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  • Wanna hear some sounds you never heard before? by lurholm reprinted without permision

    30 Jan 2009, 15:52 by JakobVirgil

    Lurholm sent this to me in contains some of the best of the lunatic fringe of DIY.

    his message went as follows
    "Apskaft is happy to present the third volume in our series of member music compilations, Apskaft Presents Vol. 3, and we’re proud to say that we made it all by ourselves. On this album you will find already established acts like Tinyfolk and Ed Askew, as well as never before heard artists like Super Afrikka and Tomtar På Loftet - and everything in between. No less than 25 songs - in seven different languages! - await your ears and brains; a delightful, disturbing blend of professionalism and amateurism, hi-fi and lo-fi, seriosity and nonsense, that defies all description. Whatever you do, don’t miss this one."

    I endorse this message
    -Jake
  • Textbeak "Transmitr" on Netwaves Radio out of Belgium

    4 Jan 2009, 14:01 by onetruetextbeak

    The Textbeak track "Transmitr" from "Repeat repeat delete" was featured on the September 8th Netwaves radio show out of Belgium. The live broadcast was hosted by Radio Scorpio, the first independent radio in Belgium.
    The program was compiled by netlabelism, Jan, Toon, Jasper, Cap & embe.

    (click below for link to archive)

    [nws074] Netwaves 2.37: the summer of 2008 (September 8, 2008)

    http://www.archive.org/details/nws074

    Playlist:

    01.Transmitr - Textbeak
    02.Gayanesh - 100 Aspects of Howie Dunn feat. That Crooner from Nowhere
    03.Bruxism - Ebola
    04.Portland 2CB - Ebola
    05.Big Bad - Automatic Tasty
    06.You're A Computer - TSS Tortue Super Sonic
    07.Dullness - wshgaukd
    08.Sad - Experience. Hold.
    09.Bigger Veins - Senza Valore
    10.Wake up & wash your face in tap air - Cherly KaCherly
    11.Tattoo - Tiny Creatures Remix
    12.Miniatura Saxónica - b (fachada)
    13.Szerelmes Nóta - Soutien Gorge
    14.unchoral - Aspera
    15.Vortex Diva - Automassage


  • Suchre - Refrash now available!

    16 Dec 2008, 19:32 by uhaftmuzik

    Suchre is the bastard offspring side-project of Suchre. The music, which shifts from gritty percussion-based power noise to ambient soundscapes to power electronics, tells stories of human suffering, incest, death, murderous rage, and pedophilia. Each track is a self-contained story of misery, depravity, mental torment, and the ultimate conclusion of human degeneracy.

    The entire album is available for free download on the last.fm, an Internet-based website dedicated to releasing low-quality mp3s under the Creative Condoms license.

    Unfortunately, last.fm likes to drop the quality of mp3s to 128kbps (bitches!). . . but here 'tis: http://www.last.fm/music/suchre/Refrash
  • New releases by Adrian Carter & Susan Matthews

    4 Feb 2009, 19:06 by earthmp

    Today we release EP's by old Earth Monkey favourites Adrian Carter and Susan Matthews

    EMP066 | Adrian Carter | On Bricks

    New 5 track EP of ambient techno from Sheffield's Adrian Carter

    EMP067 | Susan Matthews | Prague Soundtrack

    Recorded for the aborted Prague art film soundtrack. Susan edited the recordings in early December 2008 into a 20+ minute soundscape incorporating piano, voice, recorder, percussion and music box elements.
  • "We still have the stars" reviews roundup

    4 Feb 2009, 13:03 by fakemoon

    Some recent reviews of We Still Have The Stars...

    "If you are a fan of dark, experimental industrial based music you
    will love this"
    - dprp.net (9/10, recommended)

    "a genre hopping exploration of sounds ... a colourful musical
    journey"
    - terrorizer magazine (uk)

    "I'm torn between playing the album very loudly or at a level to best
    appreciate the depth of the mix. I might have to play it multiple
    times. Good."
    - ministry-of-information.co.uk

    "they still have a winning way with atmospheric electronica-based
    material ... an accomplished, highly atmospheric and above all very
    creative offering from a band who are still discovering what they're
    truly capable of"
    - hippy towers (uk)

    The album is still available as a free download from www.westillhavethestars.com and on deluxe heavyweight 12" vinyl from rough trade and burning shed.
  • New ZXZW '09 line-up additions

    2 Feb 2009, 15:13 by zxzw

    We've added four new artists to the ZXZW 2009 line-up:

    Broken Note (UK) - Filthy drum n bass, techno and dubstep
    Jonquil (UK) - Our favourite band from Oxford, UK
    Sleeps In Oysters (UK) - Electronica, Experimental, Alternative
    Antoni Maiovvi (IT/UK) - Disco House, Electro

    Of course, more names will be announced soon. With these names the currently confirmed line-up is:
    Der Blutharsch, Dernière Volonté, Uri Caine, Jonquil, The Terrordactyls, Bain Wolfkind, Broken Note, Rummelsnuff, Sleeps In Oysters and Antoni Maiovvi.
    More than 200 artists will perform at ZXZW 2009.

