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Electro-Magnetism: Episode 12 (Um…yeah)

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Alright, this mix was:

1. a backlash against the non-stop dreary rain we’ve been suffering through.

2. part train-wreck noise explosion, part synthpop daydreams.

3. some sort of bewildering response to reading half of The Road by Cormac McCarthy in one sitting.

4. a bunch of other stuff.

5.  I have to get out of town.

6. and finish reading The Road as soon as possible.

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Tracklist:

1. De Fabriek – Launch My Olive
2. Cabaret Voltaire – Automotivation
3. Ceramic Hello – Footsteps In The Fog
4. OMD – The Messerschmitt Twins
5. Oppenheimer Analysis – Men in White Coats
6. Men Without Hats – Moonbeam
7. The Petshop Boys – Where The Streets Have No Name
8. Neeva – Walking on Air
9. Ensemble Pittoresque – Urban Catastrophe
10. Guyer’s Connection – Arabia
11. Soft Cell – Facility Girls
12. Shanghai Au Go Go – I Cried All Winter
13. Ruth – Polaroid Roman Photo (Instrumental)
14. The Hafler Trio – A Thirsty Fish
15. Skinny Puppy – Unovis on a Stick
16. The Hafler Trio – The Dirty Fire
17. Skinny Puppy – Film



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 9 (of sweetness)

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I’ve had a long break with the mixes- but this one will make up for it! Totally rockin dark-as-all-get-out proto-EBM tunes, plus a wonderful track off of the new Vinyl-On-Demand re-release from Experimental Product’s Prototype and Garage Tracks- which, by the way, you should snag as soon as possible because it is really a gem! I bought mine through Michael Gross of EP and he clarified the back cover photo for me (see above) and signed it. Sweet! It’s been on the turntable for about a solid 48 hours…Joy. You can pick up a copy for yourself through their Myspace page (save on shipping if you’re in the US!), Germany’s Vinyl-On-Demand or Anna Logue Records.

In addition to Experimental Products and proto-EBM, I’ve been scouring the web for all projects involving the man who calls himself Abberline or Francois Remigi of Toulouse France. He’s done a few different projects- namely defunct Opera (so good), current Remiggi 5000 and Abberline. With his lovely hot vocals I want them all! I included one track off the Rock Machine compilation from Remiggi 5000. Unfortunately very little is available from them but hopefully there will some sort of full release in the future. He also works with a man who calls himself Assisted.Brain.By.O., also from Toulouse, who does a minimal synth project of the same name, A.B.B.O., that I love right now. If I could get some not-shitty quality MP3’s I would play some…Another darker synth project of his, Le Moine, has a track on the new Enfant Terrible comp Radio Resistencia

Speaking of hot french vocals, I also included a track (also off the Rock Machine comp) from Quebec’s Automelodi aka Xavier Paradis aka Arnaud Lazlaud. The man is talented! Everything he does is golden, I swear. And silky and highly danceable.

…….And! he’s going to be performing at NYC’s Wierd on April 8th next month at Home Sweet Home (at 131 Chrystie St.).  Not to be missed!

There ends my spiel. Enjoy the mix!

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Tracklist:

1. Basking Sharks – Croatia
2. Experimental Products – Aviation
3. Automelodi – Schema Corporel
4. Remiggi 5000 – Ultra-sensitive
5. Electronome – S.I.A.S.G. (remix)
6. Skanfrom – Earth 11
7. Throbbing Gristle – AB/7A
8. Analysis – Connections
9. Sudeten Creche – Dance (Instrumental)
10. Front 242 – U-men (Instrumental)
11. Velodrome – Glasfabrik
12. Die Krupps – … Denn Du Lebst Nur Einmal
13. Metro Pakt – C.T.I.
14. Absolute Body Control – What is the Disease?
15. Daily Fauli – Speed
16. A Blaze Colour – Follow the Signs
17. Ensemble Pittoresque – Auratorium



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 6

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Mostly oldies but goodies in this week’s episode of Electro-Magnetism. Track 11 is a mystery- if you know the name of it or who its by please let me know. It was on this incredible compilation that a friend gave me that had no track listings. Over the years I’ve been figuring out all the tracks…its like a fun little game.

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Tracklist:

1. The Legendary Pink Dots – Casting the Runes
2. Skinny Puppy – A.M./ Meat Flavour
3. Martial Canterel – Refuge Underneath
4. Second Decay – Close My Heart
5. Secession – Touch (Pt. 3)
6. Alexander Robotnick – Les Grands Voyages de l’Amour
7. The Human League – Dance Like a Star
8. The Force Dimension – Algorythm (Cocktail MIx)
9. Front 242 – Quite Unusual (12″ version)
10. Prothese – Couteau
11- ? (if you know who this is, I’d be greatful if you’d let me know!)
12. Silent Ambition – I Remember
13. Experimental Products – Clear Image
14. Alphaville – Romeos (Demo)
15. Clan of Xymox – Masquerade
16. The Arms of Someone New – Every Seventh Wave
17. Gang of Four – Anthrax

And this is just fantastic. Must Find Copy ASAP.



