Orphx and Modulars

Christina Sealy of Orphx dreams of wires. Her numerous projects and participations with music, visual arts and performance have established her figure for almost a decade. Together with Richard Oddie are ruling in the techno scene having played at numerous high quality venues and festivals.

Here we share a special video from this canadian duo we really love.

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More about Christina Sealey:

http://www.christinasealey.com

picture by Christina Sealey:

Self-portrait, Doorway
10 x 12, Oil on Board
1998

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Ophx´s noisy field tales from the past

This record is a reason to love analog experimental sounds. Orphx with the LP The Living Tissue  back from 2001 make a really odd combination of experimental abstract field recordings, with noisy pads evolving progressively to  a slow technoish  dance. Magnetising sound like in an  industrial shamanistic ritual as reflected in the tune Biorhythm. Powerful as an acoustic contemporary poem. Released on Hands Productions.

Resurfaced tales from the Disco alchemist Patrick Cowley

Famed for some of the greatest disco anthems of the genres golden age working with non other than Sylvester remixes for Donna Summers Patrick Cowley left quite an impression on the scene before his untimely death in the 80s.

School Daze really shows the depths of experimentation and that Cowley as a man dedicated to his machines who learnt more than how to churn out a floor stomping tune!

Eery landscapes are evoked from his equipment and layered subtly together to form  cinematic visions. “Seven Sacred Pods” and “Primordial Landscape” could easily fit effortlessly into the Forbidden Planet or even Blade Runner sound track.

Psychedelic vibes have also been conjured out of his studio which seem to fit well with the hippy surroundings of San Francisco where he studied music. “He’s Like You” and the title track “School Daze’ are more upbeat but still manage to find time to wander into some jazzy leftfield improvisation.

There are some slow bass heavy experiments that can be found on the album as well.  “Tides of Man” and  “Night Crawler” sound like the bottom end is being pumped out from another world and also sounds like he has made some kind of synthesized inter-planetary beat-boxing on the track “Pagan Ryhthems” which will give your subs a good workout!

The release School Daze is a collection of unreleased experimental work. A few cuts have been used by few experimental film and documentary makers but most of which didn’t see the light of day for over 30 years!

Released in 2013 on Dark Entries, its well worth looking up if you want a late night leftfield tale!

http://www.discogs.com/Patrick-Cowley-School-Daze/release/4899952

T.O.P. Interview: Courtesy (DK)

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Photo by: Charlene Winfred / Flemming Bo Jensen

Just one year after her participation in Red Bull Music Academy that took place in Tokyo last year,  Courtesy is appearing among the big guns of one of the most powerful line ups in the world of  contemporary electronic music. She is performing tomorrow at Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Today, Courtesy  is sharing with us her dj story, her influences and her feelings for tomorrow’s showcase.

Her dynamic profile, her vinyl only sets and her passion is reflected in the sound she choose to spin.  Her  plans with her music family Apeiron in Denmark , which sound really enchanting and needless to say,  these guys rock it at one of the best venues in the city of Copenhagen.

Courtesy has her record bag ready and we are pretty sure  that she will make a spellbinding mix, her usual way.

From jacking dance floor stompers to speaker freaking raw electronics with heavy Detroit techno influences. A worthy representative of advanced electronic music.

  1. Why Courtesy? Could you tell us few things about the birth of this alter ego? 

To be honest, it is not that much of a story: Before I got accepted into Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo last year, I mostly DJ’ed with my girls Emma Blake, Simone Øster and Sara Svanholm, in our techno group Apeiron Crew. But the academy opened up for me playing more as a solo artist, and I had to find some name to put on that. Look up the term ‘Courtesy music’ – I just thought that was kind of funny.

  1. In few days we will see you djing at Sonar Festival in Barcelona. How does it feel performing in  such  an important festival?

I’m playing daytime Thursday, and I have been having a hard time figuring out how hard I can play. So I basically have no idea what is going to happen tomorrow, I just packed a big bag of vinyl. But to answer your question: It is amazing, obviously! And slightly intimidating.

  1. Some of your main influences?

First of all my girls in Apeiron Crew, and Daniel Bruhn who I do the website Dunkel Radio with. They constantly show me tons of amazing music and they are all fucking good djs.

  1. What’s about the techno scene in Denmark? Do you have any residency there?

Yeah I have a monthly night at this great bar/club called Bakken in the meat district. The party is called Kammerat, which means friend in Danish, and that is what it is all about. Inviting my friends from Copenhagen and all over the world to come and play with me. In terms of Apeiron Crew, we are residents at Copenhagen’s big techno club Culture Box, which is a sweet place too.

  1. What was your most unforgettable set until now and why?

Just played a big first of May street party in Berlin with the Apeiron Crew girls, we always have a lot of fun so most of those gigs go in to the unforgettable category.

  1. What are you up  to next?

We have an event next week the 24 of June in Copenhagen with Dunkel Radio (Daniel Bruhn and Emma Blake). We are starting a techno label called Buldermørk, and our first signing is this genius band called Mana Pool, which has the Aphex detail for the obscure and beautiful. We are going to record the concert in a gorgeous venue called Dome Of Visions and put it out on vinyl.

  1. Favourite record of today?

Probably something from the Blade Runner soundtrack. Been obsessing about that since I saw the movie in the cinema a few weeks back, first time since I was a kid.

Xosar’s tech noir tales

This girl has a skill, she takes sounds, pads, synths, drum machines and she cooks them all together in her own unique way. The result? Just pure elegant underground sound, no matter what the style is.

This is her music for many years now and each release is a surprise.

Where the old- school Detroit techno meets the new contemporary UK sound. Acid and trancey, a total late-hours-rave vibe in her last Let Go mini LP released on Black Opal sister label of Opal Tapes,  in March 2015. Timeless stuff from an elegant,   eccentric persona of the electronic music world.

For tonight we choose B side Hades Gates to dance till the dawn, an expiatory acoustic ritual.

T.O.P. Podcast series: Cepheí (CH)

Cepheì, real name Dario Picardi , has been a seeker of dark electronic soundscapes for many years.
Based in Basel he used to organise his own parties with well known artists such as Function and Marcel Dettmann to name few.
A vinyl lover with influences from the old good techno scene of Detroit he is showing to us a really elegant part of his taste sharing some of his very favourite records in a slow,atmospheric and dynamic motion. A dubby journey for late hours. This is Cepheì and his world, a  special gift to Tales of Psychofonia.

T.O.P. records: Nicuri’s midnight tales with beautiful Orbital Chords

Nicuri – Folding the four wings

On this EP Orbital Clouds there are 3 tracks part of a timeless story, Nicuri´s usual way.

We absolutely love this record, the perfect soundtrack for mindful deep moments when you are  feeling the sound of it  vibrating the existence with its analog ambience , mesmerising us with the meandering pads.

This is a  must for your record bag.