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.

DJ set for Tripalium and a few thoughts on DJing

1943 USS Abbot Periskop Tripalium acid techno ship dock wharf

Earlier this month a Periskop DJ set was made public through the Tripalium podcast. The set features dark ambient, deep techno and bleak acid techno tracks from 1993-2016. I have tried to make an interesting and hypnotic mix of old and new tracks, that share the same depressive/narcotic sound and heavy/ritual beats. The set also features a track from a still disclosed forthcoming Periskop EP.

Tripalium is a French organization located in Paris dealing with techno, noise and acid. Apart from the podcast, they operate several labels and organize monthly raves. With the maxim Echoes from Modern Slavery. Resonances from Industrial Warfare; I was unable to turn down the opportunity to provide a contribution to Tripalium.

Tracklist:

Desiderii Marginis – Deadbeat II (Cold Meat Industry 2001)
Aeoga – Temple Treye (Aural Hypnox 2014)
Herbst9 vs. Z’ev – Through Bleak Landscapes (Loki 2007)
Periskop – (2016)
Plastikman – Smak (Novamute 1993)
Drvg Cvltvre – James Franco’s House (Perc Trax 2014)
Orphx – Dead Zone (Hands 2011)
Pan Sonic – Lähetys (Blast First 2007)
Eric Holm – Åse (Subtext 2014)
Lussuria – Mondo Narcotico (Hospital 2012)
Shifted – Out Of Tune (Mote-Evolver 2012)
Oscar Mulero – Transversal (Modularz 2013)
Abdulla Rashim – Red Pool (Northern Electronics 2015)
Ntogn – Ba’al (Tome 2016)
Yuji Kondo – Something For Those Who Wait (Perc Trax 2014)
Emmanuel Top – Radio (Attack 1995)
Ancient Methods – Knights & Bishops (Ancient Methods 2013)
Speedy J – Patterns ’97 Remix (Novamute 1997)

A few thoughts on DJ’ing

DJ setup Danny Kreutzfeldt Periskop Skovgilde 2015

I still enjoy putting different pieces of music together to form a new whole that goes on for an extended length of time. That is why I have DJ’ed since the late 90’s and still once in a while make a public DJ performance.

However, since I rarely attend any electronic music event or “party”, I have very little to add to the ongoing discussions about DJ tools or DJ’ing as an art form over DJ’ing as a business model for EDM celebrities. I have no opinion on what other DJs do, and can only offer an explanation of why I do what I do as a DJ.

This Saturday I am playing a vinyl set at Copenhell 2016 and over the years I have DJ’ed at numerous underground concerts in my home town. This normally happens under another name than Periskop and with various doom/black metal and acoustic/ritual/industrial music LPs from my vinyl collection. I like the tactile nature of DJ’ing vinyl and benefit from having to select tracks during the set from a limited amount of records, that I know very well.

Occasionally I also DJ as Periskop, which is still a vinyl set, but naturally with emphasis on electronic music. However, the possibility to do DJ sets for podcasts has recently led me to see the benefits of doing arranged DJ sets in an audio editor as opposed to submitting more or less treated recordings of performed vinyl sets:

– Much bigger range of tracks/sounds to choose from.
– Three or more tracks/sounds at the same time.
– No need for a working studio with two turntables.
– No need to do the whole thing in one go and can be done just with headphones.
– Possibility with my limited skills to do longer and tighter beat mixes.
– Fine tune details to make complex and abstract intersections work seamlessly.

So just like the 2015 Periskop podcast for The Forgotten/Awareness, the DJ set for Tripalium mentioned above was made using the basic freeware audio editor Audacity.

Periskop Danny Kreutzfeldt DJ Skovgilde 2015

Last Summer I DJ’ed as Periskop at Skovgilde 2015. An annual genre-unspecific two-day event in a barn out in the woods somewhere near Mols Bjerge National Park on the Jutland peninsula. I played for five hours late night til morning on a rudimentary set up (also pictured above) and for a part of the set I mixed material exclusively from the Periskop vinyl releases. As far as a Periskop live act goes, this is it.

I have also previously writen a few words about my DJ appearance as Periskop at the 2012 harbour warehouse rave in Aalborg.

I recently dug out this home recorded DJ mix from 2003. I was rather active performing live and DJ’ing in that period and this mix documents the style I was playing. It features deep sound experimentation from around the millennial turn. Dark drones, deep pulses, tender glitch, soaring noise and an unsettling landing in a strange blues. It also features an early unreleased dark ambient production of mine, and if I had operated under the Periskop guise back then, this mix would have fitted in there nicely.

Immerse well received. Podcasts, year end lists & reviews.

Periskop Immerse review in Beat Magazine February 2016

It is now about half a year since the Periskop full-length Immerse was released on Kabalion Records. The material is originally from 2000-2008 but significant effort was put into remodeling it in 2014-2015, so that it would become a coherent whole. It is rewarding to look back on all this and see that it has been well received. Considering Immerse is basically long depressing tracks with low to no tempo and arguably only abstract sounds and noises, this has been a pleasant surprise.

