Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Visonia album/video

The official video for 'Die Reisen', the collaborative track released at the start of this year by Visonia and Dopplereffekt, can be viewed at this link. It has been up for a long time now but had passed me by. It was directed by Virginie Von Virou who has also worked with Victoria Lukas on videos for Zerkalo, Vita and Weltgeist. The director's Vimeo channel is here. Anyone waiting for the Visonia album, Impossible Romance, which features 'Die Reisen' can expect it in November on Last Known Trajectory. The track has already been available on 12", which according to its Discogs entry, has already been re-pressed. Details and pre-order for album here.

Dopplereffekt currently have one new upcoming live show to my knowledge on 11th Nov in Paris, France. They are also due to play on 22nd Nov in London, England.

After a delay the reissues of Drexciya's Neptune's Lair and Transllusion's The Opening of the Cerebral Gate appear to be close (NL can be ordered now). There is an interesting Pitchfork review of both albums here too

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alek Stark remixes

There are two new Heinrich Mueller remixes ('Halo 6' & 'Halo 7') on the latest 12" EP, Titan's Cycle, by Alek Stark on Titan's Halo Records. The EP is not available yet, due on 17th November, but it will be limited to just 100 copies on 180 gram vinyl and 200 copies on clear vinyl. I did find it listed on pre-order at one webstore and it stated that it would be available in June 2014 so I guess this one has been ready to go for sometime now (check this Juno link). You can hear all the tracks and both of Mueller's mixes at this Soundcloud link since the end of September. The press blurb on the release is below.

This is my new work for Titan's Halo Records, a very special vinyl EP of five tracks with two versions of the main track, Titan's Cycle, produced by Heinrich Mueller.
Release Date: 1st Oct.
These tracks are simple experiments using the TR808 triggers with the Dot Com Modular, SH101, Oberheim Xpander, Roland System 100/101, Jupiter 6 Europa, Pro One and other vintage synths.
A1. Titan's Cycle 9:38 
A2. Halo 7 (H. Mueller Version) 2:36
B1. 94K 8:43
B2. Methane Rain 3:27
B3. Halo 6 (H. Mueller Version) 5:56
All Tracks Mastered by Alek Stark at Fundamental Audio

Also if you have the time there is a really good Victoria Lukas (Zerkalo) interview and her guest selections archived on the Bass Agenda radio show Soundcloud at this link. Lukas has collaborated with Alek Stark in the past. In the interview she confirms that she and Heinrich Mueller are still working together as Zerkalo (possible album in future) and what else she is up to with her many other musical projects.

Clone Records on Drexciya

There is a very interesting interview with Serge from Clone Records about the history of his label at XLR8R now. Towards the end of the interview he talks a good bit about Drexciya and their Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller series. "But if you want to have the original way how it was presented, you still need the original records. Those contained original stories, and original artwork, all of which are very important parts of the records as well. If you want to have a completely different view of the music of Drexciya, you can listen to the compilations. And, you know, they sound different. We mastered them again and we kept the artwork very minimal so that people can make their own images, and they know about the story that Drexciya had." Loads more quotes on this subject and more at the link above, recommended. Glad to hear that Clone are still going so strong.

The next Dopplereffekt live show is upcoming on 22 Nov in London, England. Details here.

Respect to Mark Bell, legendary electronic producer, who died yesterday.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Black Replica

The subject or concept of Black Amnesia (Replica) is about the future of the human emotional state, the science and theory of it, dreams versus reality, the impending darkness of the future of the mind, and how we have to face this. Memories and history also play an important part, may we learn from them. Psychological. 

Next year it will be 10 years since I stated DRL so as things are a bit slow with new Drexciya/Mueller news right now I thought it might be a good idea to begin an occasional series where I refer to some of the previous subjects I covered in those early years. First on my list is easily Black Replica who new readers might not even be aware of. This was the first MySpace based collaborative project of Heinrich Mueller which due to its incredible music and that nothing was ever really resolved about it (there were never any physical releases or new information about them other than what they gave us) it has remained very pure and mysterious and, I believe, remains very compelling for many others too. All of these MySpace projects were perfect for me to cover and publicize with DRL at the time and a lot of fun and exciting to try and figure out at the time.