    A temporary 2009 website will be up soon so you can start adding your favourites and writing the band-bio's on our wiki-based website.

    For all latest festival info follow us on Twitter: @ZXZW
    Interested in what's keeping us awake at the festival office? Follow the ZXZW Blog on Twitter: @zxzwblog
  • PHCH007 - Eyes Flutter Beneath - Inside The Dream Laboratory

    2 Feb 2009, 13:16 by micky67



    Eyes Flutter Beneath
    is keen netaudio student Harry Towell. Having released music as Audio Gourmet, straddling the various degrees of Ambient, through the likes of Webbed Hand Records, Towell now turns his attention to Phantom Channel, for his self-styled new direction of Bio-drone.

    Inside The Dream Laboratory is designed for low-volume consumption, when sleep isn't necessary but, instead a natural, unhurried occurrence. Humans are said to spend an average of 6 years dreaming in their lifespan. Scientists have proposed many theories as to why it exists, without ever determining a definitive answer.

    It's this psyche Towell intends to tap into, coiling deeply personal field recordings of a biological nature round peaceful, unpolished ambient textures to reveal a pure human element towards a genre that often strays in the other direction.

    Of course, the sound presented here is open to interpretation; the journey is very much your own as soon as you click play

    Download Zip
  • New confirmations for the line-up today...

    2 Feb 2009, 11:56 by zxzw

    We've got some new confirmations for the ZXZW line-up coming up today! Follow ZXZW on Twitter (www.twitter.com/zxzw) to be the first to know!

    Cheers, Erik
  • [My Gang] Music: The Next 10 Years, 2010 - 2020

    30 Jan 2009, 01:21 by Babs_05

    Continuing my series of speculative journals:
    Wonky Pop. Bahahaha
    Is Pop The New Avant-Garde?
    RIP Indie : 1982 - 2008


    It is fair to say the have been dominated by indie music. From The Strokes to The Libertines and Pete Doherty. From Oasis and The Foo Fighters all the way over to Goldfrapp, with a little wave from Bjork, as a genre exploded and scattered, each element evolving to form something new.

    Where in the past, we had tastemaker TV, in the form of Top of the Pops and CD:UK, to inform us and influence the mass market, in the 00s we had download culture and a total disregard for what the music industry wanted us to buy. The whole dynamic shifted. We had the internet at our disposal. We could do whatever we wanted, listen to whatever we wanted, when we wanted, and on an increasing number of platforms, thanks to ever cheaper digital technology.

    We slowly stopped socialising in clubs and started hanging out online. No longer the preserve of geeks and nerds, by the end of the 00s, if you don't have broadband and you are not online, if you don't at least use email, you are not in the loop.

    The music industry as it was collapsed. We destroyed it. The very idea that we should pay full price for an album we have only heard one track from became outlandish. It was an arrogance we were forced to accept for decades but now, we didn't have to.

    Last.fm started up around the middle of the decade. Our mass tagging for the is a fair reflection of the last 10 years or so.

    Retro music became big news but, in my opinion, that was tied with celebrity culture and Amy Winehouse. The fascination lay with her, not retro music. The music industry tried to monetise what they thought was a new trend, spending a good year or two searching for the 'next Amy' and the best they came up with was Duffy, who pretty much destroyed the vibe before it got going with her one-note singing.

    Underground, we saw great strides in , from retro 80s Hercules & Love Affair to Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter and his ringtones album 24 Postcards in Full Colour, and music and from labels such as . We saw most of the new bedroom music come from this genre, Maps - We Can Create being a great example.

    music didn't really change, it just went back to skool. went abstract and underground. Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Daedelus. We got two big internet stars, Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen. Rock was sidelined, no one listened unless it had some elements.

    If people were complaining in the 90s that things were accelerating, in the 00s, acceleration was almost at breakneck speed, with trends barely lasting a season sometimes. Some trends arced over a number of years, but even they were forced to evolve to keep our dissipated attention. We stopped doing one thing at a time and got used to multi-tasking. Our attention became more divided once we got home from work or school, balancing demands from people around us, the television / radio, and the internet and email, with our mobile phones by our sides.

    In music, people started to just grab the tracks they wanted from albums. Listening to one whole album, in one sitting, became less and less attractive. Bands responded by creating album-albums, as opposed to albums containing a few great songs and the rest fillers, but fewer and fewer artists were rewarded for their efforts, notably Radiohead.

    Pop ... heh, you just missed my typo but it's so appropriate I'm going to use it... pop became poop. Having lost tastemaker TV, the only way the music industry thought they could get our attention was to morph with reality TV. So we had Pop Idol and the other one to deal with. Only a precious few actually hit the bigtime, notably Girls Aloud and Leona Lewis.

    As the decade comes to a close, we see a shift away from modern America / Western values in music to an embracing of musical styles from around the world and from history.


    So what of the next decade? 2010 - 2020? What can we reasonably expect? What can we predict already? What can we hope for?

    I listen to a lot of music, but even I can't listen to everything, time being a factor for one thing. If we are to look at future music trends, we need to also consider wider cultural factors, as well social, political and economic climates, and global and local trends.

