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15. January 2016 • ARTISTS, BLOG

Enter the modular – Eden Grey

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rowing up in a house of a piano builder influenced her life at an early stage. Eden Grey, holding a Masters’ degree in music technology and now in her 2nd year PhD for music composition, went from playing the piano at a very young age to electronic music and building her own modular synthesizer. Working as an interpretive multimedia artist and musician, she is now based in London pushing the local modular scene forward.

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6. February 2016 • BLOG, MUSIC

Groove #158 Compilation N°67

I have been a subscriber to Groove magazine for 5 years now, and it’s the only magazine that has survived with me since the mid-nineties rave age. I absolutely recommend it. It’s in your mailbox always a few days before the official sale, and you got a cool compilation on top of all. So let’s have a look at the current comp, N° 67 from issue number 158.

Benedict Rugar is the designer of the cover this time. “Rugar creates a fantastic panopticon with his drawings, shaped by absurd looking characters and his abysmal humor.” There is nothing to add. His top drawer list of clients include the New York Times, the Gestalten Verlag, Berghain, Watergate, and of course Groove magazine.

TRACKLIST

01. “Always Crashing” – Acre
02. “Hope” – Red Axes
03. “What You Won’t Do For Love” – Junior Boys
04. “Nuiton” – Flashback feat. Diel
05. “Wither” – Man Power
06. “Wasteland” – Delta Funktionen
07. “Lets Do It” – Nina Kraviz
08. “Line Up Meltdown” – Paranoid London
09. “Front Load” – Arca
10. “Moving’ Out” – Project Pablo

The starter is “Always Crashing” by Acre, a beautiful collage of samples as well as deep and wonderfully melodious sounds. You will be completely ready and curious to dive into the mix after this opening.

“It’s All True” from 2011 was the last album of the Junior Boys, now they are back with “Big Black Coat”. Borrowed from that is a cover of the 1978 soul track “What You Will not Do For Love” by Bobby Caldwell, probably his best-known hit. The boys succeed with creating an airy synth-, almost pop song that contains a playful lightness and at the same time stirs the desire to delve deeper into this world of sonority.

“Wither” from Man Power is my personal highlight. Acid meets the horn section, all based on a foundation of deep bass. An uplifting track.

Than the mood changes, “Waste Land” of delta functions walks gloomy and apocalyptically into the room. The slow synthetic bassline reminds me a little of Daft Punk’s “The Grid” (Tron Legacy Soundtrack) – dark monk chants trek slowly through deep space and create an incredible tightness that dissolves in a deep dance track.

The next well-known artist is Nina Kraviz. Her track “Let’s Do It” in one word? – Hypnotic. A tension is built very slowly with repetitive vocals and this typical techno arp synth, which is finally unloaded with the use of the second and much heavier kick drum.

The next song reveals the humor of the compilation creator, “Line Up Meltdown” from Paranoid London with mutado Pintado. “Whats going on here?” you will ask yourself. Has an early and never released track of the 2Live Crew found its way on this Mix CD? Paranoid London demonstrated on their debut album its great handling of the Roland classics 303 & 909, everything combined with vocals that perfectly embraces these minimal structures. Here, however, they kick over the traces. And they work it out.

If you know Arcas style a bit, it is not difficult to identify him with his track “Front Load”. A very nice and harmonious track in contrast to his quite experimental stuff, which is able to convince in its brevity. Of course a little glitch here and there, otherwise it would not be Arca.

The final “Moving Out” from Project Pablo of course is the perfect outro, title and mood fit exemplary. You are led jazzy and uptempo to the exit.

Conclusion: An supremely felicitous compilation. Beside all the great pieces of known and lesser known artists, its the perfectly structured story that satisfies, running through in an excellent manner.

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25. January 2016 • BLOG, EVENT

Sneak Peek@Burning Bär 2016: The Castle

The journey is loading – be patient… it’s worth the wait!

Functionality: If there is text to an image, hover it with the mouse (becomes black) to stop the slideshow. Pictures are of different size for total immersion… won’t have the impact if they are all same size.

