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It’s real, and yet, it isn’t. It’s the sound of percussion, but it resonates in an otherworldly way. It’s the flaming, blood-red surface of a volcano, but it’s melting before us. Some of the most evocative digital works walk this line, transport us to a place our brains can accept, yet not entirely believe, universes just past the reaches of our imagination.
And so the collaboration between Egyptrixx (Toronto’s David Psutka) and A N F (Berlin visualist Andreas Nicolas Fischer) congeals around the notion of texture and surface. In generated geometries, globs of interplanetary resin, space insect innards about to evolve, sound and visual alike take on hyperreal computer perfection. They’re beautiful and terrifying, glistening molten immersion.
Oh, yeah, and hopefully you like the color red. (I recall a phase in my childhood where I became so obsessed with the hue that I hung red curtains in my room, so that the mid-day sun bathed the entire bedroom in fire-hot color. It looked like this – well, with far more terrestrial furniture, of course.)
The music video, AX//S:
And the live AV set. Yes, bookers, please book this, preferably somewhere I can go and see it, okay?
In some sense, these don’t immediately scream 2013; perfectly-rendered generated goo and planetscapes have made the rounds in AV festivals and the demoscene for years. But there is a level of beautiful focus and discipline that puts this duo at the top of this sort of work. And it’s nice to see such a perfect fusion of the album experience, the brief-but-satisfying music video, and the live AV act.
The new Egyptrixx album is “A/B tip Infinity,” in a return to the label Night Slugs.
But the process between the audio and visual is what makes this unique. Visuals weren’t simply generated after the fact, wallpaper to the music. Rather, the collaboration involved a process that generated the relationships between the two systematically.
Together the pair focused on a process – a set of ‘meaning-through-reduction’ principles applied to both sound and video – with atmosphere, repetition and texture given priority over traditional ideas of narrative and song structure.
Fischer’s visuals began to take shape, depicting molten off-planet environments, strange underground realms and volcanic caves lined with arrays of fluorescent light tubes, and Psutka responded by soundtracking these new digital environments.
The resulting nine tracks and their accompanying series of videos and images became “A/B til Infinity”, a mesmeric environment rendered in the crystalline HD that has marked Egyptrixx’ work since his earliest productions.
That is, the two came up with a process together which they each translated to their respective media, the artist’s imagery influencing the quality of the tracks, and the tracks then inspiring the visuals.
Selim Bulut has a thoughtful write-up for Dummy, reflecting on the relationship of that process to the result – even if the listener isn’t immediately aware of the source:
…an awareness of its creation process definitely explains a lot, like why certain sounds – the industrial clangs, the metal scraping, the rainfall and sirens, the relentless thudding kicks – recur so frequently. It also explains why the sound palette is so minimalistic – just three pieces of gear were used on the album, generally streamlining the whole thing. Most importantly, it explains the whole album’s mood. It’s an oppressive record, conjuring a hellish, uninhabitable landscape.
Filip Visnjic writes up the collaboration for the awesome force that is Creative Applications, with a focus on the visual side of the generative approach. You might say this is literally an alien, digital world, produced by creating fantastic terrains in the virtual domain – noise into planets:
The video below is an excerpt created with Blender, mainly the built-in procedural noise functions for the terrain. Added to the mix is a little bit of Cinema4d, GPU Rendered with Cycles. The piece is composed in Blender with the Node compositor (similar to Open Source Nuke).
The album was released late last month; a world tour starts in 2014 with the live AV.
More evocative images for you, of this made-up Red Planet, taken from the live set:
More at A N F’s site for the project:
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It’s that time of year again when Resident Advisor announces its top 100 DJs of 2013. This years poll saw many artists go up and down the charts, while pushing deserving artists right to the top. This year we saw Innervision front man, Dixon, take the #1 spot which seemed most appropriate. His label has been in high demand this year and his DJ sets have been nothing short of amazing. Also rising the charts to #2 was Tale Of Us. These two incredible DJs have been sweeping the nation this past year, and not to mention their label Life & Death has become one of the most well respected in the business. This year also saw artists such as Jamie Jones slip down from #1 to #9 as well as Art Department and Maya Jane Coles losing their rank amongst many others. Richie Hawtin always seems to be right at the top as usually and new artists such an Mano Le Tough jumped right to the top. We always love to see what the world thinks of its DJs and you can check out the whole listing right here. Tell us what you think and where each DJ belongs in the rankings.
