Karl Bartos – Atomium (2013)

Imagine this!
Square de l’Atomium, Brussels, Belgium. Some time ago in late summer Lotte Reiniger, Walter Ruttmann, François Truffaut, Jean Giraud and Quentin Tarantino held a conference in the upper sphere of the Atomium. The main topic of their meeting was film editing. Eventually Walter raised a question about rhythm: “When is a cut rhythmically interesting and right?”, he was asking. Subsequently the conversation went on and on.
After a while it was getting dark and it started raining outside. Lotte looked out of the window and through the pouring rain she noticed a black Citroen “Berline” in the distance. The limousine was driving full speed towards the Atomium and finally circled around it in a seamless glide. Lotte, curious by now, got her opera glasses and although the Citroen looked overcrowded she could recognize five passengers: Igor Stravinsky, Witold Lutoslawski, Bernard Herrmann, John Barry and Pierre Henry. “Unbelievable!”, she yelled ecxited. And in no time Lotte, Walter, François, Jean and Quentin rushed down the escalator – passing by director Henri Simons – to team up with the guys. We don’t know if they ever met but it would have been wonderful, wouldn’t it?
Alright – but who’s that man observing the sequence in a pale trenchcoat outside the building? Yes, that’s Karl Bartos completely transfixed by the situation. And, believe it or not, exactly at this very moment Karl comes to the conclusion to write a song and shoot a film about the Atomium, this gigantic model of an iron crystal. And this is what he came up with…
For his first single taken from the forthcoming album “Off the Record” Karl Bartos has shot and edited this surprising film. The single will be released worldwide on 1 February 2013.
No other edifice in Europe symbolizes the rise and fall of atomic power quite as dramatically as the Atomium. This gigantic model of an iron crystal, erected for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, finds its musical voice on “Atomium”.
But what does iron crystal music sound like? The ex-Kraftwerk member combines variable metrics and intelligent rhythmicity with calculated noise and the elegant weightlessness of his melodies – neoclassicism meets avant-garde electronica.

01: Atomium (English Version)
02: Atomium (German Version)
Written, performed and produced by Karl Bartos
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mathias Black



Asmus Tietchens – In Die Nacht (1982)

Asmus Tietchens‘ third LP in two years for the label Sky, In die Nacht breaks away from the composer’s self-imposed rule of brevity, although the decision to do so was imposed by the circumstances — and the label. Sky requested a new album in short notice. Tietchens opted to produce longer tracks as a means to meet the deadline. The shorter tracks used are actually outtakes from the Spät-Europa sessions, while the new pieces clock in at between five and seven minutes. Very candid in his liner notes for the Die Stadt reissue, Tietchens seems to regret that decision, deeming the pieces too long for the material they had to present. The longer durations give the music a very different mood than what can be found on Spät-Europa or on Biotop, but the compositions hardly feel “stretched-out.” The composer is leaving quirky melodies aside in favor of more troubled waters, which in turn opens the door on longer time spans, and the luxury of time allows the listener to revel in Tietchens’ unique sound designs. The title track, “Höhepunkt Kleiner Mann” and “Spanische Fliege,” all three in the seven-minute range, are captivating pieces making excellent use of repetition and rhythm. The album does require a few more listens to leave a lasting imprint, but the bullying deadline forced Tietchens not to repeat himself and pushed him onward. The Die Stadt reissue adds four bonus tracks. Placed before the original tracks from In die Nacht, “Aus dem Tag” is typical Spät-Europa material composition-wise but was a tad too long for its two-minute concept. “Würgstoffe,” “Niedermacher” and “Lebende Regler” were left out from In die Nacht because of their slightly more experimental nature (particularly true of “Würgstoffe,” very ambient and somber). [Source]


Photek – Pyramid (2013)

KU:PALM is the fifth album by Photek, released October 23, 2012. The song “Pyramid” from the album was made available as a free download on October 4. KU:PALM is Photek’s first full-length album of all-new material since Solaris, released in 2000. Photek most recently released Form & Function Vol. 2, a collection of dubplates and remixes with some new material, in 2007.


Photek – Shape Charge (2013)

Hot off his Grammy nomination for the Daft Punk remix on the Tron soundtrack, legendary drum and bass pioneer, PHOTEK releases his new album KU:PALM, his first album in over a decade. “As the album started to take shape it felt like it was sitting halfway between Modus Operandi and Solaris – which I felt was a good place to be. Now it’s finished, it might well be my favourite album to date.”With ‘Modus Operandi’ and ‘Solaris’ both regarded as seminal releases of their time – the word ‘classic’ is is no over-statement – this is the message from a producer who has been there and done it all, and is feeling more inspired than ever. [Source]


Photek – Quadrant (2013)

“I made a conscious decision not to jump straight in with another album,” says Photek, real name Rupert Parkes, quoted in a press release for the LP. “I wanted to come back with the EPs and get the release flow going again. I knew that if I did that, and approached with an open mind, the music and the album would take its course. As it did start to take shape it felt like it was sitting halfway between Modus Operandi and Solaris – which I felt was a good place to be. Now it’s finished, it might well be my favourite album to date.” [Source]


Pioneers of electronic music

Electronic music festival in London March 6-17, 2013.

After a lot of planning we’re delighted to finally announce this eleven day festival taking place in March. There’s a lot going on so do take a couple of minutes to look through it all! There’ll be more information and booking details coming over the next few days.


As part of the Pioneers of Electronic Music Festival The Dirty Electronics Ensemble will perform with the new Mutesynth II at XOYO, London on 14 March. The performance follows their Synth Lab Workshop on 9 March, and Mutesynth II will be released by Mute later in the year: hard-hitting angular rhythms with dotmatrix visuals.

Further information and tickets available here -http://www.nonclassical.co.uk/?p=3068