Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jack Peoples - Laptop Cafe unreleased James Stinson project due on Clone Aqualung

Great and very unexpected news! Clone Aqualung will be releasing an unreleased James Stinson project, under the name Jack Peoples, on June 26th this year. It will be a mini vinyl LP under the name, Laptop Cafe. You can listen to samples of all six untitled tracks (there are 5 new tracks but there is a vocal and instrumental version of one) at Soundcloud, download the artwork and samples of all six tracks at Clone Distribution and listen to the same samples again at the Clone shop! This blurb accompanies the release...

'On the heels of the two "the other people place" releases in the early 2000’s another related mini album was already in the works. It never saw the light of day due to James Stinson’s untimely death. Finally it resurfaced on a long lost DAT tape.'

I wonder how many more unreleased projects and music there might be waiting in his vaults, time for Digital Aphrodisiac maybe? James Stinson is most definitely living on through his music and gaining more aliases and mystery too.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, The Other People Place: New releases, reissues etc

Both the 2LP reissue of Drexciya's Grava 4 (2002) album and The Other People Place's 12"Sunday Night Live at the Laptop Cafe, on Clone Aqualung are both now available to order from the Clone shop and elsewhere.

According to Leisure System's Bandcamp page for Dopplereffekt's Cellular Automata album, 'Our initial run of copies have sold out on pre-order. A restock is in progress, however it means that delivery of LP orders made after March 28th may be delayed until May 29th, 2017. Vinyl purchases still include an instant download of the album on release date. Our apologies for the inconvenience!' They have some images of the album there now and you can play the album's title track. For everyone who ordered before 28th March, the release date is still April 7th. Also, if you go the the  Leisure System  Facebook page you will find 3 short videos of tracks from Dopplereffekt's Cellular Automata album and all the tracks from the album are available to play on the Bandcamp page now.

In celebration of the first Dopplereffekt LP in ten years, Rudolf Klorzeiger and To-Nhan delivered a special mix of records from their personal collection tonight on Red Bull Radio.

A new Arpanet live show has just announced for Berlin, Germany on 21st July. The venue, OHM, is located in the former battery room of a disused power plant.

“There was a long thought process behind this group, a lot of different concepts and principles. Before we even started putting stuff together we used to spend night after night talking about all kinds of deep concepts. That's where the energy comes from.” -James Stinson

I've made a scan of the Drexciya entry from the now very rare book, Techno: The Rough Guide by Tim Barr from 2000. You can see it (and much more) in the 2000 folder at this public GoogleDrive link. This is a great little reference book I bought back in the day, which even though it looks very populist, covers pretty much everyone you would expect, there's even a Dopplereffekt entry. They used the very revealing un-sourced quote above, and the entry must have been written before they returned with Neptune's Lair in 1999. It's interesting to note that even for just their UR period of 1992-1997, Drexciya were already held in very high regard.

This a new radio show by Bob Thompson from the UK station, Purple Radio, which looks at the order of Drexciya's Storm Series and even references my own theory about this from 2005. It's an enjoyable listen with some great music and interesting insights.

There are 3 Drexciya themed mixes by this German DJ and longtime Drexciya fan, MRJN, over at Hear This, well worth a listen.

VLR have a new Drexciya mix, Seven Storms - The Dimensional Waves Transmissions, up on their Soundcloud.  Check out the rest of their Soundcloud account for other Gerald Donald and Drexciya themed mixes, quality stuff as always.

This is a new show from France's 'The Beat Radio Show', dedicated to James Stinson. I love their introduction and there are some great tracks selected. Back in November 2016 they did the same type of show for Gerald Donald. I think the name of the DJ of both shows is Stephan Bomba.

