Secret Thirteen Mix 112 - Kyoka

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The author of the mix is Kyoka, a Japanese composer and musician living between Berlin and Tokyo. In her childhood she was learning to play piano, flute and shamisen, later on she started exploring the possibilities of field recording and used to analyze/archive various radio shows of the time. In 1999 she began to examine the limits of synthesizer/computer generated sound and in 2001 she embarked on a tour across the globe (USA, Spain, France, UK etc.) thus delighting the … More

Secret Thirteen Mix 111 - Mace.

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The author of the mix is Enrico Cesaro, better known as Mace., an Italian electronic music producer and sound designer based in Padova. After a long time studies of classical piano, Cesaro started concentrating on more experimental production based on a strong focus to digital composing methods. In his works Cesaro is trying to portray his own irrational reality, as his inspirations flow from his memories and personal tastes; dreams, movies and documentaries, obscure and mysterious landscapes. The project is … More

Tacita Dean - Processing The Film

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In one of his books, sociologist Zygmunt Bauman noted that the modern world is now suggesting to people a paradise on earth, rather than that fictional, which in bygone times was proclaimed to be achievable only in the afterlife. The diversity of human beings is the reason for the infinite varieties of perceptions, ideas, intrinsic measures of the quality of life, and the dissimilar kinds of a Garden of Earthly Delights. In order to pursue this value, people tend to … More

Drøp - Vasundhara EP - Arboretum

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This spring is a really fruitful season for electronic music lovers and especially for sound experimentation fans. The last example of a brilliant offering is Drøp’s “Vasundhara EP”. Giuseppe Bifulco, who is the artist behind the moniker, has managed to create a disturbing and exciting work. The four-track EP will see the light on the 23rd of April in both digital format and vinyl. Also it will be released by Arboretum – a collaborative project rooted in Berlin and active … More

Secret Thirteen Mix 110 - Black To Comm

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The author of the mix is Marc Richter, publicly known as Black To Comm, a German musician and curator based in Hamburg. His alias was inspired by MC5 band’s track “Black To Comm”, although Richter is not representing their ideology, only their spirit. From his childhood Richter felt that the music was inside him, floated in the air and it was only a matter of time when it reincarnates. Richter started recording and releasing records in 2003. In more than … More

Blitzkrieg Baby ‎– Kids' World EP - Beläten

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After publishing their acclaimed first album “Porcus Norvegicus” on Neuropa, Blitzkrieg Baby, the band led by Kim Sølve (K100, Swarms, M…), has a brand new second work. “Kids’ World EP”, which was released by a Swedish label Beläten last February in C40 cassette and digital formats, is an EP which actually consists of 9 tracks and lasts around 40 minutes and full of thick industrial atmospheres, brutality and anxiety. The album has been released as an EP due to the … More

Evol - Proper Headshrinker - Editions Mego

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Evol’s Proper Headshrinker (2013): a call for its (re)consideration Evol is a project helmed primarily by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, joined at different times by a few other people. The “authorship” is blurry—clearly something they want to play with. Their 2013 album for Editions Mego, Proper Headshrinker, was one of the most compelling, genuinely unique albums of the year. It features Jiménez de Cisneros joined by Stephen Sharp for 30 disorientingly loud minutes of looped sequencing, produced with computer-controlled synthesis … More

Secret Thirteen Guide 009 - Graphplan

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The fourth winner of “The Guide 2” competition is Krisztian Vasas also known as Graphplan, a Serbian musician, sound artist and an avid music collector which lives and studies in Subotica. He grew up listening to black metal bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone, etc. This rebellious era had a huge impact on him as a teenager and now because the harsh music is his source of inspiration. Later he discovered contemporary electronic music and gradually immersed into more complex, diverse sounds … More

Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers - Throatruiner Records

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Heavy metal is a vast and diverse world. A huge family tree with multiple branches, among which maybe black metal shall be one of the most radical, underground and experimental. Although this genre has always been closely linked to Scandinavian bands, like Mayhem, Burzum or Dimmu Borgir, “Lowgazers” has been made in France. The album (LP/CD), which has been written and composed by Plebeian Grandstand, will be released by Throatruiner Records (Cassette edition by BLWBCK) on 31 March. Since their … More

Secret Thirteen Guide 008 - Nikita Manin

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The third winner of “The Guide 2” competition is a passionate music collector Nikita Manin. Born in Tajikistan, he moved to Moscow together with his family in his teenage years for a better future. He has been involved into music since his early days when his mother brought him a collection of rap music cassettes from the USA. After moving to Russia Manin started to discover artists such as Aphex Twin, Autechre, Flying Lotus and others. Gradually his musical horizons … More

Secret Thirteen Interview - Atom™

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Independence through isolation – the interview with Atom™ Uwe Schimdt – the man behind Atom™ moniker – operates within a wide range of musical narratives expressed by various eclectic guises. They guide us through the variety of spatial, geographical and temporal episodes of music history. Latin infused cover project Señor Coconut, the futuristic hazy downtempo/electro-jazz of Flanger (Uwe’s collaboration with Burnt Friedman), the beautiful and monolithic classicism of Schubert referencing Atom™ album “Winterreise” (not to mention many other works under … More

Secret Thirteen Guide 007 - Andrei Tanasescu

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The second winner of “The Guide 2” competition is Andrei Tanasescu, a Romanian curator and die-hard record collector based in Toronto, Canada. Tanasescu migrated to Canada in 1994 after having spent his early childhood collecting cassette tapes in Bucharest and rifling through his father’s vinyl collection. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Specialist degree in Film Studies he co-founded the Toronto-Romanian Film Festival – now at its fifth edition. He joined the programming team at the Toronto … More

Secret Thirteen Guide 006 - Ruben Aguirre Barba

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The first winner of “The Guide 2” competition is Ruben Aguirre Barba (b. 1979), publicly known as manwithnophase, a Mexican sound designer, editor and absolute music lover. In his teenage days inspired by The Cure, Ministry, New Order, NIN, Pixies, Dead Can Dance, Depeche Mode, The Orb, Front 242, FSOL and many other bands, mostly related to industrial music, Barba gradually developed his mature musical taste. After graduating in computer science and electronics in Guadalajara (2002) Barba decided to continue … More