Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Drexciya Day 2018 and more

There will be a Drexciya Day/tribute event in Glasgow on Friday 14th September and Manchester on  8th September. I wasn't sure if I should suggest doing this again this year but as fans have already taken the initiative (like Dublin fans last year) maybe more of you would like to organise your own events around the world. Last year there were tributes in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Rome and on radio.
Like last time, this doesn't need to be something big, just a party in a bar or cafe will do, something to celebrate James Stinson's life and Drexciya on or close to 3rd September. This year will be the 16th anniversary of his death. If anyone wants to organise such an event please let me know and I will be very happy to share it. Email me details or contact me through the DRL FB page.
Dopplereffekt play their first show in Istanbul, Turkey as part of a Red Bull Music festival there. They play on 29th September. They also have a show in Estonia on 24th August. 
Das Heise Experiment 2 by The Exaltics on Solar One Music is finally available. This album features one collaborative track with Heinrich Mueller aka Rudolf Klorzeiger. It looks like an amazing package as usual. Available on Bandcamp and in stores according to The Exaltics FB page.
There is a great new Drexciya themed mix here
'Death in Vegas are huge fans of Gerald Donald in all his forms. He chose to 'reproduce' Metal Box, keeping certain elements of the original field recordings, the sounds of the Steel Factory opposite Drone's studio, the incessant drones from the planes landing at City Airport and the dial tones of the studio's VHF radio and layered over these with his own sonic tapestry.'
Heinrich Mueller under his Rudolf Klorzeiger alias has remixed an epic 10 minute version of 'Metal Box' (Mercury Box Rework) by Death In Vegas. The original can be found on their Transmission (2016) album. You will find it on the remix 12", You Disco I Freak. This one sneaked under the radar and has been available since April 2018. You can hear a generous snippet of it and purchase at this link and at Juno.
There have been loads more great images and info by Abdul Haqq about Drexciya over at his page, The Drexciyan Empire, which is about, 'The art of Drexciya. The concepts based on the origin story, the songs and label writings and from my work on Neptune's Lair.'

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Black Replica on Metaphysik and more

It is happening again! It's been over twelve years since Heinrich Mueller's collaborative project, Black Replica, first mysteriously appeared on My Space with four quite special songs and two mysterious black and white videos. They registered on MySpace in October 2006 and predated Zwischenwelt, Zerkalo and Daughter Produkt (all launched on same platform). There was a short solo European tour in 2007 and then two years later three more new songs were tantalisingly added to their MySpace player (which can still sometimes work) and then nothing.

Now the German label, Metaphysik, have announced that they will be releasing this music for the first time in a physical format. Black Replica appeared to win over many fans at the time and they left more than a few questions in their wake. I still love those mysteries and perhaps there will never be any new music or live shows again but this new release will make what they achieved a permanence and introduce more people to their music and world.

The videos were removed from their then official YouTube channel a long time ago but thankfully somebody did upload them again in 2015 at a new Black Replica channel. You can watch the videos there for 'Mathematical Eyes' and 'Spider Theory'. There was even a short and very early interview with BR for a Polish webzine here (when they were called Black Amnesia). A few years ago I wrote a summary about them here and in 2008 a longer piece here.

Watch Metaphysik's Facebook page and website for details.

Dopplereffekt will be playing live in Berlin on 31st August at Berghain.

Sadly 'The Story of Drexciya' on Red Bull Radio was disappointing; basically the first half hour consisted of their music with a few comments about them by the DJ, John Collins, and then he went back to his usual show. Judging by the amount of shares and likes the link got on the DRL Facebook page there is obviously an appetite for some kind of audio documentary about Drexciya and maybe someday RBR or someone else might get around to it. The closest thing to this that already exists is the recording of a talk myself and the journalist, Richard Brophy, did last year in Dublin. It might be a little boring without music but we do go into some detail.

Clone Records have now uploaded all four of the full length 'Moments' from Transllusion's A Moment of Insanity 12" to this YouTube playllst. This is a great way to sample these previously unreleased tracks from James Stinson's vaults.

'Death in Vegas are huge fans of Gerald Donald in all his forms. He choose to 'reproduce' Metal Box, keeping certain elements of the original field recordings, the sounds of the Steel Factory opposite Drone's studio, the incessant drones from the planes landing at City Airport and the dial tones of the studio's VHF radio and layered over these with his own sonic tapestry.'

