On October 30th, Musica Dispera Musica (London) released “OXI,” the first improv electronic performance album by Klaas von Karlos (ReVerse Bullets) and Ememe. The Berlin-based musicians conceived the project as a one take, in studio performance. Three sessions were recorded between March 2015 and May 2015. The best and final take that appears as “OXI” was recorded May 30 at Studio R in Neue West Art Spaces Berlin. The product is a 77 minute sonic assault that was described by a studio visitor as “the soundtrack to the Apocalypse.”
Klaas von Karlos and Ememe met in 2014 in Berlin after a mutual introduction by a friend. After realizing mutual interests in improvisation and sound texture, they began to perform amongst the GLITCH, Perfek† Ryô†, and Multiversal communities of Berlin’s underground electronic scene. Their first performance was as opening act for the Berlin Soundpainting Orcehstra.
Audiovisual artist/electronic composer Klaas von Karlos (b. filmmaker Jon-Carlos Evans) is the frontman of Berlin/NYC based AV collective ReVerse Bullets and founder of the GLITCH performance series/music label. The 2012 ReVerse Bullets debut, “Drapetomania” garnered awards, screenings, and performances from the MashRome Film Festival, Bideodromo Experimental Film Festival, Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma, Instituo Cervantes Berlin, Remix Media Festival NYC, and others. In 2014 he released the solo album, “Re†urn of the Jackal” and a collaborative album “Divan Rouge” with Argentinian composer/video artist Ulises Labaronnie. Upcoming projects include a new solo release, ReVerse Bullets A/V album, and two feature films.
Ememe is a composer of mainly experimental music, improviser, designer, and anti-nukes activist from Kyoto, Japan. His first encounter with music was with the Grindcore scene. He even tried to form a Grindcore band, but because he couldn’t get stable members, he started creating electronic music alone. As a composer, Ememe creates various genres. of music. During his live performances, however, he usually plays improvisation of laptop or percussions and some effects to generate chaotic psychedelic noise. He is also a member of the improv band “amabeys!” with Chie Mukai and Tomohito Matsumoto in Japan. Ememe moved to Berlin in 2013 and toured Italy and France in April 2014.
“OXI” is the first release for Klaas von Karlos & Ememe on Musica Dispersa Records. For additional info, booking or press requests, please contact contact Roberto at firstname.lastname@example.org with cc: email@example.com.
“OXI” Digital Purchase:
Upcoming Klaas von Karlos & Ememe Performances:
3 November – Bonobo Bar. Greenhouse Berlin (Klaas von Karlos & Ememe live)
6 November – Kim Bar – Berlin (Klaas von Karlos DJ Set)
12 November – “GLITCH.” Madame Claude, Berlin (Klaas von Karlos & Ememe live)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FORMER DRUMMER OF THE CURE, ANDY ANDERSON, FEATURED ON NEW SINGLE, BY ELECTRONIC-ROCK RECORDING ARTIST, JENN VIX.
JUNE 15, 2015, PROVIDENCE, RI USA — The official scheduled release date of the new track, “I Don’t Trust You,” is June 17, 2015. It will be exclusively available at https://jennvixmusic.bandcamp.com. This is Vix’s second release featuring Andy Anderson. The first collaboration track was released in March of this year, and is titled “Eyes Roll Back.”
Vix has also recently recorded and released tracks featuring guitarist, Reeves Gabrels; formerly of David Bowie, and currently of The Cure.
Jenn Vix’s full-length, debut album, received a three and a half star review, in Rolling Stone magazine. Her recent single, featuring Reeves Gabrels, received an excellent review in Sound & Vision magazine, from the editor in chief.
WEIRD TALES FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE (2015)
His latest album, “Weird Tales From The Countryside” was released in March 2015, and is one album that will keep you awake at night J
“WTFTC portrays the way the countryside haunts and lingers around you in the night. It brings a deep, unique twist on modern horror music. WTFTC features a great electronic twist on the usual daunting strings music we hear in modern cinema. The overall dark tone and atmosphere the album brings a sheer sense of loneliness and terror.”
Hailing from Seville, Spain, DeFago is an artist who pushes the boundaries on techno music and brings a new haunting element to the mix. DeFago’s music may not suit everyone, but I will say that followers of Tangerine Dream, Goblin, and those who like Horror Soundtracks will find this work superb as DeFago captures brilliantly the work of such haunting themes from the 70’s/80’s horror as well as modern elements.
My personal favorites from this album were “Return To Corpse City”, “The Festival” and “The Holy Company”. Each one of these tracks brought something unique and enthralling to the lineup where one started to have flashes of scenes from an upcoming book (spoilers).
As I said, DeFago’s style of music may not be for everyone, but I will say that he is one artist to keep on your radar.
You can find more about DeFago and his music at the following sites, and be sure to listen to some of the tracks and spread the word.
