T.O.P. Interview: ​Kaltès & Nene H. on their forthcoming release PROTEST EP on Eomac’s Eotrax.

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Our first 2018 post will be dedicated to the jaw-dropping Protest EP which is the fruit of the collaboration between Kaltès and Nene H., two of the most exquisite artists of Berlin´s techno scene. The EP is released on the 16th of February on Eomac´s label Eotrax and it is its fourth release. The result is like a powerful explosive manifesto which marks new paths of expression. A spelling game PERSIST –RESIST which plays, on and off, as an existential conflict in our minds. Protest sounds like a hidden message, ready to be decoded by those who are able to feel it. It is like a deep scream of an unravelled mystery, of a suppressed ego. When powerful and creative women come together then the music has indeed something to say and the outcome is more than successful. It is a robust statement.

A revolutionary sound which is supported by the mind-blowing remix of artist Christina Sealy (Orphx). Christina´s remix turns Persist into an industrial hymn, a modern shamanistic prayer.  On the other hand, LAIR aka Laura Kilty is soothing the mind with her remix of Resist converting it into an ambient landscape with spacey interferences, which gradually hypnotise the most RESISTant listeners.

Tales of Psychofonia asked both Nene H. and Káltes few questions on this astonishing collaboration.

T.O.P.:  Two powerful artists with dynamic appearances and great solo careers come together and give us a high-class product. The collaboration is enriched by two remixes by LAIR  and Christina Sealy. What is the story behind this high fidelity project?

Kaltès: The way things got together on this one is quite fantastic. Like it was meant to be. I discovered Nene’s music and was immediately in awe. The next day, totally out of the blue, I got a message from her, telling me that she really loved my work. We had never talked to each other nor met before. It was such a weird coincidence. We started to chat and in less than a day, decided to work together. It was so spontaneous. Instinctive. We literally met each through the process of music making. We completed the EP quite quickly, everything so perfectly flowing. Once we were done with that part we decided to choose 5 labels each. Without consulting each other, we ended up both having Eotrax as the number one on our respective lists. Another coincidence. We sent the EP to Eomac. No one else.  And the rest is history.

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T.O.P.: The title and the spelling game with the words Persist Resist give the impression that there is a special message behind the release. Why Protest? What is the statement behind it?

Kaltès: “Protest” is the expression of our struggles and political stand as musicians in this world. A reflection of our time. A time for women’s voices to be heard. To be Loud. And Louder!

T.O.P.:  Shall we wait for more common projects in the near future?

Nene H.: We both love to work with various artists. Since we are personal and emotional people, we search for connection and bond in our work. We believe it is more honest to do it this way. So it is likely that we’ll work together again but in what concept we don’t know yet. We will see.

T.O.P.: What do you persist in? 

Nene H.: I persist in being honest and open. I persist in kindness. I persist in learning.

T.O.P.: Why resist?

Nene H.: Systems that are built until now didn’t lead us here where we are. What led us here is the resistance that came with it. We need contrasts to improve, collisions to build out of.

Kaltès: nothing to add.

T.O.P.: Thank you both for this amazing sharing!

“When I received the tracks from Kaltès and Nene H. it took me about 30 seconds to decide I was going to release it! I loved the rawness and intensity of the music and I was drawn to the vocal scream used in both tracks. Also the intention behind it. This is music that has a voice and is really saying something. I am happy to give music like that a home on Eotrax”. Eomac

Support the artists: https://eotrax.bandcamp.com/album/protest-ep

 

 

 

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T.O.P. Interview: NWRMNTC (UK)

Her music breathes and evolves as a sentient being. Organic heavy beats, explorative melodies which show that Ana has great potential and a bright future in the scene. She takes the risk and she wins. Ana Quiroga through her  NWRMNTC  project challenges the established electronic sound and dares to go beyond.

Ana is also half of the female electronic duo LCC, who have several releases on Editions Mego and play live at international events including Sonar Barcelona, Berlin Atonal and Barbican Centre. Following a residency in Iceland at Heima Art Residency during summer 2017, Ana is developing music, sound design and soundtracks for audiovisual and multimedia projects. Besides, she has been a special guest at NTS Radio (Fractal Meat) and Netil Radio.