GD under his Rudolf Klorzeiger alias has remixed an epic 10 minute version of 'Metal Box' (Mercury Box Rework) by Death In Vegas. The original can be found on their Transmission (2016) album. You will find this on the remix 12", You Disco I Freak. This one sneaked under the radar and has been available since April 2018. You can hear a generous snippet of it and purchase at this link and at Juno.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The return of Arpanet & new Transllusion 12"

There is a new/old Arpanet track, 'Einstein Ring', included on a 7" with the Electric Eclectics box on Fundamental Records. You can play the track here and pre-order here. As if that was not enough, there are two more new Arpanet tracks on a split 12", Phases EP, with two more by the Spanish producer, 30drop. This is the first new material by Heinrich Mueller under this alias since 2006. You can hear samples of all the tracks at this link, it's available from 25th June. Resident Advisor have a link to the full version of 'Main Sequence Star' here

Just to illustrate how far ahead of his time Mueller can sometimes be, 'Einstein Ring' is actually a sped up version (with a little extra production) of an unreleased track from 2006. This has been on YouTube since that time and comes from the Relativity & Time Shifting lectures, made to promote Inertial Frame.

Its been just under a month since copies of Transllusion's A Moment of Insanity 12" first went on sale in Clone's shop and now it is on general release. All four unreleased tracks can be sampled here and it can be ordered here. Clone have written a blog post about it with a picture of the actual DAT tape (below). 

There is a brilliant new 90 minute radio show from Germany that concentrates on the work of Heinrich Mueller.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Transllusion - A Moment of Insanity 12" on Clone Aqualung, Dopplereffekt on Rinse FM and more

It appears that Clone Aqualung have a new 12" by Transllusion upcoming or even out now. The EP, A Moment of Insanity, features four tracks, 'Moment 1 - 4'. I presume this is more unreleased material they have been given access to. However, there is no mention of the release on any of Clone websites. I contacted the person who submitted it to Discogs and they told me they bought it direct from Clone's shop in Rotterdam. For now that might be the only place you can purchase it. If anyone else knows more about this mysterious release please share what you know, thanks

You can download the Dopplereffekt mix from 12th May from Clone's takeover of Rinse FM here. There is no track list but he played music by Black Replica, Beta Evers and Dopplereffekt/Arpanet. It starts off with what sounds like dialogue from Dopplereffekt's Entropy show.

Between now and August there are currently five Dopplereffekt shows confirmed, check out this Resident advisor link for details. The only upcoming Arpanet show I know of is set for May 30th in Austria. Dopplereffekt will be playing in Australia on 30th June and the artwork is brilliant, I've cropped the drawing of them from it below.

Some of you will enjoy this two part article I wrote about the Dublin electronic group Decal for Abstract Analogue

Sunday, March 25, 2018

XOR Gate preview, Arpanet and Doppleffekt live dates and more

A few more details of Heinrich Mueller's album under the name XOR Gate have been leaking out. It will be single vinyl, the release date is 30th March and you can already pre-order it on a number of sites, including Juno, Deejay and Norman Records. There is a new cover image as well (maybe the previous one will be used on the back?) Track list and what might be part of Tresor's press blurb below.

A1: Circle
A2: Foci
A3: Ellipse
A4: Parabola
B1: Directrix
B2: Hyperbola
B3: Major Axis
B4: Minor Axis

'XOR Gate is the brainchild of Heinrich Mueller, one half of Drexciya and Dopplereffekt.

In linguistic or electronic logic, the XOR Gate designates a device, digital or grammatical, which outputs a value only when two inputs are fed into it. This can be summed up with the formula 'one or the other but not neither, nor both.'

A conic section is a shape created as a plane intersects a cone. This can result in different figures such as a circle, an ellipse, a parabola or a hyperbola. Conic Sections is here composed of eight themes, or shapes, over which waveform and synthesis entirely merge with human emotions. The line is blurred. These eight themes are intertwined, forming one long musical string. The line is forever blurred.

Conic Sections was commissioned by ArtCenter South Florida in Miami, for the AN IMAGE exhibit.'
In case you missed it, Victoria Lukas' new mix is now on Soundcloud, which includes exclusive XOR Gate previews.To my knowledge, this Clone shop link is currently the only place you can hear samples of all the tracks of the album. The Wire is also now streaming the entire album (30 mins) at this link.

You can now hear the full length collaborative track, '00044.00.1.5', by The Exaltics and Rudolf Klorzeiger on this great official video. Included on Das Heise Experiment 2 on Solar One Music, it's available for pre-order now from this link and will be released in June.