I shared a few videos recently on the DRL FB page that may have been influences on Drexciya or coincidently sound like them. Check out 'Frequency 7' by Visage, it's hard to believe this amazing track is from 1981 (there is even a vocal led version from 1979) and was just a B-side. This was a big tune in Detroit at the time and was championed on radio there by The Electrifying Mojo. I can certainly hear some elements of early Drexciya and the one-off projects, L.A.M. and Glass Domain. This track from 1982, by the French studio duo of Francis Rimbert and Frederick Roussea sounds kind of like a prototype Air maybe, their label, Record Makers, should reissue this one for sure, it's so close to some of Heinrich Mueller's signature sounds.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Straight No Chaser UR & Drexciya 1999 interview

Very many thanks to one of my readers who sent me a scan of the Underground Resistance article from the Summer 1999 issue of the now defunct UK magazine, Straight No Chaser. Here I've included just the Drexciya quotes and images, including a new image (to me) of James Stinson standing with other UR members. This inspiring piece was written by Tsutomu Noda and originally published in Japans's Ele-King magazine.

As I've never seen the original online before and think it's well worth sharing, I've created a public GoogleDrive folder to host the full scan (look in the 1999 folder and use link below). From now on I will also be adding other Drexciya/Heinrich Mueller press articles, record info sheets and any other printed matter pertaining to them in this folder for all to share and find more easily (please send me anything I don't have). I also found a great interview with Tsutomu Noda by Derrick May.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Drexciya's Storm Series update

"...it came out of me and out of my partner from our soul, we dug it out of there, the one take, in the way it is, it’s a masterpiece, it’s a work of art and the energy that’s captured and whatever energy that’s projected, capture it, see what you feel. Cause everyone’s gonna interpret it differently, like a picture has a million and one stories or whatever, that’s basically what it is.” -James Stinson speaking about the Storm Series

Anyone who's interested in Drexciya's seven album Storm Series and the puzzle that eight albums were actually released between 2001 and 2002 will be interested in a new nugget of information that has come to light from Serge of Clone Records. Previously there has been no known way to tell which album is the odd one out and James Stinson never identified all of the Storm Series albums when interviewed (he only confirmed Harnessed The Storm, The Other People Place,The Opening of the Cerebral Gate and Abstract Thought). In 2005 when I looked in depth at all eight of the albums I speculated that Grava 4 was the odd one out but did find that it very much followed on conceptually and was closely related to the Storm Series.

This is how I summarised it at the time, if you have (a lot) of time you can click on each album (including Grava 4) and read my original posts as I followed the Storm Series. What I found is far from definitive and it includes my own assumptions and speculations but it was an honest attempt to figure it all out for myself and share these thoughts with other fans. I've compiled everything that James Stinson said on the matter as well about half way down this post.

#1 Drexciya - Harnessed The Storm: Drexciya get metaphorically kicked out of the paradise of their underwater home because they forget the meaning of life and so begin a journey of rediscovery.

#2 Transllusion - The Opening of the Cerebral Gate: They begin this journey by looking within and exploring their mental dimensions.

#3 The Other People Place - Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe: Next they follow love in all its forms.

#4 Abstract Thought  - Hypothetical Situations: They further stretch their minds by exploring 6 hypothetical situations.

#5 Lab Rat XL - Mice or Cyborg: They prepare their bodies for the physical trip home by carrying out 6 biological exercises.

#6 Transllusion - L.I.F.E.: They ultimately learn to overcome their fear of death, how to roll with the punches of life and remember the meaning of life, evolution. Paradise is regained at this point but now they go further.

#7 Shifted Phases - The Cosmic Memoirs of the Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope: They can now begin the physical journey through space which ends in their final flux before they arrive at their long sought ultimate utopia, the Drexciya Home Universe they find in Grava 4.

When Clone recently reissued Grava 4 they refereed to it as being one of the seven albums in the Storm Series. While I personally didn't agree with this I accepted what they were believed and agree that it was closely related. Someone referring to my list posted a comment on the Clone FB page that Grava 4 wasn't one of the Storms and Serge replied that “Grava 4 is most definitely one of the 7 storms. The list on the website you are referring to is speculative.” This is true about the list, I've always stressed it was my own opinion and left it open so that everyone could come up with their own combination of those 8 albums, deciding which one is the odd one out, what order they should be in and what the meaning of the series is etc.

