STM 064 - Ontal

Ontal -  Boris Brenecki & Darko Kolar

Photo by Lumi Aalto

The systematic and dynamic mix by Ontal fusing 59 architectural records released between 1980 and 2013.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 064” is a systematic and dynamic music selection that fuses 59 magnetic records released between 1980 and 2013. This compilation contains timeless production by such striking artists as Autechre, Orphx, Emptyset, Demdike Stare, Aidan Baker, Shapednoise, Ugandan Methods, Zoviet France and other stylistically related talents.

The authors of the mix are Boris Noiz and Darko Kolar, Serbian electronic music producers and DJs, known as Ontal. Formed in 2011, the duo started to explore energetic, subtly harsh and obscure sound trajectories related to techno and industrial music styles, however Ontal formers are not newbies in the music scene. Noiz is productively releasing his solo works and runs a Lost In The Sound project, while Kolar has recently started his new imprint Unknown Structures. The great enthusiasm and subtle diversity in their works started to glow in the vast techno scene. Ontal remix for Fausten was recently released by Ad Noiseam, also they have recorded a few strictly rhythmic mixes for Mantis Radio and Subsekt audio platforms. Ontal has upcoming releases such as "Output EP" on Darkfloor and records on a promising Violet Poison label later this year. Ontal has performed in such notable events and festivals such as Exit Festival, Fondation Sonore, Naherholung Sternchen and more. These guys are definitely worth your attention as they got youthful maximalism, a lot of production coming out and a bunch of hidden gems to share.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 064” is a flexible and gradually expanding mix that mirrors the mobility, consistency and longevity of selected music. Mix was created by using multiple format records (vinyl, CD, cassette and mp3/wav) from the part of Ontal's music library that influenced their sound and life. The developing of music is carefully thoughtful and accurate that can catch attention of every listener from the very first minute. It is more like a sound collage as many tracks beautifully unfolds while they are precisely mixed in a deliberate sequence. This type of layering creates new formations and consonances that generate diverse compositions sounding in another conceptual perspective. This mix could be related to musical styles such as IDM, techno, experimental, ambient. The basis of the mix stands on the skillfully and architecturally constructed and deformed beats, noisy and abyssal bass lines, mathematical synth patterns. Dexterous electronic modulation collisions with vigorous, compelling rhythmical matrix and spacious ambiance create a dimensional listening experience. High-quality, innovative and in some parts improvisational sound synthesis reflects Ontal's view to their own measured production, its expression and perfection.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 064” is like a resistant Bruce Nauman's contemporary lithograph “No” where emotive and irregular brush strokes antagonise or disorient. It is a refusal to offer solace or affirmation to the viewer who is looking only for fashion and temporary beauty. Ontal's mix shows their tandem allegiance to different times production, their view to the work and responsibility, balanced musical taste that touches and inspires.

Reveal Playlist
01. The Haters - Iny 3 (Hanson Records, 2009)
02. Russell Haswell - A Horde Of Flies Feast On A Rotting Pheasant Carcass (Extract) (Editions Mego, 2009)
03. Anodyne - Empires Of Glass (Fausten remix) (Combat, 2012)
04. Shapednoise - Branches Of Utopian Or Dystopian (Hospital Productions, 2013)
05. Woob - Strange Air (e:mt, 1994)
06. Dome - keep it (Dome Records, 1980)
07. Akira Rabelais - 1440 Promp. Parv. 518/2 Wawyn, Or Waueryn, Yn A Myry Totyr, Oscillo. (Samadhisound, 2004)
08. Violetshaped - Out Of Any Symmetry (Violet Poison, 2013)
09. Zoviet France - Untitled "album Mohnomishe" (Red Rhino Records, 1983)
10. Professor Broxburn - Flat Slab (Skam, 1997)
11. Flash Resonance - Ouragan Sur L' Etna (Charles Talar Records, 1979)
12. Datach'i - Event.Choke (Sublight Records, 2006)
13. Seefeel - Gatha (Warp, 1995)
14. Geir Jenssen - Cho Oyu Basecamp-Morning (Ash International, 2006)
15. Joel Vandroogenbroeck - Dark Plasma (Coloursound Library, 1980)
16. Gescom - Key Nell 3 (Skam, 1996)
17. Synapscape - 7th Sect (Ant-Zen, 1999)
18. Pan Sonic - Vainamoisen Uni/Vainamoinen Dreams (Blast First Petite, 2010)
19. Uniform - When The Sun Turns To Numbers (feat. Alan Vega) (Planet Mu, 2006)
20. Scorn - Trondheim-Gavle (Scorn Recordings, 1995)
21. Zenith - Aura (Ambient World, 2010)
22. Dadub & King Cannibal - Transfer (Stroboscopic Artefacts, 2013)
23. Venetian Snares - If I Could Say I Love You (Planet Mu, 2007)
24. Emptyset - Collapse (Raster-Noton, 2012)
25. Autechre - Rettic Ac (Warp, 1997)
26. Autechre - Gantz Graf (Warp, 2002)
27. Jeff Mills - Free Thinkers (The Dream) (Axis, 2011)
28. Ben Frost - The Carpathians (Bedroom Community, 2009)
29. Milanese - One Eye (Planet Mu, 2006)
30. Withering Zithering - Recombinant Organism (Acre Recordings, 2012)
31. Loscil - Still Upon The Ocean Floor (One, 2006)
32. Chris Watson - Gahlitzerstrom (Touch, 1996)
33. Boards Of Canada - Pete Standing Alone (Warp, 1998)
34. LFO - Them (Warp, 1996)
35. ADMX-71 - south 4st Connection (Sonic Groove Experiments, 2012)
36. Converter - Drain (Hymen Records, 2007)
37. The Human League - Future Religion (Black Melody, 2002)
38. Bitstream - Psalm Twenty Two (Modern Love, 2004)
39. Carter Tutti Void - V4 studio (Slap 1) (Mute, 2012)
40. Demdike Stare - Nuance (Modern Love, 2012)
41. Imaginary Forces - And I Should Live In The Anxiety Of Not Knowing (Sleep Codes, 2012)
42. Jack Dangers - Available Memory (Important Records, 2003)
43. Funkstorung - Untitled "album Acid Planet 13" (Acid Planet, 2003)
44. Alan Lamb - Last Anzac (Dorobo, 1998)
45. Hecker - Protog-Eep-Forma-Quack (Mego, 2003)
46. African Head Charge - Belinda (On-U Sound, 1985)
47. Exocet - Sensitive Size (Ant-Zen, 2009)
48. Hallucinator - Rocket (Chain Reaction, 1999)
49. Ugandan Methods - Imperium (Boomkat Editions, 2012)
50. Ontal - Foray (unreleased)
51. Louis and Bebe Barron - Battle With the Invisible Monster (Small Planet Records, 1989)
52. Phalangius - Scotland Yard Tea Break (Strange Life Records, 2007)
53. Orphx - Wound Profile (Hands Productions, 1999)
54. Hecq - Come Home (Hymen Records, 2008)
55. Aidan Baker - Pretending To Be Fearless (Important Records, 2008)
56. Various Artists - Modulo 8.5 By Monolake (FatCat Records, 1999)
57. Project Arctic - Third Pole (Nautilus, 2004)
58. Richard Devine - Float (Schematic, 2001)
59. Jochem Paap - Dx-snth (Fax +49-69/450464, 1999)

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