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Essential guidelines of how to write a friendly promo letter

Establishing a good communication between underground media outlets and up-and-coming artists is not always an easy task. Secret Thirteen identified essential points for making things smoother Secret 13 as well as numerous other magazines and blogs around the globe gets hundreds of promotional messages and this is not quite surprising. Technology has developed in the last decades and it is not complicated to record or create music, because all the music making tools could be downloaded to even the smallest … More

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Berlin Atonal - Shimmering Sonic Depths In The Cutting Edge Industrial Surroundings

Between 20th and 25th of August all the signs will lead to Kraftwerk Berlin, a former power station, where the 5-day immersion into complex and modern audiovisual depths awaits. The forward-thinking Berlin Atonal festival started in 1982 will offer conceptual performances by different generation artists to strengthen visitors’ musical sophistication and intentions even more. This architectural monument will host every performance, installation, seminar, workshop and aftershow party in the Berlin Atonal program. Everyone could imagine how many powerful electromagnetic waves … More

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Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (Noir) - Athenaeum Of Unedited... - Hobo Cult Records

Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (Noir) is a talented self-educated artist from Canada. Devoted to experimentation and boundless composition, this musician explores different styles by applying a truly personal approach which provides his creation with unexpected twists and cutting edge sounds. Jesse was mainly active in Canada during his early years (2007-2011). However, he has managed to widen his sphere of action, reaching many European countries and of course performing at some of the top festivals and cities. Audiences in Germany, Spain, France … More

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Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares - PAN Records

Haunted House (of a kind): Valerio Tricoli’s “Miseri Lares” To take an hour and twenty minutes to listen to Valerio Tricoli’s new album for Pan, “Miseri Lares”, is to be led through a vibrantly morose house, sitting in a rotting field, touched by the sunrise with no sleep. Each of the rooms making up this house is unique, contributing to the album’s range of explorations into psychological drama. Doing an analysis of Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze writes about movement as … More

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LCC - d/evolution - Editions Mego

Based in the North of Spain — in Asturias — LCC is an electronic act consisting of Uge Pañeda and Ana Quiroga. After a couple of digital only releases like “Polar Bears are Coming”, Editions Mego released their first “tangible” full length. The album, which is entitled “d/evolution”, saw the light on the 26th of May in both vinyl and digital formats. The duo have been working hard for the last few years on polishing their sound and “d/evolution” is … More

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Roberto Crippa - Reverse - We Can Elude Control

After a series of superb works, the first 2014 release by English electronic label We Can Elude Control, has been Roberto Crippa’s “Reverse”. The album underlines the talent of this Italian musician and reaffirms the commitment to quality this label, which is managed by Emptyset’s Paul Purgas, has shown for the last few years. Based in London, the Italian has gained both acclamation and support from many in experimental music scene. With “Reverse”, the artist has taken a firm first … More

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Vertex at Infinity - Mark Fell at South First Gallery Interviewed

Mark Fell’s installation “Vertex at Infinity” at South First Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is an exercise in precise, modulating design. It opened on April 12th and will close on May 18th, 2014. Complex variations of geometrical forms are the order of the day. The visual pieces are constituted by the juxtaposition of bright, rainbowed chromatic gradation and found images while the sound portion is a churning, randomly generated selection of Fell’s signature Sensate Focus ingredients: tastefully swelling synth pads, restrained, … More

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Constantin Brâncuși (1876 – 1957) - The Essence

Art has always been a phenomenon that captivated the thoughts of such protagonists of philosophy as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, Nietzsche and many others. Yet it is fascinating to turn the light upon Constantin Brâncuși, whose sculptures – vice versa to the philosophy of art – is an example of the art of philosophy. Romanian-born Brâncuși moved to Paris in his late twenties to immerse himself into the world of art. Paris was an excellent choice in his case … More

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Peder Mannerfelt - Lines Describing Circles - Digitalis Recordings

Peder Mannerfelt, formerly known as The Subliminal Kid and a member of Roll the Dice duo together with Malcolm Pardon, has managed to make himself a name among the best electronic music acts. Over the last few years, the Swedish producer has released a series of superb works, including some remixes – Massive Attack’s “Psyche” or Bat for Lashes’ “Sleep Alone” together with Van Rivers – as well as other remarkable collaborations with artists such as his fellow compatriot Fever … More

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Tacita Dean - Processing The Film

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

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Drøp - Vasundhara EP - Arboretum

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