Mirt’s Modern Electronics
1 week ago, 22 August 2014  ·   1 note

There is a science surrounding modular synthesizers, attracting modern alchemysts of sound, eager to tweak something worthwhile out of the cold steel, dreaming of wires.

The Warsaw-based producer Mirt has been making music in various formations for 15 years. He is a musician, graphic designer and also a publisher and journalist aside from running his label cat|sun and being involved in the Monotype imprint. His musical modus operandi is closely tied to analogue electronics, making use of their relative shortcomings in comparison to the endless possibilities of modern software: “It is limited in comparison to computer and DAW and much more demanding, but eventually it works better for me, it makes something straight - for example, you can’t edit a track to death,” he says. His fascination with modular synthesis lead him to building and design of modular equipment as part of the XAOC Devices.

In comparison to the other Polish modular freak Wilhelm Bras, his output is more sedated, in a good way. Mellow and almost gentle, the beat encompassed by swirling melodics. His Modern Electronics is a three track EP, with succinctly named tracks - the eponymous Modern Electronics and its anti-thesis and rejection of the concept Fuck Modern Electronics? “Maybe it is a little provocative. Maybe it is about electronic music eating its tail. How underground/experimental/alternative music is melting in pop and mainstream.”

The gem is hidden in between - Modern Electronics II. Starting off with a sample, a field recording, it veils the listening experience into hazy oriental atmospherics, a gradual build up with subdued percussion in the background, menacing in a very subtle way - in some ways it reminds me of Marina Rosenfeld’s Warrior Queen collaboration. 

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Wedding Acid Group - Newpestian Adventures Remixes
1 month ago, 31 July 2014  ·   1 note


There is a thing with remixes, an almost philosophical question. Shall they eclipse the originals, shall they pay homage to them, or rather totally arbitrarily, like the ol’ Aphex Twin used to do, throw in a random track.

Wedding Acid Group is a trio from Budapest, headed by the underrated, under-the-radar Lóri Keresztes, whose looks and production skills have earned him the moniker “The Hungarian Richard D. James”. The other two members are András Leidal and Zoli Balla, the tireless vintage synth collector whose studio - affectionately dubbed the Ballacid studio - has become the haven for local analogue fiends tweaking their 303s and 909s. As its name suggests, Wedding Acid Group (or WAG - no wives and girlfriends here though), worships the acid mantra, the characteristic sound of the 303 its mind-bending, brain tweaking and twisting properties.

The earnest positivity of the nineties IDM scene is mirrored in the band’s output. No darkness, so de rigueur in the last couple of years in electronic productions, here. Melancholy yes, but no gloom. The remixes, are a different matter. There is the ominous Drone Travolta - very aptly entitled Death Sun 666 rework, the quirky Morkebla edit, or reliably offbeat S Olbricht recontextualisation. The authors themselves have contributed also: J Mono's sun-kissed acid-drenched number is none other but Lóri from WAG, there's also a sample-laden beat-driven remix by Saint Leidal the 2nd.

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Bűkko Tapes: Eastern European electronic alternative for your tapedeck
2 months ago, 30 June 2014  ·   5 notes

Brno, the second city of Czech Republic, has seen a gradual upsurge in underground sonic activities, aided by its ample student populace - both at the art and technical universities - resulting in a very interesting mix where art and technology come to each other’s service. The crew behind the DIY Arduino-based instrument Standuino is based there, now busy with the increasingly successful Bastl Instruments, who, coincidentally, also lent its support to the latest Brno electronic export - the label Bukko Tapes. Here, its owner and artist Leoš Hort, says more.

When and why was the label established?

Bűkko Tapes was founded this spring by me and with support of Bastl-Instruments. The idea is to create a platform for unsigned talented artists. It all comes from my experience of being an unknown bedroom producer. When you are producing music, and just uploading it to some music-sharing online destinations without any background, there are just friends listening to your stuff, and its really hard to pass your creations to wider audience. 

There is a certain sound that’s already obvious from the three releases on the Bandcamp, beat-driven, a lot of is 4-4 oriented. Can you tell us about the sonic direction of the label?

