2 months ago, 4 October 2013 · 2 notes 12z sessionz started as a weekly rehearsal in 2012 for practicing purposes on free electroacoustic improvisation in a Budapest flat. As the project developed, 12z members started to invite friends to join the weekly improvisations, to get inspirations from very different styles and record the jamming. The first participant was the founding member of the randomroutines art collective, then followed by the most active one: Márk Bartha, later zaikon, Palmovka, The Stanley Maneuver, András Halmos, Alpár of Farbwechsel label, Carla Under Water, Árpád Kiss trumpeter, Micachu and her sister, Fran, last but not least the London-based artists, Lawrence Lek and Andi Schmied. 12z’s live performances were always about the flow of unaborted improvisation and these two hours long open sessions (using constantly changing instruments and playing music absolutely freely with such influencing people) became more and more interesting and as the number of recordings grow, members decided to make them public. Tweet
2 months ago, 2 October 2013 · 6 notes
Farbwechsel has become a staple and a nurturing umbrella for several up-and-coming Hungarian producers, acting as a catalyst for the diverse and noteworthy Budapest electronic scene of the last two years with Martin Mikolai at its helm, who produces music under his moniker S Olbricht. The Opal Tapes artist has also created a specific sound - hazy, dance-oriented and nostalgic, which have also been translated on the output of his own imprint. This is only reinforced with their latest record, the aptly entitled Midnight Wave, is a journey through nocturnal electronics, hazy and ethereal, lingering in the fissures between the consciousness of the day and unconsciousness of the night.
“I was around 13 when my dad bought me some obscure music making software, at about same time I’d been studying Verdi’s Aida at school. I thought it would be fun to make a remix of it which ended up sounding like some mental rave. I made a tape of it and took it back to school the next day. My music teacher hated it but I never looked back,” he told us in an interview. And indeed, he hasn’t. Certain musical practices, like sampling, feature in his latest record as well. Kiss’ output oscillates between the /narcoleptic/ dance-oriented and the ambient-like listening stuff, and mixes and merges in between. Thus, perhaps it could be called the “4 AM wave”. The EP also includes remixes by fellow lo-fi house-head Best Available Technology.Tweet
2 months ago, 16 September 2013 · 0 notes
The Exterritory compilation series strives to present the best up-and-coming music from Central Europe - Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, aka the V4. It is the third installment of the annual sonic list, focusing mostly on electronics and new forms of the aural underground.
Starting off with heartfelt electronic crooners Palermo from Prague, it follows with Poland’s relentless Rosinski over to the kosmische sounds of Budapest’s Norwell, his fellow Hungarian, Farbwechsel label owner and Opal Tapes’ star S Olbricht romantic lofi techno or Prague’s Lightning Glove's “distant rave”.
The compilation, as a music assemblage concept, is a complicated thing. It is difficult to gather tracks which create a holistic piece of art, an album which is not only a sum of its parts, but also a thing in itself. We have also released two, which are downloadable here and here, and realise its pitfalls, hence it was difficult to send some tracks to Exterritory as well, without knowing what the other curators have chosen, but the finishing product has managed to deliver - with some weaker and some stronger tracks obviously - a compact overview of the freshest sounds from da V4!Tweet
3 months ago, 16 August 2013 · 2 notes
Budapest, as I have experienced over the last year, is slowly turning into a hotbed for offbeat electronics, vintage dance and experimentalism. In spite of the recent politial, economic and societal state of the country /dubbed “Orbanistan”/, much of which has featured prominently in global media as of late, the music scene, especially the dance one, has been thriving.
One of the imprints that has been active here is Panel Trax and its offshoot label B4CK6ROUNDNO1SE /our review of their previous efforts is here/, focusing on “the spectrum between techno, minimal and experimental”. Its latest release is a acidy, technoid, cold matter featuring remixes of Synus0006, the boss of the imprint, by several producers, including Farbwechsel and Opal Tapes' S Olbricht.Tweet
4 months ago, 25 July 2013 · 3 notes
Imre Kiss is a fledgling Hungarian producer, who is currently based in London as a freelance graphic designer. He is part of the burgeoning Budapest dance/electronic scene, underpinned by the Farbwechsel label. His latest collaboration with Farbwechsel head Martin Mikolai, aka S Olbricht, is out on Shabu Recordings.
Where are you based and how long have you done music?
I was born in Slovakia to Hungarian parents but for the last four years I’ve been based in London. I was around 13 when my dad bought me some obscure music making software, at about the same time I’d been studying Verdi’s Aida at school. I thought it would be fun to make a remix of it which ended up sounding like some mental rave. I made a tape of it and took it back to school the next day. My music teacher hated it but I never looked back.
I wasn’t classically trained but I was heavily into electronics and sampling so I started experimenting with softwares and synths. In my late teens/early twenties I was playing in various bands and formations and I was dj-ing a bit too. My first release came under the name Absturz on the Slovakian Ambsine records compilation almost a decade ago.
I have noticed your music on the Hungarian synth compilation, as well as through Farbwechsel, what are your associations with this?
I was introduced to Farbwechsel through my mate Balázs Semsei (Norwell) whom I also did a remix for earlier this year. I started sending tracks to Martin (S Olbricht) and Balázs (Norwell) and they all seemed to like what I was doing so it was a natural progress from there. I’m just about to finish my EP. It will come out this autumn on limited edition cassette tapes. For the Hungarian synth compilation I was asked by the guys at Raketa festival to contribute with one of my tracks they heard on my Soundcloud page. It had lots of exciting new Hungarian producers participating in it so I was happy to be involved.
Do you feel there is more and more dance/electronic music production coming from Budapest, also via Farbwechsel, etc?
Definitely, there was always a good scene in Budapest and as an outsider I feel like there are some big things happening at the moment. Everyone at Farbwechsel is really cool and open-minded. They are not trying to follow a trend or pigeonhole themselves. Guys like Norwell, S Olbricht and Route 8 are mind blowing producers and there is also the 8ounce crew who are doing some quality stuff too. It’s not just the music scene, other parts of the creative industry are getting the spotlight too. It’s good to see many small independent fashion labels getting success such as Aarion, Nanushka and Siberia to name a few. The city’s face has changed a lot since I moved from there 8 years ago.
You are now based in London, what do you do there, and are you also involved in the music scene there?
I’m working as a freelance graphic designer and I also do some small part time jobs to earn a living. I’m lucky enough to do some design work for music labels as the two always went hand in hand for me. I’m currently planning on starting a design studio called Atelier Kiss in Budapest with my cousin. The scene in London is enormous. I’ve seen and got to know many exciting musicians here but I wouldn’t say that I’m a part of the London scene. For the past two years I’ve been busy building my home studio and spent all my free time (and money) there. I wasn’t really sending demos to British labels or anyone else. My friends encouraged me to put my stuff out there, otherwise I was just sitting in my tiny east London flat playing around with synths.
What are your plans with music?
Well, first of all I’m very excited about my EP on Farbwechsel. I will also have a track coming out on the Canadian Shabu recordings which I’ve co-written with S Olbricht. I’m planning to move to Budapest in the summer so I can concentrate more on my design work and be a bit more involved in the scene there. Other than that I’m working on new music so there might be some more releases coming in the future, time will tell.
thanks to András G. Varga.Tweet