Now enjoy the trip!
(for those who don’t know: Burning Bär is Berlin’s Burning Man-inspired festival. It will take place from the 26th till the 28th of February 2016 )

  • Last weekend our Burning Bär castle inspection team went to Schloss Beesenstedt to have a close look at this enchanted palace. But the day started with bad luck. The car broke down just minutes away from our destination, so we walked the last few miles through these creepy woods. And just in the second we started walking, it began to snow...
    Last weekend our Burning Bär castle inspection team went to Schloss Beesenstedt to have a close look at this enchanted palace. But the day started with bad luck. The car broke down just minutes away from our destination, so we walked the last few miles through these creepy woods. And just in the second we started walking, it began to snow...
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  • The path led us deeper and deeper into the dark woods...we had to overcome several obstacles... like this huge and deep abyss we had to cross.
    The path led us deeper and deeper into the dark woods...we had to overcome several obstacles... like this huge and deep abyss we had to cross.
  • Snowing just got heavier and heavier, but luckily we reached civilization again...
    Snowing just got heavier and heavier, but luckily we reached civilization again...
  • and got to the "Molkerei" which is close to the castle
    and got to the "Molkerei" which is close to the castle
  • which was waiting just around the corner...
    which was waiting just around the corner...
  • Schloss Beesenstedt. Home of the freemasons in the dark ages. Never ending Absinthe ceremonies.
    Finally. Schloss Beesenstedt. Home of the freemasons in the dark ages. Never ending Absinthe ceremonies.
  • "Welcome strangers!" Freya, receptionist and the good soul of the house, scrutinized our snowbound and frozen group with astonishment. "What happend?" - "Oh, your car broke down and you had to walk through the creepy woods and the icecold snow?" - "Gosh! So listen, the first thing you do is having a nice intense hot sauna."  - Well, that's what I call a very warm welcome. :)
    "Welcome strangers!" Freya, receptionist and the good soul of the house, scrutinized our snowbound and frozen group with astonishment. "What happend?" - "Oh, your car broke down and you had to walk through the creepy woods and the icecold snow?" - "Gosh! So listen, the first thing you do is having a nice intense hot sauna." - Well, that's what I call a very warm welcome. :)
  • So we went upstairs
    So we went upstairs
  • and up
    and up
  • And defrosted in the sauna quite quickly. Not a bad start here.
    And defrosted in the sauna quite quickly. Not a bad start here.
  • Obligatory showering after the sauna. Having a bathtube in the bed room is such a refreshing perspective, who needs a bathroom? - I think now I'm gonna have a bathtube+shower in my bedroom too.
    Obligatory showering after the sauna. Having a bathtube in the bed room is such a refreshing perspective, who needs a bathroom? - I think now I'm gonna have a bathtube+shower in my bedroom too.
  • We decided to visit the magic healer in his tent which is next to the sauna, asking for how to find the big ballroom and the "Liebe-Bar". We showed our deepest respect, because this is the guy you need if you fall asleep in the sauna or - somehow - poisen yourself during your stay. "LOOK FOR THE MIRROR", was his single advice.
    We decided to visit the magic healer in his tent which is next to the sauna, asking for how to find the big ballroom and the "Liebe-Bar". We showed our deepest respect, because this is the guy you need if you fall asleep in the sauna or - somehow - poisen yourself during your stay. "LOOK FOR THE MIRROR", was his single advice.
  • So we climbed on top of the sauna, where the cuddle space is located to get a better overview. Cuddle space on top of the sauna? I like this castle more and more.  We spotted the mirror quickly, but it did not get us any hints... was the magic healer a trickster? None of us believed in this, and after changing the perspective the next indication appeared...
    So we climbed on top of the sauna, where the cuddle space is located to get a better overview. Cuddle space on top of the sauna? I like this castle more and more. We spotted the mirror quickly, but it did not get us any hints... was the magic healer a trickster? None of us believed in this, and after changing the perspective the next indication appeared...
  • So we met Susanne and Peter, biologists by training and nature lover. They seem to be a very happy couple, and even more happy to explain us where to go. "You are very close my friends, very close" Peter said.
    So we met Susanne and Peter, biologists by training and nature lover. They seem to be a very happy couple, and even more happy to explain us where to go. "You are very close my friends, very close" Peter said.
  • Soon after we reached the big ballroom, so big that this photo could not cover all of it.
    Soon after we reached the big ballroom, so big that this photo could not cover all of it.
  • As well as the Liebe-Bar. "Hello friends" said the bartender Karl, "have a seat and lean back!"
    As well as the Liebe-Bar. "Hello friends" said the bartender Karl, "have a seat and lean back!"
  • So we did and took a break.
    So we did and took a break.
  • We asked Karl how to get into the cellar and the dungeon of the castle. "LOOK FOR THE LIGHT", was his single advice.
    We asked Karl how to get into the cellar and the dungeon of the castle. "LOOK FOR THE LIGHT", was his single advice.
  • And we found the light.
    And we found the light.
  • And it led us into the darkness...
    And it led us into the darkness...
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  • Dark and small cosy places down here
    Dark and small cosy places down here
  • What will happen at the event in these places?
    What will happen at the event in these places?
  • Just before answering the question, everybody felt like rubbing their bodies on this fluffy-puffy wall of fur...mmmmmmmmh, WHAT a feeling.
    Just before answering the question, everybody felt like rubbing their bodies on this fluffy-puffy wall of fur...mmmmmmmmh, WHAT a feeling.
