Friday, May 20, 2016

Der Zyklus remodel Univac and new Zerkalo track

There is a Der Zyklus remix/remodel of 'Lunik' on the forthcoming 12" EP by Univac, Unknown Radio, on the 30 Drop label. Univac is a side project of Geistform's Rafa M. Espinosa from Spain. You can listen to a sample of all 5 tracks at this link. The record is due on 13th June.

There is a new track by Zerkalo, 'The Lake', available to download for free and to stream at this link from a collection of unreleased music (1997-2015) by Victoria Lukas called Closet. There are some other great tracks on the album too.

The new Der Zyklus album, Renormalon, is ready to order now and will ship on 23rd May from this WeMe link on clear vinyl. Black vinyl also available elsewhere online (see previous post for more info).

There might be a good reason but in case anyone has been wondering; its been almost 6 months since Clone announced they would be releasing Zwischenwelt's album, Paranormale Activitat, on vinyl for the first time and there is still no sign of it. Rephlex released it on CD only in 2011 and also initially advertised a vinyl edition. Hopefully someday this will actually happen (hopefully now in early July this year). Link to this item on the Clone shop.

One of the very early Dopplereffekt shows which was played as a duo was in Malmo, Sweden in February 2008. This was later broadcast on a local radio station and is currently archived in full on MixCloud. There is an introduction in Swedish and the quality is perfect. Well worth a listen at 58 mins.

Great effort at this YouTube link to cover Drexciya's 'Lake Haze' using just a Korg Electribe 2 by a very talented young producer. While it's impossible to recreate what was made live with analogue hardware, it's great that someone from a much younger generation is interested enough in their music to try, as well as being willing to show how the equipment can be used.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Der Zyklus - Renormalon pre-order

You can now pre-order the digital version of the new Der Zyklus album Renormalon from the WeMe Records Bandcamp page. They are streaming the opening track, 'Visible Spectrum', in full at that link as well. The album will be available on May 22nd. You can also listen to samples of all the tracks at this Clone link now. There will also be a 12" vinyl edition (approx 500 black vinyl via Clone Distribution and a limited 250 on clear vinyl direct from this WeMe website link). The album is a collaborative effort between Heinrich Mueller and Elena Sizova. Sizova is a DJ and producer from Minsk, Belarus, check her Soundcloud and Mixcloud accounts for more. Blurb from Bandcamp below.

Renormalon is a collaborative effort between Elena Sizova, Heinrich Mueller: music data and Dr Olga Karelkina: visual data + encoding. Its purpose technically is to visually and sonically communicate the renormalon physics principle.Each composition is separate component of the theory representing a particular phenomenon in the realm of quantum uncertainty.The observer is to be immersed conceptually and hopefully will experience discrete states of energy which is integral in atomic behaviour.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Heinrich Mueller on Hubble Telescope Series

Germany's SolarOneMusic will be releasing a split album with Heinrich Mueller and Robert Witschakowski aka The Exaltics. Uniquely Mueller will be represented by 3 tracks under his Der Zyklus, Rudolf Klorzeiger and Heinrich Mueller aliases, as will Witschakowski who records as The Exaltics, Crotaphytus and Robert Heise. The project is part 3 of the label's 'Hubble Telescope Series' and is called 'Project STS-31-Spiralgalaxie'. Previously Mueller has done a Dopplereffekt remix for The Exaltics which also came out on SolarOneMuisc in 2015 (details here). It will be released in late summer 2016 as a 12", CD incl. bonus tracks, digital and 100 copies in a limited Box set. You can hear what sounds like a snippet of what might well be one of Mueller's tracks at this YouTube link.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Der Zyklus - Renormalon album on WeMe

WeMe Records will be releasing a new Der Zyklus album, Renormalon, sometime in 2016. This Belgium label has gradually built a strong relationship with Heinrich Mueller and since 2009 have released the following records related to him: a split 12" with DJ Stingray on Drexciyan Connection 12", Gedankenexperiment - Experiment Defined 12" (2010), Der Zyklus - Krypton 84 12" EP (2012), NRSB-11 - Commodified CD/2LP (2013) and most recently an exclusive Der Zyklus track, 'T4', was included on their double LP 10 year anniversary compilation, WeMe Ans, in 2014.

