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

Periskop DJ set on the Inveins podcast

Periskop Inveins Artwork by Horty Shooter

Another Periskop DJ set has been podcasted. This time as the 16th episode on Inveins. It is a 1 hour mix of deep techno and dense atmospheres from 1996-2016 with emphasis on darker sounds and immersive aspects from drones and repetitive beats. I tried to use tracks from the entire period, but the majority of tracks that fitted together turned out to be from the late 90s and the last few years. The set also features a track from the recent Periskop – North EP. Scroll down to see the track list.

Inveins is an Italian podcast started in July 2015, but has already released 16 episodes – many of them worth a listen. The podcast artwork was selected by Inveins and made by photographic artist Horty Shooter.

Tracklist

Arktau Eos – Stillatory of Umbræ (Aural Hypnox 2009)
Porter Ricks – Biokinetics 2 (Chain Reaction 1996)
Thomas P. Heckmann – 05:08:72 (Mille Plateaux 1999)
Plaster – Tangle (Stroboscopic Artifacts 2013)
Wychdoktor – Empires Fall (Amnion Remix) (No label 2015)
Plastikman – Converge (NovaMute 1998)
Stewart Walker – Cocoa (Force Inc 1999)
Abdulla Rashim & Axel Hallqvist ‎- Mark (Claudio PRC Remix) (Semantica 2015)
Periskop – North IV (Kabalion 2016)
Flint Glass – Heliotrop (Brume 2002)
Surgeon – Shaper of the Unknown (Downwards 2001)
Ntogn – They Soar Through Flames (Tome 2016)
Gas – Zauberberg 5 (Mille Plateaux 1997)
Function / Vatican Shadow – The Nemesis Flower (Hospital 2014)
Urfaust – Apparitions (Ván 2015)

Previous Periskop DJ sets

For those interested in my approach to mixing and performing as a DJ, I have written a few words here. Other DJ sets currently available online:

Tripalium Podcast 34 (Dark ambient, deep techno and bleak acid techno tracks from 1993-2016)

Awareness VIII (Industrial ambient and drone ambient from the late 90s and early 00s)

Sunday Night Wrongness (Home recorded mix from 2003)