  • When you reach the end of the endless dark corridor, you enter the main dancefloor. Expect less light and pumping stomping music all night long.
    When you reach the end of the endless dark corridor, you enter the main dancefloor. Expect less light and pumping stomping music all night long.
  • All of a sudden, we discoverd another hidden room. A strange machine was in the center of the room making strange noises and appeared very mysterious to us. "Look, there is a switch!" - "Dont touch the switch" shouted Karl from above... but it was too late. We clicked it.
    All of a sudden, we discoverd another hidden room. A strange machine was in the center of the room making strange noises and appeared very mysterious to us. "Look, there is a switch!" - "Dont touch the switch" shouted Karl from above... but it was too late. We clicked it.
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    zzzzzaaap.
  • It was a time machine! It threw us back in the 70ties, everyone woke up in another room or bath in the very top floors of the castle.
    It was a time machine! It threw us back in the 70ties, everyone woke up in another room or bath in the very top floors of the castle.
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  • But we realized we could not find the way back although we were desperately looking for the exit.
    But we realized we could not find the way back although we were desperately looking for the exit.
  • We found Lola, and sitting beauty who was paralyzed and staring at a lamp. "LOOK FOR THE LIGHT", she said. - "Listen Lola, the last time we followed the light we ended up lost in time and scattered and puzzled all over the place and secondly the light you are staring at is switched off." - "Oh... well... than... FOLLOW THE LIGHT!"
    We found Lola, and sitting beauty who was paralyzed and staring at a lamp. "LOOK FOR THE LIGHT", she said. - "Listen Lola, the last time we followed the light we ended up lost in time and scattered and puzzled all over the place and secondly the light you are staring at is switched off." - "Oh... well... than... FOLLOW THE LIGHT!"
  • So WHAT should we do? We followed the only advice we got... and found the light! In high anticipation we rushed into it.
    So WHAT should we do? We followed the only advice we got... and found the light! In high anticipation we rushed into it.
  • NOOOOOOO! It was just the rooftop.
    NOOOOOOO! It was just the rooftop.
  • So back down the rabbit hole, still trapped in this place.
    So back down the rabbit hole, still trapped in this place.
  • Luckily we found another character of the castle, the tree of life. "Hahaha, you followed the advice of this mad girl? Someone should switch on the lamp and enlighten her mind which wanders in darkness ever since." "No, I don't know how to get out of here, sorry."  "But" he continued, "I know the path to the Liebe-Bar". Well, thats perfect, we would find our way from there.
    Luckily we found another character of the castle, the tree of life. "Hahaha, you followed the advice of this mad girl? Someone should switch on the lamp and enlighten her mind which wanders in darkness ever since." "No, I don't know how to get out of here, sorry." "But" he continued, "I know the path to the Liebe-Bar". Well, thats perfect, we would find our way from there.
  • This time we were on the right path, the chandelier was familiar to us...how would Karl look like back in the 70ties? He must be a very young man...
    This time we were on the right path, the chandelier was familiar to us...how would Karl look like back in the 70ties? He must be a very young man...
  • "Ah, its you again. Glad to see you back... how was the trip?" Karl asked. SUCH A RELIEF! It was the same Karl as before, so the machine just transformed us upstairs into the rooms, but not back in history. So it was time...
    "Ah, its you again. Glad to see you back... how was the trip?" Karl asked. SUCH A RELIEF! It was the same Karl as before, so the machine just transformed us upstairs into the rooms, but not back in history. So it was time...
  • for a break again. A BIG break.
    for a break again. A BIG break.
  • We all got super relaxed and even Karl joined in for the wine. It felt like comforting on a inexhaustible source of fun and joy... it could had been the perfect ending of this thrilling trip, but suddenly another guest appeared...
    We all got super relaxed and even Karl joined in for the wine. It felt like comforting on a inexhaustible source of fun and joy... it could had been the perfect ending of this thrilling trip, but suddenly another guest appeared...
  • "Freeze motherf*ckers! Who do you think you are, drinking all my bottles of wine? And Karl, what's wrong with you?" We recognized that this guy also had already a bottle or two. -   While everyone was already too wasted to react, it was Playa Owl, our head honcho and the only sober person in the room who made the first move. He ripped the bottle of wine out of my hands and threw it instantly at the gunman. "Let's get out of here, everybody run!"
    "Freeze motherf*ckers! Who do you think you are, drinking all my bottles of wine? And Karl, what's wrong with you?" We recognized that this guy also had already a bottle or two. - While everyone was already too wasted to react, it was Playa Owl, our head honcho and the only sober person in the room who made the first move. He ripped the bottle of wine out of my hands and threw it instantly at the gunman. "Let's get out of here, everybody run!"
  • We stumpled as fast as possible our way out of the castle, and the universe sent us this beautiful 1966 230 S Mercedes-Benz just in the right moment. Play Owl hijacked the car and drove us all the way back to Berlin. This was quite convinient since our car still was broke down at a place we would never find again.
    We stumpled as fast as possible our way out of the castle, and the universe sent us this beautiful 1966 230 S Mercedes-Benz just in the right moment. Play Owl hijacked the car and drove us all the way back to Berlin. This was quite convinient since our car still was broke down at a place we would never find again.
  • What a ride! We can't wait coming back to this lovely exciting location!
    What a ride! We can't wait coming back to this lovely exciting location!

