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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 ...

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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 ...

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Perko – Incorporating Copenhagen soundscapes into introspective techno tunes (interview)

February 21 2020

Interview by Alexander Julin Mortensen, photo by Matthew McArthur Williams The Scottish, Copenhagen-based producer Perko debuted back in 2018 with the release “NV Auto” on likewise Scottish label Numbers (Lanark Artefax, Peder Mannerfelt, Randomer, etc.). On February 7th, Perko returned with his sophomore release, the 8 track-long “The City Rings”. While the release, according to Perko himself, may be characterised by more smooth sounds than his debut, “The City Rings” still demonstrates his skills and taste for ...

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Make it Weirder – The Copenhagen Scene from an International Perspective

Feature Most read November 18 2019

By Ivna Franic The periodic excitement over locally specific music scenes appears to be alive and well, having successfully survived the beginning of the Internet age and the still rising tendency of geographically displaced scenes. It would be a stretch to say that the functioning of local scenes has not at all changed, but despite the fact that the ability to publish music releases and build up an international fanbase have become easier, reliance on the immediate ...

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Anyines – Record Labels in the Age of the Platform

Feature Most read November 11 2019

Interview by Macon Holt  The small Copenhagen music platform, Anyines, was founded in 2017 by long-time members of the Danish electronic (is there any other kind) music scene, Villads Klint (Minais B) and Aske Zidore (An Gella). Based out of the administrative building for a former maintenance facility for the Danish State train company DSB, the locations of their studio has the same atmosphere ...

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Flawless Victory – Sometimes & Always

October 16 2019

Flawless Victory “Sometimes” (self-released, 2019) – Interview by Cameron Pagett It’s been nearly three years since the Copenhagen-based band Flawless Victory took up instruments and started performing. In that time they have in many ways become everybody’s favorite band that never made recordings or released anything. Consisting of lead singer Jonathan Holst Bruus, synth-master Christopher Jørgensen, bass guitarist Magnus Holger Hjortlund and electric guitar-wizard ...

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En Samling Af Ny Dansk Musik – Et personligt indblik i dansk eksperimenterende musik i al sin mangfoldighed (premiere)

August 16 2019

Af Simon Christensen

Som en svanesang på det lille odensianske diy-label Pladeselskabet Pladeselvskab har musiker/radiovært Jonas Torstensen samlet en ambitiøs kompilation med bidrag fra de forskellige eksperimenterende musikscener rundt om i landet. Titlen er “En Samling Af Ny Dansk Musik”, og den udkommer på dobbelt-kassettebånd med håndlavede covers. Fra i dag er udgivelsen også tilgængelig via musikarkivet Sounds.

Musikalsk spænder samlingen over mange forskellige udtryk fra det inderlige og ambiente, til sfæriske sangere og svævende lydcollager. De medvirkende omfatter velkendte eksperimenterende kunstnere som Sonja LaBianca, Bona Fide, Gry Bagøien, Marie Eline Hansen, Asger Valentin, Brynje, Ydegirl og Xenia Xamanek Lopez, der bl.a. har udgivelser på eget værelse, Escho, Visage og Anyines bag sig, samt flere nye navne, der udgiver noget for første gang.

“Der er noget helt vildt fedt over at sidde og prøve at samle musikken fra det vildt fantastiske miljø, vi efterhånden har i Danmark. Også bare for at prøve at forbinde små miljøer rundt omkring i landet på tværs af genre. Kunstnerne er jo meget forskellige og er egentlig mest samlet ud fra, at de alle er folk, jeg har stor respekt for og som har gang i spændende ting. Så har jeg forsøgt at bygge båndene op, så de mere eksperimenterende stykker mikses sammen med noget der er mere ligetil,” fortæller Jonas Torstensen i et mailinterview.

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Suzanne Ciani – Navigating the evolutionary path (interview)

June 16 2019

Interview by Astrid Hald

Iconic composer and sound designer extraordinaire Suzanne Ciani made her way by Malmö last month to give a live quadraphonic performance at the culture house Inkonst, dedicated to experimental art and music. While being classically trained American Ciani entered the forefront of the world of electronics in the ‘60s when encountering synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla and thus the Buchla analogue modular synthesizer – the instrument which has become inseparable from her name ever since. After debuting with the experimental “Voices of Packaged Souls” in 1970, she has produced an endless string of masterpieces, all of which have contributed to the expansion and humanisation of the experience of electronic sound – and earned her 5 Grammy-nominations over time – through albums, films scores and commercials, such as one of her iconic ‘voice-over’ to the computerised washing machine.

After a 40 year break from performing live with the Buchla, she returned in 2016 and has been touring on and off since then. But no performance is a given, she tells Passive/Aggressive in Malmö. “The day it breaks is the day I stop. It’s not an automatic thing like, “oh, you’re gonna do another Buchla concert?” It’s like am I gonna do another?”

Ahead of her performance, we sat down with her for a conversation about being a female pioneer that has paved the way for a new generation of analogue aficionados.

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