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 5 (totally)

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The saga continues! After surviving the holiday insanity I am back on schedule with another installment of Electro-Magnetism.  This one is seriously all over the map.  After delving into the old Snow Robots comps from Suction Records I recently discovered the album “The View From Your New Home” by The Mitgang Audio from 2003. Not sure why it took me so long.  I also was just feeling in the mood for the epicness that is “Symphony Electrique”.  Some days are just like that.

And I apologize for some sub-par sound quality on some tracks. I noticed right towards the end of the set that the treble had been cut (due to a magic button I didn’t know existed) on one of the channels on the mixer. Woops on that shit.

Dance in yer pants and enjoy!

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Tracklist:

1. The Mitgang Audio – Tokyo Scope
2. Phil Kieran – Skyhook
3. Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Oliver Huntman and Stephen Bodzin Remix)
4. Freak Electrique – Symphony Electrique
5. Azul y Negro – The Night
6. Depeche Mode – What’s Your Name?
7. Play – This Little Girl
8. Burlesque – Collision of Sex
9. Perspects – Autobody (The Hacker Remix)
10. Sturm Cafe – Radiosuchtig
11. Opus Finis – Inextinguishable Pyre
12. Martial Canterel – 3 Days



ADN’ Ckrystall: Collected Works
December 28, 2008, 11:56 am
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There are so many great new things today that are simultaneously creepy yet wondrous and beautiful. One of them is that fact that it’s going to be almost 70 degrees here in NYC. The other is the band ADN’ Ckrystall whom I recently discovered. I had heard a few songs here and there but had never really sat down and listened to them at length. I just found the collection “Collected Works” and it has seriously blown my mind.  I haven’t stopped listening to it in weeks.

I try to listen to other music, try to tear myself away, but I just keep coming back.   I was at my parents’ house for the holidays trying to find excuses to sneak off and listen to it.  I went to the mall, partially so I could get some art supplies, but also so I could rock out to it on my parents’ sweet car stereo.

ADN’ Ckrystall is French  musician Erick Moncollin who has been creating really unique fantastical minimal electronic music since 1977.

“Collected Works” was produced in 2004 as a two disc set and has been out of print ever since as far as I can tell.  According to Discogs only 100 copies were produced by MetaWaveClassix out of Germany, a sub-label of
MetaWaveMusic that specializes in re-releasing out-of-print minimal electronic and electronic avant garde music.

The albums included on the collection are the incredible Jazz Mad LP, In-Edit 7″, Museum EP and sessions, L’Appel du Vent tape, Rock Noire 10″, and studio outtakes.

Anna Logue Records just released the new ADN’ Ckrystall LP “Minilab” this past year.

The Jazz Mad album is available for download on the wonderful blogs Systems of Romance and Mutant Sounds.

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Sample Songs

Puckie’s Power
Haschisch T’es Pas Cap
Ovanescent Nocturne

So here it is, a holiday gift to the world.  Its available for download in four parts since its quite sizable.  Enjoy!

Collected Works: CD 1
Part 1
Part 2

Collected Works: CD 2
Part 1
Part 2

CD1:
Tracks 01-08 from Jazz Mad LP 1982
Tracks 09-10 from In-Edit 7″ 1984
Tracks 11-15 from Museum EP 1987

CD2:
Tracks 01-03 rooting in L’Appel du Vent tape 1991 (record ’87-’90)
Tracks 04-06,09,12 from unreleased Rock Noire 10″ ca. 1985
Tracks 07,08,10,11,13 studio-outtakes ca. 1986-1989
Tracks 14,15 from Museum EP sessions ca. 1987
Tracks 16,17 studio-outtakes ca. 1991



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 4

I really have been trying to do this on a regular day of the week.  But for reasons I can’t go into right now, I have been sporadically posting these whenever I get the chance.  Sadly I won’t be able to post one next week since my beloved music collection will be here at home, and I will be far far away in the southlands with my family.

Here is a nice icey mix of wintry dismal minimal synth numbers and some synthpop. Enjoy!

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Tracklist:

1. Ground Zero – Dance With The Machines
2. Matthias Schuster – Fur Alles Auf Der Welt
3. D.A.F. – Coco Piña
4. Laurent Boudic – E=mc²
5. The Wibbley Brothers – Der Wawazawa
6. Richard Bone – The Joy of Radiation (Razormaid remix)
7. Art Interface – Wardance
8. Mick Milk – Halflife
9. The Mitgang Audio – Minor Causes
10. Freezepop – テニス の ボイフレンド
11. Makina Girgir – The Spell
12. Wermut – Deutschland Jahr 0
13. Staccato du Mal – L’Armée des Ombres
14. Nine Circles – What’s There Left
15. ADN’ Ckrystall – Vitamina Cocaina



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 3!

