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)

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.