A Starry Night by Honeyland Palace – En fotoreportage
A Starry Night by Honeyland Palace: ML Buch, Scared Crow, Quiet Sonia, Barbara & Marie-Louise, Tobias Kirstein & Jonas Okholm, Minais B, Albert Aagaard Hertz. @ Refshaleøen, www.honeyland.dk. Photos af Alexander Mahathai Larsen. Læs resten
Truce & Rosen og Spyddet – Images of desire
Truce “An Olive Branch on the Bed, Pictures of Christ and Military Clothes” (Janushoved, 2017) & Rosen og Spyddet “Fantasia” (Janushoved, 2017) – review by Alexander Julin
Since the label’s first release, the compilation “Ny Dansk Romantik” from 2014, Janushoved has manifested itself as one of the most prominent Danish labels when it comes to synth-oriented lo-fi aesthetics. Back in September, the Copenhagen based label released its latest batch of tapes, counting four new releases: “Uplifter” by Soho Rezanejad, a two-track tape consisting of the title track and a remix by Internazionale; a double-tape by Olympisk Løft entitled “Tvillingeseglet” which is the project’s first release since 2015; “An Olive Branch on the Bed, Pictures of Christ and Military Clothes”, which is the fourth release by Truce; and “Fantasia”, the follow-up to Rosen og Spyddet’s “Drengen Ved Brystet” from last year. Læs resten
Dedekind Cut – Ruly ambiance (live report)
Review by Ivna Franic, Dedekind Cut @ Mayhem, 8.11.2017.
With one of 2016’s finest albums, an excellent recent EP, two great mixtapes and a record deal with Kranky under his belt, Dedekind Cut was easily one of the most significant names to have played in Copenhagen this concert season.
A packed venue on a regular weekday testified to that, the fixed up Mayhem also proving to be a near-perfect setting for Dedekind Cut’s absorbing ritual.
Red candles and the lack of reflector lights set the mood for an intimate evening not quite as ominous as it might have appeared at first, yet not necessarily gentle either. Dedekind Cut, real name Fred Warmsley, starts the set off with a wash of ambiance that doesn’t lead to a potentially expected outburst of noise. Instead, more abrasive parts appear as razor sharp cuts through the ambient (as well as the literal, fog machine generated) haze. Læs resten
Aaron Dilloway – Residential tape experiments (premiere)
By Simon Christensen
I can’t remember a time in Copenhagen with the music scene being as diverse and inspiring as this. Not only are there plenty of interesting local artists, but the number of great musicians and pioneers who have been visiting, recording or setup new projects in Copenhagen in recent years is at an all time high. I am not only talking about Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson and Thurston Moore, but also underground heroes like John Fell Ryan, Dean Blunt, Okkyung Lee, Senyawa, Greg Fox, Roscoe Mitchell, Tyshawn Sorey, and Robert Turman have had residencies and made friends here.
The noise veteran Aaron Dilloway is the latest example, as he joins the Cejero label family with his new LP “Switches”. Læs resten
Phono17_Encourage – Clear sight through the largely unexplored
Reportage by Ivna Franic. Photos by Daniel Hjorth and Cameron Pagett.
The latest edition of Phono Festival brought quite a few exciting names from the international electronic and experimental music scene to Odense this past October. Although the festival theme “Encourage” might have hinted at a more cutting edge and/or politically charged sound than the one ultimately presented at the festival, there were more than enough of rewarding performances that embodied the festival concept themselves.
Phono17 definitely gets things right when it comes to the using of space: the cold industrial feel of Kunsthal Ulys’ large concrete hall remains intact, but thanks to the excellent setup of the down-sized stage and a smart floorplan, the venue is at the same time cozy enough to endure three consecutive days spent there. The club venue is well hidden and less compelling, but provides a decent backdrop for post-festival hanging out and mingling. Læs resten
Roaring Abstraction – An Introduction To Basil Kirchin
By Jim Slade
Impossible to categorize or pigeonhole, Basil Kirchin (1927-2005), the elusive polymath of Britain’s musical history, left a rich legacy of melodic titbits that branches out across genre and context. Motivated by the recently released ”Basil Kirchin Is My Friend” record and following a spate of concerts, radio programmes and articles, there is new found attention garnering on this British composer. Who is this bushy bearded fellow who throughout a lifelong musical career played drums in the country’s busiest touring Big Band of the postwar era before morphing into the composer du jour of the best cult film soundtracks of the 1960’s? Balancing commercial success with experimental work, he seamlessly blended tape loops with the frenzied playing of free jazz too and yet, as his back catalogue would attest, Basil Kirchin has a sonic signature that is utterly unique. Læs resten
Hector Rottweiler (Jonas Olesen) – Unpredictable folds and aleatoric instability
Hector Rottweiler “Infrastruktur” (BIN, 2017) – reviewed by Javier Orozco.
Jonas Olesen is the musical mind behind a series of projects (BIN, Batch Totem, IR, OOC) that gradually positioned him as a discreet underground noise pioneer in Denmark, known especially for his work with modified instruments and an archaeological approach to sound art. For the Infrastruktur EP he resuscitated his Hector Rottweiler alias; a nod to the influential thinker Theodor W. Adorno, who published a number of his writings on jazz under the pen name Hektor Rottweiler.
In this four song 12”-vinyl, which released in July as a limited edition of 150 copies, Olesen has taken distance from the conceptual dogmas that guided his previous and arguably more noisier works as Hector Rottweiler (e.g. his BLOK I & II cd-r), where he intended to create “extremely primitive robot-like music”. However, what Infrastruktur retains from the Rottweiler works is a commitment to sonic exploration through the exclusive use of hardware. None of the sounds presented were created or treated with software, the only computer involved was solely used for recording. Læs resten