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 set on The Memoir with unreleased solo and collaboration work

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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