Today we are very happy to host Ana’s interview on Tales of Psychofonia,  just a couple of months before her performance at London’s Corsica Studios alongside Silent Servant, Kangding Ray and Broken English Club. Ana’s music is coming to mesmerize you, to tickle both your senses and mind, to drag you to the deepest levels of her unique world.

 

T.O.P.: What defines NWRMNTC? Does it express a specific style or is it a multifaceted project? 

NWRMNTC: NWRMNTC started as a project to explore music as a solo, parallel to my work as half of LCC. In the beginning, I started making sessions and live mixes, seeking new electronic soundscapes evoking cinema scenes and future worlds. The project is really open to navigate among different styles around the main topic that is storytelling through emotional landscapes. Currently, I’m working on my new album or ep which is at the beginning of the creative process after spending two months in Iceland making an artistic residency in collaboration with Estela Oliva.

T.O.P.: What are your influences and how did your journey into the electronic sound start?

NWRMNTC: My musical influences come more from alternative rock and pop music. Especially, bands which mixed it with electronics and using a lot of synths, like NIN, Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure, Air… Slowly, post-teenager I started to discover electronic music beyond dance and mainstream. Electroclash, ambient, industrial, dub techno… And the trip started until today!

T.O.P.: How do you perceive the contemporary music and especially in the UK where you are based?

NWRMNTC: Totally fascinating! I’m so happy to be here. Every day, I discover something new. I love the huge natural mix of styles you can find in UK, especially in London. There are so many people making amazing new things, clubs, parties, radio programs, talks… I’m trying to absorb and enjoy everything, even things a priori I wouldn’t say are my type and then I discover then super positive to continue learning and growing.

T.O.P.:  What are your top five records this year?

NWRMNTC:

Arca – Arca (XL Recordings)
Pan Daijing – Lack (PAN)
Machine Woman – When Lobster Comes Home (Technicolour)
Akkord – RCVR / XMTR (Houndstooth)
The Trascendence Orchestra – Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals (Editions Mego)

T.O.P.:  Apart from your solo project, you are the other half of the female duo  LCC. You also produce music and you turn it into an audiovisual experience. Are there any new projects or upcoming collaborations?

NWRMNTC: Yes, apart of NWRMTNC and LCC, I’m also working in sound design with Clon Studio. We’ve launched reacently a concept film and now we’re working in a VR experience which we will present at Nocturnal City, next 27th of January at Somerset House Studios, London.

T.O.P.: Ana, you have a wicked upcoming gig alongside magnificent artists such as Kangding Ray and Silent Servant at Corsica Studios. How does it feel being part of this unique event at one of the top clubs in London?

NWRMNTC: feel glad and happy to be part of this amazing night. I want to say thanks to Billy Allen who invited me and always has been supporting my work. Getting ready to play different soundscapes from dark ambient to techno in a 3h set!

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T.O.P.: Is there any dream you have regarding your art/music and you want to share with us? (We might bring you good luck)

NWRMNTC: One of the biggest dreams I’ve done it already and I feel so lucky! I always dreamed to have a band or a musical project and play around the world. I really enjoy to play live, makes me feel alive and excited. I feel really proud what we’ve done with LCC. We started from nothing, we didn’t have musical studies and we are from Spain, a not particullary easy country for this kind of music. We have played in some venues and festivals we really admire as Berlin Atonal and Sónar and released in Editions Mego, a label we really respetc and we feel grateful to have had this opportunity. Now I dream to be able to continue this adventure also with NWRMTNC and enjoying life and music.

T.O.P.: Finally, what is the deepest favourite record of yours, one that you think it could heal the mind?

NWRMNTC: No doubts which one is one of my favourites, an essential but not too sure if it could heal the mind of everybody because it’s a bit tricky but for me it’s an amazing trip to different states of mind: Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral.

