Passive/Aggressive

Terraforma2018 – A festival of superior, sustainable bliss (live report)

Blog English August 10 2018

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Terraforma Festival 2018, Milan, Italy, 29.06-01.07 – review by Sandra S. Borch. Photos by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Guido Borso

For the past four years Villa Arconti, a baroque rural palace just outside Milan, has been home for one of Europe’s most blissful festivals, Terraforma. First held in 2014 with a line up featuring Voices From the Lake, Pierre Bastien, and CB21, and later editions have included artists such as Suzanne Ciani, Mark Ernestus, Millie and Andrea, Aurora Halal, and Rashad Becker. The artistic programme celebrates music with an open-minded and experimental attitude across borders and genres. For its fifth edition the festival had the wizard from Detroit Jeff Mills, spokeswoman for the NON collective Nkisi, Rabih Beaini, Danielle De Santis, and many more. Here follows a selection of performances and thoughts on Europe’s newcomer among experimental music festivals. Læs resten

SØS Gunver Ryberg – En vekselvirkning mellem atmosfæriske kompositioner og skarptskydende rytmer

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SØS Gunver Ryberg “SOLFALD” (Noise Manifesto, 2018) – anmeldelse af Ida Selvejer Faaborg

SØS Gunver Rybergs nye ep, “SOLFALD”, består af seks eksperimentelle numre, som skiftevis bevæger sig fra smukke og atmosfæriske kompositioner til insisterende og ubarmhjertigt hårde technobeats, der omfavner Rybergs mange facetter som komponist og lydkunstner.
Udgivelsen rummer bl.a. optagelser fra live-performances og manipulerede feltoptagelser som f.eks. på åbningsnummeret ”Kredsløb”, der er skabt udelukkende af lyde fra elektromagnetiske felter i Operahuset i København. Her danner SØS Gunver Ryberg med det samme et lydligt rum og en meget kropslig lytteoplevelse, da disse lyde nærmest cirkulerer rundt om lytteren og giver en fornemmelse af at blive omsluttet af en elektrisk strøm. Læs resten

Pinkman – Celebrating five years of distribution

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Af Sandra S. Borch

Through the past five years the Rotterdam imprint Pinkman has established itself as one of the most consistent platforms for pushing and distributing retro-futuristic and driving electro grooves. This is marked with a compilation series called “Five Years of Tears”, and the first selection up features three usual suspects and one newcomer. Læs resten

Physically Sick 2 – Music and medicine against legally administered poverty

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By Emil Néné Rasmussen

In the always peculiar legal world of the USA, a particularly odd system is set in motion almost every time someone is held in custody or otherwise detained. The system is called bail, and it is the procedure of letting the detained person pay a deposit to the court in return for being released until their trial. While the exact cost of this procedure varies from state to state, depending on the severity of the crime, it has potentially destructive financial consequences for those impacted by it. No matter where one stands on crime and punishment, the matter of the fact is that 1: “We do not tend to confine the most dangerous – we jail the poorest among us”, 2: “Our jails are disproportionately filled with Black and Latino men” and 3: “Defendants sit in jail for long periods awaiting trial. Some defendants have even waited in jail for more than four years before trial”. (Alexander Shalom, “Bail Reform as a Mass Incarceration Reduction Technique”, 2014)

So what can you do? Læs resten

Sansui – Æstetisk alsidighed på godt og ondt

Kritik October 24 2017

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Sansui “3VPP” (Interzone Tapes, 2017) – anmeldelse af Alexander Julin

Danske Interzone Tapes har siden 2013 udgivet bånd med både hård og konsekvent techno såvel som mere obskure og ambient-tendenserende udgivelser. Efter at have udgivet artister såsom Selvmordsskolen, Metis og Rundhyl har labelet i den senere tid været aktuelt med udgivelser fra bl.a. Videodrones, Fallen Metropolis og senest Grøn og Sansui.

Med udgivelsen af “3VPP” debuterer den København-baserede duo Sansui (Christian Rütz og Álvaro Suárez) med sin første fysiske udgivelse efter to digitale. “3VPP” varierer mellem en tør, maskinel lyd og en mere flydende og fængende melodiøsitet, der også stemmer generelt overens med de forrige udgivelser på Interzone Tapes. Til gengæld er der også dele af udgivelsen – såsom den house-inspirerede åbning på båndets B-side, “Dual System” – der i høj grad udvider forståelsen af, hvilke aspekter af elektronisk musik Interzone Tapes er eksponent for. 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

Schacke – I tempoets vold

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Schacke “Make Them Remember” (Ectotherm, 2017) – Anmeldelse af Emil Néné Rasmussen

Det stadig spæde københavnske techno-label Ectotherm er tilbage med endnu en Schacke-udgivelse under titlen “Make Them Remember”. Denne gang i en mindre dubtechno-klingende udgave end på hans Ectotherm-debut, “Patterns of Susceptibility”. Den mest markante forskel er et kursskift fra den dystre, noise-inspirerede produktion på debuten hen imod en nyfunden elegance med fokus på melodi. Det kan man særligt høre på den adrenalinfyldte progression i titelnummeret. Læs resten