From my vantage point, the reception has been manifested by various positive conversations and online exchanges. It has also been evident in more formal ways, as Immerse has been featured in numerous reviews, year end lists and podcasts.

With this post I would like to say thank you for the support to whoever has appreciated, bought or proliferated the release.

Immerse in podcasts
Shaded Explorer – Monument 75 | Arnaud Le Texier – Children Of Tomorrow 13 | BLNDR – Smoke Machine UN43 | Retina.it – Electronique 261 | Luigi Tozzi – D-Node 272 | Concept Of Thrill – The Other Cast 004 | F-On – Trauma 08 | Vâyu – Lett 08 | Noctum – Lett 11 | Radio Vibration – Kick Back 60 | ARD | Eexxppoann – Xspheric 02 | Ombossa – Eliptik 17 | Bob Rusche – X-Rated 230915 | Bob Rusche – X-Rated 231115 | Bob Rusche – X-Rated 030116 | Frans De Waard – Vital Weekly 996 | PRG/M – Bunker26 024 | Feral – Inveins 009 | Finn Of Tomland – Diametric 013

I am pleased to see Immerse both featured in ambient or industrial sets as well as atmospheric techno sets. Do you know of a podcast with Immerse material not featured above? Let me know.

Immerse on year end lists
JunoPlus | Igloo Magazine | ASC/Auxiliary | Frequencies | Bob Rusche/X-Rated | Kompaktkiste.de | dee3

Immerse reviewed
Beat Magazine | Cyclic Defrost | Vital Weekly | ATTN Magazine | Igloo Magazine | Nonpop

Great to see Vital Weekly still running, and I almost made it into the 1000th edition. Extensive and well-written reviews by Cyclic Defrost and ATTN Magazine.

More info and streaming of Immerse here.

Music video by Emil Brahe for Immerse (Component XII)

An official music video has been made for a track on the Periskop full-length Immerse, which was released on Kabalion Records in June 2015.

The music video was made by Danish video producer, musician and illustrator Emil Brahe and uploaded on YouTube in August 2015. The music video consists of more or less abstract scenes and cuts from various old black and white documentaries from the public domain with industrial, technical or oceanic themes.

Periskop Immerse music video by Emil Brahe

Each scene and cut has been carefully selected to convey the mood, ebbs and flows of the bleak drone track, which is the closing track on Immerse. The track it self is heavily textured by field recordings from harbour settings and other out door soundscapes.

Periskop Immerse music video by Emil Brahe

The source material was only available in a slightly poor digital resolution. The pixelation has been more or less blurred out by Brahe, who used an old VHS-C video camcorder to record a computer screen showing the old documentaries. Of course this re-analogizing of the material is slightly ironic as the end result is re-digitized for upload to YouTube. Maybe in a not too distant future the music video format will see a material revival in some of the old analogue video formats.

Periskop Immerse music video by Emil Brahe

This 2015 Periskop music video is similar to the 2013 Periskop music video for Periskop – 1. I (with Danish National Symphony Orchestra). This was made by Danish music video production enterprise Tarfilm, who also used old archive videos but with a smaller degree of abstraction and strong emphasis on submarine themes.

Watch and read about the Tarfilm music video for Periskop here.

Periskop Immerse music video by Emil Brahe

Emil Brahe & Danny Kreutzfeldt Periskop SOL collaborations Aarhus

This 2015 music video for Periskop by Emil Brahe is one in an amount of collaborations between Emil Brahe (pictured left above) and I during the last couple of years:

Periskop Immerse music video by Emil Brahe

Periskop Immerse music video by Emil Brahe

If you haven’t already – watch Emil Brahe’s Periskop – Immerse (Component XII) music video here or listen to the rest of Immerse here.

Periskop DJ mix for Awareness / The Forgotten

The Mexico City based techno music organization The Forgotten has a podcast series called Awareness for ambient and explorative music. I was invited to provide a DJ mix, which has now been made public.

The mix features some of my favourite industrial ambient and drone ambient from the late 90s and early 00s. A period of great soundscape productions, which influenced me when I made the tracks on the forthcoming Periskop album Immerse in the early/mid-00s. Some of the artists from the mix are well known today while others seem completely forgotten. I would particularly like to recommend the French neo-noir ambient project Land.

I did the mix in Audacity while sick and with a fever. Here is the track list:

Hoedh – Heilige (Sophisme Sonores)
Deathprod – Cloudchamber
Biosphere – Forum
Biosphere – Chamber
Biosphere – Field
Land – A “Nagy Bànat” Kintornàsa
Land – Alambic De Songes
Land – A “Nagy Bànat” Kintornàsa
Troum – Ĝhutó-m
Amazing Grace – Os, Itighaho
Senking – Movies
Periskop – Immerse (Component XI)
Morgenstern – Welt
Celestiial – Into This Earth Of Shallow Intent

Edgar Paz Mazatlan harbour The Forgotten podcast periskop black and white photography

The podcast artwork is by Edgar Paz. Original photo taken at Mazatlan Habour in Mexico, Summer 2013.