Two-hour ambient DJ set by Periskop on Deep Electronics

Periskop Ambient Session for Deep Electronics. Photo by Jeroen Smulders

Earlier this month, a two-hour DJ set was podcasted as Ambient Session #34 by the Dutch label and podcast enterprise Deep Electronics. The set was recorded for the purpose, and made in May-June 2017 through several re-iterations after an initial all-night session.

The mix contains interwoven soundscapes from 1994-2017 (scroll down for tracklist). Of the older tracks, some of them are probably totally forgotten by most and others timeless classics by now. The set revolves around a certain brooding or even melancholic introspective mood, which I have tried to find in works from several soundscape movements: dark ambient, industrial ambient, isolationist drones, glitch, deep techno, dungeon synth and few works with more extreme soundscapes.


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1. Seht – Valles Marineris (Digitalis, 2006)
2. Thomas Köner – Polynya II (Mille Plateaux, 2004)
3. BJ Nilsen – Viking North (Touch, 2007)
4. Periskop & Kiloton – 20050402
5. Vladislav Delay – Pietola (Chain Reaction, 2000)
6. Novisad – Methadecorre (Tomlab, 1998)
7. Rapoon – A Sky Beckons Down (Glacial Movements, 2016)
8. Metatron Omega – Hierosgamos (Cryo Chamber, 2015)
9. Cisfinitum – District Delta (Insofar Vapor Bulk, 2000)
10. Biosphere – Sphere Of No-Form (Origo, 1997)
11. The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud – Amara Tanta Tyri XIII (Arthur’S Round Table, 1994)
12. Hedge Wizard – As Old As The Hills (No label, 2014)
13. Anthony Linell – Seeking Immortality (Nortern Electronics, 2017)
14. Troum – Sigqan I (Desolation House, 2003)
15. Lundin Oil – Facing Expulsion (Northern Electronics, 2016)
16. Robert Rich & Brian Lustmord – A Point Of No Return (Fathom, 1995)
17. Claudio PRC – φάσμα Part II (TGP, 2016)
18. The Haxan Cloak – In Memoriam (Aurora Borealis, 2011)
19. The Haxan Cloak – Miste (Tri Angle, 2013)
20. Grey Area – Volume Two 2 (Grey Area, 2016)
21. Grey Area – Volume Two 3 (Grey Area, 2016)
22. Rapoon – Night That Thunders (Soleilmoon, 1996)
23. James Ruskin – From Over The Edge (Tresor, 2000)
24. Seking – Risk (Karaoke Kalk, 1999)
25. SHXCXCHCXSH – SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (Avian, 2016)
26. Fennesz – Surf (Touch, 2002)
27. (DOLCH) – Bahrelied (Ván/Totenmusik, 2015)

There are two or three tracks playing simultaneously through most of the mix. It features a track from my old collaboration with Kiloton. I have already written a bit about this in relation to the set with my own productions, that I did for The Memoir.

This is the 5th DJ set podcast I have done in recent years, and the 2nd time with ambient music after the 2015 Periskop DJ set for The Awareness. In mood and style, this ambient set for Deep Electronics is also comparable to the Sunday Night Wrongness DJ mix from 2003, which is still online.

As is also evident in my own productions, ambient music is obviously a style of music I enjoy, and have been following it’s development since the mid-90s, when I was still in primary school.

The podcast artwork was made by Jeroen Smulders of Deep Electronics from one of his own photographs. Apparently it was taken on a rocking boat, which explains the non-horizontal horizon.

Periskop tracks on the Bifrost compilation by Iboga Records

Periskop Bifrost Compilation on Iboga Records

Earlier this month, two Periskop tracks were released on a digital compilation called Bifrost by Danish electronic music imprint Iboga Records. Iboga was started in the late 90s as a psytrance label, and has since grown to be one of the largest on that scene. While there is generally a tendency towards orthodoxy within the psytrance movement, Iboga has always had a somewhat open approach to what else was going on.

The aim of the Bifrost-compilation is said to display “varieties of the downtempo genre”. It was compiled by the Danish solo act Erot, who predominantly selected other Danes. I guess this explains the Norse mythology theme.

The first Periskop track is also the opener on the compilation. Horizon is a deep dubby track with some industrialized elements. I also made a vocoder sing “mad world”. It is a revised version of one of my older solo productions, which was originally picked for a never-finished solo release on Ultimae Records in the late 00’s. The track was included in an earlier form on the Periskop – 40 multi-album release as Periskop – 3. II.

As the concept of the compilation was based on the selected acts remixing each other, Erot did a remix of Horizon, and I remixed a track by him:

Listen to the compilation on YouTube or find it on platforms like Beatport or the legendary Psyshop.

The forty-album release ’40’ turns 4 today

Periskop 40 LP and USB released on Uhlarut Records 2013

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.