C.A.Milson is an award winning horror author of 4 books (and counting); Founder of ASJ Publishing, and seldom film producer. He resides in Melbourne, Australia and likes to spend his time in his backyard hobbyfarm of 13 chooks, and draws inspiration from the horrors that lay in wait in the darkness. C.A.Milson can be found at: www.asjpublishing.com and:www.facebook.com/C.A.Milson.Author
Over the last few weeks in the horror addicts email box we have heard from some great bands that have new songs out. The Spekrfreks have recently released a new song called Steampunk. This is an electronica song that reminds you of steam machines, vaudevillian showgirls, outlaws, and top-secret technology. A full album will soon be available from Golden Age Recordings. You can listen to the song here:
Spekerfreks also did the theme song for horroraddicts season 1 through 3. To find out more about them check out their website at: http://www.spekrfreks.com/
Another song that we recently got turned onto is from Videogram. This song promotes a retro horror soundtrack project and is called Camp Blood. This is a tribute to the iconic Friday the 13th series, the track is a sort of “nudge nudge, wink wink” to fellow horror fans and a mix of the disco theme of Part 3 and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. The song has been digitally released through Bandcamp, itunes and youtube. Here is the video:
For more information on Videogram check out their website: http://videogramswe.blogspot.com/
We’ve als oheard a new track from the Barbarellatones called the Donut Shop. The Barbarellatones are described as The Barbarellatones are the sloppy seconds of ‘Sex With Lurch’. Mesmerized and Hypnotized by bad B-Movies and Rocky Horror, we do our upmost to keep Rock N Roll a total sleaze-fest. To find out more about them check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/thebarbarellatones/info.
Another band we recently heard from via Starwave records is Misaruka. Misaruka is a Japanese rock band with a new release called The Butterfly Effect. Here is a video from them:
To find out more visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/misarukaofficial
For episode 87, we are featuring the song “Distant Lights” by DE_TOT_COR, which is the solo studio project of Jordi MC of Barcelona in Catalunya, Spain. Jordi writes and plays all of the music but he has collaborated with artists from around the world. He told me, “it’s been amazing to work with all those artists. It brings a varied style of songs depending on the vocals.”
“Distant Lights” was the last song he re-worked. “It originally appeared on Gothic Light album (2011) and I did a new version for the compilation In case you have deleted all the previous songs.” (Which, I just wanted to add, is a brilliant name for an album. -Dan) “It brings the collaboration of Kari Berg on vocals (www.kariberg.com). It was great to work with her, who also did guest vocals for bands like Psy’Aviah or Chaos All Stars.”
I asked Jordi about playing in Barcelona, and he told me that “there is a ‘dark’ scene here in Barcelona, and obviously everything that surrounds you influences your music. I started this because I had fun making music. The bands you listen to influence your music. However Barcelona the city itself has never been an explicit influence for my music. From the beginning I thought of DE_TOT_COR as a studio-project. In general I don’t like to see instrumental bands to play live. I prefer someone who sings and talks to the audience. It’s a live show! However I can tell you I am working on arranging the songs for live shows at the moment. There are many DE_TOT_COR songs with vocals now, and I think they came out as a nice set. Maybe there will be some concerts in the future. I would like to play wherever in the world, no preferences.”
Outside of the usual labels, how do you describe your music? “That’s a very difficult question. ‘De tot cor’ is a Catalan expression that means ‘with all my heart’, ‘in all sincerity’. It is just electronic music, the music I like to hear and write. Nothing more. Let your readers have a listen, discover and describe it – detotcor.bandcamp.com.”
Which of your songs is your favorite? “The answer has to be ‘Strawberry panic’, because it was the song where everything started. Two popular dark electronic compilations selected the song and it was played in many dark clubs around the world. I still want to thank the Endzeit Bunketracks and Extreme Sundenfall compilations for giving me that chance in 2007.”
What has been the hardest part or most fun part of creating your own albums? “The hardest part is when you have to check the final result in different CD players and machines, before the mastering. The EQ of each instrument is really boring, you never get the point. On the other hand, the greatest part is when you find the perfect sound for a melody (a lead, an arp, etc). However the best moment is when you receive the CD and you can have it on your hands! I released a free compilation of DE_TOT_COR songs in December 2012 called In case you have deleted all the previous songs. We live days too fast and we write less than 140 characters to explain it. Albums are downloaded for free and deleted one hour later. There needs to be a second chance. It also means a break in the discography. In fact, the first working title for this free digital album was In case you have downloaded all the previous songs on Russian sites. As I read lately, we pay more for a coffee than for a music album. That was the inspiration.”
What music do you listen to? “One of the biggest influences was the band Reaper, with the first EP Angst and then the album Hell starts with an H. Apart from Reaper I’ve got a long list of favourite bands: VNV Nation, NamNamBulu, SITD, Rotersand, Assemblage 23… to name a few. I listen to indie-rock bands like Interpol, Editors, ILikeTrains, and more house-electro oriented music like Pendulum or Deadmau5. It depends on the day.”
Is there a style that you haven’t worked in that you would like to? “No, there isn’t. I’m just doing the style of music I want. Maybe when I was younger I would have liked to play in a heavy metal band, but now I’m fine writing melodies with the keyboards. I started playing the bass guitar and learning some music theory a long time ago. First I played on a rock band, but I decided to leave, cause it was not my style. Then I started creating electronic music with my computer. It was around ten years ago now, more or less.”
Do you listen to podcasts? “Yes, I do! Communion After Dark, Maschinentakt, Cyberage, The Oontzcast and some more. They play dark electronic music, both new and established bands.”
Do you have any other creative outlets? “I used to have a weekly radio show. Then it turned to monthly show, and finally I stopped, mainly because the radio station closed. I sometimes think about doing a podcast, but I haven’t got enough time at the moment. Anyway it won’t be the same as being in a classic radio studio, broadcasting live. So yes, I’m nearly always working on music when I’m not on my regular job.”
What’s next for DE_TOT_COR? “I am working on live versions for the songs. Let’s hope that there will be some DE_TOT_COR concerts soon. I can’t think of any new songs, I need to take a rest. I also stopped doing remixes for other bands. I want to concentrate on that song set for live shows.”
What advice do you have to new bands? “Have fun creating music and playing it. Always be sure to have the freedom to do what you really want.”