 

More about Ana on: www.anaquiroga.net

T.O.P. Interview: B/B/S

 

B/B/S: If music was a statically developing scene full of experimental patterns leading us to a neverending explorational state of mind, without any limits.

The B/B/S experience happens when the musicians, Aidan Baker, our today’s guest, Andrea Belfi & Erik Skodvin put their talents together. Based in Berlin they have released high-quality albums such as  BRICK MASK (Miasmah, 2013) and PALACE (Miasmah, 2016) showing us a powerful alternative to the mainstream electronic sound of Berlin. Their exquisite perception and taste, in terms of music production, is wonderfully translated into deep and elegant sounds.  Their music is dark, obscure and dynamic, with  jazzy  attitude and hypnotising psychedelia.  B/B/S can gradually lead us to a dreamy meditating state of mind classifying themslelves as a totally avant-garde band.

T.O.P.: How did you come together as B/B/S and what’s  the main ingredient of your connection?

Aidan: We began playing together in 2012 with the very simple idea of just seeing what might happen…no plans, no concepts, just experimentation. We were, of course, familiar with each other’s work before we started playing together, so we did know we shared certain aesthetic sensibilities, at least.

T.O.P.: Is there any special moment during the creation of your last LP on Miasmah records you want to share with us?

Aidan: “Palace” is made up of material from two separate sessions that were actually recorded two years apart…which I think says more about how we create and work with music, than the music itself, as there isn’t especially a noticeable difference between the two separate performances. Rather it took us some time to chose, edit, arrange, and mix the best material to create a consistent album as a whole.

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T.O.P.: How is the music creation perceived by each of you and when do you know that something is ready to go out there?

Aidan: Given my response to the last question, I think the three of us have quite different perceptions of when a song is finished and suitable for release. But again, I think this stems less from the music itself than it does the way we work, both individually and collectively. Our music is entirely improvisational, which makes for quite different experiences depending on whether we are playing live or recording. Live performances are so much more about the experience, being in and of the moment, both for ourselves playing and the audience listening, while recording is an attempt to capture both the sound and the feeling of that experience and trap it in a form that bears up to repeated listens. Which, separated from the immediacy of a live performance, is not necessarily the easiest thing to do — this takes a considerable amount of listening and crafting by all of us before we can agree on a final form that we all feel is successful.

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T.O.P: What is your viewpoint regarding the contemporary music in Europe and how do you experience being part of the Berlinesque scene?

Aidan: Speaking as a North American, Europe is so much better connected and appreciative of the arts, that living and working as an artist here is much more rewarding. There is lots of great music in Canada, of course, but the population of the whole county is about of third of Germany’s so there simply aren’t the same opportunities for an experimental musician. And even if there are a lot of concerts and musicians in Toronto, I would say there are even more in Berlin and quite often musicians end up staying in Berlin for extended periods, which offers more opportunities for performing together or collaborating.


T.O.P.: Is there any venue/ location/country you would love to perform at and why?

Aidan: We have performed in both Norway and Italy to date, the home countries of the other two band members, so I would like us to play in Canada someday, which would most likely be in Toronto or Montreal…but who knows when or if that might happen…

T.O.P.: Do you have any plans for the close future?

Aidan: Nothing definite, at the moment. We often do a short tour in the early months of the year, so perhaps we will do so again in 2018.

T.O.P.: We often ask this; Which is there any record you would recommend as mind/sound healer?

Aidan: I only discovered this album relatively recently, but I’ve been finding David Sylvian & Holger Czukay’s “Plight & Premonition” very soothing of late.

More about B/B/S: http://www.miasmah.com/BBS/index.html 

T.O.P. Interview: Marguerite Records+ Podcast Alter D (IT)

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Tales of Psychofonia travels to Italy and brings fresh Mediterranean air. We indulged into the magic of the beautifully dark world of Marguerite records, a very upcoming and promising label that supports vinyl and promotes exquisite music of different genres. Lucas Martinez and Alter D are the guys behind it and they are committed to quality,  fiddling with new sounds from experimental/ ambient to raw and mindful techno. Tales interviewed Luca Martinez and we are very pleased to present our 34th mix by Alter D. This an hour of organic, noir and primitive but also romantic mix, made exclusively for Tales of Psychofonia. Ritualistic whispers from a forbidden landscape.