Assembly in the Uhrlaut Records HQ May 2013

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:

Periskop set on The Memoir with unreleased solo and collaboration work

Gustave Dore shipwreck corsaire

After several podcasts with Periskop DJ sets over the last few years, I decided it was time to make a set just with my own material. As I don’t do live PA’s, I did not have an existing Periskop live set to adapt, and could think everything from scratch for this podcast appearance.

The set is podcasted as the fifth episode of Swedish podcast series The Memoir, which “is a place where talented electronic music producers are invited to make a recording consisting entirely of their own creations. A memoir.” It is operated by Hypnus Records, that is also responsible for the sibling deep techno label Kabalion Records. The latter has been the main outlet for Periskop releases these last few years.

Periskop Old Laptop Fruity Loops

In 2015, I dug out my old Windows 2000 (beta) music making laptop again to fix some tracks for the 2015-2016 releases. It has stayed operational since then, and I have worked on it a handful of times during 2016-2017 to make various dark ambient and deep techno tracks. Some of these unreleased efforts are featured in this set (tracklist below), and count remakes of old tracks and further work on old sketches.

The set also features some of my collaboration work – old and new. The two Periskop & Kiloton tracks are from a large body of work made in the mid-00s with the talented but sadly nonprolific Kiloton project. His only album to date is the 2010 LP Language Lost on Uhrlaut Records. The last part of the set is a track from the Danish doom metal band SOL, with which I am currently affiliated. The track is from recent recording sessions following our release of The Storm Bells Chime on Avantgarde, 2016.

Tracklist:

01. Periskop & Kiloton – 20050307
02. Periskop – Immerse (Component IX) [Kabalion Records]
03. Periskop – Untitled
04. Periskop – Untitled
05. Periskop – Untitled
06. Periskop – North IV [Kabalion Records]
07. Periskop – Untitled
08. Periskop – North III [Kabalion Records]
09. Periskop & Kiloton – 20050426
10. SOL – Untitled (Instrumental version)

Periskop set on The Memoir podcast Gustave Doré

The artwork for the podcast is in line with the rest of The Memoir series, and features an illustration by Gustvare Doré, 1856.

Previous Periskop sets currently online:

Second Wave Podcast 15, 2016
Inveins Podcast 16, 2016
Tripalium Podcast 34, 2016
Awareness Podcast 8, 2015
Sunday Night Wrongness, 2003

Periskop DJ set podcasted by Second Wave

Periskop Second Wave podcast

Yet another Periskop DJ set has been podcasted. This time as the 15th episode of the Dutch podcast Second Wave. It is curated by a techno event organization of the same name operating out the southern Netherlands, who also made the podcast artwork.

The main bulk of the set consists of slow dark atmospheric techno with a contemporary sound. Many of the tracks have been selected because they work at a much lower tempo than they were produced. Unlike previous sets like the one for Tripalium, only a handful +10 year old tracks were included, and none from the 90s. The tracklist (scroll down) also features a Periskop track from the recently released North EP.

As with the recent Periskop set for Inveins, I have made a rather long bleak dark ambient intro. Not just to build up anticipation but also to get the listener down to a certain level of mood and calmness. For those who prefer a purely ambient DJ set that stays in that depressive/pessimistic state, the Periskop set for Awareness from 2015 and the Sunday Night Wrongness mix from 2003 are also online.

Tracklist

Biosphere – Inverse (Touch, 2004)
Cities Last Broadcast – Glossolalia (Cryo Chamber, 2016)
Raison d’être – The Wasteland (Cold Meat, 2000) ‎
Herbst9 – Bloodmoon Ritual (Loki, 2003)
Arditi – Heroic Age (Equilibrium, 2015)
Mas – Chaotique Schéma de la Ville (LPC, 2016)
Sigha – 04 (Avian, 2015)
Loscil – Le Plongeur (Kranky, 2002)
Samuel Kerridge – Operation Neptune (Blueprint, 2014)
Hkkptr – Verrat (Modular Mind, 2016)
Luigi Tozzi – Demearsal Zone (Hypnus, 2016)
Vatican Shadow – The Triumph Of Religion (Hospital, 2010)
Periskop – North III (Kabalion, 2016)
Dubit – Consequences (Several Reasons, 2015)
Claudio PRC & UNC – MDXLIV (TGP, 2015)
SNTS – Disappearance Of Fate (47, 2016)
Chris Liebing / Speedy J – Assault (NovaMute, 2005)
Pact Infernal – Circle VII (Violence) (Samurai Hero, 2016)
Toroidh – Europe Is Dead VI (205/Cold Spring, 2001)

Previous Periskop DJ sets currently online

Inveins Podcast 16, 2016
Tripalium Podcast 34, 2016
Awareness Podcast 8, 2015
Sunday Night Wrongness, 2003