This present wasn't there in time for Christmas, but here's way to celebrate New Years Eve for the musicians among us. While putting the finishing touches to his long-awaited Ad Noiseam debut, TechDiff (a.k.a. the brain pictured above) has gathered a full folder of sounds, patches, Reaktor toys and images for everybody to enjoy, tweak and work upon.
Yes, 2011 is over, and it's time to now focus on the next year. As you might have read a few days ago, 2012 is going to start pretty nicely for Ad Noiseam, and even more now since the first two EPs of next year are ready to be read about, listened to and preordered.
Starting today, you can pre-order the following two records (and their digital versions). Both will be released on Ad Noiseam on the 23rd of January. As usual, people pre-ordering these items are getting a rebate. So not only will you get your record (or your files) faster, but also for cheaper.
Four confirmed, veteran Ad Noiseam artists and a myriad of versions, edits and corrections ping-ponged between all of them. "Existence" and "Obey" are the carefully laid-out, detailled and fresh results of musicians having fun with each other's material and proving how at ease they are with both dubstep and drum'n'bass. DJ Hidden's sharpness, Broken Note's epic proportions, Niveau Zero's clever open-mindedness and Balkansky's meticulousness: yes they managed to pack all of this in these two highly cohesive tracks. A must-have for anybody into any of these acts. Get this on 12" / as digital files
A follow-up of sort to "Sura", "Enceladus" is another evolution for Hecq: his pristine dubstep gets enriched here with even more encompassing soundscapes and humane melodies. Collaborating with Skyence on the title track, Hecq has given birth to a very coherent record mixing cinematic atmospheres, huge percussions and a light nod to retro tonalities. Add to this a mischievous crunk remix by Knight Riderz and a dancefloor explosion by Mobthrow, and you get a compact yet exhaustive snapshot of Hecq's unmissable talent. Get this on 12" / as digital files
Friday freebie: the spirit of Christmas is on us full force at the moment: after having presented you full sets by TechDiff, Karsten Pflum and DJ Hidden, here come two full live recordings of shows by Enduser and Niveau Zero.
There's no stopping or slowing down for Ivan Shopov. When he's not behind his desk writing music as Balkansky (for example his tworecords and an album with Loop Stepwalker for Ad Noiseam), Cooh or Drumkid (his new techno moniker), this artist grabs pens and brushes to lay down some very intricate artwork. Some of these drawings have already found their ways on record covers, t-shirt and even a mural at Berlin's Subland club, and here comes the book. In pure Ivan Shopov style, though, it's not just a book of drawings, but also a full length album.
"Lights & Shadows" features illustrations he drew, as well as photography by Ivo Christov and a full CD album of laid back, atmospheric tunes. It is now out of the press, and you will be able to order it soon from the Ad Noiseam online store. In the meanwhile, you can check the teaser video below or stream the music part of this item over there. And yes, we think as well that this is the perfect come-down music after a night of heavy thrashing to "Adhesion".
Update January 12th: this book & CD is now available from the Ad Noiseam online store right here.
The snowy, eerie first shots of Andreas Wannerstedt's new "Genesis" video are quickly replace by a weird, humanless sci-fi experiment. Following his equally futuristic video for Matta's "Inquisition part III", this Swedish artist has outdone himself with a great looking new short film whose soundtrack is the track "Haunted (remixed by Niveau Zero") by Detritus, from his "Things Gone Wrong" album (adn121).
A tour de force in computer imagery, this video captures well both the meditative and beautiful side of this track and its deep, underlying force. You can watch it here or below. Once you're done, make sure to check the "making-of" video here (most of all if you are a 3D artist as well and want to learn a few tricks), which itself flows to the sound of Detritus's "Ghostwritten" (also taken from "Things Gone Wrong").