T.O.P. : What is Marguerite Records?

L.M.: Marguerite Records is a creation of the twisted and definitely deviant Davide and Luca’s minds, signed by evergreen records by Gene Hunt, Dj Damage, 3 chairs, Shinici, Robert Owens and experimental sounds. We are open-minded guys; we listen from house old school to noise.

Marguerite record is a home-made workshop of music where you can find downtempo, acid, raw house, lo-fi and modern techno.

From the beginning, we have strictly believed in cassette format with the hope of market’s raising.

Our flexibility is tested by the choice of Mixtape Series, an opportunity to show the real essence of artists we like, as a product of their music research without filters and hype conditions.

Mixtape by Filippo Zenna was supported by artist like Volcov. MRG001(tape) was sold out in three weeks, we have received full support from Willis Anne, Brassfoot and other good names of the European scene.

T.O.P.: How would you describe your sound and how is this represented through your releases?

L.M.: Marguerite Records wants to show the power of contemporary sounds. We have started from raw vibes but that’ s not all. Here in Italy, we made lo-fi before it becomes a hype musical product and just business. We don’t follow the Italian scene or a particular label from Europe. We just want to be honest to our concept of sound; a sound that takes inspiration from the past but it’s strictly connected to the future.

T.O.P.: Can you tell us few things about your last releases and what are you up to next?

L.M.: MRG002 was our first vinyl release and it was one of the best experience of our life. Except for mastering (shouts out for Marco Pellegrino) we did everything ourselves, including distribution!It was hard but incredible. This experience made me more confident within the vinyl world.

Now, we are ready to come back!! Out soon MRG003, another Various artist composed by five Italian talents, all good producers with other releases in their discography. We are so proud of this release!! We have just received some requests for Marguerite Records Showcase.

T.O.P.: Any influences?

L.M.: We are always focused on listening new stuff from different producers around the world. Fortunately, we have contact with many of the artists that are an inspiration for us. We are addicted to Trilogy Tapes, 1080p, Apron Records, L.I.E.S, Relative, LLM, Exotic Dance Records, Proibito Records, Lobster Theremin, Bank Records, Crème Organization, Pan, Dko Records, Brothers From Different Mothers, Noorden, Renascence, MMODEMM, Pinkman, Farbwechsel and Berceuse Heroique.

T.O.P: Do Italians do it better?How do you perceive the electronic music scene in your own cultural context? Things that you like and others that you don’t?

 L.M.: Basically we support artists that we appreciate as producers but also for their human values. Marguerite Records is a workshop, as I said before, for friends at first, but also for European talented people who want to be part of our family. An artist on Marguerite is not just a name but h  also part of the project and we also love to create connections out of Milan, where we are based.

I like cities like Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Bristol, Paris, Lyon, Bruxelles because their people are always pleased to listen to new stuff and keep in touch with new crews. In Italy, it’s completely different, but it’s a long and sad story….

T.O.P.: Finally, we like to ask this; Which album would you recommend as a soul and mind healer?

L.M.: Moon B – Lifeworld (1080p). Thanks so much for the opportunity, guys!!

Alter D is co-founder of Marguerite Records with releases on Hardmoon, sub label of Wilson and Raw Culture. New stuff by him is coming soon, on a USA label with together with two big artists.An Italian guy, Alter D is the hot name of outsider electronic scene in Italy. He loves exploring new sounds and keeping an ear on the new vibes from the world. Alte D is well-known as a producer and very good selector with a huge musical background. He has been hosted by Rinse Fm, Radio Raheem, Intro-Spettiva Radio and excellent podcast series Mushi-shi Radio. He has also been chosen as selecta by the Attic Magazine.
He played alongside Philou Louzolo, MGUN and he also did the warm up for the famous jazzman Gianluca Petrella. Currently, he is working on his first solo ep!