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12. January 2016 • BLOG, MUSIC

Sidney Charles – I Need You (Truesoul – TRUE1272)

Sidney Charles is back on Truesoul. Find him also on Truesouls bigger brother Drumcode as well as Avotre, 8bit, I Am A House Gangster, Moda Black, Off, VIVa, Kling Klong, SCI+TEC, Suara and Area Remote…quite a impressive list!

Tracklist: Sidney Charles – I Need You (Truesoul – TRUE1272)

01. I Need You
02. Black Sun
03. Just Don’t Stop

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28. December 2015 • BLOG, MUSIC

Harvey McKay – Glasgow Safari (Drumcode, DC138)

Drumcode welcomed Harvey McKay back for his 3rd EP ‘Glasgow Safari’. He also releases on all the (techno) heavy weights beside Drumcode: Cocoon, Intec, Bedrock, Soma and Suara.

Tracklist: Harvey McKay – Glasgow Safari (Drumcode, DC138)

01. The Cure
02. Trick Baby
03. Kill Swith
04. Venom

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28. December 2015 • BLOG, MUSIC

Julian Jeweil – Rumble (Minus, MINUSMAX27)

Julian Jeweils 4th release on Minus, just 2 months after he dropped his cracking ‘Los Pistoles’ EP. You find him also on Cocoon and Plus 8 Records, or as a remixer on Drumcode, Suara or Bedrock.

Tracklist: Julian Jeweil – Rumble (Minus, MINUSMAX27)

01.Rumble
02. Frida
03. Mistral
04. Funky Skull

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28. December 2015 • BLOG, MUSIC

Alan Fitzpatrick – Turn Down The Lights (Drumcode, DC134)

Alan Fitzpatrick is another great Drumcode artist, where he dropped countless releases since 2008! You find him also on Cocoon, Hotflush, Suara, Second State, Bpitch and many more labels.

Tracklist: Alan Fitzpatrick – Turn Down The Lights (Drumcode, DC134)

01. Turn Down The Lights
02. Organic
03. The Catalyst

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15. December 2015 • BLOG, MUSIC

Sam Paganini – Black Leather EP (Drumcode, DC119)

Black Leather is Sam Paganinis third release on Drumcode, and it fits and enriches the vision of the label perfectly.

Tracklist: Sam Paganini – Black Leather EP (Drumcode, DC119)

01. Chocolate
02. Domino
03. Black Leather
04. Daegon

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