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Fortidens avantgarde er nutidens pop – Om den historiske avantgardemusiks indflydelse på moderne populærmusik

Feature May 4 2020

Komponist og lydingeniør Pierre Schaeffer i sit studie, hvor han bl.a. arbejdede med fonografer, båndafspillere og sin selvopfundne ‘phonogène’. Essay af Mads Hæsum ChristensenDet kan være svært at se, hvordan upopulær kunstmusik nogensinde ville kunne påvirke omverdenen og efterlade spor i populærmusikken, når den til tider opføres for et publikum, der kun tæller familie, de nærmeste venner og et par forvildede gæster, der alligevel går ...

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Scientific Sonification – The Sound of Corona

Feature May 1 2020

Essay by Holger Schulze, professor of musicology at the University of Copenhagen. Can you hear the coronavirus? What does it sound like? Recently, some compositions which used data gathered from the coronavirus, stirred up some conversations among listeners, composers, musicians, scientists, engineers, and artists: the “Proteine Counterpoint Sonification”.

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“Unfuck the World, You Stupid Girl” – If Grimes is the Villian What Does That Make Us?

Feature April 9 2020

An essay about pop music and the climate crisis with Grimes as a case study. “Miss Anthropocene” is out now on 4AD. Written by Macon Holt. Grimes, Claire Boucher, C, or indeed the eponymous “Miss Anthropocene”, has gone to a lot of trouble to invent alter egos for herself as a part of her creative practice. But reading the swathe of not-mad-but-disappointed reviews of her ...

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Messell – The complex beauty of our communicative failures (interview)

March 21 2020

By Macon Holt “If no one fits in,” said Martin Messell to me in his studio in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, “then maybe we don’t have to worry about fitting in.” We were talking about the concept behind his first album under his surname as an artist’s moniker, “Ligesom Rigtige Mennesker”. In translation, the title has a certain ambiguity as it can mean either “just like real ...

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Ingrate – Hvert track sin gimmick (interview)

Feature March 6 2020

Af Emil GrarupProducer og musiker Anton Lenander udgav d. 14. februar sit andet udspil under aliasset Ingrate på det københavnske pladeselskab Anyines. EP’en, som hedder ”With A System in Mind”, er et bastungt konglomerat af techno, IDM og jungle og har – ligesom sin forløber, singlen ”Crypto Poser/The Enigma” på Oli XL’s selskab W-I – en eksperimenterende og legesyg indstilling til de førnævnte genrer.

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Peter Voss-Knude – “Danish politics are the mother of this record”

Feature March 4 2020

Feature/Interview by Macon Holt “Danish politics are the mother of this record”, Peter Voss-Knude told me in a small cafe around the corner from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, where his new exhibition, “The Anti-Terror Album”, manifest both as an exhibition and a record, has just opened. He is of course referring both to recent policies that have seen threats of refugees having whatever valuables ...

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Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – Improvisation carefully avoiding the clichés

Kritik March 2 2020

Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn “Head¨Space” (Chant Records, 2020) – review by Giuseppe Pisano This record came as an unexpected surprise to me. Two very prolific Danish artists, Randi Pontoppidan and Christian Rønn, bring us a collaborative album that feels like a natural musical experience, maieutically emerging from some sort of metaphysical connection and then shared to the audience, rather than a planned out, structured album of ...

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Atlantics – Kærlighed i kapitalismens slagskygge

Feature February 26 2020

Af Viktor Retoft, redaktør på Balthazar – tidsskrift for filmkritik. Da jeg oprindeligt så Mati Diops “Atlantics” var noget af det første, der slog mig, filmens soundtrack. Filmen begynder realistisk, næsten dokumentarisk, med en afbildning af senegalesiske konstruktionsarbejdere, der klager over manglende lønudbetaling. Da soundtracket første gang optræder, skabes der et auditivt kontrapunkt til denne – ved første øjekast – realistiske, visuelle fremstilling af hårdt, ...

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Alexander Holm – The Understated Sci-Fi of “GiVa1G”

Blog Kritik February 24 2020

Alexander Holm “GiVa1G” (Sensorisk Verden, 2019) – Review by Macon Holt Known for his work with Vid Edda, Group 4K, Young Bragi amongst others, the prolific Danish sound artist, Alexander Holm, released “GiVa1G” last year, the first album under his own name. “GiVa1G” is a high concept suite of pieces that draw much of their material from field recordings made on an expedition to study ...

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