14 years: we don't know whether labels age like dogs, but it's been a while since we started this whole journey. 185 releases and many more shows later, Ad Noiseam is still going strong, with plenty of good music coming out in the coming weeks and months. Today is a a day to pause and celebrate, though. We're not doing it with a special compilation, we're not doing it with a special gig and tour, or with a label-special night. We're doing it in private, raising our glasses to the label, eating some cake, and thinking about how to prepare an adequate celebration for our 15th birthday in 2016.
This is not only our birthday and it shouldn't be only our cake, though. We're extremely grateful to all of you fans, customers and supporters who have been with us on the road since 2001 and still listen, promote and make Ad Noiseam possible. This is a reason why we're going on this year again with our birthday-related sales, giving everybody a chance to grab what they miss off our back catalog for a nice price: all our physical releases (and shirts) are 14% off today in our store. Here are the vinyl releases, there the CDs, and there the shirts (as to why we're not having a sale on the digital releases: Ad Noiseam was created as and is still a label for physical formats at heart. We want to celebrate vinyl and CDs first).
Happy birthday, stay tuned for more news soon, and cheers to the coming year.
Friday Freebie: ten days are left before the official release date of Gore Tech's new piece of dystopian breakcore, the heavy, gritty and powerful "Futurphobia" (adn185). You have already been able to listen to excerpts from all the tracks on this release on its official page. Here comes a full-length preview of one of the most recent tracks on the album, "Optical Hybrid".
It's been a year and a half since we posted the trailer to "Sundays" (we've seen worse), a sci-fi short movie created by director Mischa Rozema and his Postpanic crew and sporting a full score by Ben Lukas Boysen (which I guess some people still know better as Hecq). This tour de force has finally been completed and can be watched online for free here or below.
There is a bit of "Inception", a bit of "The Matrix" and a bit of "District 9" in there, both in the storyline and the visuals. Make sure to turn up the volume really high, though, and let the music encompass you, as it adds a lot to the visual effects to support the script (which is apparently working quite well, according to this story about Warner Bros buying the rights to a full length version). Sit back, press play, and lift your glasses to Ben Lukas Boysen for this.
Friday Freebie: people are screaming, raving and asking for more in the background of this live recording of Swarm Intelligence playing live in Berlin last week (remember, this was the gig which was introduced by .this other free set) Not only does it show how closer you get when recording from the room than from the mixing table, but also that this gig went down very well with Berlin's heavy techno audience.
Swarm Intelligence is playing at the Elektroanschlag festival in eastern Germany this week-end, keeping on his live showcase of his "Faction" album. Will he play the same beat-driven set? We'll report and very probably have something for everybody to listen to. In the meantime, enjoy these 10 minutes of Swarm Intelligence live at Modulate.
Ad Noiseam podcast: Semiomime, the calmer, more cinematic and electronica minded project by Noel Wessels (also known as DJ Hidden and one half of The Outside Agency) embarks today on a new series of four podcasts, each linked to a particular season, which will end in the Winter of 2015 / 2016 with a follow-up album to his "From Memory" debut (Ad Noiseam adn139, 2011).
While "From Memory" and the "Six Steps" EP were somewhat claustrophobic and highly evocative pieces of cinematic music, this "Spring" part of the "Nocturne" series is a somewhat gritty and ambient trip. Starting with Cordell Klier's sharp and very cold glitches, then featuring material from such a wide array of musicians as Oneohtrix Point Never, Wilt, Xela, Deaf Center or Sigur Ros, this "Spring" showcases an often overlooked side of Noel Wessels's tastes and talents, and might give us hints of what to expect with Semiomime's sophomore album.