The epitome of awesomely done dark ambient music. Passed my way by none other than Proem himself (A disturbingly dark dude to have twin daughters). I beleive the limited edition cd versions are sold out, and out of print from the label, I don’t even have copies myself, but try and support him as best you can, because his stuff is great. Kammarheit is none other than Pär Boström, of Sweden, possibly the darkest country on earth. They churn out so much death metal and dark ambient, they’re really tipping the balance. Off the bat this stuff reminds me of playing the PC game Defcon, its perfect for a nuclear holocaust, but it really is post apocalyptic music. This is the music that Biosphere would make if he was super depressed and thinking about suicide. Both albums tread on the same territory, but you can hear his progession on The Starwheel, as it has more sophistication and development. Well, now that i’ve talked about all of this, I feel like playing some more dark PC games. Can’t decide if i should go S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or Bioshock. Hmmmmm.
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Back in 2002 I organized a little show in New York City with my friends at Record Camp, Shadetek, and Sound Ink. The lineup for the September 1st show was Brothomstates, Machine Drum, Kristuit Salu (Jimmy Edgar), Team Shadetek, DJ Rupture, DJ Merck, and a bunch more people. The only person on that lineup who was on Warp at that point was Lassi. Looking back on it now, most of you probably would have wet your pants for that kinda lineup. Unfortunately, I don’t think we even got much more than 100 people. Nonetheless, I booked a little apartment in Chelsea for the week for Travis, Jimmy, Lassi and I to stay in. Needless to say, over that time there was some jamming. Some was recorded, some was not. Listening through those tapes a few years ago, me and Travis pulled out a little tidbit that we thought was kinda fun. Some of you may not be used to listening to ‘jam’ type material, so keep in mind its very different than polished releasable track type format. Its got no mastering to it, and obviously its created and mixed right at the moment without the ability to change things later. You kind of have to listen to the ideas in it, and then see how those could be formed into a cohesive track. But anyway, hopefully this will shed some light on what these guys do in the off time when they’re just playing with some gear amongst friends. Enjoy!
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Over the years I’ve amassed quite the collection of unreleased music. Much of it is of a quality to be released, but just never made it into the queue due to limitations on format or material. So I intend to pass along some of those tracks to you all through this weblog. The first track I want to debut is a collaboration between Travis “Wayne” Stewart(Machinedrum) and Aaron “Nick’ Munson(Vexion, 1/2 of Ilkae). It was slipped into the Merck Records Radio playlist a while back, so you may have heard it previously. But here I finally present it to you in decent VBR format. Keep in mind this track was made in 2002, if not earlier, and its never been properly mixed or mastered, it was just outputted from the original tracker file. Its called “Gabe Edit” because the original version that they did was a bit longer, but I clipped a few parts out a few years back that were a bit meandering, and this version has stood the test of time. You can hear obvious hints of Syndrone, Ilkae, and Machinedrum in the track, but overall its got a rather unique sound. Enjoy!
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Here is another gem that Twerk passed along my way. He was asked to master it for Audibleoddities, and couldn’t resist letting me get a peak at it. One of my favorite IDM cds of 2007 for sure, and self released at that. Based in San Francisco, Retic, better known as Douglas Teike, combines influences from a lot of well known IDM names into a nice pot of stew. This disc is a guaranteed delight for fans of the Merck catalog (Landau meets Deru and Machinedrum). Probably would have released this myself, if things had continued on with Merck. You can track down a copy on CDbaby, and I hear he has a new album nearing completion soon as well.
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Apparat, who so nobley picked up where Funkstorung left off (once they decided that Germans should be doing more hip hop), shortly after 2000. Became the heir apparent to the role Funkstorung was playing previously, which was continuing the Autechre sound in a listenable way, and expanding upon the sound with some indie type elements. Nothing typifies this better than his Duplex album, with its mild usage of guitar and vocals here and there, but still staying true to the Autechrian roots of IDM. Not every track on here is a complete winner, but there are a lot of gems. See: Cerro Largo, Schallstrom, Steady Uprsing, etc. Very emotional stuff, and of course extremely technically well made. I had talked to him briefly about including the track Cerro Largo on a electronica/indie compilation thing I was working on for Merck a few years back, but it ultimately never came to fruition. I finally got to meet and see him live in September 2005 at Decibel Festival, and he was an extremely nice (and tall) fellow, standing around chatting with me until they were begging him to go on stage. He even apologized for the complete ripping dance set that he was about to drive the club wild with, because he knew it probably wasn’t down my alley. Nonetheless, I’ve had a few marzens this Oktober, listening to his wonderful creations.
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