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Monday, April 13, 2015
Der Zyklus Biometry reissue
Clone Aqualung are reissuing the sole Der Zyklus album to date, Biometry, which was originally released in 2004 on one of their other sub-labels, DUB (Djax Up Bitch). It will be released again on 2LP and CD but in a new remastered cut for the vinyl (not sure if the CD will be remastered also) with no extra tracks. This has been out of press and going for crazy prices for a long time now. For some reason it has always seemed the CD was actually more hard to find than the vinyl version (I've never seen one myself) with currently only one each for sale on Discogs and Amazon for big money. I have it on white vinyl but from this Discogs link I think this was the only version the vinyl came in (anyone with regular black copies out there?). Juno already have samples from the new version and are listing it as forthcoming. Clone also have it listed as upcoming on their main website too. It's very good to see this being made more widely available again. I wrote a piece about the album back in 2008.
I had to remove all of the old MySpace addresses and a few others in the side bar after I noticed MySpace have done something evil with the way these links work from some outside sites or just from the Blogger menu bar and would just take you straight to their main page instead. The links from within posts still work for some reason (for now). There are still some great tracks on these old MySpace sites of Zwischenwelt, Zerkalo, Gedankenexperiment, Vita, ArD2 etc, if you can find them and have the patience for the player to work. I know some people were having problems with the Black Replica player but I just checked it again and it does start to play, sometimes not immediately. The full Black Replica player link seems to work best from here, so try.
There is also a new two and a half hour Drexciya mix, Traxciya, up at this YouTube link.
There is a new Drexciya 12" upcoming soon on the Clone Aqualung label. The two lead tracks are a longer 'Aqualung Version' of 'Black Sea' (from The Journey Home EP in 1995) and also an 'Aqualung Version "without the infamous skip" of 'Wavejumper' (from Aquatic Invasion 12" in 1995). This new version is actually pretty amazing! There is also one more unreleased 'Unknown Journey XI' (the 14th so far) for good measure. All in all it sounds like a nice package with hopefully more to follow in this fashion. You can listen to samples of all three songs now here (on the Clone site) or hear longer versions on their Soundcloud. This is the fourth release so far on this Clone sublabel dedicated to all things Drexciya related which has previously featured Der Zyklus and Zerkalo.
The audio-visual artist Andrey Ter-Grigorian recently launched an interesting low key web art project based around his own interpretation of The Other People Place album, Life Styles of the Laptop Cafe. It works by scanning QR codes to take you to the next page, you can also click your way through some of the pages too. Enjoy. My original article on this album and its place in the Storm Series can still be read here.
The legendary Kim Karli, the original vocalist with Dopplereffekt, is featured on vocals on a new track by Italian producer Federico Leocata. It's called 'Metacaust' and can be viewed with its official video here and will be included on his album, Zunächst, on Sun Cat Recordings soon. Hopefully this is a sign there will be other collaborations and musical activity by Kim in the future, she has been missed! Back in July 2012 I did a short interview with her you might like to read. You can listen to more music by Federico Leocata on his Soundcloud page.
Please check my previous post for the rest of their upcoming shows but Dopplereffekt have added one more that I know about for Offenbach, Germany on 2nd May, details here.
There have been quite a few Dopplereffekt live shows announced recently (on some very choice line-ups too), including their first time in Australia so I thought I should list them with some links. Hope some of you get to see them.
At least one person (on Twitter) thought this track. 'Gerald Remix' by Aphex Twin (unveiled during his ongoing mass upload of unreleased tracks on Soundcloud) referred to Gerald Donald aka Heinrich Mueller. It's actually a remix he did for A Guy Called Gerald back in the day. While Richard James has talked about wanting to collaborate with Mueller we might have to wait a bit longer for that to happen.
There is a new Drexciya themed mix on the Rinse FM Soundcloud now and you can listen to a very extensive UR mix with lots of Drexciya at this Souncloud link as well.
There is also a new 12" EP, Shadows by Jauzas The Shining featuring Victoria Lukas. You can find links for purchase and listen to all the tracks at this link.
Following on from the Arpanet show in Sweden in January Dopplereffekt have also opened their live account for this year with a show in France on 16/1/15. Dopplereffekt's next advertised date is 5th April 2015 at the Bloc Festival in Paris on a great bill with Carl Craig, Mad Mike and Moritz von Oswald.
Other than a fake Drexciya EP and album on Bandcamp (both very quickly removed and discredited by Clone) things have been a little quiet as far as official news is concerned so I thought it was a good time to revisit this January 2009 interview I did with Cisco Ferreira of The Advent about working with Heinrich Mueller and putting out Drexciya's Abstract Thought album (part of the Storm series) on his Kombination Research label in 2002. Of all the series this album, Hypothetical Situations, could be argued has become the most obscure and hard to find of the seven. I have previously written about the album in more detail here and currently it's long out of press and is valued between £40 and £125 Sterling on Amazon (CD only) with just two copies of the vinyl available on Discogs at between £80 and £385. It would be so great for new and old fans if this album was ever to be reissued and I would imagine it could be licensed or whatever easily enough if some label wanted to pursue it. My original introduction and interview with a few updated links and Cisco's favourite track from the album is below.