I asked the label for any information about the forthcoming release and they sent me the titles below. There is no other information about the release online at present. They have released a short video on the WeMe Facebook of a track playing from a white label copy though. The only other thing I can tell you about the album title is that in physics, a renormalon is a particular source of divergence seen in perturbative approximations to quantum field theories.

Der Zyklus - Renormalon WeMe313.12 LP 45rpm

Side 1
Visible Spectrum
Interference Pattern
Spatial Multiplexing

Side 2
Optical Distortion

I made a YouTube playlist for the now very rare and expensive Abstract Thought album, Hypothetical Situations, for your easy listening pleasure. I also made a playlist for the all 7 of the unreleased Black Replica tracks which I hope will be useful. I will keep an eye on them and update the lists if a track gets removed.

Currently there are 3 upcoming live Dopplereffekt shows I know about. One is a festival in Nantes, France at the end of March, then Rome, Italy at the Nowhere Festival in April and the Visions 2016 Festival in France during August.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Zwischenwelt Telekinesis video, Noether Symmetry and more

There is a new video for 'Telekinesis (Nina Kulagina)' by Zwischenwelt (video was developed by Heinrich Mueller & Beta Evers) which is a track included on their album. It was posted on member Beta Evers channel and she states that a 12" vinyl is to be released on Clone Aqualung in 2016. I'm not 100% sure if she means a new 12" single including 'Telekinesis' or is simply referring to the vinyl of their album, Paranormale Activitat, which is due to be reissued by Clone soon. Hopefully there will be some new material as well if it is the former, time will tell.

Over on Aphex Twin's Soundcloud he has been posting YouTube links to some of his favourite tracks and the latest one was the Dopplereffekt and Visonia collaboration, 'Die Riesen', from 2013. He has spoken in the past of wanting to collaborate with Heinrich Mueller. His incredible list of tracks can be viewed and watched at this link.

I missed this insightful article until now (it has some great music selections too) from last year by Antoin Lindsay for Thump to mark the 13th anniversary of James Stinson's passing.

For me one of the most mysterious and unresolved rabbit holes in the Heinrich Mueller multiverse remains Noether Symmetry. While it's quite possible he had nothing to do with this short lived 2009 MySpace project, at the time it certainly appeared to me to have many of the hallmarks of Mueller involvement and to be following a similar path to Black Replica, Zwischenwelt, Zerkalo and Daughter Produkt (his other collaborative MySpace projects of the time). Noether Symmetry never used his name or tried to hoax fans but their aesthetic and the remarkably familiar production and sheer quality of their tracks was the most obvious connections for me to Mueller. When its MySpace page was suddenly deleted in 2010 the music disappeared from the internet and as time passed it looked like no one had copied it to share elsewhere. I went searching a few days ago and found all 4 tracks hidden away with very few plays on a YouTube channel since Jan 2014 (links below).

Regardless of whether Mueller had direct or indirect involvement or was somehow associated or not, the music continues to sound incredibly good in my opinion. 'Geiger Count' most obviously sounds like Japanese Telecom circa Virtual Geisha and 'Half Life', with its female vocal, reminds me of Zwischenwelt. I've linked the tracks below for you to make up your own minds about. This link will bring you to a page grab of their original MySpace from the always useful Wayback Machine and here is a short piece I wrote about them previously (to go further down the rabbit hole type their name in the DRL search box and take it from there!). In case you wondered, their name comes from Emmy Noether, who was an influential German mathematician known for her ground-breaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Der Zyklus 'H2 Region' included in the 808 Box and more

There is an exclusive track by Der Zyklus, 'H2 Region', included in the just released 808 Box aka Third Time Capsule on Alek Stark's  Fundamental Records. This is an 8X12" release of various artists with more than 50 tracks and lots of extra goodies. The Der Zyklus record is one of the extras of the box and is said to be 180 gram and one sided with glow in the dark artwork. This video link includes the original and the Alek Stark remodel. You can also listen to a 3 minute edit of the Der Zyklus track on Soundcloud. Zwischenwelt members Penelope Martin and Beta Evers also have tracks included in the box set. Much more information on this sure to highly collectable release here. Helpfully the following text about the 'H2 Region' accompanies the track on Soundcloud.

