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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

Sciahri – Nyt lys over technoens monotoni

Blog June 7 2017 Sciahri

Af Alexander Julin

Den italienske technoproducer Sciahri har både udgivet på Illian Tape og Black Opal, søster-labelet til det prominente label Opal Tapes. Begge selskaber præsenterer eksperimenterende og ofte dunkel – hvis ikke decideret dystopisk – elektronisk musik inden for et bredt musikalsk genrespektrum (bl.a. Patricia, Basic House og Cremation Lilly). Sciahri hører til i den mere klubbede ende af selskabernes diskografi, og efter en trilogi på sit eget label, Sublunar Records, er Sciahri nu tilbage hos Black Opal med EP’en “Quiet Witness”.

Sciahris egne produktioner er ofte monoton og nærmest tranceskabende techno, der uden de store udsving får lov til at fortsætte i et fast tempo. Det kræver derfor også af lytteren, at man er indstillet på at overgive sig til den repetitive og monotone malstrøm af beats og dunkel melodiøsitet, før man kan give sig hen til hans numre. Læs resten

Panxing – Elektronisk fremmedgørelse og vansiret popsensibilitet

Blog May 20 2017 Panxing

Introduktion til Panxing – skrevet af Nils Bloch-Sørensen

I begyndelsen af maj udgav Panxing nummeret ”Reveal”, der med sin blanding af kølige teknoide pulsslag og en næsten højskolesangbogs-klingende piano-outro skaber en frugtbar spænding mellem det syntetiske og det organiske, vævet sammen af lette lag af uformelig digital støj.

Bag Panxing står Pernille Zidore Nygaard, der primært har gjort sig bemærket i det danske kunstmiljø, bl.a. som en del af kuratorkollektivet Ponzilla. Nu er hun klar med sit debutalbum ”Anti gone”, der er første udgivelse på det spritnye københavnske kollektive båndlabel NESM og udkommer digitalt og på kassettebånd den 1. juni. Udgivelsen er indspillet og produceret af Panxing selv, mixet og masteret af Aske Zidore. Læs resten

Lyra – Embracing the computer as an actual instrument (premiere & interview)

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By Alexander Julin

Lyra consists of Jens Konrad and Hjalte. Knowing each other since childhood, the two have spent a large part of their upbringing listening to and examining music together. While Hjalte hasn’t played in what he himself considers to be any serious project before Lyra, Jens Konrad has contributed to the musical landscape in Denmark as part of the label Blodrøde Floder, which used to put out Danish noise and ambient affiliated acts – including his own projects Sansernes Rus and Hvide Nætter.

In the meantime, while Blodrøde Floder has been put on standby for the time being, Hjalte and Jens Konrad started the label Petrola 80, on which they now will release their debut as Lyra, “Synkronudspring I Tomt Bassin” [Synchronized Dive Into an Empty Pool]. The first sketches for the tracks were made in October 2015 and finished half a year later. Now the tracks finally get a proper physical release.

Lyra differs from Jens Konrad’s former projects on Blodrøde Floder, being more of an artistic examination on how to approach techno, rather than exploring the potentials of noise and ambient music.

In their own words Petrola 80 is “a collective platform for showcasing the work of ourselves and our friends” with the intentions of releasing “many different kinds and genres of electronic music in a highly coherent way.

We’ve asked the duo about the working process behind their new EP, their intentions with Lyra and Petrola 80, and how they relate to what one might call Copenhagen’s musical “scene”. In addition to that, you can listen to the premiere of “Synkronudspring I Tomt Bassin” via Passive/Aggressive for a limited amount of time. Læs resten