Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Cherenkov Radiation etc etc

After only a 5 month delay the Der Zyklus 'Cherenkov Radiation' 12" finally emerged on Frustrated Funk. It is on dark purple vinyl. But you would be forgiven for thinking it was so dark purple as to be black. But hold it up to the light and you'll see the purple. Although I would expect Mueller sees it as more of a violet than purple. This is because Cherenkov Radiation is in the ultraviolet colour spectrum. The human eye only sees it as a bright blue, the glow of cherenkov radiation from a nuclear reactor. In fact it mostly exists visibly in the ultraviolet colour spectrum which the human eye cannot see. The sensitivity of the human eye peaks at green, and is very low in the violet portion of the spectrum. Hence violet or a dark purple would be the nearest colour we can relate to it. This certainly proves at least two things about Mr. Mueller; he is a real stickler for detail, like any good scientist and that he has thought about all this fairly deeply and completely. I for my part, appreciate what he is doing by in turn thinking deeply about it myself and finding all this stuff he buried just underneath the surface. It is also good musically, but it's my policy not to describe it - in anymore detail than I already have - straight away, so will comment on this release when I get to it in about a year or more at this rate!
One other piece of additional info did emerge on issue of the 12" however. For some time now a Der Zyklus MySpace has had the circular patterned label image up which I've included here. I'd always thought that this was a fan page up to now but at the very least it appears to be maintained by someone with connections to the group or even by the man himself? There are other original images there as well plus a link to Drexciya's 'Hydro Theory' YouTube video, 3 old Der Zyklus tracks and various other bits, so again, make up your own mind how official it is.
Time for a round up of a few other loose ends.
Noticed this recently. If you never got to download the Arpanet audio promo, 'Time Shifting' which appeared I think as a radio show kind of thing on then you can download it both in English and German language versions from this link. If memory serves all the tracks featured are unreleased Arpanet/Gerald Donald music. It's a cool little extra and you learn something, can't be bad.
On the speculative side; if you ever wondered how Heinrich Mueller finds the names for his projects how about looking no further than the equipment in his studio. The Zyklus MPS is a now rare and retro 80's midi sequencer which I think could make some sounds we would be familiar with. Check it out on this demo video and see if you agree.
Also, anyone for Doepfereffekt? One of my readers tracked down a certain Douglas Wagner from the credits on the 'Sterilization' 12" and found he works for Enport who distribute Doepfer products in the US. Check out their site at
Lastly while on this subject, the keyboards which Dopplereffekt have been using when playing live lately are a pair of Korg Triton Le 61 key workstations.
There is a new Zerkalo video up called 'When I Was Sick' on YouTube. Hard to know what, if anything, Heinrich Mueller did on this track but it's ok in its own right.

While I won't be doing this for every promoter that is doing a Dopplereffekt show, but because their first ever live UK appearance at Bangface didn't happen due to equipment problems which were not their or the promoters fault the real first ever live UK appearance by default is now to be held at Numbers, Glasgow, Scotland on 6th June 2008. I have reproduced the flyers. Tickets and more info can be got at following links

Dopplereffekt appear to have a seated show in Athens, Greece on 30th May. DJ Stingray is also on the bill. The flyer is reproduced at base of post. It is in a venue called Bios and tickets are 12euro on the door.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephen, I've heard about they didn't play live at bangface because one of their synths was broken down ! Is that true ? Was it the Triton LE ? By the way, they didn't use a pair of LEs so far, but a Triton LE and a Triton Studio or Triton Extreme notably during the Amsterdam concert. The main apparel is the LE, that's pretty genious regarding its characteristics and the Triton Studio or Extreme is used as an alternative to add noisy layers or reverbed beats to the piece.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I didn't know they didn't play at bangface, pity for them and the fans. I guess they use a variety of keyboards when they play live then, but I do know they request a pair of Korg Triton Le 61 key workstations as first preference from promoters when they play live.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zyklus midi sequencer that's a good find he may well have or still uses one I can see it.

Mueller recent output sounds extremelly digital and with notorious aliasing (specially on Cherenkov Radiation EP)I connect the way he chooses his subjects of interest and how he tries to compose and work in a similar way (as in with a computer like in a lab and maybe use analog synths on certain parts that are also analog in cientific experiments, cientific equipment, etc).

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

The last Zyklus EP looks black but hold it up to the light - it's very dark purple. I didn't notice at first and thought it was black.

I spoke to Gerald at Bang Face and tried to help get the Tritons working. Unfortunately the hire company had failed to supply them with the specified amount of memory. It wasn't the fault of the event organisers or of Dopplereffekt and there wasn't really any way to get the right kind of memory chips at that remote location on a Saturday night.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Just looked at my copy, wow, that is so subtle. It's like a new record to me now! Will amend post. Thanks for info.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tasty EXB-SMPL !

2:29 PM  
Anonymous weetabix said...

whens black replica coming?

11:32 PM  

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