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Lots of lovely crunchy drippy thumpy minimal house from our modern era, minimal electro-pop of today, and minimal synth from the early eighties… in this week’s rendition of Electro-Magnetism. Thanks for listening!

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Tracklist:

1. Solvent and GD Luxxe – Quiet Life
2. Lindström – I Feel Space (Freeform Five Remix)
3. DIM – Sysiphos
4. Motor – Bleep #1
5. Askii Disko – Einfach
6. Lowfish – Dead House
7. Bakterielle Infektion – Mecánico/ Fire From the Inside
8. Absolute Body Control – Melting Away
9. Absolute Body Control – Back to Nature (Live – Fad Gadget cover)
10. Christof Glowalla – Erde 80
11. Front 242 – Controversy Between (Aerial Version)
12. Chris & Cosey – Walking Through Heaven



Electro-Magnetism Special on Late 90’s Synthpop
December 2, 2008, 5:45 pm
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Best of European Synthpop

Today I felt disappointed and sad so I asked myself, what makes a person feel better? What is crack for the soul on a wintery day of sadness? What can continually lift your spirits and never let you down, no hangovers, no withdrawal (well, maybe), no negative side-effects? Late 90’s Euro Synth-Pop hits the spot every time.

I haven’t broken out some of this stuff for a very long time and for good reason- the shit’s so powerfully perky that my old worn heart might suffer a cardiac arrest on a typical day. But today is no average day and I needed a good strong dose of the music that I loved as a teenager, the music that helped me stay afloat through my awful high-school years and gave me a reason to live. I’ve also thrown in just a handful of tunes that are more recent (Freezepop and Soviet) and a little older (Erasure) for good measure.

These are the very songs that introduced me to electronic music as a whole, believe it or not, back when I was 15. There was just something very special about those bleepy sounds and melancholic melodies… It feels really good to indulge in them again!

One of my very first purchases in the genre was Hard Records’ “Best of European Synth-Pop,” released in 1996, though I have to say I began stealing music over the web at a young age since European Synth-Pop was so damn expensive. To obtain it was quite a task- It had to be bought through obscure German music stores over the internet, across the sea! And a 15 year old teenager can not afford a $28 CD plus shipping! OK no way, so I spent a lot of time downloading songs through really crappy old-school peer-to-peer networks over a barely existent dial-up connection. One song might take a few hours to download, but when it was done you had a killer song from a far off land where people understood you and that was totally awesome!!

I learned about a lot of my favorite bands through a radio show called Subculture Shock (what?! what?! 90’s Cville goth scene!), and I have to say I owe my pursued musical direction thanks to that radio show. From their Myspace page (it lives on, no shit!):

Started in 1995 by Andy Dean of Bella Morte Subculture Shock was Charlottesville, Virginia’s first radio show dedicated solely to all music falling into the Gothic Subculture. After 10 years, and a list of DJs that includes Virginia Goth Greats SubShock is still going strong as Charlottesville’s Premier source for the darker side of radio.

God bless it. Where would I be? It was a life raft in a sea of Jazz and Classical programming and Top 40 in my little Virginia town.  The show was directly related to a thriving goth scene of freaks and punks who would coverge for dance nights at the local sushi bar (I love how this is the same old story across the US…). This is also where I learned the joy of dancing.

Late 90’s synthpop has this wonderful innocence about it. It lost a bit of that glow as the genre progressed into the new millennium. It got a little too trance-y, a bit too obsessed with the most advanced musical technology, the lyrics got worse (is that possible?). A decade later I still love the old stuff!

And so, without further adieu- here is the 90’s Synth-Pop Mix for the Dead of Winter.

….and I apologize, there is a 20 second pause in the beginning where I forgot to crop  the recording…

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Tracklist:

1. Silke Bischoff- Waste of Time (Extended)
2. Children Within- Efemeris (Seal Mix)
3. Daily Planet- Shame
4. Freezepop- Tender Lies
5. Elegant Machinery- Myself With You
6. Wolfsheim- …Can Manage…
7. Iris- Lose In Wanting (Lovett’s Sonar Eclipse Mix)
8. Neuropa- Lifeline
9. Dark Distant Spaces- Space Age Love Song
10. Yendri- Life is Sad
11. Erasure- Hideaway
12. Soviet- Candy Girl
13. Frozen Autumn- Painted Girls
14. Apoptygma Berzerk- Non-stop Violence
15. Neuroactive- Wonders of the World (Fragments Mix)
16. X-Act- Nothing Will Change



A piece of mine will be in Contempt’s 10th Anniversary Art Show
September 12, 2008, 4:38 pm
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Contempt!, a monthly event focusing on gothic music here in NYC, is having a 10th Anniversary Art Show and Ball with dark art adorning the walls and live Djs spinning music all night. This piece of mine, entitled “Skulls,” is going to be in the show on September 20, 2008.