    I'm opening the floor to you, my fellow Last.fmers. What do you see?

    In conversation somewhere else, I brainstormed the following: the future of the internet and increased broadband uptake. Cyberculture. Porno avatars. Erosion of morals and inhibitions in a bid to be noticed online. Then the opposite - the new prudes. 24/7 lifestyle. Flexibility - working at 3am, working from home or the park bench thanks to new gadgets and cheaper technology. That's if technology gets cheaper. Earth's resources plundered and precious metals getting more expensive. So we either recycle our tech or pay more in future. Mass dumbing down. Ever poorer education. Inability to concentrate on one thing. Divided attention. So a division in music - music that can be enjoyed in short bursts. Or slow music, 'old-fashioned', to be taken time over. If people have time. A whole hour dedicated to one activity a rare luxury.

    If artists are to do well in the next few years, they must be able to effectively use social networking sites and communicate with their listeners. Why? Because with rising mass unemployment, we can expect to see a surge in social networking, and everyone knows online advertising doesn't work. Artists must be personable and have warmth and humanity to keep listeners coming back. Communication must at least appear to be two-way between artist and listener. On the net, Radiohead lead the way. In Last.fm, it has to be Pixieguts. Of course, there are artists we don't expect to connect with to such a degree, but this new angle will become the new norm.

    The current global recession will have an immediate impact on the early years of the next decade. With rising unemployment comes greater creativity. and were born out of the troubled times and recession of the end of the 70s / early 80s. We can reasonably expect to see more homemade music and it quickly becoming available to all online, especially via social network sites. Electronic has been the favoured medium until now, but with more time on their hands, it's not unreasonable to expect artists to pick up other instruments, continuing the trend so markedly brought to the fore by The Arcade Fire and Coldplay.

    The second half of the next decade is harder to see. It depends how well we recover from the global recession for a start. It also depends on us finding decent alternatives to energy because as things stand, if electricity becomes too expensive, we can kiss goodbye to sitting at our PCs all day, streaming music, downloading and file sharing. If things improve and we all feel happier again, we won't need pop, classic rock and electro-disco as much as we do right now. We can go back to being introspective and will be able to afford to wallow in something miserable, or deep and meaningful, for an hour or so.

    Where before it was quite easy to predict a return to a particular decade, it's not so straightforward now with no unifying medium to bring us all together. Instead, it might be helpful to look at how we use music in our lives. We always want dinner music, dance music, background music to shop by or drown out the neighbours and the city by. We always want music to relax to, seduce to, sleep and wake up to. We want music in our cars, on our mobile devices, and we want it cheaper or free. In amongst this almighty racket, we want music to think to, to inspire us, to mull over. We want music to mark out our groups, our social standing, maybe even our age. Sometimes we want a break from music we hear all the time and want to rest our ears on something different. These are all givens. We could see a rise in local collectives, such as The Arctic Circle and The Magpie's Nest. Local music for local people. Collectives create an opportunity for small performances aimed at target audiences, or just the local community. There is no need for great budgets for big concerts or extensive travelling, gigs take place in small venues that are cheap to hire. So far, they have been word of mouth, even online. Whether they catch your eye or not is down to sheer luck or serendipity.

    I think as in fashion, where we no longer have a single defining style we are all forced to adopt, the next decade might be a free-for-all, with us listeners grabbing what we want, whenever we feel like it. We will be less the victims of cynical marketing and more the consumers of music that resonates with us. It means musos will be in heaven and people who need a little guidance, who aren't so into music, will feel a little lost. They will most likely turn to tastemaker bloggers for ideas. The choices of bloggers will therefore become increasingly critical. We might see a shift away from official sites such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Stereogum to smaller, individual blogs run by real people with real opinions. They are already seen as more trustworthy. Mass marketing might try to fake it but hopefully, we will see through the ruse. And with the music industry having less influence on artists, we can expect to see more self-indulgence, more progressiveness across the genres. We can expect baroque prog pop and rock, as well as more jazz-influenced music.

    Far from an end to music as we know it, the collapse of the music industry in the 00s will free us to explore and we should see a rise in people enjoying music. It might just be we're not all listening to the one same thing.


    Babs My Gang


    PS: This is my 150th arcticle!

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  • New release on Da ! Heard It Records : Tom Woxom - Kickstart

    28 Jan 2009, 16:15 by mbertier

    Up for some slow motion amiga 500 chiptune goodness ? Rush to http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr09/.

    About the release :

    « Kickstart », TOM WOXOM's first album released on Da ! Heard It Records

    Da ! Heard It Records is going back to the classics with its ninth production: "Kickstart", the first album by Tom Woxom, a German composer fascinated by the Amiga 500.

    With help from his treasured computer, a couple of keyboards and software, Tom Woxom built himself a puzzling musical universe.
    Through ornate beats and powerful heady basses, this album lures the listener into multiple atmospheres. Tom Woxom dares unusual pairings, as in Sofachips, where he combines a soul voice with an electro melody on the verge of dance music.


    The album is indeed very clever and enjoyable :)