I wasn't aware of Serge's comment until two days ago when I was messaged on FB about it. I decided to ask Serge why he was so sure, perhaps he had some inside information from James Stinson at the time. His reply implied that he did and he said that it was no secret as the 'Dimensional Release List' on James Stinson's Dimensional Waves website was the list of the Storms anyway, “This has been discussed of course and it's no secret! No problem if you question the info from the label (always do so). But the 7 albums also have been published on the website of the artist (which you can still find online somewhere).” You can see a screen grab of the list in question below...

I'm happy to have this alternate order to consider, DRL for me has always been about sharing the information/research; anything that gets people thinking and looking deeper into this rich subject will always be a good thing. In this case it's up to each reader to decide what they think about this new information from Serge, however, even he does remind us to always question the information from the label.

In this spirit then, if you do follow his line of thought there are further mysteries to consider. If you go by the 'Dimensional Release List' to identify the seven albums in the Storm Series, which I have always taken to be a general list of upcoming releases (it appears to be only the latest update with more to follow and it lists the first Transllusion 12” as well), you will see that the second Transllusion album, L.I.F.E., which came out on Rephlex in 2002, is missing from it. This implies that this album is the odd one out and should be seen as separate from the Storm Series. However, if you look at the label artwork for this album and its accompanying 12”, Third Eye, you will find it states, 'Transmitted by Dimensional Waves' and gives the ridedimensionalwaves email address as well. In fact the only album of the eight that does not have a variation of this text is Grava 4. Be warned, once you start looking more closely at any of these albums you will start to find things like this! Also in the artwork for L.I.F.E., you will discover seven brains/cells? (below), might these be random or have a deeper meaning to the Storm Series (dimensional brain waves?). I do agree that it is quite odd that L.I.F.E. is not included in the list, as that record must have been fully completed with titles and artwork etc, unlike Lab Rat XL (which is listed) which had to be released without titles or artwork as James Stinson had died before he could complete this.

If Grava 4 is really the final album in the Storm Series (which is where I would place it), it would certainly wrap things up quicker so to speak and mean that the Storm contained its own conclusion. There is even a certain symmetry to this with the first and last albums being by Drexciya. The odd album, L.I.F.E., could then be read as some kind of personal sign-off from James Stinson perhaps?

However, as interesting as this is, the whole point of the chaotic nature of the Storm Series in my view was to prepare yourself and discover the Drexciya Home Universe of Grava 4 and it does appear to follow on from the already space located Shifted Phases album. Grava 4 also includes the intriguing text, 'Earth scientist discovered the home planet of Drexciya on 2-14-2002. Within moments Dr. Blowfin was given the orders to initiate the seven dimensional cloaking-spheres to hide the other three planets from earths view.' If you take the 'seven dimensional cloaking spheres' to be the seven albums produced under the name Dimensional Waves, this text very much connects Grava 4 to the Storm Series, but is it looking back at the previous seven albums or is it the seventh and final album of the series itself? You could read the text either way and obviously I made the decision to read it the first way, which might have been a mistake.

To me there has always really been eight albums in the series and if I am correct I think Stinson might have thought about them in the same way too. For this reason he may well have told Serge that Grava 4 was part of the series, but meant this in a general way, but whether he actually said it was one of the seven we can only guess or accept what Serge has said as fact. Having thought about this new information and still always only speaking for myself, I still prefer my original order and understanding of the series but accept that it comes with a caveat now. With any great work of art each viewer will find what they want to find and the Storm Series was designed to work very much in this way.

I don't know how this will affect other people's opinions and beliefs about the Storm Series but I thought it was important to share this information and point out its pros and cons as I see them. I'd love to hear people's opinions about this, including that it's just great music at the end of the day and to simply enjoy it.

Luckily James Stinson spoke quite a lot about the Storm Series and I've compiled all of these quotes below from the Drexciya Speaks post.

