Saturday, December 18, 2010

Heinrich Mueller remodels No Comment

Heinrich Mueller has done a remix for a 12” by an exciting new project called No Comment by Dutch producer Albert van Abbe. It will be available in January 2011 and is limited to 200 copies, more specific info I was sent below. No Comment is described as ‘a platform focused on sharing channeled auditive and synaesthetic/ multi sensory perceptions. The concept was conceived to help the energy levels rise towards the transcendence of spacetime, entering the multiverse. The message is in the music, this is your last call. Decode to be illuminated!’ You can already preview all three of the tracks from it in unmastered form, including Mueller’s remodel, on their SoundCloud page. I have other links here for you as well like the projects Facebook and BandCamp sites etc.

Label name: No Comment
First release: nocomment_0001 (ouverture) inc. Heinrich Mueller remodel
Release date: January 2011
Pressing plant: Record Industry (Haarlem)
Master/Cut: Rashad Becker (D&M Berlin)
Quantity: 200 in grey 'eroded' vinyl
Distribution: Clone distribution (exclusive)

On Christmas day there will be a Drexciya special on an internet radio station which will I’m sure be archived by them too.

Up now, like the pirate broadcast of your dreams, great stuff, enjoy.

First new track in a long time up on the Noether Symmetry MySpace. While they have no direct involvement with Heinrich Mueller, but may have some ties, they are it has to be said making some incredible music in that vein and it would be a shame if you didn’t get to hear them for yourselves. I don’t expect to ever be going into any great detail about them here but am more than happy to support their efforts. I just wish they were a bit more prolific in putting out new material but there’s a whole other world going on here if you wish to explore it.

It’s rare I use this page to self-publicize but a friend and I have done an album recently and I’m keen to get the word out. It’s our second album under the name Black Sea Project and can be heard on our own BandCamp site.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Zerkalo Cynetart Interview

An English translation of the Zerkalo interview with Cynetart magazine(from a festival they recently played)is up on their Blog now. You can see some images and read the text in both German and English there. I'm going to archive it here as well.

Tamash Kestawitz, Victoria Lukas.

TK : What makes you obviously loving the Russian aesthetic of the mid 20th century and the dry analog textures of Heinrich Mueller too, that’s rooted in the beginning of electronic music? Has it something to do with nostalgia?

VL : I am attracted by russian art from the soviet revolution to the end of the sixties, because it’s mostly coming from extreme suffering; and that pain, the lack of freedom, the horror of the soviet daily life, has been powerfully sublimated in many different forms (eg the acmeists, the formalists, the futurists). What interests me is this sublimation.

The meeting with Heinrich Mueller was decisive, together we decided to have a new approach of electronic music, outside of the codes and fashion, which would include scientific contemplation with poetic and sometimes confessional lyrics.

This music is naturally nostalgic because it captures specific moments in time. But it’s not dead moments, they have meanings, they produce emotions, they are “moving”, it’s like cinema. The work of the russian director Andrei Tarkovsky has been very inspiring because among other things he asked metaphysical questions, he was able to accurately recreate memories and visions in his movies, making them permanently alive in time, and this is ultimately what we want to achieve. His aesthetic, is sentimental, it brings out the child in us. He also had a very special and strong connection with nature, which is not perceived as an external object but as an extension of us.

Analogue synthesis, voices and numerical treatment are the fundamental components of our music because they allow us to expand our sound design options.

TK : Why are poeticism, intellectual messages and literary references often missing in electronic music? Is it based on the mostly hedonistic aspects of club culture in your opinion? Should Zerkalo change this imbalance?

VL : Yes club culture is very entertaining but it does not want to think, the pleasure of the body seems prominent here. We think that it’s impossible to physically and conceptually dissociate mind and body, one of the objectives is to accommodate both.

TK : The visual components seem to be an important and inherent part of Zerkalo and the very first releases of your music were special video clips at youtube. So do you ever thought about releasing not only on Vinyl but also on DVD to combine audio and visual?

VL : We really like the idea of creating multidimensional spaces and yes among other things, we definitively consider releasing a DVD which would contain various tracks exclusively as video versions.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Dopplereffekt Moscow show

Dopplereffekt make a return trip to Moscow this Saturday night for a live club appearance on 4th December 2010. I get a huge amount of hits from the Russian Federation so they must be popular there. I found out about this show, a bit late I know, from a Drexciya/Dopplereffekt keyword Twitter widget I recently found the code for. You’ll find it at the very bottom of the page and now need never miss either of them being mentioned there! Although it’s mostly people favouring ‘Hydro Theory’ on YouTube or telling the world they just played ‘Pornoviewer’, but every now and then it throws up something more substantial. Enjoy.

No videos but a picture has emerged of Zerkalo playing at Cynetart in Dresden, Germany on 12/11/10. Victoria Lukas and Marie Athenaïs.