Dopplereffekt will be playing live at the Glitch Festival in Malta 14th -16th August. Nina Kraviz (former member of the mysterious Noether Symmetry and vocalist on a track by NRSB-11), Jeff Mills, Objekt and many more are also on the bill.  Dopplereffekt are also on the bill for Strange Sounds From Beyond festival in Amsterdam, Holland. They play on Sat 23rd June.

An Arpanet live show takes place in Barcelona, Spain on 31st of March. Arpanet will also be playing live at Intonal, an experimental music festival in Malmo, Sweden (25th-30th April). They will also play at Heart of Noise festival at Innsbruck, Austria. They are there on the 30th May but the festival runs from May 30th -3rd June and has Juan Atkins, Alec Empire, Tim Hecker, Errorsmith and many more on the bill.

This is a great piece about Ron Murphy (1948-2008) of National Sound Corporation, who cut all of the Drexciya records on Underground Resistance and many many more. A true legend of Detroit Techno and from even before that. There is also a video where he brings you through the steps to cut and make a record.

Friday, February 09, 2018

XOR Gate - Conic Sections

Gerald Donald will be releasing a new album, Conic Sections, under the name XOR Gate on Tresor on 9th March. It will be an album composed of eight themes mixed as one 30 minute track. Back in 2016 he made four pieces of music for an art exhibition in Florida, USA, under this name. I imagine these will feature on the album. You can still listen to one of them on the gallery's website here

It's great to see Muller back on Tresor and a new project too. More details at Vinyl Factory and Resident Advisor. If you want to go deeper you can read all about the XOR Gate and the Conic Section at these links.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

New Heinrich Mueller collaborative track, Dopplereffekt live dates and Drexciya tributes

There will be a new Heinrich Mueller (as Rudolf Klorzeiger) collaborative track on the upcoming album by The ExalticsDas Heise Experiment 2, on SolarOneMusic. You can listen to samples of all its tracks at this Clone link. The current date for release is 26th February.
The re-press of the Lab Rat XL album, Mice or Cyborg is now shipping from Bleep, Clone shop, Juno etc.
It's not everyday you discover a new Drexciya track! On the CD and cassette of Underground Resistance's Interstellar Fugitives (1998) there is one more track that even I was not aware of, 'Interstellar Crime Report'. 'Aquatacizem' is their other, better known, contribution to the triple vinyl version. You can listen to it here on YouTube. There is always something new to find out about Drexciya! I learned this thanks to longtime Drexciya fan Andrea Parker and her great EPM mix of 2014.
Dopplereffekt are included on a very impressive bill at the one day Inner City Electronic event in Leeds, England on 2nd June. They also have a shows scheduled for
 Paris on 23rd February and 8th May in Lyon, France. In case I've missd one, you can always check out some of their upcoming shows here on Resident Advisor.

'The duo (Drexciya) would come into Buy-Rite, and Ingram played their records at gigs around the city. After they saw him perform as Urban Tribe at the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival, in 2000, Ingram got a call from the duo's James Stinson. "'Hey man, I want you to do some DJing. I want you to be an assault DJ for Drexciya, we're going on tour.'" I was like, 'Hell yeah.' So that's how that relationship started."'

This is a really interesting interview with DJ Stingray from 2017 about his early days DJing in a biker bar in Detroit, starting his Urban Tribe project and getting to know Drexciya and more.

In this great new video Helena Hauff includes one of Drexciya's real obscurities in her choice of B-Sides. She mentions them from 4min 25sec but the whole video is well worth watching, it made me want to start digging deep into my own vinyl collection again. She also briefly talks about James Stinson in this more spooky video from last year at 2min 45sec.

In this edition of Boiler Room Collections, Ed of DMX Krew picks Gerald Donald's Glass Domain 12" from 1991 as an early electro influence. At the 1hr 15min 36sec mark he explains how he found out about Drexciya and went to London's Fat Cat Record shop where he bumped into Mike Paradinas who made some recommendations and suggested this record. It's interesting to learn that right from their very first release Drexciya found an audience in the UK (and beyond) and that even Donald's first solo record was being imported into the UK. If you have the time the whole programme is well worth watching. If you don't already, you will love DMX Krew!

This is a special 313CTRO mix dedicated to the memory of James Stinson by DJ Psycho of Detroit Techno Militia from 2014.