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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
A tour through three Danish cities was undertaken prior to the May 25th release of Periskop 40 on Uhrlaut Records.
• Copenhagen on May 22nd at PB43 with Volto, DJ Sly Nein and Maltmaster Whiskybar
• Aarhus on May 23rd at Trøjborg Beboerhus with SOL and DJ Noianiz
• Aalborg on May 24th at Platform4 with Aedra
It turned out to be three intense days and nights, with plenty of interest, music, last minute planing, dodgy train WiFi, a bit of whisky and practically no sleep.
The digital content of the release (288 mp3 files and 40 artwork files on a USB) was finished after months of work on the night before the tour. This meant the assembly of the different elements of the physical edition gatefold started on the first day of the tour.
Christian Villum of Uhrlaut Records in the new Uhrlaut HQ (Under construction)
Assembling the release. Satisfied with the final product.
This also meant the uploading of the free download files took place whenever we were near stable WiFi, and that the coding of the Periskop and Uhrlaut websites took place in between the usual tour activities of traveling and setting up. On top of this, we were invited onto an early morning radio show on a nationwide Danish radio station.
Early morning Radio24syv interview – Podcast here.
The forty album mp3 zip uploaded to the cloud. Download it for free right here.
Despite this, every evening was very enjoyable for me and went better than expected in several ways. It also turned out to be three very different evenings despite the concept for each evening was fairly similar:
A fitting venue. A bar with submarine friendly smoky whisky. A DJ who understands what’s going on. An introduction to the release by Christian Villum of Uhrlaut. A short talk about my music work by me. A complete playback of the vinyl. A live act/band with a heavy noisy sound and some talent.
Copenhagen on May 22nd at PB43
PB43 is an abandoned industrial complex momentarily available for cultural initiatives. It is not located centrally and the weather was bad even for a Danish Summer evening. Luckily people showed up anyway, and the fine but affordable selection of the Maltmaster Whiskybar made sure mood and temperature inside the concrete walls were good.
Maltmaster Whiskybar – Periskop edition.
Periskop & Uhrlaut presentation at PB43 – photo by helvildt
Periskop 40 playback
Aarhus on May 23rd at Trøjborg Beboerhus
SOL sound testing
Trøjborg Beboerhus is a well-known venue in Aarhus among the non-established. We ended up with no organizers to make preparations so everything was done in a hurry. Including picking up equipment at five different locations for SOL – the six-person doom metal ensemble of the evening.
SOL live at Trøjborg Beboerhus
The SOL concert stole the show, and more than half of the crowd had clearly come for that part of the evening, emptying the bar twice. Luckily a handful of metal heads also blended in during the Periskop session, just as nobody seemed to be affronted by the crushing and yet esoteric doom metal of SOL. I guess there is still hope for my home town.
It is the second time Emil Brahe of SOL is involved with Periskop. First time was when we in 2012 recorded vocals for a track on the Periskop 40 LP.
Aalborg on May 24th at Platform4
In Aalborg, the Platform4 venue awaited inside the city’s closed down amusement park. While it was the least visited of the three evenings, it was also the one with the technically most satisfactory set-up, and the one with the most casual atmosphere. After the presentation and listening session, the local progressive sludge band Aedra played the first ever metal concert at Platform4.
I would like to express my thanks to the following people for making the tour possible and/or successful.
• Christian Villum of Uhrlaut Records for hard work throughout the process. From the earliest concept development through planing to managing practicalities and handling the press.
• Michael Gaardsøe of ROI + crew for promoting and organizing the Copenhagen evening.
• Jens Ulrik Jørgensen for appearing as Volto.
• Lau Reinhold Kjeldsen for appearing as DJ Sly Nein.
• Lars Lundehave Hansen of Maltmaster Whiskytasting for setting up a quality whisky bar.
• Sune Petersen for techical assistance.
• Rasmus Nielsen Bitsch of Radio24syv for interview set-up and airplay.
• LJUD for promoting the Aarhus evening and use of equipment.
• Nis Noia Sandberg for appearing as DJ Noianiz.
• Emil Brahe with Andreas Hansn, Christian Qvortrup, Lotte Maxild, Peter Borre and Tor Brandt for appearing as SOL.
• Julie Aasland Hansen for bar management in Aarhus.
• Yngve Stensaker & Bjarke Rønnow of Platform4 for organising the Aalborg evening.
• Peter Drastrup, Morten Purup and Loke Ansbjerg for appearing as Aedra.
• Jais Ikkala of Kulturformidleren for coverage of the Aalborg evening.
Yes, it is out now. Read more about the physical edition gatefold vinyl+usb here. Explore all forty albums available for streaming and free download here.
Periskop is industrial dub techno and oceanic click-doom by Danny Kreutzfeldt.
40 is the title of the forthcoming Periskop release on Uhrlaut Records. It will be a forty-times full length album release on a special gatefold LP+USB-key format. One album on LP and 39 albums as bonus material on USB. The entire release will also be available from periskop.cc as free download.
With more than 30 hours of music, this will be the longest music release in the history of Danish music.
40 will be released on May 25th. More details about the release here.
Some growls and screams have been successfully recorded for a 20 BPM click-doom track on the forthcoming album. The vocals were provided by fellow Aarhusian Emil Brahe – active in the doom metal act SOL and the rock band Singvogel.
While not the obvious choice for an electronic music vocal, Emil was chosen because of his intense personal vocal style and intuitive understanding of slow heavy music. As can be heard on SOL – Black Cloud Of Becoming.
We recorded the vocals in Emil’s Omnipotent Doom Studio down by the harbor.