an admirer reveals, “The style is distinctively Copenhagen but feels less harsh and calculating then some others … it’s more like red wine on a Saturday night rather than vodka.”
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Pinkman – Celebrating five years of distribution

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Af Sandra S. Borch

Through the past five years the Rotterdam imprint Pinkman has established itself as one of the most consistent platforms for pushing and distributing retro-futuristic and driving electro grooves. This is marked with a compilation series called “Five Years of Tears”, and the first selection up features three usual suspects and one newcomer. Læs resten

Exploded View – The art of cool (live review)

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Review of Exploded View @ Loppen, 5.6.2018 by Ivna Franic.

Last week’s Exploded View concert at Loppen was one of those gigs you could have easily missed out on, be it because you weren’t aware it was happening or because the band’s name didn’t ring a bell in the first place. But perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The band’s frontwoman Anika has several acclaimed releases behind her – including Exploded View’s 2016 album for Sacred Bones, as well as her own debut LP recorded with Geoff Barrow’s (of Portishead fame) band Beak> and last year’s intriguing collaboration with Shackleton on Behind the Glass LP. In spite of some pretty impressive references, Annika Henderson – also known simply as Anika – had always seemed to prefer to maintain a low profile, representing an anomaly of sorts in contemporary music landscape. The Berlin/UK musician’s project Exploded View is a four-piece band assembled in Mexico City: apart from the regular members Hugo Quezada and Martin Thulin, this time the band was joined by Paulina Lasa. Læs resten

U.S. Girls – Sororal Feelings (in Copenhagen)

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U.S. Girls @ Hotel Cecil, May 6th 2018 – live review by Ivna Franic.

So apparently 2018 is the year I finally get to see some of my old underground heroes such as Félicia Atkinson, Circuit des Yeux and U.S. Girls live for the first time. About a decade since they’ve started out as experimental solo outings, some of them have gradually evolved into actual bands. And while Circuit des Yeux’s show a few months back suffered from letting the band run loose with a dash too many jamming moments, U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy keeps her 8-piece (!) ensemble focused throughout the show, any eventual jam out perfectly finding its place in the song’s dramaturgy. Læs resten

Moor Mother – Haunting the present with a DIY Time Machine

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By Sandra S. Borch

The revolutionary thinking of Camae Ayewa also known as Moor Mother explores time travel while distorting history as she haunts the presents with her performances spanning from the incisive spoken word, punk attitude and free improvisation. Passive/Aggressive gives an introduction to her work, ahead of her appearance at the forthcoming edition of Click Festival in Elsinor and her return to Kimia, which was announced just a few days ago. Læs resten

Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia – Artist talk with Cedrik Fermont

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Transcription by Simon Christensen and Javier Orozco.

Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia is a book by Cedrik Fermont and Dimitri della Faille about art, politics, identity, gender and global capitalism. From academic electronic music to do-it-yourself noise in Southeast Asia. Contemporary and past noise, electroacoustic, industrial, experimental music and sound art in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. With political, historical and sociological essays, exclusive interviews with artists and organizers, as well as an extensive bibliography of popular music from Southeast Asia and a thorough discography of noise and experimental music artists.

A compilation, which includes exclusive tracks from artists of these different regions, was released by Fermont’s label Syrphe as a companion to the book. “The compilation is an attempt to cover a varied range of noise and experimental music from Southeast Asia. Limited to just over one hour, the CD format does not allow us to fully cover the richness of the scene,” Syrphe states. “However, we did our best to include a diverse group of artists. We have selected female and male artists, DIY and academically trained musicians, and newcomers and established artists.” Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica 2017.

C-drík is a composer who operates in the field of noise, electronic and electroacoustic sound since 1989, born in Zaire (DR Congo), he lives in Berlin (Germany). He explores electronic, experimental and noise music from Asia and Africa, label manager at Syrphe, concert organiser, author, radio host at Radio Staalplaat and Colaboradio, etc. He published his work on various labels such as Syrphe, Ant-Zen, Hymen, Hushush, Ad Noiseam, Nostalgie De La Boue and many more.

Cedrik Fermont (Syrphe) gave this artist talk at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen in November 2017, hosted by Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen artistic director of the festival Gong Tomorrow. Læs resten