"Harnessed The Storm is an ongoing process that consists of seven storms (albums) released around the world. So far three of the seven storms have hit earth (Drexciya, Transllusion, The Other People Place). The next four storms are in a holding pattern."

“Basically, we make all the records differently. "Harnessed The Storm" is one in a series of seven individual storms, which are LPs. The albums are sent to different labels. "Harnessed the Storm" is one, "Transllusion" is two and "The Other People's Place" is three. Much like storms or tornadoes, you don't know where or when they're going to show up, but there's four more. They were all made within one year. Each captures different emotions, abstract thoughts and has a different emotional ride and different experience.”

“(on Storms) We're really pushing the gas pedal now. I'm working at my own pace now. In the past, I would intentionally slow down to see what other people were going to do, but I'm tired of playing games. Now, I'm happy. This is my pace. Get on the gas, get off the gas and end up in a traffic jam."

"It really all depends on the mood. I really feel good. It was just something that had to come out. The way we produce is based on emotions and that time period, what's going in and out of our minds. What's going on personally in my life, my health, anything like that. Some of the songs came very quickly.”

“I feel great. For me and my partner, there was a lot of pressure and lot of personal things in my world being turned upside down (while making "Harnessed"). But we we're just clicking on all cylinders, we were just in that groove. With this different project, we had to make sure this one was totally different from the next one that comes out. We never intend to copy ourselves. Whatever comes out next, comes out next. "Harnessed" has a lot of personal memories. It's melancholy and very well-rounded. There's lot of different emotions: laid-back, mad, frustrated, happy . . . it has it all.”

“We’re changing gears and we thought it was time for something new, in the past Drexciya was for the real hardcore DJs, but we got to a stage where we were questioning the need to be hard all the time. It was time for something new so we went with it. At the same time, it wasn’t a planned move, we got into other, deeper concepts and created a musical storm. The works that we’re releasing this year will control this storm and they’ll be launched from various positions”

“I suppose we’re trying to say ‘enjoy life’ with these albums(Storms). The world has become a dark place and its our job to entertain, make people happy and put the fun back in the music. That’s what Drexciya is about in the first instance and that’s why our concepts have become deeper lately. Sure, we’re political and deal with reality, but we also leave the door open so people can create, explore and go into their own world.”

“Those two particular records(Transllusion, Other People Place), those two groups, are a part of storms of "Harnessed the Storm" Drexciya LP. All together there are seven LPs, which I call storms. So far you have The Other People Place, Transllusion, and you have Drexciya s "Harnessed The Storm", which is the first one. There’s no particular order that they’re going to be released in. The records are already done. Right now, storm number four is due up next to blow up off the coast of Portugal, which means that’s another record label I’m dealing with. There are certain reasons why I deal with certain record labels, because I want to see what’s going to happen, or whatever. In other words, all the record labels that I dealt with had different strengths and there’s a particular reason why I deal with them. After that, there’s going to be three more storms. They're already ready and they're just waiting to come down the line.”

“We’re going all over the place, we’re hitting everything. You know Drexciya, we give you a 360 degree angle of everything and that's the reason why we did this. Each (LP) one is totally different. There's a lot of different angles to this. We want you to feel each and every one of these angles. It's a variety show, in other words. They're all linked, but there are very small, little links that you have to really listen to and even look at the titles or artwork that's going to lead you to the next one and so forth and so on and you will see the cycle and the connection. Basically what this is, getting back to the record label thing, is that our production company, Dimensional Waves, which we go out and license our material to different record labels and different places. That's the way we want to do things, instead of being signed to just one. That's what fits our business needs. Being signed to someone would not be suitable for us, so we designed something here that’s kind of unique and not everyone can follow this logic, or not agree with what we do, and so on and so forth. They’ll say that we take music and give it to everyone else around the world. That doesn’t matter. As long as the people who listen to these records are satisfied, that’s all that matters. I don t care who’s getting rich off of this money, because that's not what I’m all about. If I’m not making myself rich, why should I make somebody else rich? I’m spreading the wealth around the world, and as long as the people keep getting the quality music that they're receiving, that's all that matters to me. And so far, it's working and I'm happy. Extremely happy, because the people are happy. If the people are not happy, I'm not happy, something has to be done.”