I will be sharing the space with quite a few amazing artists who specialize in incredible gothic artwork, including oil painter Carrie Anne Baede.

Contempt!

The Tenth Anniversary Black and White Ball

Saturday, September 20, 2008

at M1-5

52 Walker St., NYC

10pm – 4am

Artists reception @ 9:30 PM

FREE before 11pm

$5 after 11 in theme dress or w/ invitation/flyer/e-mail/RIP pin/etc.

$7 after 11 empty-handed

21+ with ID

Check out these websites for more information:

Contempt Art Show

Contempt!

Contempt Anniversary Art Show



Pressure Kills Creativity
August 1, 2008, 11:41 am
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I drew this little cartoon in my journal this morning to relieve some stress.

I’ve been focusing a lot lately on my hang-ups with creation. Making art and music (well, anything for that matter- be it sewing, crocheting, or any small act of creating something new) makes me feel sane, like I have a purpose, like I am fulfilling my destiny- all that good stuff that keeps a person grounded and feeling connected to existence. So yeah, it’s pretty important to me.

However, I have this way- you could say it’s so perfected and so professional it’s scary- of not creating anything. And then driving myself insane with frustration. Some people deal with sexual frustration. Well, I have that too but more overwhelmingly I deal with artistic frustration that I create for myself! WTF…where do these things come from? I need some Freudian assistance here.

Since Freud isn’t around (and he’d probably just say it had something to do with penises) and I no longer have my co-counseling group I have been trying to sort out this mess on my own. Its hard stuff to try to unlock your own subconscious or at least understand how it ticks. Sort of impossible really- it’s like a mirror trying to look at itself.

I have recently discovered a key to the puzzle- it’s that my own pressure to create kills my creativity. I take this aspect of my life so seriously that I manifest this looming cloud of doom over my head which screams “Create! Or you’re nothing! Your life is passing! Why aren’t you making something? Wrinkles are forming under your eyes as you lay on your bed feeling all this pressure so what are you waiting for?”

What this pressure accomplishes is obsession. It becomes a cruel loop- I feel the need to create and then that need builds into pressure when not acted on instantly. The pressure turns into obsession over my lack of creation and I begin to lose self-esteem which is the death knell of creativity. How can I create when I don’t believe in myself, let alone what I am making? It’s impossible. Everyday that passes just exponentially adds to my obsession with my own inadequacy.

Creating art, while severely suffering from these issues I mentioned above, is nothing compared to the difficulty I face when creating music. Since I have always considered myself an artist I am able to let it flow out when I get rolling on a project and I am able to lose myself in it for days at a time. However with music, the pressure is worse. Throughout my whole life I have played every instrument under the sun but I have always played other people’s music. When it comes to writing my own, I am paralyzed with anxiety and lack of confidence! I have wanted to write music for so many years that by now the pressure looms so heavily that I can barely sit down to play at my keyboards.

Since I got back from Penland School of Crafts, and my big wonderful trip out west/ big vacay from NYC/ big breath of fresh air from everyday-life, I have been trying hard to focus on controlling these destructive tendencies. So far the tactic has been a combination of avoidance of any feelings of pressure (like doing the meditation-type technique of silencing these thoughts) together with creating at the very moment I feel the urge. I noticed that it worked very well over the weekend. Though I didn’t socialize very much I felt perfectly happy and contented- sort of soaring really. I noticed I was telling people how happy I was and that I did feel happier- a rare occurrence for me as of late.

I am attempting to maintain a strong sensitivity to those feelings of pressure. Today I woke up and really felt it (and I drew the above cartoon to relieve some stress) …I think it had built up since I had been unable to work on art because I was at work all week. I feel all the projects waiting. I am going to try very hard to to release some pressure by choosing a project and get moving on it before the obsession rolls around.

I have also noticed how important it is for me to eat well to maintain a mental balance which keeps my anxiety down. I’ve had lots of yummy fruits and veggies around the house lately and I’ve been trying to eat all 3 meals and eat well at each meal. I felt a huge difference in my mental state.

I hope to someday uncover the origin of this pattern. Perhaps one day I’ll discover a co-counseling group here and figure it all out. But until then, the battle continues.

And I leave you with two newly discovered favorite songs by Soft Cell. The first is about one of my most-hated spots on Earth, The Supermarket. And the other is about sitting in your room and, well, existence in general. I love Soft Cell!

Soft Cell – Persuasion(it starts at :30)

Soft Cell – Bedsitter (12″ Extended Mix)