To kick off 2018, Other Format returns with a fractured EP of progressively evolving sounds...
A message from /o_F/
"...I wanted this process to be something of a departure from the conventional format of producing variations of the same recording as in the sense of the 'remix'. Instead of amassing a palette of samples from which to present a variety of reconfigurations, each sequential piece takes the previous track in its fully rendered state as its only sound source. There is no additional overdubbing or instrumentation of any kind throughout the recording that does not exist in the initial track. Each new part is created by various means of realtime manipulation through manually reordering, re-editing, reconstructing and re-processing. Ultimately this recording as a whole can be viewed as a single entity rather than a collection separately presented ideas. Recurring sounds act like fragments of memories constantly resurfacing, which over time become increasingly distorted, abstracted and obfuscated until we are left with an altered impression of the original event. This idea of sound-as-memory became a central focus of this recording..."
For our BSLive series we have a contribution from Freiburg based experimentalist, Aaron Karnov, which, rather than being a live recording, is more of a layered jam session of the self. Or as we see it, frozen sections of time reacting to eachother in cascades of sound crystalised on a single day. The presence of instruments and some of the percussion give an electro acoustic feell but don't let that fool you. The EP is comprised of 3 conversations that are clearly part of the same discussion and make for a tense soundtrack for any occasion whether it's a modern dance choreography or simply what you listen to as you stalk your victims in a hockey mask at night...
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It will come as no surprise to our followers to know that the entity formerly known as Sytrjv travels time as well as space, which brings us to the latest_ive__ time capsule in our Hardiskeology series. Rhìpidos is a black box of cryptic messages that, unlike other Sytrjv anthologies was not compiled here in the lab but unearthed intact in the sonic state in which it froze back in 2004. Time, however, had ruined the cover beyond recognition, so we sought the most faithful representation of Sytrjv's strange script in a glorious freeze frame morph from the Ectopic video courtesy of Berlin based Art Studio Zeitguised.
This month for the BSLive series we have some Indian themed live excerpts from a 2015 hardware jam session by our golden oldies IQbit and JFrank. All the machines were at the MIDI mercy of the Radel Taalmala Digi 100 Plus, an electronic tabla machine made to recreate trditional tabla rhythms.In the words of the instruction manual.. "An LED will blink eight times per mantra in Ati-vilambit, four times in Vilambit, twice in Madhyam and once in Drut laya.The tempo can be changed from Drut to Ati vilambit or from Ati vilambit to Drut without stopping the theka, in steps of one Matra per minute." Nuff said.
Kicking off 2017 with some low temperatures we have Nearfield hailing from eastern Europe with a re-edit of his G5 release. The photo of frozen flowers on the cover are in line with the style: warm pads melting through ice cold beats like the Soviet architecture that breaks through the primieval forests of Belarus. Among known tracks are some new numbers and re-edits including remixes by another cold climate cutter Askaira Indishle and Ogrvne, another artist from the Clean Error roster.
To end the year we have the return of Uzbek duo Orgatanatos with more mythical tales from ultradimensionial plains. If their previous album flΛwrex_Sc!nt was about an AI finding ways to deal wth boredom, Vedmed is about a galaxy-plowing space bear and his genetically modified cat and their epic battle against the Crucians... The difference in scale between the 2 albums is palpable - before it was information flitting between neurons and electrons of a computerised brain, now the scale is cluster-vast and the time is deeper, slowing everything down to a galactic crunch! As is custom the album is an hour long and has a plenty offlavours to choose from.. Enjoy!
This Halloween we have a very special release - very in tune with the "current mood".. /o_F/ returns with EVP Recordings - Volume I. As the story goes, around the mid 90s, Other Format's cousin founded an amateur paranormal research society as something of a hobby - being there little to do and plenty of haunted locations in the west country - and being a sound enthusiast began building ghost boxes and recording Electronic Voice Phenomena in supposedly haunted locations. The project took on a life of it's own when the material collected started to defy rational and technical explanations. The album is a constructed work of cinematic soundscapes and tense electronics based on and containing a selection of these recordings and accompanied by a collection of original field notes. For more information read "a message from /o_F/" in the info doc. As suggested by the author, we advise listening alone in the dead of night...
As we skip through genres and styles of electronic music this August brings Oregon Vortex with a very specific sub genre of Italic synth exploration. Unlike other brands of the ongoing retrowave scene, that tend to give the glorious old a modern glow, INVICTUS feels like it is out of a timewarp; a limbo somewhere between a roguelike dungeon and the recesses of a Vatican library. Bitter riffs take us further into the occult practices of heretics with themes from games we could have played and movies we might have seen.
For some of our followers OTHER_FORMAT will be a new name but the eraliest contribution dates back to 2009, collaborating with XZICD under the probably more familiar name CUT_REPEAT. For our more die hard followers, this marks the end of a long wait. Plenty of o_F music has been briefly glimpsed in the outback of the interweb, to then disappear never to be heard again. Now all those rare long lost specimens will get their own Hardiskeology series. Being a gentleman of criteria, o_F's releases come across as concept albums or studies. Starting with OPERATOR, that comes across as a workout in FM synthesis, in a relentless set of 8. The cover design by o_F says everything about the approach without giving away the mood. Also featured is a remix of another modfreak we all know and love - XZICD, which didn't make it in time for BSL_051.
Insisting in our numerological intent at 61 we happen upon Nick R 61 with Bessonnizza. A lullaby to accompany those last moments awake to the gates of sleep and beyond.. But all dreams and nightmares come to an end when broken by the the morning. Music that watches you while you sleep - best listened to in a comfortable bed or a padded cell..
Since around 2009, every 8th release here on brainstorm has been a Nukua release. And rounding nicely off at cat. number 60 Nukua is back with his 5th solo release on BSL and 10th in total - hence EP.10. A slightly different flavour of unfamilar nostalgia from what one might expect.. Already the old photo on the cover, for those in the know, is a world away from the usual dark environments and clinically lit genetic mutations - the music on the other hand, though certainly lighter than usual, is not so far from the Nukua we knowand yet something is different, something has changed. And that change is described in EP.10 so subtly that it feels like nothing has changed at all.
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Free Download. /O_F/ returns with an EP that progresses through the distorted lense of memory
Free Download. Electro acoustic conversations courtesy of Aaron Karnov
Free Download. Time capsule of cryptic messages from Sytrjv unearthed for the Hardiskeology series
Free Download. IQbit & JFrank Indian themed hardware jam session - BSLive_160115
Free Download.Nearfield breaks through ice cold beats with warm tones...
Free Download. Another hour long ultradimensional epic from Uzbek duo Orgatanatos.
Free Download. Halloween Special! Spooky sounds from the haunted west country courtesy of /o_F/.
Free Download.Italian Occult Electro with Oregon Vortex - INVICTUS EP.
Free Download. /o_F/ for the Hardiskeology sries with an all FM oriented EP from the archives
Free Download. Nick R 61 for music that watches you while you sleep...
Free Download. Nukua returns with a slightly different flavour of unfamiliar nostalgia
Free Download. IQbit returns with more sonic tales of nomadic spirituality
Free Download. XZICD from the depths with his new album - ROTODYNE
Free Download. Crisp sounds and thrashing cuts by Uzbek duo Orgatanatos
Free Download. Debut for Norrköping duo on brainstormlab introduce their special brand of Cut n Lotto
Free Download. Unearthed artifacts from the ethereal entity that is Sytrjv.
Free Download. Rising stars Bunai Carus take us on an astral trip with Veil EP. Check the Lucid video on the right..