An H II region is a large, low-density cloud of partially ionized gas in which star formation has recently taken place. The short-lived blue stars forged in these regions emit copious amounts of ultraviolet light that ionize the surrounding gas. H II regions—sometimes several hundred light-years across—are often associated with giant molecular clouds. The first known H II region was the Orion Nebula, which was discovered in 1610 by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc.

H II regions are named for the large amount of ionised atomic hydrogen they contain, referred to as H II, pronounced H-two by astronomers (an H I region being neutral atomic hydrogen, and H2 being molecular hydrogen). Such regions have extremely diverse shapes, because the distribution of the stars and gas inside them is irregular. They often appear clumpy and filamentary, sometimes showing bizarre shapes such as the Horsehead Nebula. H II regions may give birth to thousands of stars over a period of several million years. In the end, supernova explosions and strong stellar winds from the most massive stars in the resulting star cluster will disperse the gases of the H II region, leaving behind a cluster of birthed stars such as the Pleiades.

Dopplereffekt played their debut live show in Tel Aviv, Israel on 11th December which I only found out about afterwards. Nice poster though, below.

On the DRL Facebook I've been collecting Drexciya's press releases, amongst other things, in a public album. So far, thanks to other fans, there are 11, if you have others please scan and send it my way via FB or the email at the top of this page. My efforts were rewarded with a small piece at Fact Magazine.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Zwischenwelt LP reissue, Dopplereffekt live and more

Clone will be reissuing Zwischenwelt's debut album, Paranormale Activitat, for the first time on vinyl on their Clone Aqualung Series. Clone announced this pretty much the same day as their Clarence G reissue so I've waited until the dust and excitement about that has settled somewhat to do a piece about it here. The record is due sometime in December 2015 and was originally released by Rephlex in 2011 on CD only (the planned double vinyl was cancelled for some reason). Sadly the always incredible Rephlex is no longer in operation since then and their catalogue, including releases by Transllusion, Dopplereffekt and Arpanet, is out of press. Hopefully these records might also get to be reissued by another label someday but in the meantime samples from all of the songs from the Zwischenwelt album can be heard and it can be pre-ordered now from this Clone shop link as well as other places online Samples of the tracks are up on the Clone Soundcloud as well. There is also a new video made by member Susana Correia for 'Clairvoyant' from the album which can be viewed here.

Here's hoping this incredible album will get a new lease of life and maybe there will even be new music from this interesting project in the future. Zwischenwelt started as the second of Heinrich Mueller's collaborative MySpace projects in 2007 and featured Beta Evers, Penelope Martin and Susana Correia. They were quite active with new tracks and videos within this first year and there was enough material for me to write quite an extensive article for DRL about them at the end of 2008. For latest info check the Zwischenwelt Facebook page here.

I know of three Dopplereffekt live shows scheduled for November starting with what looks like a really interesting festival event in Paris on 14th November, then club shows in London on 19th and the Netherlands on the 27th.

Zerkalo's Victoria Lukas has been very busy in the studio and has two new tracks with Manfred Kovacic, 'Little Beliefs' and 'Four & a Hair' online. More are promised and they have set up a YouTube channel for this project. Her latest collaboration with Jauzas The Shining can also be viewed with a brilliantly simple video made by Lukas at this link.

While it has been up a long time now I haven't shared it here before that Drexciya's 'Dr. Blowfins Experiment' can be heard at this YouTube link. This 1997 12", Uncharted, was only available from the actual UR record store on the Somewhere in Detroit label and is now very rare. This track is off the hook by the way and was not included on the Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller compilations which is why it is still worth big bucks on Discogs (one has sold there for over 400 euro). This video also includes the short untitled track that finishes off the vinyl side.

I'm really pleased with the response and reach of the DRL Facebook (over 500 likes so far, thanks) and am glad I happened to launch it at such an interesting time with the new Der Zyklus EP and these latest reissues so there has been lots of new and old stuff to post there. Check it out.