“(Title ‘Harnessed the Storm’) It relates to this whole situation directly with the seven storms that are brewing. It took a whole year to put together these seven albums. It was very, very violent and very chaotic in a lot of different ways. Ups and downs. If you're in the middle of a storm, you have your ups and downs. You have all the elements that there are on this planet that exist in a storm, from water to air, fire, electricity. You might have a cow or a truck mixed up in there too. Those are the images that we perceived when we made the music and that's how the concepts came about. To answer your question, it had a lot to do with the album and everything going on around us was very turbulent.”

“Yes, within the course of the full year they will be released. The next one that's coming out is called Abstract Thoughts, which should be out in the next month or two. The last three, I’ll keep those as a mystery. I'm pretty sure you'll catch up on that though with the little hints and such.”

“Well, basically what happened was that over the course of a year me and my partner created one hell of a storm as far as how many tracks we were making and how fast we were doing them and under different pressures and different things that was going on and that’s basically where the concept came from. It was just like total chaos, we basically controlled the storm, and basically within the storm was produced like seven different albums, Which was the first one, Harnessed The Storm, then there was the Transllusion, then there was The Other People Place and there are four albums on their way out now, their just in a holding pattern. Well basically in each one of the albums it’s a different feel. Something for everyone, some of the music you might like, some you might not like. But by the time you get finished with all seven it will be like a complete feeling that you will have, once you listen to all seven of them together.”

(meaning of Storm Series) “Actually that’s not for me to say, it’s up for the listener. It’s the same way it’s been from day one with all the Drexciya music. I could come out and say ok this is what it is, this is my intent, okay well what if that person listening to the record and that’s not what they feel, that’s not what they see. So basically, what I do like I have from day one, I don’t say anything about it. You listen to it, you tell me what you feel, because that’s the way I made it. You know, it came out of me and out of my partner from our soul, we dug it out of there, the one take, in the way it is, it’s a masterpiece, it’s a work of art and the energy that’s captured and whatever energy that’s projected, capture it, see what you feel. Cause everyone’s gonna interpret it differently like a picture has a million and one stories or whatever, that’s basically what it is.”

(many different aliases)“And that’s basically one of the reasons why we put them under different names, we couldn’t just put it under the Drexciya name. We had to basically break it up and give it its own identity so it can live and exist in it’s own world you know cause if it was under the Drexciya name I don’t think it would do so well, because Drexciya has a different kind of feel and vibe, it’s still Drexciya but it’s in a different state of incubation.”

(upcoming Storm Series release and other related projects) “One of the groups I’m just gonna mention is called Abstract Thoughts, that’s basically the only one I’m gonna speak on. Then of course my partner, he has a host of different solo projects or whatever and I’m not gonna really mention them. I’m pretty sure people know but I’m not gonna mention them all on his behalf. But there’s quite a few.”

(why so many releases now, it seems urgent) "It's not really a sense of urgency, it's like a run off, we were just filled up with energy which had to be released. Just an explosion, just let it go. So why should you stop the flow, if it's coming out let it go. It's not like it's gonna happen all the time, so go with it, see what happens.”

"There are some principles we have that we can't share with the world. At the moment we're working on unleashing the seven storms onto the world, which are seven albums that Drexciya is involved with that we're releasing into the world under a whole host of names, from a whole host of countries. It started with the first storm, which was the new Drexciya release. Then the second storm was Transllusion, which came out of Germany, then you had The Other People Place LP coming out of England. And now we've got four more storms in the works, coming from places like Portugal. They're just in a holding pattern, just waiting to be unleashed."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daughter Produkt, Drexciya, The Other People Place, tributes and more

You can listen and download Heinrich Mueller's latest track, 'Direction Asymmetry' under his newly resurrected alias, Daughter Produkt, at this link. You will find it on the Dreamy Harbour 3LP compilation from Tresor. There is a great sample/vocal used, it must be one of his eeriest tracks for sure, love it.

