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 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)

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.

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.