Here comes a first release on My Favorite Robot from hotly tipped Italian duo Hunter_Game, complete with remixes from acclaimed producer Petar Dundov and German Christian Prommer. Hunter_Game have had a great spirt of first releases in the last year or so, with a debut EP on Solomon’s Diynamic and two follow-ups on none other than Sasha’s label, Last Night on Earth. Their sound is a spacious, synth-rich one that speaks to the head as much as heel. The first cut here, ‘Distant Storms’, is a journey cut with grand intentions. A bed of drums sets the engaging pace but what goes on above is what stands this track out – an open sky of rippling synth patterns extends in all directions, some gurgle down low, some cut through the sky like a diamond tipped laser, but the cumulative effect is one of high drama.
Munich’s Christian Prommer – Music Autonomica boss and Studio !K7 producer – tackles the remix with a much deeper perspective, Here the groove is low slung and coated in warm dub vibes. Rather than flying you off into the cosmos it wallows beautifully in minor synth chords and an ever more hypnotic groove. Hunter_Game then offer “Keep the Other Things Out’ which again showcases their great synth skills – which are also perfectly befitting the My Favorite Robot label – and an aptitude for making music that is cinematic and expansive as well as dance floor suited and physical.
Croatia’s Petar Dundov is a famous analogue gear nut and is often found on Belgium’s celebrated Man Make Music label. Here he gets down and dirty with his machines again, teasing out plenty of gurgling lines and tons of tension from his pads. It’s an engaging and dramatic journey, for sure. Finally, ‘This Moment’ sees Hunter_Game pair down their beats to raw and mechanical things before allowing their machines to run riot once more. There is plenty of pain and industrialism in the tones on offer and they all add up to yet another fine EP or genuinely artistry from this fast rising duo. As ever, My Favorite Robot has its fingers firmly on the pulse of now.
Title: Distant Storms EP
Label: My Favorite Robot Records
Catalog No.: MFR089
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Cocolores are a German Duo from Munich currently living and working in London. Best known for their releases on Compost Black Label and the Berlin based Exploited Records where they already had some great music out. For Dirt Crew they went deeper and darker to their usual sound and delivered 3 great originals spanning from the Deep “techno-ish” House groover “What You Do” with it’s haunting vocals to the funky leftfield broken beat jam that is “Inside”. Also this tune features a great vocal and spaced out organ sounds, a lot different from the more straight forward dance floor burner that is the last track “Unfinished Things”. To complete this dope release we have one of our main House Masters on the remix job. Till von Sein turned “Inside” into a driving techno-house slammer that will surely burn the floors with it’s repetitive acid-line feel and bouncing kick drum. A real Bomb!
Title: Inside EP
Label: Dirt Crew Recordings
Catalog No.: DIRT075BP
Electronique are very pleased to finally bring their first release on their new Electronique sister label Electronique NU. They are also delighted to welcome Nolan who has previously released on labels such as Get Physical, OFF Recordings and Nurvous and will have the honor of been first up with Everyday & Everynight. This slow and sexy disco number features the delectable and sultry vocals of Amber Jolene reminiscing on Yvette Michelles classic original. On remix duties they welcome the super talented KANT & S.K.A.M. who both bring something fresh to the release KANT with his warm synths and deep bass also applying Amber’s vocal to unique effect whilst S.K.A.M. brings the grooves and funk with his Dub. This package also comes with Bonus track Chase The Fame backed with a remix from Compost’s very own Rey & Kjavik. We think it’s fair to say Electronique NU has arrived!
Artist: Nolan feat. Amber Jolene
Title: Everyday & Everything EP
Label: Electronique NU
Catalog No.: NU001
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WD2N it’s a duo of producers from different countries, different continents, who joined forces after they met at tour in Europe. Ivan Kovacek (Slovenia) and Yuri Lima (Brasil) quickly realized that they have similar taste and passion for house music, they started to work together and that’s how in 2013 WD2N was born. After success of their first releases signed by labels like Nervous, Mexa or Audio Tonic, they are back with a new exciting EP, this time collaborating with Natema – brazilian duo of producers and multi-instrumentalists, Tetto Bononi and Luis Valente.
Known in the electronic scene for their unique Live performances, Natema creates a vibrant environment, using midi controllers, keyboard, guitar and vocals, producing melodies attached to a consistent bass line, described as an extremely danceable and memorable productions which their audience will find hard to forget. But, that’s not all – the track wouldn’t be as beautiful, if not an engagement of very talented vocalist Samantha Leigh. We are really proud to present a fruit of this massive collaboration! Plus, you can find here 3 outstanding remixes made by Animal Picnic, Lessovsky and Framewerk. Pure house music records!
Artist: WD2N, Natema feat. Samantha Leigh
Title: Cabaret EP
Label: Exotic Refreshment
Catalog No.: EXRD086
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