I am very pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with Cisco Ferreira about his involvement with Drexciya/Heinrich Mueller. He is a man who within electro/techno circles needs no introduction but to give him the respect he deserves I‘ll give him one anyway. He has been involved in the UK dance scene, DJing and producing, since pretty much the very beginning (1986) and today is known and continues to play around the world on a regular basis. Solo and as The Advent (from 1993-1999 Colin McBean was also in group) he has been responsible for so many amazing tracks, many seminal, which have moved so many minds and dance-floors. In fact when I first started getting seriously into underground dance music and began buying 12 inches it was The Advent that helped educate me.
Q: I believe you were the first person to licence any Dopplereffekt material outside of the United States in 1997 on the Kombination Phunk compilation. Can you talk about how you first came across their music and what impression it made on you then.
A: I didn't realize that. I knew that those tracks were Hot and I needed them on this compilation and luckily we got two tracks approved.
Q: Was it an easy process to get in contact and licence the material?
A: Nope, we got our record company (BMG) to get in touch and go through the proper channels which all worked out perfectly.
Q: You added some subtle touches to these tracks, 'Pornoactress’ and 'Plastiphilia’, how was this done and why?
A: Yes I was into tape editing in a big way, back in the day's before DAT and CD, so I wanted to add the same analogue feel, so a Studer 1/2 inch tape was hired from "Studio Hire" for this whole Kombination Phunk project.
Q: Dopplereffekt of this period would have quite a prolonged impact on modern electro and on some other electronic music genres of the time. How influential were they, what is your opinion?
A: Very.. as they for me took off where Kraftwerk left off.
Q: Were you also a fan of Drexciya, how did you discover them?
A: Was always a big fan of all things electro that came out of Detroit. Doesn't get any better than Drexciya.
Q: When in 2002 your label, Kombination Research, released Abstract Thought's Hypothetical Situations album from Drexciya's Storm Series, was it a matter of it just being offered out of the blue or did you seek it. Had you maintained a continuous contact from before?
A: This I don't want to go into, but for sure it was a blessing to have this important piece of work.
Q: Did you deal with Gerald Donald or James Stinson?
A: Cannot disclose this information.
Q: The music on the album still sounds pretty amazing and timeless, when you first heard it what did you think? Any favourites? 'Galactic Rotation' is a bit of a monster.
A: They all hit me the same way.. 'Me Luv Womans punani' was the one that stood out for me, not because of the title. :-)
Q: I remember a friend of mine had this on white label for months before it came out, was there a problem or was this how you planned it?
A: I did have some drama with my previous distributor that put this out and I was disappointed they didn't do more to push this release. They were "ELP DISTRIBUTION" run by Corrado Izo. (he ended up shutting down just after I released it).
Q: The artwork is credited to Dimensional Waves Imaging and Oblivion Visual Concepts. Do you know if this was the group themselves or an anonymous outside party? Were they very particular about the details of the text, eg. ‘Music beamed through Dimensional Waves by Abstract thought‘ and the deep abstract thought email address? Did you or they include the 'Drexciya Storm #4' line?
A: What was given to me on text is what I put. Oblivion Visual Concepts is a company here in Portugal that did the final artwork, is run by DJ A Paul.
Q: How has it sold to date?
A: I didn't do this for the sales figures. I did it because I'm a big supporter of electro and to have a release like this I felt honoured to have it on my KR Label.
Q: As a record label owner and music producer that actively uses artwork and titles etc to tie all of your work together and give it depth, like Drexciya, in an age where collecting music has become for many reduced to file sharing and downloading how do you feel about this?
A: Well times have changed and we can't ignore this, with records/vinyl it had a physical identity, now an MP3 in your hard disk doesn't quite cut it for me, technology is changing.
Q: You worked again with Heinrich Mueller on your Recreations project in 2003. Mueller’s track is pretty phenomenal and very different to what he was producing at the time. Where you pleased with what he did with your music?
A: Very pleased, like I said I’m a fan of this music and to have top level artists remixing and doing releases, I’m very honoured to have.
Q: What are your own current artistic activities and plans for the future?
A: More music to release and started a distribution.
Since this interview Cisco's main web contact points have changed to Facebook and Soundcloud.
In a case of Drexciyan fiction becoming fact; over the holidays I heard someone on the radio talking about a scientific breakthrough for breathing underwater and today I got around to finding more about the subject online.
A new scientific breakthrough has created a material being called the Aquaman crystal that stores and releases oxygen. This which could allow humans to breathe underwater. Researchers have synthesized a crystalline material that absorbs oxygen, stores it, and can release it for breathing.
It's still a good few years off and you would wear a mask with these crystals inside it when being underwater but it does sound a lot like a Drexciyan to me. Human science and evolution is an amazing thing. More information on this at this link. To get you in the mood, Drexciya's 'The Mutant Gillmen' video here.
Heinrich Mueller has already played his first show of 2015 with a rare set as Arpanet in Sweden on 2/1/15. Details of this past event here.
There is a new mix by Victoria Lukas for TechnoBass.net which features three Zerkalo tracks, including one which is unreleased, 'The Lake'. It also features some other unreleased music by Lukas for an upcoming short film soundtrack as well as music from one of her other musical projects, Inkamera. It's a great mix and can be listened to here along with the original article.
She also has a new Tumblr website full of text, images, videos and links to her world. I'm also told that following on from their past releases with Visonia/Dopplereffekt and Inkamera, the Last Known Trajectory label will be adding a new Zerkalo 12" to their fine catalogue sometime in 2015.