North: Deep dark ambient techno by Periskop on a four-track EP released by Kabalion Records, August 18th 2016.
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.
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
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.
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 is the new Periskop full-length out now as 3xLP, continuous mix CD and digital. It has been released by Kabalion Records, which is an off shot of Hypnus Records and located in Sweden. The vinyl and CD versions are distributed world wide by Triple Vision.
The release contains deep pulsating dark ambient conceived and produced by the Danish electronic music producer Periskop between 2000-2008. The material for Immerse has been selected by Hypnus/Kabalion, mastered by Mattias Fridell and subsequently adapted and rearranged by Periskop to fit the various formats.
Stream Immerse and read the full info here.
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.
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.
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.
Aarhus on May 23rd at Trøjborg Beboerhus
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.
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.
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.
45 tour photos
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.
Back from the busy tour on which the Periskop release 40 was presented in three Danish cities. More on this later. Now it’s time to present the release to the greater public.
Periskop 40 is an album, that should be conceived as the best I can do within the confines of the traditional full length music format. But it is also +10 years of music work turned into 32 hours 20 mins 04 secs of industrial dub techno, oceanic click-doom and more adventurous sounds.
It is out as forty full-length albums on a special gatefold vinyl LP+USB format. 1 album on vinyl and 39 albums as bonus material on USB.
It is also available in it’s entirety as a free 3.1GB mp3 download.
Listen, download and order Periskop 40 here.