And…. we’re back! Sorry for that extended absence, but I’ve got the next few mixes lined up and ready to go, including one really special mix that I can’t wait to drop. (I uploaded a couple of short collage-mixes I made in the intervening weeks, if you’d like to check out something different.)
The authors of this mix are the Danish duo Vektormusik, consisting of Thomas Ahlmark and Kristoffer Jørgensen. They produce a uniquely odd brand of electronic music, utilizing a variety of electronic and acoustic sources. A Closer Listen‘s Richard Allen remarked of their debut vinyl, that “the sense of unrest is found in an ongoing unwillingness to settle upon a single genre. While classical and kraut might not seem to go together, neither did chocolate and chipotle until around two years back; this too is a new flavor, biding its time.” Now I’m hungry. Go grab some snacks and give this a listen. I’m proud to present our first all-vinyl mix, Vektormusik’s Alternating Polarity.
Thanks for putting together this mix, Kristoffer. Introduce Vektormusik to those who may not be already acquainted.
Located in Denmark – creating music and sounds under the Vektormusik moniker together with Thomas Ahlmark since 2004. We released our first full length vinyl titled “Uro/Unrest” October 2012 on the independent danish label space-craft. We have previously released an EP on danish label Rump Recordings (house of Rumpistol, Karsten Pflum, Bjørn Svin, Badun and Icarus among others).
Tell us about Alternating Polarity. How was it produced? Is there a theme?
The working premise of the mix was to compose a set intended for immersive listening that hopefully will surprise, raise a smile while being full of high quality content music. The mix is created live, vinyl only – rough on the edges and some of the overlaying mixes could have been smoother. I am not really inspired of things if they are too arranged and perfect, there need to be some cracks, scathes and mis-alignment in order to stir emotion and imagination.
Most of the records date a few years back, not intentionally but these are the records I know the best. A lot of the music has served as great inspirations to the latest Vektormusik LP “Uro/Unrest”.
Some keywords that somehow covers my mind when listening to the mix:
Complementary contrasts, lost gems, classics – to me at least (Goldmund, Pekler – Nocturnes), something that grinds/twangs, something that is off-key, twisted tonality, guitars, piano, strings, modular systems, drums and a lot of quality music, part humor (Fatiche), part serious business (Hildur) and part constructivism (Rafael Toral and Alva Noto).
|Goldmund||Ouendake||The Malady Of Elegance||Type|
|The Fun Years||Cornelia Amygdaloid||Various Artists SMM Context||Ghostly International||3:29|
|Jan Jelinik||Jackdaw||Music and Birds||Faitiche||9:18|
|Andrew Pekler||Ogonjok||Strings + Feedback||Staubgold||12:07|
|Tied Tickled Trio with Billy Hart||The end the same as the beginning||La Place Demon||Morr Music||14:32|
|Andrew Pekler||Nocturne 3||Nocturnes, False Dawns and Breakdowns||Scape||16:35|
|Ursula Bogner||Signalfluss||Sonne = Blackbox||Faitiche||18:47|
|Robert Turman||D2 Untitled||Flux||Spectrum Spools||21:00|
|Kaboom Karavan||Wälzer||Barra Barra||Miasmah||23:11|
|Evan Cameniti||Leaving the Island||Dreamless Sleep||Thrilljockey||27:53|
|LAND||Hotel Room||Night Within||Important Records||30:59|
|Rafael Toral||III.IV||Space Elements vol. III||TAIGA||33:46|
|Hildur Gudnadóttir||Elevation||Without Senking||Touch||41:25|
|Alva Noto||Teion||Xerrox vol. 2||Raster Noton||49:47|
|Xela||In Deo Salutari Meo||In Bocca Al Lupo||Type||51:06|
|Deaf Center||The Clearing||Pale Ravine||Type||54:17|
|Ursula Bogner||Uranotypie||Sonne = Blackbox||Faitiche||57:44|
Bandcamp (full stream of Uro/Unrest LP): http://space-craft.bandcamp.com/
Buy the vinyl: rillbar.dk/katalog/vektormusik/urounrest