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Check more on: 
https://soundcloud.com/alter_d

 

T.O.P. Interviews: /beyond/ (Urban Legend,ES)

/beyond/ is Mora, a rising star from Barcelona. An artist with love for vintage and analog. He is spreading light through his dark sound. Like a modern wizard of the synths. Melodies emerged where you can discover light through darkness. This is the fruit of his personal journey through a melancholic musical abyss, through nowhere, through cosmic channels. His music is  his personal statement and life style. A dynamic combination of slow well worked rhythms and melodies accompanying rebellious beats and lunatic voices. This is something like the introduction to Mora´s multidimensional performances. All presented through his last EP as /beyond/Now I see there´s light /beyond/ darkness on his record label Urban Legend.

Knowing him personally, Mora is an artist that does not simply make music but he is music himself and he manages to transmit his message playing with his  magical instruments. We cannot wait for his live act at Mira Festival in Barcelona in only a few days…mora04.JPG

T.O.P.:Hi Mora, what is /beyond/.. tell us few things about this project

M.: Well it starts during a gloomy period of personal crisis with moments of many changes that makes me break the rules and re-plan my life looking for different ways of being, of expressing myself with freedom, therefore talking about /beyond/ is like talking about darkness or better said about the deeper search of the light. I can say that it is a very personal project linked to what happens to me and the fact that i have found myself.

T.O.P.: We have already experienced /beyond/ in vinyl? how did this EP come up?

M.: The name of it is “Now I see light /beyond/ darkness” and it consists of 5 tracks which are more than 2 years old. I’ve always had an enormous interest to edit them although I had been going through a confusing period and the creation of these tracks has been a very interesting therapy for me. It was the moment where I had started being confident about what I was doing. Also I have managed to collaborate with people who are closest to me. I’ll take this chance to say thank you to my supreme photographer that you know, Teresa Espadafor, who captured that important period I was going through and she gave the image to my record. I also want to thank DDF studio for the mastering and Jorge Cumbre(Piss&laugh TV)for the art work. A work cooked with loads of love from our own record label Urban Legend.

T.O.P.: How do you find the electronic music of Barcelona ? What’s missing and what cool things are coming from the city?

M.: Barcelona is an amusing city with popular festivals and with international line ups almost every night. Although in my opinion, what it is really interesting and I would definitely recommend over the underground scene over here which consisted of local djs and artists. I do not really understand how these guys are not considered by the big promoters of the city…There are constantly new  labels coming up, more shops, more music and also more people involved in the scene but I suppose we still need time for everything to take hold, although this is a big conversation.

T.O.P.: What are your influences and your aspirations?

M.: I am coming from  Seville (Andalusia) the home of flamenco and Easter week, therefore I see a lot of melancholy in my music. I also notice influences of the minimalism of 70s, artists such as Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre. Above all, I like to experiment and I want to be a sort of punk while creating. Today, I am very much interested in tribal and ancient rhythms and instruments and I hope that you will soon be able to listen to what I have been working on for so long. 

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T.O.P.: Any upcoming events? Where could we listen to your music live?

M.: Well, the 12th of November I am performing at Mira festival. A new live act with audiovisuals cooked by Piss & Laugh TV in collaboration with Marta Barceló. It will be a tribute to Val del Omar who I consider one of the most advanced artists and he is also a fellow countryman. I feel very satisfied cause I will share the stage with one of my idols Esplendor Geométrico ,also with Death in Vegas, Alissando cortini, lakker and many other big names. Next Sunday on the 13th, I will be with my record label Urban legend in the Cercle nights together with  our guest Eomac, for his first time in Barcelona. Also on th 9th and 10th of December I will be djing for a special dark night in Bicefal festival. I will perform a 4 hours set on Friday and on Saturday as Live AV with Vessel and Samuel Kerridge, Cut Hands etc. A line-up that seems very promising, indeed.

T.O.P.:What type of hardware do you use to produce and which of them is your favourite one?
M.:The one that I really fancy is the Juno 60, we were born the same year and I believe we have the same type of soul but also my Gipson les Paul that I have been maintaining for more than 11 years and now so is already quite old. Recently I have bought a new Sherman filterbank that I use as base to transform audio and also for composition.
T.O.P.: Is there any awkward situation you have experienced at any of your live acts?

