Today it is four years since the Periskop – 40 multi-album release was made available online and on a custom gatefold LP+USB format. It featured forty albums of my solo music work in techno, ambient, noise and related electronic music styles. It is still the longest release in the history of Danish music and a total 32 hrs 20 mins 04 secs of music was recompiled, reworked and remastered out of a larger bulk of previously released and unreleased material. A process that started in early 2012 and occupied most of my creative nights until release in May 2013. A lot has been said about this release already, and I also made a status in May 2014 covering it’s initial reception, which actually went alright.
Looking back on 40 from four years into the future, it is clear, that the concept of the release was probably not well suited for the reality, we were heading into: The continued death of the mp3 file has made the “free download” option of 40 largely irrelevant. Upon release back in 2013, this seemed like bigger news to some than the scale of the release. Secondly, it seems more natural today to follow many artists in a continuous stream of news rather than to absorb a lot of material from a few. Since the undertaking was such a huge effort, both the label and I had postponed a lot of other important matters. So we only got to the domestic Danish tour, promotion campaign and distribution deals, and instead relied on the still burgeoning social media to have people tell their international friends about the release. This did not happen in any big scale, and why would it, when I had not invested a lot of time in the various social media myself at the time of the release.
And yet, I still monthly hear from individuals, who have delved into the 288 mp3 files of 40. Recently, Richard from Belgium, who is Elect’Ric Soundscapes on YouTube. He has compiled the release into forty professional full-album YouTube-clips. I am grateful for the effort.
Find the forty clips in this playlist or embedded here: