- is one of the cleverest pieces of experimental sound design we’ve laid our ears on for quite some time. By performing the seemingly simple act of rubbing leaves against a turntable, composer and sound designer Diego Stocco creates overwhelmingly delectable ear candy that makes turntable wizkids like Kid Koala seem like musical conservatives in comparison.
One of the world’s best DJs throws down the sound among the scantily clad pool posse of Boiler Room Miami. Enjoy the timeless, tantalizingly tasteful set of the main man Carl Craig as he takes you on an electronic odyssey of great things past and present from Moodyman to Omar S.
Gold is rocked around the neck and on the ears as Johannesburg’s finest treats us to a set full of syncopated gems and low-end delicacies. The crowd may not exactly be going apeshit, but this will in no way deter us from bigging up Spoek’s Boiler Room set.
More mindblowing stuff from the world of experimental sound design. j.viewz has made it his mission to play one of Massive Attack’s most enduring hits on an aubergine, some strawberries and a carrot. A mission that he succeeds in completing with flying, fruity colours.
Our partners over at KiBiSi have yet another award to place on what must be an increasingly strained mantelpiece. And this time around they took it home with a magnetically attachable bike light that performs a cut above the rest while being easy on the eye in that characteristic KiBiSi fashion.
- is not the title of ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist john Frusciante’s latest solo album. It’s actually a sound experiment that makes water flow in awe-inducing shapes and patterns. Click play on the video and prepare to be delighted.
That’s right, Studio A will be having Traktor weeks in Studio A from the 4th until the 16th of March, which means that everyone’s welcome to drop by and try out Native Instruments’ acclaimed DJ Software used by a diverse and brilliant range of DJs from Matthew Dear to Richie Hawtin.
Yes, that’s a promise we’re prepared to make even though the documentary hasn’t even been released yet. How did we work up the nerve to posit such a bold claim in the face of potential ridiculing from the legions of nerds who will no doubt have irreconcilable opinions on this topic? Well, for starters because Ghostly International’s Jason Amm AKA Solvent produced and co-wrote the damn thing. And when the list of interviewees reads: John Foxx, Vince Clarke (Erasure), Daniel Miller (Mute), Carl Craig, James Holden, Trent Reznor, Dominic Butler (Factory Floor), Legowelt, Chris Carter, John Tejada, and Gary Numan, you know you’ve struck solid gold.
The very competent RBMA crew say that:’H∆SHTAG$ is a new series of mini-documentaries from the Red Bull Music Academy, chronicling some of the most fascinating themes emerging from the web in recent times, from #cloudrap to #seapunk, #postdubstep to #advancedpop.’ Whatever it is, it’s most definitely worth a watch.
As it turns out, scientific inquiry into sound doesn’t only have an impact on our ears. It can also be extremely easy on the eye as these photos from the audio chambers at the Technical University of Denmark are a stunning testament to.
Tonight is the night that Beck Hansen reinterprets and performs David Bowie’s classic ‘Sound and Vision’ in collaboration with 170 musicians. Taking place on a specially constructed circular stage and working within a multi-directional sound environment, the performance will explore the possibilities of perspective and sound movement surrounding the audience. This rather spectacular concept will be recorded using 360º equipment and shown online February 10th.
Red Bull just opened an impressive new studio right here in Copenhagen. Designed and built with the aim of giving local talent a forum for recording and producing music, the latest initiative from the Red Bull camp looks characteristically on-point and painstakingly realized.
Non-Nordic girl who really likes Denmark and Danes and confusing Danes when she tells them she likes Denmark. Odd hybrid of writer, translator, aesthete geek, and geek-in-general. Wordsmith of the World Wide Web. Curator of cyberspace. Typical habitat is New York, though sometimes found in Paris, and occasionally Copenhagen. Shows an affinity for Minimal Wave, 70s Soca, Yen Records, and punk cinema classic “Liquid Sky.” Chronicles her love of the progressive past and forgotten future on her blog The Vanguardist Archivist. Can’t do a cartwheel and can only whistle some days. And sometimes has trouble with doors.
Emil AKA Emil Viril and AIAIAI go way back. Or at least a couple of years back. The Tartelet Records boss works in our office and is sort of our man in Berlin. When he's not providing Eyes & Ears with insider knowledge, clues and interviews, Emil frequently DJs in both Copenhagen and Berlin and constitutes one half of the hilariously named producer duo Muff Deep.
Throne of Blood Records started in Dec 2006 as a joint venture between The Rapture and DJ James Friedman. Initially created as a venue for releasing remix singles off The Raptures 2006 album Pieces of the People We Love. This year Throne of Blood will continue to push ahead with more releases in the pipeline and a host of live events to follow. Cosmic Kids, Bohemian Groove, Bicep, Daniel Avery, Call Super and Populette are only a few of the excellent artists on our good bud James Friedman's roster. Always searching for the new and next, expect to be surprised in the coming months as the label's talented bloggers come at you with with off-kilter anekdotes and straight up brilliance.
