Category Archives: music

Mixcloud #2

This one took much less effort, but it still takes time to gather tracks, arrange them, make a playlist, etc., but here we have “electronic doom”. There is this dark, minimalist kind of techno that is sometimes named “industrial techno”, but that term can just as well apply to hardcore techno, so I am not fond of it. Spotify seems to use “Mandible”, but I have no idea what that is supposed to be. I use “electronic doom” for my Spotify playlist as it is somewhat doomy and of course electronic. I do sneak in similar vibes from other genres.

Anyway, for Mixcloud I made a two hour mix of this type of music, so if you have no Spotify, check this out:

Mixcloud #1

A while ago I was downloaded mixes from Secret Thirteen. I figured that would be an easy way to have a load of music for a car holiday. There are some excellent mixes there, but I was looking for something more energetic. And so I picked up the idea to make such an energetic mix myself. I may have went a bit too far, but other people may have a sense of humor too, right? I sent the mix to Secret Thirteen, but I never heard of them…

Then I figured, why not just upload it somewhere myself? Mixcloud for example? And so I did:

Time will tell if I will some time again feel like making such a mix. This also depends on the fact if this one gets played of course.

Ex.Order @ Phobos

There was a time that I did not go to the Wave Gotik Treffen every single year and one year that I missed (2012) Ex.Order played. Disappointed I hoped that I would get another chance to see them another time.

I am unsure if I missed them at another occasion, but a while back I thought I registered them playing at the Phobos festival in Wuppertal, Germany. I saw Land:Fire there once.

Phobos is a small festival with mostly ambient music and it takes place in a church. Probably because of Corona (hence: that is not going to happen anyway) I did not really think about this until during my holidays I saw an announcement that the festival got a new location in order to be able to comply the German Corona rules.

What?!? The festival will continue??

Of course there are limited tickets, so I had to be quick to try and buy mine in order to know miss Ex.Order again should this festival indeed continue. Bad Wifi, almost no phone reception, argh. But I managed. I have got tickets for 17 October!

Atomine Elektrine is announced, Aidan Baker who I do not know and one project is to be added.

So, if nothing unexpected happens, my first concert in many months may very well be Ex.Order! Yiha!

Web radio

When I am home I virtually always have music playing. More and more often it happens that I don’t feel like chosing something particular and I can’t keep on playing my own Spotify playlists over and over again. I find almost no Spotify playlists of other users that I enjoy and the Spotify radio function sucks, so do the discover weekly and personalised playlists.

I’ve had some webradio station for many years. Some just disappear all the sudden, others keep playing the same music. A while ago I was looking for interesting radio stations. Perhaps the list can be of help to you too.

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WGT 2019

With late Easter we also had a late Whitsun and thus a late WGT this year. Having booked a year in advance we had our usual apartment arriving on Thursday. Even more warm-up parties this year and again something that I wanted to see, so this day of driving, picking up ribbons and getting to the concert made quite a busy day again. Next year we are going again a day earlier.

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2018 Music praise

Last year I reviewed eight releases that I rated four or higher, seven of them were released in 2018. One release got a 4.5 out of 5, the rest 4 out of five:

Every Noise at Once

Replying to a very different question on Reddit, a person who appeared to work for Spotify kept referring to Every Noise. Not knowing what it is, I looked up the website. The name seems to be named “Every Noise at Once” and it is presented like a massive word-cloud with musical genres which is ‘clickable’. You can also use the search function. Once you get to a genre, you have the choice between different Spotify playlists: “playlist” (opens “the sound of <genre>”, “intro” (“introduction to <genre>”), “pulse” (“the pulse of”) and “edge” (“the edge of”). I have not yet found out what these “pulse” and “edge” playlists are supposed to be.

Because only ‘official’ Spotify playlists are presented, I had the idea that “Every Noise” is made by (or for) Spotify and it could give an idea of how Spotify connects different artists. The website is made a group called “The Echo Nest” though, who appear to develop software (or algorithms) for (personal) music comparison. Perhaps Spotify buys the technique that they use for their automated playlists and the like.

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Zeigenbock Kopf

It does not happen to me often that Spotify recommends me something that I like but did not know. But then there was Zeigenboch Kopf. A project of one of the members of the no wave band The Oh Sees and a style that I would call “industrial disco”, think of Thorofon. There are four releases (not all on Spotify) with mostly a nice and dirty mix between industrial and dance. The only thing I like less about the project are the constant corny homosexual sexual references. That is funny for a couple of tracks, but less so for a couple of albums. Then again, according to Last.fm “the band was a humorous side project”, so I guess that is it.