Wednesday, September 16, 2015

X-Ternal Pulse - Crossphaze (1993)

X-Ternal pulse were a mysterious one-off and one track project involving Drexciya released on Dan Bell's Accelerate label in 1993 on The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol.3. I briefly mentioned this in a very early post back in 2005 about some of Drexciya and Heinrich Mueller's lesser known aliases but I never revisited the subject until now. It is a rare 12" these days which I don't have a copy of myself so when I went looking for the track, Crossphaze, on YouTube I was kind of surprised it wasn't there by now. I did however locate a 2 minute extract from a Podcast mix by Brendan M. Gillen of Ectomorph and thought it was worth archiving even this fragment on YouTube for more easy access by all. It does give a good feel for the track at least and hopefully someone will upload the full length version someday and I can link to it from this post. The full length is now up and can be viewed at this link. For the mix text Gillen refers to the track as being by "The living half of Drexciya" (Gerald Donald solo?). X-Ternal Pulse is also thought to have been a collaboration with Ultradyne (Discogs lists it as an Ultradyne project) but it does sound very like an early version of Drexciya's 'Wave Jumper' from the following year so it's anyone's guess who was at the controls.

'Perspective Grid' from the new Der Zyklus EP can be listened to at this exclusive MixMag Soundcloud link.

Drexciya's 'Unknown Journey IX' can be listened to in full at this Clone Soundcloud link.

There is new mix of Drexciya's music at this Soundcloud link which covers their lifespan and may serve as a good introduction for newcomers. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

DRL on Facebook

I've decided to launch a Facebook page for DRL. I will keep doing the Blog version in the same way for sure but I guess anything that potentially increases and connects the audience for all things Drexciya and Heinrich Mueller is a good thing. The first post is the video for the new Heinrich Mueller Remodel of The Exaltics. I think this is a very good example of what I will be putting up here that might have gotten a bit lost within a regular DRL posting. It's a good video for a great track and hopefully more people can share and comment about it using this platform as well. I also have tons of other older stuff I want to link to that ties in more with looking back on 10 years of DRL. I think this will be a good way to pinpoint some amazing tracks, interviews and other things that people who care about this subject will appreciate. Just like the page to get those updates to your timeline or check in there from time to time to see what I've been posting. Thanks.
DRL Facebook page

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Der Zyklus - Axonometric EP

There will be a new Der Zyklus EP, Axonometric, released on September 15th 2015 on 12" and download. This will be the first new standalone 12" under this name since Krypton 84 in 2012 on WeMe Records. It will be on Zone Records which was set up by The Hacker and Alexandre Reynaud in 2009. Heinrich Mueller has a long connection with The Hacker aka Michel Amato since at least 2000 when he remixed 'Fadin' Away' for The Hacker's remix EP of the same name which is still one of my favourites of Mueller's remix/remodel work. They have also featured on many live bills together over the years and it's great to see them connected together again in this way. There is some sort of joint deal between Zone and The Vinyl Factory for the 12" release with a news item on the latter's website stating that the artwork will glow in the dark. The tracks are entitled, 'Perspective Grid', 'Plan Oblique', 'Isometric Projection' and 'Explosion Diagram'. These titles and 'Axonometric' itself all appear to tie-in with a theme of design and representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions (an example of which can be seen in the cover artwork). For more on what is known as axonometric projection click here.

'Isometric Projection' can now be listened to at this link and you can pre-order the 12" from The Vinyl Factory. Only 300 are being pressed.

I also found that the below Mueller quote that Zone must have used on their press release actually dates from 2005 and comes from what was possibly his very first interview. He gave it to Pawel Gzyl for a website based in Poland called Gazeta.

Electronic music is based on science and the scientific method is utilized in its creation. Theories and hypothesis are put forth and if they are practical and plausible they will tested to verify them. Some theories work and some don't, but no theory is considered too abstract. All is considered. The more radical the better.

There are no audio samples from the EP available just yet but keep an eye on the Zone Soundcloud, their Facebook page and DRL for updates.