There is a 2 minute sample of Heinrich Mueller's dreamy 'Lamb Shift Model' version of 'Where Did He Go … And Why' by As One from the 6 LP boxset, Brainbox, on De:Tuned from 2016.

A new live show for Dopplereffekt has been announced. They will play on 18th March in Vienna, Austria at what looks like a 5 year anniversary for a club night there. There are now 7 upcoming Dopplereffekt shows and 2 for Arpanet (click on links for the Resident Advisor list for each act)

The still travelling group art exhibition, The Ocean After Nature, which features a cabinet of Drexciya artefacts and The Otolith Group's, Hydra Decapita, film (which references the Drexciyan mythos) is now on show at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA until March 18th of this year. Details of the full programme and all the artists involved at this link.

"...I eventually ran a search for them and the first file that came up was an MP3 that turned out to be The Journey Home from their 1995 EP on Warp. It blew my mind. Creatively it was like nothing I had ever heard because at that point I was into mainstream house and trance. It was the equivalent of an Abba fan hearing Larry Levan for the first time. I’d never really heard much dance music made on analogue machines before, at least not music that had so much feeling."

This is a refreshingly personal piece written by DJ Jackmaster (Numbers label) about how he first encountered Drexciya and fell in love with The Other People Place album in particular. He lists his 5 favourite Drexciya related tracks as well.

While it's not '700 Million Light Years From Earth', but only a mere 39 light years away, the discovery of the Trappist-1 system is a nice coincidence considering the upcoming reissue of Drexciya's Grava 4. We could imagine it as part of the Drexciya Home Universe however, there is even a dwarf star at the centre of its 7 planets as foretold on 'White Dwarf' on the Shifted Phases album from their 7 album Storm Series. NASA even believe there might be water there!

The brilliant UK DJ and producer Dez Williams included this Drexciya tribute, 'Stinsoninspiration', on his Happiness is Pain album in 2014 on Transient Force (listen on YouTube here). This was a digital release and I actually can't find where you can still download it from but YouTube has most of the tracks.

'Drexion Caves' is a very nice Drexciya tribute from 2003 by $tinkworx aka US producer JT Stewart. The track appears on an EP of the same name on Keynote, listen here.

I've often wondered if 'Other People' by the mysterious Detroit in Effect was a tribute or reference to The Other People Place. The track is included on their 12", The Men You Never See Part 2, on Clone in 2003. I love it and still have it on vinyl. If you are into Drexciya or early Dopplereffekt you will probably love going down the D.I.E. rabbit-hole and this EP is a great place to start (must be time for a re-press too).

This above was a post I put up on the DRL Facebook page a month or so ago and DJ Maaco from D.I.E. kindly got in touch to resolve the question, "Nah, The Men You Never See predates The Other People Place by a few years. The first time I learned of Stinson was around mid 2000's when I was introduced to Lab Rat while performing in Germany! The People From The Other Side are beings from another realm that can control your emotions through sound!"

There is a Helena Hauff Essential Mix from BBC Radio 1 with great tracks by Drexciya. DJ Stingray, Urban Tribe, The Exaltics, Photodementia, Aux 88, DMX Krew and tons more you will probably like. She is quite the Drexciya fan.

"I guess one night I was playing some Drexciya and he heard it, so he came down to the club. He introduced himself and said, ‘My name is James, I appreciate that you’re playing Detroit shit on the radio’. And he broke out. He came back a couple more times. After the second time I realised who he was. Then I’d see him around the city and it was a whole different vibe. I liked the way he wasn’t running around with a Drexciya T-shirt and saying his last name to everyone he met, with a UR headband on. It was really dope. It made it completely about the music.”
This is just part of a great DJ Bone interview over at FACT magazine now.

