Pieter-Jan Pieters formerly affilliated with our friends at Teenage Engineering and currently doing the rounds on Tedx just sent us his latest project, which aims to commercialize a series of devices (midi-controllers) that work on movement, drawing, heartbeat, and other analog gestures. It’s utterly arresting and right up our alley.
This week I’m on tour with Brandt Brauer Frick, Omas Keith and LOLA, a new duo from Amsterdam. 5 gigs, 4 cities, 4 days. We started Wednesday night at Zoom in Frankfurt and tonight it’s going down in our motherly church of Berghain, Berlin. I secretly took a few shots during sound check.
The Danish, New York based, Mikkel Hess graduated from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in 2002. He is best known for his leading role in the band Hess Is More, but has contributed to a lot of different music project over the years. At the moment he is a busy guy as he is currently playing the drums in the jazz trio Spacelab, with his brother Nikolaj Hess and Anders Christensen, as well as writing and producing music for different films and shows and playing the drums with Henrik Vibskov in the drum duo, Trommefredag. I met up with him for a coffee and a steak at Christianshavn to talk about his different projects and his thoughts on his approach to creating music.
Dunkel Radio takes a stroll with label owner, DJ, Producer and new father: Will Saul.
Guess that title is pretty self-explanatory? Nevertheless we won’t spare you our need to wax lyrical on this particular Boiler Room performance carried out by one Peanut Butter Wolf.
The past year we have presented a horde of interviews and top-notch DJ mixes by the Danish underground and some international high rollers.
The Thread Wrapping Machine wraps furniture in a cocoon of colored strings. Almost like a spider wrapping its spray the Thread Wrapping Machine, Designed by Anton Alvarez, is fixating furniture components together instead of using traditional methods like nails and screws.
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.
Chi-town’s Chunk-a-bud aka Taxi C.A.B. has been part of my set for the last few months. His classic tune Chunk-a-nova from 1994 is just too good to be true (and the girls dig it). He was a resident DJ at the Red Dog club in Chicago in 1990s and has recently resurfaced with new material..
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.
There ain’t no party like a Buraka Som Sistema Party. If you’ve never witnessed one of their bass-y, Angolan Kuduro-fueled sets you really are missing out, my friend. Watch and learn as the Lisbon-based lecturers teach us how to throw it down with piercing sirens, merciless beats and aggro MCing.
If you are into lo-fi house, the styles of Dam-Funk or just a fan of Miami Vice, I strongly recommend checking out Moon B.
Going into space changes people. Now while that may sound like an obvious statement, there’s certainly nothing inane about the way that this particular journey has altered the overall perspective of the few, lucky astronauts who experienced the grand vastness of space and viewed our planet from orbit. ‘Overview’ is a short, powerful documentary that earnestly disarms whatever cynicism you might be harboring in 19 breathtaking, life-affirming minutes.
Maskinrum - the new concert series for live electronic music - is opening on the 23rd of February with wonder kid Sekuoia as the header. The people behind, Simon, Daniel and Niels-Christian, gives a walkthrough of their project.
A little lesson in popular cultural history from Dark Matters. Take it away, boys.
Techno-emperor Shed aka. Réne Pawlowitz was recently featured in the acclaimed DVD video-interview series Slices by Electronic Beats and you should check it out.
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.
We came, we saw, we....parked a heavily modified sound taxi in the middle of Forum. And times were had at the Gallery fair where we presented our latest products and had a tight line up of local DJs, if we do say so ourselves. Thanks to everyone who dropped by with friendly support.
We had a decidedly ballin’ time at this year’s Art Basel in Miami. Here’s a little video that captures the atmosphere and shows our latest collaborator, Young Guru, and his pal Just Blaze rocking TMA-1s at the AIAIAI Art Basel party, which we held at Bardot. Check it. And remember not to sleep on the upcoming TMA-1 Studio Young Guru edition...
A funny, ingenious masterstroke that made me smile. This very nerdy and curious remix of The Animals' 'House Of The Rising Sun' is one of the most spectacular and coolest covers I’ve heard so far.
I’m taking time off to rehabilitate, thus no article today. However, I have prepared a little mix that I hope you will enjoy... See you next week!
By plotting the volume of sound waves on a frequency time graph, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, turned sound into a physical, 3D chair. After creating and testing 719 different sounds and transforming them into shapes, Plummer-Fernandez achieved his final design. He says, “The aesthetic of sound waves becomes the aesthetic of the chair. The result is a product with dual existence as both a ‘sound’ and a ‘chair’.”
"A definite length of time marked off by two instants." Latency Recordings is a vinyl-only label that combines the exploration of new sounds and feelings with a classic basis of house & techno. Just coming down from the rush of the immediate sell-out success of their debut release "The Post Industrial EP" by Innerspace Halflife, Dee caught up with founders Souleymane and Sidney.
It gives us no small amount of childlike joy to feature Copenhagen street art legend huskmitnavn in the AIAIART series. As some of you may remember, we once did a USB project with the very same artist a few years back and it’s no secret that we’ve always been fans of his subtle, quirky and very often straight up hilarious work.
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.