Passive/Aggressive

Phono17_Encourage – Clear sight through the largely unexplored

English Feature November 11 2017 Phono Festival 2017 Press Pix Credits: Phono Festival / Daniel Hjorth / Kristian Thuesen / Cameron Pagett

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

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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

Värmland-forsamlingen af 2016 – Fra det nære til det åbne landskabsbillede

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Af Emil Grarup

I september udkom andet album fra gruppen med det elaborerede navn, Värmland-forsamlingen af 2016. Titlen er “Festival”, og albummet er en opfølger til deres selvbetitlede debutalbum fra foråret.

‘Värmland’ udgøres af en konstellation af de, i min optik, mest originale og kompromisløse musikere i Danmark lige nu: Asger Hartvig (Synd og Skam, Brynje, Watermark, MC Boli etc.), Jonathan Carstensen (First Flush, Watermark, Forgiver Forever), Mads Rubin (First Flush, Watermark, Venus m.fl. ) og Thea Thorborg, som jeg ikke ved andet om, end at hun ifølge Discogs har medvirket på Synd og Skams “Sidste Fantasi” og også har siddet ind hos Ydegirl og Bankerot. Gruppen blev dannet i anledning af en pilgrimsrejse til Mårbacka, den svenske, nyromantiske forfatterinde Selma Lagerlöfs fødegård i Östre Ämtervik, som er beliggende i Värmland-provinsen i Sverige. Hartvig, Carstensen og Rubin, som tidligere har arbejdet sammen i den semi-obskure blackmetal-/spokenword-/eksperimental-gruppe Watermark, spiller henholdsvis fløjte + keyboard, westernguitar og elektrisk guitar, mens Thorborg spiller violin.
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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 – Sketching the outer edges of sound (reportage)

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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