Their page was first launched on MySpace in October 2006 with three incredible songs and was fronted by a still anonymous female. She did appear to go under the name Black Replica though and did do one interview which actually dated from an embryonic period of the group before their songs were even fully completed. This interview can be read at this archival DRL link and the quote above comes from it. About the same time they launched a YouTube account called Paradox Twin to host videos for 'Mathematical Eyes' and 'Twilight Pupil' and later would add one more new song to the player. One of the most surprising things they did was play live with a string of five dates in small clubs in Europe during the first half of 2007. Without Mueller anywhere in sight she appeared solo on stage with a very theatrical show. As she wasn't playing any instruments but had a backing tape it was more like a PA with costume changes and video projections which made me wonder if she was a performance artist of some kind. One of my readers sent me a review of their Swedish date (which was also the very first Dopplereffekt live show which also bizarrely didn't feature Mueller either). We now know that this was also probably the last thing they did until without warning in December 2009 an additional three new songs were added to their player. While again they were very good tracks they may have been leftovers and since then there has been nothing.

About the same time as that nice surprise they removed all images from their MySpace account and also took down the two videos they had made from YouTube (a still from one is above and was their profile pic). Even a fan video I had done for 'Black Feathers' which had been up for two years or more suddenly prompted a short message from their account asking me to please remove it as the song belonged to Dataphysix (Mueller's label and production company). I complied and presume others must have gotten the same request as many of their live videos and otherwise disappeared also around this time. A few live videos do still exist online however and I'm glad they do as this is now our only live record of them, links below. I had already used their images many times on DRL so I had copies of them which I reproduce here but the originals were mostly quite low resolution (they had probably been automatically resized by MySpace when uploaded).

As all of Mueller's other collaborative MySpace projects from this time, Zwischenwelt and Zerkalo and later Gedankenexperiment, all went on to have more conventional releases I have a feeling that they wanted to keep Black Replica separate from this for some reason. Perhaps it was just an experiment with new media, something for the fans and not to be tainted by commerce but this is just speculation on my part.  I got the impression at the time they were really beginning to find their own small fanbase in the dark wave electro scene that was kind of popular in the underground at the time and could easily have continued.

Thankfully all seven of their tracks can still be heard on their player and they are all well worth hearing. I don't know what happened with MySpace since then, it did go through some big changes and became old news pretty fast once Facebook came on the scene. The old accounts which survive are pretty plain looking today and obnoxious MySpace promoting videos tend to pop up on them but please don't let this put you off from checking out Black Replica. Alternately you can use the player to record the songs as MP3s and add them to your iPod or computer as I have. Today after almost 10 years the music has very much endured and I'm quite comfortable to never know what it was all about and would be very surprised indeed if they were ever to reform at this stage. While hard to discover they are not a group easily forgotten, let the mystery continue.

I wrote quite a long piece about them in late 2008 which is a good place to read more details and speculation about the project or if you simply use the search box for Black Replica you will find whatever I wrote about them and more. That all important MySpace player can be accessed at this link. There is a live video with a new track not on the player from Madrid and also a two part video from a show in Gent (here is part 2) and one more from another show which shows a clip from one of the videos as a projection. There are also again plenty of fan videos for tracks from the player if you search YouTube.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

First Transllusion LP and EP reissued by Tresor

Back in April of this year I did a post about the possible reissue of the Transllusion and Shifted Phases material which both came out on Tresor/Supremat back in 2001 and 2002. Tresor have just announced they will be doing Transllusion reissues in September/October of this year.

Previously available as a double LP and CD the album, The Opening of the Cerebral Gate, will now be available for the first time on triple vinyl and again as a standard CD. The vinyl will have 3 extra tracks which were bonus tracks on the original CD. Separately they will also reissue Transllusion's Mind Over Positive And Negative Dimensional Matter 12". This 3 track EP has two additional tracks not found on the album release. My article on the first Transllusion album and where it fits in the order of the Storm series can still be read here.