M.: I have been really impressed playing last Spring at Celobert, a festival where one of its stages was in a library. It was very special, the silence, the acoustics and the energy of the people that stop doing their stuff and started feeling comfortable following the mood. It was a very brilliant journey and very emotional for me and to be honest it is quite difficult  to explain to you what happen during the concert. I totally recommend to bring music to these kind of places.

T.O.P.: Which is your favourite album?
M.: Just to think about it I am getting goosebumps. LA LEYENDA DEL TIEMPO of CAMARON DE LA ISLA . A timeless record that I recommend to anyone. Thank you for your time!

T.O.P: Thank you Mora for your heartfelt interview!

credits to our lovely  photographer Teresa Espadafor, who also inspires Mora.

/ be y o n d / Mira Festival 2016 from Piss & Laugh TV on Vimeo.

Related links:

http://www.mirafestival.com/en/artista/beyond-live-av/

Interview in Spanish/Entrevista en español:

T.O.P.:Hola Mora, Que es /beyond/? Cuentanos un poco de este proyecto..
M.: Pues se inicia durante una crisis personal, momentos de cambios y penumbra que
me llevan a romper patrones y replantearme la vida, buscando nuevas maneras de
vivir y expresarme con libertad, por eso hablar de beyond es hablar de oscuridad o
mas bien del la busqueda elusiva de la luz. ahora puedo decir que es un proyecto
muy personal atado a todo lo que me sucede y con el que me e encontrado a mi
mismo.
T.O.P.: Hace nada hemos tenido un sabor de Beyond en vinilo? Como ha surgido este
EP?
M.: Se llama Now i see There´s light /beyond/ darkness y lo forman 5 tracks que ya
tienen mas de dos años, pero tenia un interés enorme por editarlo ya que lo escribí
en una época confusa y fue una terapia interesante, también fue el momento en
que empece a creer en lo que hacía, ademas, an colaborado los mas cercanos a
mi ,desde aquí le doy las gracias a la suprema fotógrafa que tu conoces Teresa
Estafador,por captar ese momento de mi persona y que le ha dado la imagen al
disco, la pasterización de DDF studio y el art work de Jorge Cumbre culminan un
trabajo cocinado con mucho amor desde nuestro propio sello “Urban Legend
Record Label”.
T.O.P.: Como encuentras la escena de música electronica en Barcelona? que es lo que
mola y lo que falta?
M.:Barcelona es una ciudad muy divertida con festivales de renombre y
programaciones internacionales cada noche, pero en mi opinion lo verdaderamente
interesante y que yo recomiendo es una escena undregraund donde se pueden ver
a artistas puros locales que no entiendo como pasan desapercibidos para los
grandes promotores de la ciudad, cada vez hay mas sellos ,mas tiendas ,mas
música y mas gente implicada con muy buen gusto, supongo que aun falta un poco
de tiempo para que todo frague pero dará mucho de que hablar.

T.O.P.:Cuales son tus influencias e inspiraciones?
M.: Yo soy de Sevilla (Andalucía), la cuna del flamenco y la semana santa, así que veo
en mi música mucho de esa melancolía,también noto influencias del minimalismo
de los 70 , grupos como Tangerine dream, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre ,que me
gustan mucho pero sobre todo me gusta experimentar y ser un puncky a la hora de
crear. hoy en día estoy muy interesado en los ritmos e instrumentos tribales y
ancestrales espero que pronto puedan escuchar en lo que llevo trabajado este
tiempo atrás.
T.O.P.: Algunos próximos eventos donde podríamos escuchar al Beyond en directo?
M.: Pues el 12 de noviembre presento en Mira festival, nuevo live con una contraparte
visual cocinada por Piss & Laugh TV en colaboración con Trama
barcelona ,haciendo un tributo a Val del Omar, para mi uno de los artistas visuales
mas revolucionarios y paisano mío, muy contento por que es una edición donde
compartire escenario con uno de mis ídolos ,Esplendor Gométrico ,también Death
in Vegas, Alissando cortini, lakker y muchos grandes mas, el siguiente domingo 13
estaré en las noches de Cercle con mi sello Urban legend y Eomac como invitado
por primera vez en barcelona, también el 9 y 10 de diciembre estaré en una edición
muy dark y especial de Bicefal festival como dj set de 4 horas el viernes y el sábado
como Live AV también con Vessel, samuel Kerridge, cut Hands etc, lo cual pinta
mas que bien.
T.O.P: Que equipos utilizas para producir y cual de estos es tu favorito?
M.: Con el que mas agusto me siento es Juno 60, nacimos el mismo año y creo que
tenemos el mismo alma ,pero también mi Gipson les Paul que la conservo desde
los 11 años y ya esta muy mayor ,ahora tengo nuevo en el estudio un Sherman
filterbank que utilizo como base para transformar audios y componer.

