Passive/Aggressive

Mark Fisher – Or how K-Punk intensifies the political possibilities of music

English Feature January 21 2019

K-Punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016)”, edited by Darren Ambrose, Repeater Books, 2018 – Essay by Macon Holt.

Mark Fisher was the most important music critic of his generation. And in some ways, he continues to be so despite taking his own life over two years ago. I think one of the main reasons for this was that, for Mark, writing, and thinking about music was always the start of something; an opening up of new intensities, possibilities, and connections. Music was always already political, libidinal and affecting in excess of the niches of music culture to which it is so often relegated. Fisher had trained as a philosopher and is perhaps best known for his work as a cultural theorist but, despite spending his career in and out of the academy, he was never really at home with the practice of being the arbiter of what culture was worthy of canonization. This is not to say he wasn’t strident in his opinions, because he was and unabashedly so. Rather for Mark, as with his friend and sometime collaborator Kodwo Eshun, the role of the theorist or the critic of culture and music, was one of an “intensifier”. The task was to bring out the currents already present in the sounds that surrounded us rather than merely assessing their worth in accordance with abstracted theories of the sublime.

This is why the new collection of Mark’s previously unpublished posts from his blog, K-Punk, and other places over the last 12 years is so very valuable. It lets us see the connections between the music in our lives and the politics that shape them up close.

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Tobias Sejersdahl – Ambient på tværs af tusind plateauer (interview & premiere)

November 18 2017

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Af Alexander Julin

Den Aarhus-baserede musiker Tobias Sejersdahl startede som barn med at slå på køkkenredskaber for derefter at blive en rock-entusiast. På sin debut er det imidlertid et helt andet musikalsk felt, Sejersdahl bevæger sig i og udforsker. Albummet “Melile” udkommer i dag på aarhusianske Resonans og vækker på flere måder associationer til bl.a. Tim Heckers kompositioner. Albummet, der er indspillet på modular-synth og klarinet, er et hypnotisk og dragende, ofte decideret ildevarslende værk, hvor intensiteten stiger og falder flere gange i løbet af dens spilletid.

I anledning af udgivelsen bringer vi et interview med Sejersdahl om hans musikalske baggrund som bl.a. studerende på DIEM samt inspirationen til og processen bag “Melile”. Derudover bringer vi en premiere på albummet, der kan streames i sin fulde længde forneden. Læs resten