I've been sent a link for a recent petition set up by a fan, for Tresor to re-press the album by Shifted Phases, The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope (2002). Even though the album was re-pressed in about 2009, this double vinyl album currently sells for at least 100 euro on Discogs. A similar previous petition to re-press The Other People Place album could well have encouraged Warp to make their decision, so it could work.

For archival purposes, these are screen grabs of James Stinson's Ride Dimensional Waves website (below, click to enlarge). He made this very simple 1 page site back in 2001 using Geocities through Yahoo. When Geocities stopped operating it was hosted on a website by a fan, which in turn has also become inaccessible. The page can be still read through the original address through the Wayback Machine however. I forget how I originally found the link, as it's not mentioned on any of their records, probably through a search engine, but I do recall that the text, 'Ride The Wave', would follow your cursor when it was still working. It was also very cool to know that records by Lab Rat XL, Shifted Phases and Abstract Thought were going to be released way before they were (I got to bug people in record shops to keep an eye out for them on order sheets).

“Open your mind to another time, place and dimension. Feel electronic music in a way you may have never felt before.”

This beautiful instruction was also used in the Rephlex press release for Transllusion's L.I.F.E. album, which makes it doubly surprising that the record is not actually listed here. Perhaps it was one of the last albums of the Storm Series Stinson completed, even though the tracks on Lab Rat XL were never titled, which makes it appear to be the last one. I always regret that I didn't send an email to one of the many email addresses here, as it implies that he was very open to communication at this time. If you read the text closely there are plenty of unanswered questions too. For example, I've always wondered if there are unreleased tracks by Digital Aphrodisiac to be found in his archive, what was planned to be released on Isophlux Records and how advanced were their plans for the Deepfits clothing line? Sadly, he died just 3 months after his last update of the site.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Dopplereffekt - Cellular Automata

It's only taken 10 years but the wait is over! Dopplereffekt's new album, Cellular Automata, will be out around April 2017 through Leisure System. It will be on vinyl and presumably download too. If you go to this Leisure Systems link there appears to be samples from it too. More news on this when I have it.

A1. Cellular Automata
A2. von Neumann Probe
A3. Gestalt Intelligence
A4. Isotropy
A5. Pascal’s Recursion
B1. Ulams Spiral
B2. Mandelbrot Set
B3. Spirangle
B4. Exponential Decay

Cellular Automata is the new album from Dopplereffekt (Rudolf Klorzeiger and To-Nhan), their first in ten years since 2007’s Calabi Yau Space on Rephlex.

Cellular Automata approaches mathematical growth and decay as an iterative process, with each data input considered individually relative to the overall model. The result represents one of the group’s boldest creative endeavors, defying expectations while remaining unmistakably Dopplereffekt.
Cellular Automata is the third Dopplereffekt release to come out via Leisure System, following 2013’s Tetrahymena and 2014’s Hypnagogia.

You can order it now at this Bandcamp link

Searching for the lost 1999 Etronik Drexciya interview

There is a lost James Stinson/Drexciya interview from 1999 with Etronik, an Irish online electronic music magazine. It was conducted by Richard Brophy who would interview Stinson once more in 2001 for Clubbing dot com, a print magazine (see below for this interview, click to enlarge). Today when you search for the 1999 interview on the Wayback Machine you get a message that the page cannot be displayed due to robots.txt provisions. Maybe one of you saved it or know how to get access to it again. It would be brilliant to read and share it here. The link is as follows

This quote from Brophy, in a review he wrote of the first Transllusion album, explains what happened, "I interviewed Drexciya’s James Stinson twice. The first occasion was for the release of 1999’s Neptune’s Lair, the second was ahead of the original release of The Opening of the Cerebral Gate in 2001. Both interviews are no longer available; the first was published on a website that ceased operations in 2002, the second appeared in a print magazine that suffered the same fate around the same time. Stupidly, both pieces were on a computer that gave up the ghost and was not backed up."