Tresor have certainly followed Clone's lead in keeping this material available in physical formats for a whole new generation of fans to hear as the artists originally intended. Hopefully they will also get round to the Shifted Phases album, The Cosmic Memoirs of the Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope next. They also reissued Drexciya's Neptune's Lair and Hydro Doorways 12" (both repressed in August according to Boomkat) back in May of this year. They posted the following on their Facebook about the upcoming releases.

In between the re-releases of the two legendary Drexciya albums originally released on Tresor Records in 1999 and 2001, the Berlin techno institute is proud to re-present Transllusion’s album “The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate” and accompanying single "Mind Over Positive And Negative Dimensional Matter". 

Produced by the late James Marcel Stinson and released in 2001 via Supremat, a short-lived sub-label Tresor dedicated to a more abstract and experimental electro sound, “The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate” was conceived as the second part of the so-called Drexciyan Storms – a whopping stack of seven albums by the Detroit pair released under different monikers within a single year (the Tresor album “Harnessed The Storm” being the first). 

“The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate” showcases one of the great artistic minds of techno’s second generation on the brink of a new creative chapter in his life - a chapter which, tragically, would end way too soon. 

For the first time music fans will be able to experience the whole journey on vinyl. “The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate” will be made available on CD and a special 3LP edition, which includes the vinyl version of the album as it was originally released, plus a bonus record featuring “Look Within CD”, "Dimensional Glide", “Unordinary Realities CD” and “Do You Want to Get Down (Vocal De Void) CD” - for the first time available on wax. 

Tresor.270 - “The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate” and
Tresor.271 - "Mind Over Positive And Negative Dimensional Matter" are set to come out on September 29th and October 6th, 2014.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Der Zyklus - T4 on new WeMe compilation

WeMe have a very special 10 year anniversary compilation, WeMe 10 Ans, available for download at this Bandcamp link now.You can also pre-order it from them on double green vinyl here. Der Zyklus have contributed an unreleased track called 'T4'. It also features other artists that have been featured on the label such as DJ Stingray, Leyland Kirby, CN, Global Goon, Ceephax and more. Congrats on 10 years!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Dopplereffekt/Objekt - Hypnagogia 12"

There is an upcoming split 12", Hypnagogia, between Dopplereffekt and Objekt. It will be on Leisure Systems, who also released Dopplereffekt's Tetrahymena EP in 2013. The Dopplereffekt track is called 'Delta Wave'. It won't be available until September 1st and will be on 12" and download. This revealing blurb about it is on the labels website. More from Resident Advisor at this link. On the Leisure System Facebook they have been saying that 'Delta Wave' can be heard somewhere online but they want people to find it. I certainly burned up some search engine time and looked in some likely places to no success but from today (6/8/14) they have put up the Objekt track at this link. 'Delta Wave' now shared here.

Hallucinations storm the border between wakefulness and sleep. Accurate perceptions give way to distorted visions, senses torn and split through. Borne of mutual inspiration, legendary duo Dopplereffekt and sonic adventurer Objekt present Hypnagogia, a split 12″ on Leisure System, with each transmission derived from a shared journey into extrasensory perception and subconscious thought.

Described only as bassy techno in the RA piece you can hear some of the Berlin based Objekt's music and mixes at this SoundCloud link.

Leisure Systems have already had to do a repress of Dopplereffekt's Tetrahymena 12" with a generic black sleeve. Discogs link for it here.

Some upcoming Dopplereffekt shows and info links

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Heinrich Mueller Remixes 1996 - 2013

I was looking at the previous posts of mine which list the remix work of Heinrich Mueller and noticed that since I did them many of the YouTube links don't work. This time I decided to just include all of the remixes to date (will do a separate article on collaborations and one-offs another time) with fresh links (if they can be listened to anywhere online in full or part) which hopefully will stay active for longer this time. To keep this post more concise and easy to reference I haven't reviewed each track as I did previously (check here and here for posts which I did up to 2011 where I did). The Info links usually bring you to the releases Discogs page. As I've stated before, Mueller's remix/remodels are right up there with the best of his own productions and I hope you can discover some new music from this list of 32 tracks (more than enough for a compilation or epic official mix someday perhaps?). If I missed anything please let me now, enjoy.