T.O.P: Alguna historia rara ? Algo que te ha pasado en alguna de tus actuaciones?
M.: Me impresiono bastante tocar la pasada primavera en “Celobert “ un festival donde
uno de sus escenario se localiza en una biblioteca y fue bastante especial el
silencio, la acústica y la energía de la gente que dejo de hacer sus cosas se
acomodo y fue un viaje bastante lindo, muy emocionante para mi y difícil de
explicar lo que sucedió durante el concierto, recomiendo llevar la música a esos
lugares.
T.O.P: …Y por ultimo.. cual es tu album favorito?
M.: Nada mas de pensarlo se me ponen los bellos de punta .LA LEYENDA DEL
TIEMPO , de CAMARON DE LA ISLA un disco transgresor donde los halla y que
recomiendo a todo el mundo que lo escuche.
Gracias por vuestro tiempo.

Gracias a ti Mora!

T.O.P. Interviews: Reggy Van Oers (Telemorph)/Taciturn Manner/ forthcoming release

We had a chat with Reggy Van Oers, the Dutch producer , who has previously released on Affin, Informa and The Gods Planet. He is now releasing his debut album on his own imprint Telemorph on October 14th. Taciturn Manner is a great experimental techno album based in the beauty and emotion of nature: RVO used many field recordings as a source for his contemporary sound.  He speaks to T.O.P. about his “Taciturn Manner” album, his music and his philosophy around it.

With his platform Telemorph, a tight bond between all artists involved, he creates a special place for solo releases and fruitful collaborations in order to expand their distinct musical journey. We are pleased to announce and support this release.

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T.O.P. Who is Reggy Van Oers and what does Taciturn Manner mean for you?

RVO:Some things are exactly what they are, you can’t have any other interpretation, very outspoken let’s say. I believe it’s more interesting when words or meanings are hidden within their context which invites you to dive deeper to make it your own.
Taciturn Manner for me means being somehow reserved, still showing emotions and expressions but in a rather silent way. It’s all there if you are willing to take a closer look. If you want to make this little extra effort, you will see it and experience it on another level. Personally, this approach comes out naturally and it exactly reflects what i’m trying to communicate through music.

T.O.P.: Is there any special story regarding this album?

RVO: The album is a translation of quite recent events that happened out of the blue. During this time i’ve collected all contrasting feelings i had and divided them into separate sentences. These elements evolve singularly and slowly over time coming together in a tapestry of sound.

T.O.P.: What’s the stuff/digital/hardware etc. do you use at your live acts?

RVO: For my live act i use well produced parts of the album next to several “rougher” field recordings i’ve recorded for this occasion. My intention for every live set is to re-create the album in a slightly different way by shifting the emphasis on alternating layers. To keep everything compact my setup contains just a laptop and some midi controllers.

T.O.P.:Which is your favourite venue to perform at?

RVO: That’s a tough one as i’ve performed at many nice venues. It also depends on the setting regarding to the type of event for me. IFZ in Leipzig has been an amazing experience for me. Such a great vibe throughout the night until late in the morning. Very recent The Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam has impressed me a lot. The location combined with the stunning view has created the perfect conditions to perform my album in a concert hall environment.