In 2005 I used Stinson's quotes from Brophy's interview for Clubbing Dot Com from 2001 (I have an original copy) for the Drexciya Speaks post, which compiles all of his quotes from interviews. Below, this is the first time I have archived and included the scan of that article here. It's been 18 years I know but I would love to share that Etronik interview here as well someday, check your hard-drives!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Other People Place - Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe review

The Other People Place
Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe
2LP (Warp)

The last time I had the vinyl version of this album in my hands was at the listening stand in Dublin's Big Brother Records, when it was first released in 2001. The fact that I can even remember this detail so long after says a lot about how I feel about this album. At the time I chose the CD as I knew it would be an album I would want to immerse myself in fully from beginning to end. I would never have thought at the time that the original vinyl would be worth so much money someday but I doubt I would have sold it anyway. This was still a time when word of mouth from friends and record shop staff was very important for discovering new music. In this case, I think that Alan O'Boyle from Decal had already tipped me off about the album and its connection to Drexciya but Big Brother's Killian also made sure I knew who I was listening to when I asked for it that day. Big Brother was a small basement electronic/dance music shop that unsurprisingly no longer exists 16 years later. Of course, much else has changed in how we consume and experience music since then.

While there might still be a few purely Internet cafes around, the regular cafe has itself changed (a process that just just beginning then) and become truly wireless and is now the most visible public space for people to access the virtual world with handheld devices. The paradox will always be that you have to disconnect from the real world to enter this wider but virtual one and I think the album is somewhat concerned with that. I've always felt that the album cover could be interpreted to show the laptop as the interface between these two worlds, that of nature (real) and the interior of a room on the screen of the laptop (virtual). Might this be 'The Other People Place', the corner of a room in virtual reality (a 2D image of reality)? The Designers Republic did an amazing job with this now iconic sleeve. When it arrived I imagined what a kick James Stinson must have gotten when he first saw the finished product as well. From the music and titles he'd sent to a label on the other side of the world, to see those things transformed and multiplied into this beautiful physical object must have been a very special experience.

In the same way that vinyl refuses to die (the vinyl revival was already well underway in 2001, trust me), this album has been steadily growing in stature by word of mouth in the real and virtual world ever since. It was inevitable that Warp would eventually feel the time was right for a re-press and I've no doubt that in another 10 years or less there will be sufficient demand from the next generation to press it again. It's an album that does not sound dated in any way. It certainly helps that its production is so seemingly minimal and that it comes packed with so much soul. Its themes are the eternal ones of love, life, meaning, nature, identity and technology. It's a wonderful soundtrack for life (styles), in that it's one of those albums you keep finding new sides to as you grow older.

There's a good chance you already know the tracks on this album and have your own favourites, but for me, 'Let Me Be Me', is still the special one but they all are really. Each of its 8 tracks manage to work together to create a consistent mood and take one away, like the beautiful 'Eye Contact' or 'Sunrays', for instance, and you would have a very different and stunted experience.

I wouldn't have known this was a solo effort from Stinson at the time; no-one even knew his name widely then, sadly this would only happen on his death about a year and a half later. I don't think that anyone would have known either for a few more months at least that this was to be the first album to be released from Drexciya's 7 album Storm Series. I know I treated it as another of their one-off projects at the time, like The Elecktroids, whose album had also been released by Warp six years earlier.

I loved the album right away but was initially surprised that it was so very different from Drexciya's music and signature sounds. I have previously reviewed the album in more detail here in the context of its place in the Storm Series. From looking at them all together back in 2005 I personally thought the album was number 3 in the series and that it was about finding your true self and developing/retaining your basic human emotions, especially love and not to become a victim of the coldness of technology/modern society but everyone will have their own opinions.

It's great to have the album back in physical form so that people can discover it in record stores and elsewhere, so it can go on sound-tracking lives and creating new memories all over again

You can still order it from Bleep here.