It has also been announced that Dopplereffekt will play live at the Semi-Breve festival in Portugal during 30th Oct - 1st Nov.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dopplereffekt remodel The Exaltics

There is a new remodel by Heinrich Mueller under his Dopplereffekt guise upcoming soon of 'Instinct' by The Exaltics on a new Remixes EP of theirs. His remodel is called 'Hubble Constant remodel' and the EP also includes remixes by Ultradyne, Objekt, Gosub and E.R.P. It can be pre-ordered on vinyl from this Bandcamp link and samples from all of the tracks can be listened to at this Soundcloud link. A video of the full length remodel is now available to view at this YouTube link. The below blurb is from the label Solar One Music.

By now we know the Exaltics stand for high quality advanced deep space electro techno after their great trilogy on Clone records and most recently their great retrospective album "The Truth 2008 - 2013"on their own Solar One Music. As a follow up on that album they invited an impressive line up of remixers to work on some of their album tracks! E.R.P. , Gosub, Dopplereffekt, Objekt, and Ultradyne: these heavyweights and legendary artists have written some of the most important pages of the electro / techno History. A dream come true for the Exaltics and a heavy weight and highly desirable collection of electro techno on Solar One Music!

Dopplereffekt will also be playing live at MIRA, a live visual arts festival in Barcelona, Spain from 30th Oct to 7th Nov. More details at this link.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dollska - Rudolf Klorzeiger Remoel

There is a new remix by Heinrich Mueller on an upcoming 12" and download, So Long For A Small Storm, by Dollska. Interestingly the Juno and Clone sample and pre-order links currently list it as a 'Gerald Donald remix' but the label lists is as 'Rudolf Klorzeiger Remodel' Additional remix production by G. Donald. 'Scots-Belarusian electronic producer Dollska (formerly Dollskabeat) returns with her new EP 'So Long for a Small Storm'. The EP features a rare remix by Detroit Legend Gerald Donald (Drexciya/Arpanet/Japanese Telecom) under the guise of Rudolf Klorzeiger...' It is said to be out on 15th July on Kissa Records according to the Dollska Facebook page. Just to show how long it can take to get vinyl pressed these days (unless there was some other delay) I also noticed there is a photo of a test pressing from September 2014. You can also view a  video of the original track.

Inkamera (Victoria Lukas) has a rare live show show upcoming on 11th September in Liege, Belgium. This Facebook link has the details.

I just found out about an online petition for Warp to reissue The Other People Place album on vinyl. It has been out of press for a long time now and is going for big money on places like Discogs so I signed it along with almost 700 people so far. They hope to reach 1000.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Heinrich Mueller remodels Louis Haiman

There is a new Heinrich Mueller remix on an upcoming Louis Haiman 12", Aquatonic Dissonance, on the Abstract Forms label in September. His mix is called 'Cepheid Variable Remodel'. You can listen to sound clips of all the the tracks and pre-order from these Clone and Juno links. There is also a longer clip of Mueller's remodel used on a promo video for the release here.

A Cepheid Variable is a star that pulsates radially, varying in both temperature and diameter to produce brightness changes with a well-defined stable period and amplitude. A strong direct relationship between a Cepheid variable's luminosity and pulsation period secures for Cepheids their status as important distance indicators for establishing the galactic and extragalactic distance scales. More about it here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dopplereffekt at Dekmantel festival +

Dopplereffekt will be playing at the Dekmantel festival in Amsterdam, Holland at the end of July 2015. It's a bit of a  mouth-watering line-up too if you can get there, details here. The next confirmed date I'm aware of is 20th August in Poland.

Victoria Lukas may well be making her UK live debut with a rare Inkamera gig in Manchester on 22nd August, details here. Get in the mood with the new video for the awesome Skylar by Inkamera. Also recently under her own name she also uploaded a new video for 'ZELENOGORSK' which according to a search of DRL was on the Zerkalo MySpace Player back in 2009. It was likely always a solo production and was included last year on the Touched Two compilation in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support (255 tracks by artists such as Anodyne, Plaid, Ulrich Schnauss, Si Begg, 808 State, B12 and Autechre). Listen and purchase here.

There is a compilation out as well called Reconstructing Thessaloniki on Remote Influence which features artists such as Alek Stark, Federico Leocata, Das Muster, Scape One and Luke Eargoggle. Listen and purchase here.

Lastly a friend and I were recently trying to figure out what happened to 'Unknown Journey V' on the Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller series, is it an untitled track  ('Interlude') on vinyl only or was it just forgotten or skipped for some reason? Does anyone out there know? A helpful mix of all the known Unknown Journeys so far can be listened to on YouTube here.