Passive/Aggressive

Festival of Endless Gratitude – Ambling the rim of sound (live review)

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Reportage from Festival of Endless Gratitude 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark 20-22/Sep/2018, by Javier Orozco. Video recordings by Morten Siclau Bruun.

Festival of Endless Gratitude once again proved it is one of the city’s most relevant outlets for deviant sounds, a vessel for obscure and unusual sonics, via a three day program that assembles local and international underground acts. This year the volunteer-run festival presented its 10th edition in Danish soil across the fourth weekend of September 2018, it also marked the return to KBH volume, the venue that has hosted most of its previous manifestations.
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STILL – Dokument over en transkulturel opløsningsproces

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Still “I” (PAN, 2017) – anmeldelse af Emil Grarup

Milanesiske Simone Trabucchi har under aliaset STILL udsendt et nyt album på det allestedsnærværende Berlin-baserede pladeselskab PAN. Det har fået titlen “I” og er ni numre langt. Trabucchi, som på “I” samarbejder med seks afrikansk-italienske sangere, er bl.a. kendt under aliaset Dracula Lewis og desuden som primus motor bag pladeselskabet Hundebiss, der ud over hans egne udgivelser som Dracula Lewis tæller navne som Lil Ugly Mane, JAWS og Kelman Duran.
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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

Arpanet – En åndelig impuls i en teknologisk dystopi

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Af Nils Bloch

I weekenden gæster den Detroit-baserede technoproducer Gerald Donald byen under aliasset Arpanet, når den københavnske festival Festival of Endless Gratitude løber af stablen. Gerald Donald er en af nøglepersonerne i den bølge af techno, der op gennem 1990’erne cementerede Detroits position som musikalsk centrum. Han er primært kendt fra sit arbejde i projekterne Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, Underground Resistance og altså Arpanet, der – i hvert fald på papiret – er et soloprojekt.

Arpanet har siden 2002 rumsteret med en stribe udgivelser, der alle bærer præg af et formsprog hentet fra den digitale virkelighed og videnskabens verden, hvor stramme rytmiske strukturer draperes i svævende synthflader og mekaniske vokaler. Læs resten

Fuldt program til Festival of Endless Gratitude 2016 – En portal ud gennem stratosfæren

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Af Simon Christensen

I dag kan den årlige Festival of Endless Gratitude offentliggøre hele festivalprogrammet, og i den absolut mest positive forstand bliver vi som sædvanlig budt på en stribe danske kuriositeter og internationale obskure outsidere, hvoraf flere af dem nyder kultstatus inden for ekstremt små miljøer.

Det mest karakteristiske kendetegn ved den velkuraterede festival er imidlertid en Forflyttelse af Coordinaternes Begyndelsespunkt. Udgangspunktet for publikum er bare et andet, når de møder en festival, der med et åbent sind for utraditionelle koncertformater og et alternativt setup med kunstinstallationer, analoge visuelle elementer og fra i år også en biograf “med filmvisninger dagen igennem” åbner en port for en god musikoplevelse. Det synes jeg er en glimrende forudsætning for at præsentere artister, der er helt skudt af på kosmisk stråling. Læs resten