Scan X - 'Wasteland' (Prototype 1) & 'Wasteland' (Prototype 2) by Dr Finn & Dr. Otto Henke (F Communications CD single & 12” 1996) 
Scan X – Wasteland (Prototype 1)
Scan X – Wasteland (Prototype 2)

Hell - ‘Suicide Commando’ (Translation Mix) Translated by: Heinrich Mueller (Disko B/V2 12" 1998) 

Le Car - ‘Cinematic-Automatic’ (Heinrich Muller Remix) (Intuit-Solar 12” 1999) 

The Hacker - ‘Fadin' Away’ (Heinrich Müeller Remix) (GoodLife 12” 2000) 

Station Rose - ‘Dave’ (Heinrich Mueller: Stanley Kubricks Vision Mix) (Gigolo 12” 2000)

Tuxedomoon - ‘What Use’ (Heinrich Mueller Technik Mix) (Gigolo 12” 2000)

Air - ‘Le Soleil Est Près De Moi’ (Dopplereffekt Remix) (Source CD promo 2001) 

Takbam - 'Takbam' (Photon Mix) by Heinrich Mueller. (Loopa / Ki/oon CD single 2001)

The Advent - 'Untitled' (Heinrich Mueller Remix) (Kombination Research 2X12” 2003) 

Duplex - 'P.O.M.' (Time Dilation) & (Time Dilation 2) by Heinrich Mueller (Clone 12” 2005) 
Duplex - P.O.M. (Time Dilation 1) 
Duplex - P.O.M. (Time Dilation 2)

Kavinsky - 'Testarossa Autodrive' (Arpanet Nightdrive Rework) (Record Makers 12” 2006) 

Duplex - 'Autosug' (Heinrich Mueller rmx) (Clone 12” 2006)

Cisco Ferreira - 'Womans Scent' (Heinrich Mueller Remix) (Tresor 12” 2006)

Bochum Welt - 'Saint' (Heinrich Mueller - Z Version) (Rephlex 10” 2007)

Sebastien Tellier – 'Kilometer' (Arpanet Remix) (Record Makers CD & 12“ single 2009)

Rustie - 'Zig-Zag' (Heinrich Mueller's Gravitational Equilibrium Mix) (Wireblock 12” 2009)

Jason Fine - 'Human Need' (Heinrich Mueller Celestial Sphere Mix) (Kontra-Musik 10” single 2009)

ArD2 - ‘Inside The Rock’ (Heinrich Mueller Anti De Sitter Space Mix) (Frigio Records 12” 2010)

Albert Van Abbe - ‘NCS_0009121010’ [Heinrich Mueller Remodel] (No Comment 12” single 2011)

DJ Stingray - 'The Sadist' (Heinrich Mueller Remix) (Unknown to the Unknown 12" 2011)

Yan Wagner - 'Forty Eight Hours' (Heinrich Mueller Apeture Synthesis Remodel) (Download only Pschent 2012)

White Car - 'Now We Continue' (Heinrich Mueller Continuum) (Hippos in Tanks 2012)
Not officially released on any format to date

Hypnolove - 'Come To My Empire' (Arpanet Remix) (Download only Record Makers 2013)

Jeremiah R - 'Memory - Read Only' (Heinrich Müller Remix) (Organic Analogue Records 12" 2013)

Fasenuova - 'Cachito Turulo' (Heinrich Mueller Remix) (Hivern Discs 12" 2013)

Vita - 'The Ultimate Collapsing' (Heinrich Mueller Remix) (Frustrated Funk 10" 2013)

Jauzas the Shining - 'Nuclear Invasion' (Heinrich Mueller Rmx) (Last Known Trajectory 12" 2013)

Albert Van Abbe ‎- 'Rytumtraks 0002' (Rudolf Klorzeiger Remix) (No Comment 12" 2013)

ArD2 - 'Closed Timelike Curved Restructure' (Heinrich Mueller Remix) (Seti Recordings 12" 2013)

Rough Days For Diamond Trade - 'Somehow' (Doplereffekt Remix) (Download only Looking Forward 2013)
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