With Bűkko Tapes I have an idea, which I’m trying to follow. So the keywords would be: analogue techno, house, generative music, experimental dance music.. But it doesn´t mean that doors are closed for everything else. I’m opened to all sorts of stuff. But it just has to fit in there somehow. I’m also looking for some drone/ambient releases for future.

"Eastern European electronic alternative for your tapedeck," is how you describe the label. Does it mean you are geographically specific in your selection? 

Yes, i want to focus just for Eastern Europe. Because i know that this region has lots of great musicians who have lot to offer and are being totally unknown at the same time. I think that Eastern Europe is currently the best place to “fish” for new original music. When it comes to the selection itself, the main thing are always the recordings, but I’m also interested in the processes behind it, like live performing, materials or equipment used, etc.

Can you tell us something about each of the releases?

The first release, called Hrtl - Hydroxid, is an acid/dub-techno recording that I made with my solo project. It´s all recorded live with hardware synthesisers and then just polished in studio, but still kept raw and straight forward, as much as the improvised live sessions I perform as Hrtl.

The second recording is ALUPHOBIA - REVIVAL. It’s the work of the great young producer and sound-engineer Barnabas Kiss based in Hungary. It’s hard to correctly describe the genre, but you can sense pieces of house, downtempo or chillwave there. It has its own specific sound, because Aluphobia uses plenty of noises and dynamic processing to build his very own atmosphere. Working with various software platforms, and his very advanced sound-processing skills he created my most favourite recording of this year. Im very happy we have him in Bűkko.

Last comes Finfriju - Seeds. It’s a bit more complicated with this one, because the author is kept secret. And when it comes to recording, it doesn’t get any simpler. Seeds is not really a recording, its a piece of software generating that music. And since every rendering is unique, it’s impossible to specify the original. So it made me create a limited edition of numbered cassettes, containing very unique renders on each side of cassette. In fact it means that there are no duplicated tapes and every cassette has its own original audio. Online you can listen to one render which you can´t get on any of released cassettes. The author used a textcode-based sound generating software called SuperCollider, which is used amongst sound experimenting artists for creating random noises, drones and different kinds of sound effects. But Finfriju took this platform to create something more “songish”.

You are based in Brno. Can you tell us about its underground music scene as it is at the moment?

Brno is blooming like a flower now. Really, over past three years I can see young guys full of enthusiasm getting into music. For all I have to point out guys like Tom Holič, Krysí Krys, Chef3000, Misisbe Sisbert. This is the main core of hardware-based “four to the floor” electronic here in Brno.

On the other hand, there´s pretty active scene around art exhibitions and faculty of fine arts in Brno, making space for more unconventional music styles like noise/drone/ambient/experimental. For all Michael Jackson Pollock, is going to blow your mind live with their heavy-metal poses during one button solo on DIY bleep synth. A must see!

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Eastern Daze & Baba Vanga on Berlin Community Radio
5 months ago, 25 March 2014  ·   0 notes

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Wilhelm Bras - Wordless Songs by the Electric Fire - DIY analogue noodling
1 year ago, 18 February 2013  ·   0 notes

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Mik Musik has revamped itself last year with a slew of releases, mysteriously titled, and following in a gritty, psychedelic danceable vein. Mostly part of its super secret anonymous edition, acts like RSS Boys, Mangrove Mangrave or PAWEL PESEL, have pursued a wonky, exploratory techno direction, without utilising many of the usual genre tropes.

The new installment of Mik’s new sonic policy is Wilhelm Bras /Pawel Kulczynski, a musician and sound artist/, an avid analogue synth enthusiast, who builds his own machines, a neo alchemist of sound. His new album - Wordless Songs by the Electric Fire - is a prime example of noodles and glitches sourced from his living and breathing electronics, a result of years of DIY nerding and sonic research. Danceable, bubbling analogue beats and trippy atmospherics make it as apt for the dancefloor, as for your home listening. The warmth of analogue and the weird sounds conjure a world that’s playful and utterly likeable /in our universe, that is/.

Find out more about Wilhelm /Pawel/ on Wednesday on our regular weekly show for Radio Wave, live stream at 11:20 and 16:20 /CET/.

You can listen to our interview for our weekly Radio Wave show Vychodiska below.

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