T.O.P.: What’s going on with your Morph events?

RVO: Last friday the 16th of September we had our 4th installment with morph at The Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in collaboration with The Rest Is Noise. At the moment we are looking into the possibilities to expand our concept outside of The Netherlands. This year we have been approached by several event series in Europe to see if we would be interested in collaborating with them. With morph we have been focussing on showcasing several labels to introduce and support the sound and the artists they represent. We now also have shown a strong desire to invite people taking part into a trip exploring the broader spectrum of electronics performed by high quality artists. These two directions can make it very interesting to see where this could lead to.

T.O.P.: Any future plans?

RVO: There are some interesting collaborations planned on Telemorph and i’m discussing a special solo release at the moment. But unfortunately, at this stage, i can’t elaborate further on this. I’m going to release new material on several imprints the coming months which i’m looking forward to. Probably the first EP to come out is “Ingrained” on Affin including a beautiful remix from Acronym. Next to that i’ve done some contributions, one of them will be released on Polegroup, and remixes which will be out in the near future.

T.O.P: Which record would you recommend as a mind healer?

RVO: Rafael Anton Irisarri – Lesser Than The Sum Of Its Parts
No words describing it to be honest…

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T.O.P. Interview: LXV

T.O.P. invites LXV a promising artist from Pennsylvania. His album “Clear” was the one that triggered our interest and called our attention a lot.

The album is  a full-length LP of original content on the Catalan label, Anòmia.

 

The album is also very much about the more desolate aspects of urban life: modern ruins, wide, empty streets in industrial neighborhoods.

 

These muses instill in ‘Clear’ a mournful quality and, at times, a redemptive one. The fractured voices in ‘Clear’ represent the existential churning of the world, a churning which suggests there is a world underneath this imposed reality, just under the surface, wavering in and out of view.

We are presenting LXV and his words for T.O.P.

 

T.O.P.:  Where are you from and how do you find you local music scene?

LXV: I am currently living in Philadelphia. I find my local scene to be pretty cool and weird.
T.O.P.:The LP seems like scattered dreams and fragmented conversations, does this sound take influence from or even compliment any other art form like cubism for example? 
LXV:I have spent a lot of time in my life studying the history of art and practicing visual art. I think my brain is inclined to think visual-conceptually. Sound prohibits me from following the immediacy of some of my ideas, which I enjoy about it. It allows me to present my dreams, narratives and personal mythology abstractly through cryptographic compositions.
T.O.P.:What aesthetics do you try to portray when you enter the studio as LXV? 
LXV: I think aesthetics I am conjuring represent purely the absurdity of our five sense reality. I think maybe, in LXV, what is better represented is the breaking down of aesthetics and subsequent path towards some primordial, proto-symbolic language.
T.O.P.:Do you find it important for music to represent certain aspects of life?
LXV: Certainly. For me personally creating music is only worth it if it has some foundation of conceptual meaning, even if that meaning is obscured to the audience. I am rarely compelled to make music without this precursor.
T.O.P. What kinds of things in life inspire you to be creative?
LXV: I think consciousness is already such a strange thing that it doesn’t take much to get me going.
T.O.P.: Where would you find the most ideal place/ venue to enjoy your music?
LXV: Maybe abandoned Olympic stadiums of yesteryear. I personally enjoy to listen to music in states of transit. Something about being in motion. I think this is a good setting to listen to LXV.
T.O.P.: Do you find any new pieces of musical hard/software pushing things forward in terms of experimental music?
LXV: I usually find myself pretty unimpressed by the software/ hardware itself. I think when the work becomes about the technology I lose interest. I am much more enthralled by someone viewing the world suspiciously and using technology to realize their ideas as opposed to inspire them.
T.O.P: Psychofonia is a method to treat migraine with music,  what album/record would you put on to heal the mind?
LXV: Forest Management- Artificial Emotions
Steven Halpern and Georgia Kelly- Ancient Echoes
Brian Eno- Compact Forest Proposal
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