Friday 2 May 2008

Ben Frost, The Notwist, Apparat, Justice, Soulwax, Stephen Vitiello, Steve Gullick, Tim Biskup

" Theory Of Machines " - Bedroom Community - 2006
Experimental / Electronic

Ben Frost On Theory Of Machines Frost presents a challenging and invasive sonic experience of digitally manipulated litany via minimal, guitar-oriented compositions that massage the lower-body and sometimes hurt above the waist ...A painfully beautiful experience.

Simply awesome... Frost reminds us that minimalism was never just the polished sheen of Reich and Glass, but also the sweat and grime of Michael Gira's Swans... Truly brutal... A deeper, darker minimalism- menacing and claustrophobic... This is Arvo Pärt as arranged by Trent Reznor... Magnificent
-Wire Magazine, UK

Mp3 | Ben Frost - Theory of Machines

" Things To Be Frickled " - Shitkatapult - 2008

sascha ring aka Apparat
remains special: this new double cd release on berlin label shitkatapult presents a first and fine collection of apparat´s remix work until today.

cd 1 showcases 11 giant mixes he did for artists like paul kalkbrenner (w/ ellen allien), francesco tristano, swayzak, boys noize, lusine, nathan fake, meteo/thiel, nitrada, raz ohara and himself. Plus an unreleased live apparat re-version of "let your love grow" by moderat (a cooperation between modeselektor and apparat) feat. the great tikiman (aka paul st hilaire).

cd 2 assembles 11 re-mixes done for apparat plus several apparat remix 12".
all of them appear on cd for the first time: telefon tel aviv, modeselektor,
chris de luca vs phon.o, thomas fehlmann, monolake, boys noize, lusine and
many more are featured artists. also this cd features a previously
unreleased mix: shrubbn!! remixing hailin from the edge.

Mp3 | Nathan Fake - Charlies House [ Apparat remix ]
Mp3 | Apparat and Raz Ohara - Komponent [ Telefon Tel Aviv remix ]

“Electronic musician and sound artist Stephen Vitiello transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment. He has composed music for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations, collaborating with such artists as Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler and Dara Birnbaum. In 1999 he was awarded a studio for six months on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower One, where he recorded the cracking noises of the building swaying under the stress of the winds after Hurricane Floyd. As an installation artist, he is particularly interested in the physical aspect of sound and its potential to define the form and atmosphere of a spatial environment.” Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain catalog for the exhibition Ce qui arrive/Unknown Quantity, 2002

Mp3 | Stephen Vitiellow w/ Beta Colide - First Vertical (solo version) A tape piece created for (and with) Beta Collide, performed at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, April 2008

" The Devil, You + Me " - Cityslang - 2008
Alternative / Indie

This is an album driven by an individual and collective restlessness, something that manifests itself both in the endlessly inventive musical construction and the submerged lyrical narrative that hits you from the astonishing opening "Good Lies" all the way through to the fragile end-piece "Gone Gone Gone". The lyrics explore a world of uneasy being, structured like incantations formed to ward off the inescapable cycle of life and death, falling back on archetypes, religion, God and the devil himself. Acher seems to be resisting the inevitabilities of mortality, fighting the physical certainties of the world around us - "Gravity you won’t get me. Old gravity you won’t get me..." Aided by the suitably stellar ’Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra’, ‘Where In This World’ is another breathtaking moment, deploying strings and orchestration in a fashion that greatly transcends the usual pomp and circumstance of rock groups with big budgets: this is more like Morton Feldman as filtered through an array of carefully underplayed electronic treatments. Notwist

Mp3 | The Notwist - Good Lies

Watch | The Notwist - where in this world

“Director Saam Farahmand filmed Soulwax on their recent international dates, capturing all the excitement, chaos and humour of the world tour. Where the Beastie Boys filmed one gig with 50 cameras, Soulwax filmed 120 shows with one camera, in Europe, Japan, US, Latin America and Australia. The result is a snapshot of life on the road with one of the most exciting live bands in the world, and features their friends including 2manyDJ’s, James Murphy & Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), Erol Alkan, Tiga, Justice, Busy P, So-Me, Peaches, Klaxons and many more in interview, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, and LOTS of music.

Watch | Part of the Weekend Never Dies - TEASER

Directed by Romain Gavras for French duo Justice. It's an interesting and seemingly controversial production that reflects some of the youth gang culture of european cities such as Paris and London.

Watch | Justice - Stress

liars berlin 2005

The Photography of Steve Gullick , features over 30 rare, never exhibited before photographs of famous musicians shot over the past two decades. The London-based photographer has worked with groups such as Nirvana, the Flaming Lips, Elliot Smith and Bjork, capturing unique and insightful moments from these artist's lives. Gullick's photographic interests are rooted in over 20 years of the UK punk scene, however his career has allowed him to shoot a wide range of subjects from all over the world.

" Bird Station "

Tim Biskup dense, character driven style is inspired by mid-century modern design infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy.

Tim grew up on a blend of Disneyland, ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, classic cartoons & Godzilla movies. He spent his teen years in the anarchy of punk rock & the weirdness of the Residents. He's matured with the beauty of 50's and 60's modern designers like James Flora & Mary Blair. These influences, as well as his years of experience in animation, have pushed him towards his manic, spontaneous style.

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