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Mount Eerie “Clear Moon” – Om at lytte til Phil Elverum i oktober

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Af William Kudahl

Misunderstood
and disillusioned,
I go on describing this place
and the way it feels to live and die

Hvert år på denne tid, når efterårets klare kølighed hænger sig fast i luften, begynder disse linjer at sive ind i mig. Det sker i takt med, at bladene skifter farve, dør ud og lægger sig på jorden i naturens egen cyklus. Dér hænger de fast, sammen med tonerne og stemmen, der synger ordene, indtil træerne står tilbage med bare grene, og det er blevet vinter.

Linjerne stammer fra Mount Eeries album “Clear Moon”, som hvert år strømmer gennem mig ved denne årstid. Læs resten

Festival of Endless Gratitude 2017: A Reportage – Sketching the outer edges of sound

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Festival of Endless Gratitude 2017, Sydhavnsgade, September 29-October 1. Reportage by Javier Orozco – photos by Stefan Thorndahl, videos by Morten Sichlau Bruun.

The chant of ‘Gabestok! Gabestok!’ pervaded the air anticipating the Copenhagen-duo’s ground level performance. As soon as their sonic assault was unleashed, the choir became all fists and mosh pit. Those of us who stepped out of the rumble still felt the local duo’s menacing short set, underneath the building’s wooden structure and amongst the art installations these moments screamed punk as fuck. Minutes later British experimental-duo Gnod’s divisive and largely improvised performance was well worth a what-the-fuck. These performances separated merely by minutes could not have been more different from each other. And this was only halfway into the second night of the 10th edition of Festival of Endless Gratitude.

Over the course of the last years this annual festival has created a cross-disciplinary space that gathers art-installations, analogue projections, film, performances and chiefly music (with a vigorous focus on sonic expansion and diversity); simultaneously it has provided a platform for experimental and underground local bands, while offering rare performances by international cult acts (Faust, RP Boo, Arpanet). Along with its determined aesthetic selection the festival has kept a devoted DIY spirit which is tangible in different facets of its personality: the active audio engineers, the food and drinks, and the way the premises are appropriated. At the core FoEG feels as the love-child of music enthusiasts with an ear for the peripheral and the uncharted; at its best one feels like crashing a large party of music enthusiasts. Læs resten

Phono Festival 2017 – “Musik kan opfordre til og lede en revolution” (interview)

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Af Alexander Julin – photos by Daniel Hjorth.

Den 12. udgave af den odenseanske festival Phono finder sted d. 12.-14. oktober. Festivalen har på mange måder været et dansk pioner-eksempel, hvordan man præsenterer og samler et program af aktuelle, elektroniske musikere uden at koncentrere sig om en specifik del af det stilistiske spektrum.

Dette års festival favner ligeledes utrolig bredt, med alt fra Elysia Cramptons på mange måder grænseoverskridende musik, dansk ambient og techno fra Age Coin, Mads-Emil Nielsen, Martin Schacke, Rune Bagge og Lyra, sydafrikansk Gqom-house fra DJ Lag til minimalistisk kompositionsmusik fra Ellen Arkbro – for blot at lave nogle enkelte nedslag.

For første gang opererer festivalen med et tema, ‘Encourage’, som en opfordring til at fremme et åbent sind og etablere nye fællesskaber i en tid, der på mange måder er karakteriseret ved agitation for og etablering af grænser. Vi bringer derfor et interview med Andreas Korsgaard Rasmussen, booker på Phono og Jazzhouse, i anledning af dette års festival om dens rolle og deres ambitioner. Desuden anbefaler vi selv nogle af de navne, vi selv i særdeleshed ser frem – de kan høres nederst i indlægget. Læs resten

Berlin Atonal 2017 – Low-risk techno

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Berlin Atonal 2017, August 20th-24th – live report by Ivna Franić, photos: Camille Blake/Atonal

Berlin Atonal’s second incarnation quickly gained the status of an industrial techno institution, bringing some of the strongest names in the game to perform exclusive sets in a unique setting year after year. Now in its fifth year, Atonal 2.0 starts to show signs that it might need to rethink its formula a bit.

A significant part of the programme takes place at the club spaces of OHM and Tresor, but the large industrial space of Kraftwerk undoubtedly makes for the centre of the festival. Attending this space, which could hardly be described as “comfy”, is an experience in itself, although doing it for five days in a row can exhaust the powerful first impression. Læs resten

Greg Fox – Free form drummer ventures forth with Gradual Progression (interview)

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Interview by Simon Christensen.

The recent solo efforts mark “the end of the beginning” for musician and improvisor Greg Fox. Although still partly recognized as a metal drummer from the hard-hitting band Liturgy, he is influenced even more so by free jazz, computers and sound itself. Greg Fox has been involved in an exciting series of projects ranging from electronic music with Hieroglyphic Being and Ben Frost, experimentalists like Zs, Kid Millions and Colin Stetson (as part of Ex Eye and Sorrow), and as well as playing with Marshall Allen and Milford Graves. The latter, who he considers his mentor, inspired the recording of the truly drawing solo LP Mitral Transmission from 2014, which was made as a purely digital concept.

Even though his ambitious new solo album The Gradual Progression isn’t his debut as main composer after several releases as Greg Fox, GDFX and Guardian Alien, he is standing on a threshold to a new territory, Greg Fox explains on a phone line from his native New York to Passive/Aggressive in this interview. Læs resten

Labert Oppmøte – Postkort fra Lofoten

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I fuldstændigt ubegribeligt smukke omgivelser i den lille by Henningsvær i Lofoten, Norge, fandt Labert Oppmøte – en festival for moderne eksperimenterende musik – for første gang sted i august i år. Festivalen blev arrangeret af den norske trommeslager Brage Tørmænen og præsenterede bl.a. singer/songwriter, solotrompet og støjmusik. Programmet talte bl.a. Mission Abort, Hilde Marie Holsen, Jenny Berger Myhre og The Holy Mountain Duo.

Tekst og fotos af Henrik Pultz Melbye.

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Jaap Vink – Netværksklange i forbindelse med alt

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Af Mads Kjeldgaard – foto: Editions Mego

For at være helt ærlig havde jeg aldrig hørt om den hollandske komponist Jaap Vink før. Jeg faldt kun over ham, fordi han pludselig indgik i østrigske Editions Megos ambitiøse og helt igennem fænomenale genudgivelsesserie REGRM. Serien har indtil nu haft til formål at genudgive og formidle den franske institution Groupe de Recherches Musicales’ arbejde gennem de seneste cirka 70 år.
Men da jeg efterfølgende slog Vinks navn op i den forhåndenværende litteratur om GRM, dukkede hans navn ikke op én eneste gang, og Mego siger da også selv i forbindelse med udgivelsen, at han ikke rigtig har noget med den franske institution at gøre. Læs resten