Heavy, dense, suffocating and massive: here comes Fausten, the new collaborative project by Monster-X and Stormfield. The whole is here more than the sum of its parts: far from replicating their breakcore, techno and dubstep solo tracks, these two musicians give birth here to a deep album which moves very slowly but does so with an unstoppable drive. Fausten's début is a misanthropic, oppressive work which reunites noise with modern production techniques as only these two renowned musicians could; a colossal, smart and twisted monster of coldness and inhumanity, of distortion, beats and subtle details. Get this 12" EP + CD / on CD / as digital files.
These three show will take place in Dublin, Galway and Corck at the end of April. We do not have all the details yet (such as opening times and prices), but will update this page and our Live Gigs section as we get them.
Following last week's radio interview with Oyaarss, here comes a recording of a set he played last Saturday (March 16th, 2013) in Riga during one this city's "Sturm" events. While I wasn't there, this night was, according to people in the audience, "the harshest, most industrial techno experience in Riga so far", which we can only take as a good thing.
Below is a recording of Oyaarss's concert, which features a lot of tracks from both "Bads" (adn159) and "Smaida Greizi Nakamiba" (adn163) as well as a few extras. Note that this sert was recorded from the room and not from the mixing desk, meaning that you can hear the audience but are missing quite a lot in the overall, massive sound of this event. Still, you can listen to Oyaarss's Sturm set here or below.
People who know the music lover that is John Peel are aware that he's long been an admirer of the late John Peel. To pay an hommage to this legendary radio host and his cult series of shows, Mr Teknoist just started something called "I Wanna Be John Peel", in which he aims at broadcasting new music (and not only his own material, or not only breakcore), at times inviting other artists to choose tracks that mean a lot to them.
While it starts with The Teknoist stating that he's not very good with microphones and doesn't like his own voice, this first "I Wanna Be John Peel" shows turned out very nicely. The guests these times were Dean Rodell (of Underhill and Machine Code) and Dave Edwards of The Sect, which picked up tracks by New Model Army and Brian Eno (among others) and spoke a bit about them.
You can listen to this show here or below, and download it on The Teknoist's website. A good idea, a nice initiative, and a fun thing for everybody to listen to. John Peel would approve (and I'm pretty sure that he would play tracks by The Teknoist if he was still alive). Rest in peace, John, we've got this.
Oyaarss was recently interviewed by the National Latvian Radio channel, who invited him to speal about electronic music in general and his own productions in particular. While the whole thing is in Latvian (a language which I guess most people reading this do not understand), this show is quite interesting to everybody as Oyaarss was also asked to pick up its music, and went with a selection of eight tracks which had an influence on him, rather than showcasing his own sound.
Therefore, here (and below) is a long interview in Latvian with Oyaarss, intertwined with a bit of classic music, some post-rock and some glitchy electronica (including a track by Spyweirdos). A very fine selection, even if you do not understand what's being spoken about.
With the release earlier this week of Gore Tech's first solo EP, the "Machine Throne" EP (adn166), there's quite a lot happening around this young British breakcore act. Besides presenting you the EP in itself,we showcased this act's most recent mix ("Mainframe Warfare"), and here comes a new hour of Gore Tech-related goodies with a special show dedicatd to him by Belgium's Urr Obscuur's radio program.
You can listen to this whole show here or below. Non-Dutch speakers shouldn't be scared: while the introduction of the show is in Dutch, the interview in itself (starting at the 19 minute mark) is in English. And once you've listened to Gore Tech's speaking about his music, raves and taste for naked Belgians, the man starts showcasing his material with a live set recorded for the occasion.
Besides writing music asHecq or composing soundtracks for movies and ads, Ben Lukas Boysen has been keeping himself busy recently with new material he wrote under his own, full name. A first release under this moniker (the sountrack to the "Restive" movie) came out last year, and more is to be expected in 2013 (make sure to read this site in the future, as you'll see this name pop up here again).
While most of this musician's shows have been given under the Hecq name so far, some are starting to showcase the music he wrote as Ben Lukas Boysen, such as one which took place a few weeks ago in Leipzig during the Applied Sound Arts 2013 festival. Ben Lukas Boysen's sounds were there presented in combination with videos by Geso (one of the two artists formerly at the core of the Belio magazine).
Below is a 15 minute shot of this concert, which should give you a better idea of what kind of material Ben Lukas Boysen writes outside of the Hecq umbrella, as well as the kind of graphics created by Geso. Enjoy and again, expect more of this in the future.
With cameras getting smaller, their batteries lasting longer and their microphones now able to record a not-totally-ear-wrenching sound, it's become possible for amateurs to document whole live set. This is exactly what Youtube user MilzMilz did when attending Niveau Zero's concert in Oberhausen last week-end (during this act's "Jasmine" German tour.
Below are 55 minutes of dark, blurry, seak-sickness inducing video capturing the whole show. It's quite a challenge to watch it, but the sound is relatively decent and should give an idea of what Niveau Zero plays lives. Still, we'd strongly recommend just going and experiencing his live gigs in person.