Christian Zander AKA The Emperor of Antarctica was born in Denmark and grew up in Hans Christian Andersen's hometown, Odense. In 1998, he dropped out of high school accepting a job offer from a local ad agency. After that, he worked in Copenhagen on Nike, work which resulted in the first Cannes D'Or Grand Prix given to Denmark since 1961. He then went on to work on the Lego brand at PR firm 'Sigma' before co-founding 'Bottega Areté, an experimental design group and artist collective, in 2002. Bottega Areté were pioneers in the digitally driven VJ scene in Scandinavia in the early 00s. In 2006, he relocated to Bucharest and worked between Denmark and Romania until 2008, when he returned to Denmark to start his solo practice as 'the Emperor of Antarctica' - working on graphics for music, the design of Copenhagen luxury hotel apartments Stay Copenhagen, and as the Art Director for Danish headphone brand AIAIAI. From 2011 till the end of 2012 he relocated back to Bucharest to focus on his own studies again. Focusing on aperiodic patterns and programming. He keeps a tight relationship with us here at AIAIAI and for that we're eternally grateful.
Ulrik AKA Uggis is the editor of Eyes & Ears. He works at AIAIAI where he handles written communication and internet-related dealings and when he’s not sat in AIAIAI HQ he finds the time to be an awkward Trekkie who nerds about music and occasionally contributes to Dazed Digital.
Long-haired, leather-clad, impossibly tall Ole likes Rock 'n Roll and is not afraid to look like it. When not blogging for us or attending gigs in Nørrebro's grubby rock bars and clubs, he studies Ideation at KEA with a focus on music.
Previously affiliated with the now sadly defunct but still legendary Copenhagen club, Dunkel, the Dunkel Radio crew are comprised of Najaraaq, Daniel and Andreas, three very musical, bright young things who make it their business to report from the global electronic underground. Expect discerning tips, in-depth interviews and quite a few curveballs from the Dunkel Radio Crew who also DJ at Studio A from Time to time.
Videomaker and fashion enthusiast documenting life at 24fps. Created Copenhagers.com back in the fall of 2011, with the idea of promoting people, places, brands, ideas, projects and to give visibility to all the creative peeps who keep doing what they love. When Mattia is not suplying us with neat camera action, he runs Norsk Mand and makes videos for Hypebeast.
In the 90s Kristian grew up among the villa fences in the province. He lived a comfortable life – building caves and made soup of snails and horseshit over open fire. In his early years, he painted the streets along the gutter in the dark hours. It was where he learned the basic rules of communication and visual expression. Today – years later – he lives for the experiments and challenges of visual expression in sculptures, installations, videos, photos and paintings. Kristian works with light and in layers to express moods and tell stories. Right now he's doing his master degree at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, school of Design.
Dark Matters are Lasse, Rune, Ida and Nicky, four deeply creative minds, who work with video projection, light and artifacts to transform venues, music, film and TV, aiming to surprise themselves and their audience at all times. They've worked with everyone from Adidas to Kenton Slash Demon and manage to remain very down-to-earth and nice about it despite ample opportunity to get annoying and stuck up, which is just one of many reasons that we're chuffed to have them contributing to Eyes & Ears.
Hans was born in 79, graduated gymnasium/high school 1999 and graduated arch school january 2007. He's also a pizza & burger enthusiast, a lover of falsetto music (has man crush on Prince) a cardboard sculpturist and a former project manager of the architects association with a receding hairline who's plotting & scheming while blogging for us... *phew* Hans sure is a lot of things.
After 19 years in Denmark, Rasmus swapped smørrebrød and the little mermaid for undergraduate studies in northern California in 2010. When he's not rocking data structures and algorithms as part of his computer science major, Rasmus spends his time chasing Berlin's techno scene, the UK's dubstep offspring and various house scenes from afar and also finds the time to write for Soundvenue. On top of the nerdy satisfaction those pursuits yield, he channels some of that fanboyism into his blog Going Other Places as well as his radio show on KZSU Stanford.
The growing toddler that is our blog has amassed quite a few talented, new contributors, which is why we're renaming it and giving it a separate contributor page. That does of course call for a celebration. Come party down and drink Red Stripes with us tonight from 5-8!
What do Amnesty, Snoop D-O-double-gizzle and AIAIAI have in common? They all got nominated in the Midem Marketing Competition, that’s what. Our creative director is going to Cannes this weekend to present the project and attend the award ceremony. Fingers crossed!