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UNSOUND PODCAST #19 - THE PHANTOM

It's been some time since we've released anything via the Unsound Podcast series, but then we unexpectedly received a mix tape from Polish artist The Phantom in our in-box. Although he's better known for club music, this enigmatic and distinctive mix treads a different path.

Here's what The Phantom had to say: "The mix expands on some of the ideas presented on my mini album 'MC 1', released last year on Sangoplasmo Records. The cassette, intended as a soundtrack to a video art loop on 'art, obscenity and sexuality' (as described by its author - Michal Gruca), was a step towards revealing some of my non-club music influences. Both the cassette and the mix are very much focused on the 80's and soundtrack recordings by the likes of Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter & Alan Howarth and Michel Rubini. It includes their work, as well as excerpts from the cult sex-drugs-fashion 'flick' - Liquid Sky. The 80's idea of 'an electronic film score' is confronted with futuristic jams by Double Fantasy, Servi and the pioneer Harald Grosskopf, as well as the stripped-down, avant-garde pop aesthetics of White Noise and Silver Apples from a decade and a half earlier. The mix concludes with a snippet from Jimmy and Carol Owens' sermon on a Christian-friendly label - Light Records - and a romantic, date-at-the-museum theme from the apocalyptic Miracle Mile. There you go - romance, museums, fashion, religion, sexuality, trauma, apocalypse."

Tracklist (all vinyl):

Slava Tsukerman & Brenda I. Hutchinson & Clive Smith - Wordplay (Milan)
Harald Grosskopf - Trauma (Sky)
Double Fantasy - Children Of The Universe (Muza)
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Back To The Pod (Celine)
Michel Rubini & Denny Jaeger - Beach House (Milan)
Slava Tsukerman & Brenda I. Hutchinson & Clive Smith - The Way The Alien Kills (Milan)
Servi - Laistrygonen (Amiga)
White Noise - The Visitation (Island)
Silver Apples - Dust (Phoenix)
Robert Fripp - The Chords That Bind (Editions EG)
Tangerine Dream - Museum Walk (Private Music)
Jimmy And Carol Owens - If My People... (excerpt) (Light)
Eberhard Schoener - Signs of Emotion (Harvest)

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UP#17 Birth of Reggae Music by Pole

Berlin artist pole (Stefan Betke) has assembled a mix from his beloved collection of vinyl simply entitled "The Birth of Reggae Music." The mix not only creates a canvas of reggae's pioneers, it provides insight into the roots of Stefan's own legendary and influential work, a mix of minimal electronic music with dub bass lines and rhythm. This podcast is not only a celebration of pole's recent return to a reconfigured version of the original sound that established his name, it marks the upcoming third edition of Unsound Festival New York.
pole will perform on 20 April 2012 at (le) Poisson Rouge on a line up also featuring the Sun Araw Band, exploring their own version of a dub sound, fused with afrobeat, psychedelic drone and more. Inner Tube will open, with Mark McGuire of Emeralds and Spencer Clarke creating a guitair/synth duo inspired by Australian surf movies from the 80s.
For now, you know what to do: listen to this mix, get into the mood, and enjoy the warmer weather.

On an educational note, for those of you who don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of dub and reggae, here's Mr Betke's tracklist:

 

Pluggy Satchmo "23rd Psalm"
Junior Delgado " Sons of Slave"
Michael Palmer "Don´t smoke the Seed"
Calvin Stuart "Babylon a turn dem back"
Badoo " Rocking of the 10.000"
Gregory Isaac "Reservation"
Gregory Isaac " House of Leo"
Lee Perry " Bucky Skank"
Patrick Andy " Smiling Face"
Skulls " Tird World"
Don Carlos " Mr Sun"
Michael Prophet " Mash sown Rome"
Vivian Jackson "Black Starliner is coming"
Max Romeo " Birth of Reggae Music"
Desmond Dekker " Fumanchu"
Pluggy Satchmo "23rd Psalm"

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UP#16 HTRK's Office Stereo Mind Control

An insidiously hypnotic mix, optimised for chill-out rooms, intense study sessions, clinical drug trials and office ambience. Synapses gently massaged by ambient pieces from Robert Babicz and Ryoji Ikeda, outsider house classics from DJ Sprinkles and Hieroglyphic Being, free-form group-think from NYC's Excepter, tough beats from Finland's Ø (empty space) and a 20 minute immersion from the far reaches of New Zealand's Omit. HTRK play tonight at Unsound in Manggha at 19:30.

1. Edward Artemyev / Part IV / Solaris OST / Toei Music
2. Robert Babicz / Eternie / Desert / Mille Plateaux
3. Ryoji Ikeda / Zone 4 / Document 02 / Dorobo
4. Omit / Sequester / Tracer / Helen Scarsdale Agency
5. DJ Sprinkles / Grand Central - Part 1 (Deep into the Bowel of House) / Midtown 120 Blues / Mule Musiq
6. Hieroglyphic Being / Spheres of Madness / A Romance of 2 Planets / Alter
7. Excepter / Og / Presidence / Paw Tracks
8. Ø / Teehetki / Tulkinta / Sähkö
9. Francis Monkman / Spiral Motion / Forcefield / Bruton Music

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UNSOUND PODCAST #15 FUTURE SHOCK MIXED BY PHILIP SHERBURNE

UP#15 Future Shock mixed by Philip Sherburne


This is one of the more schizophrenic mixes I've ever recorded, but
that's appropriate, I suppose, given the subject matter.
The introduction comes from the 1972 film adaptation of Alvin
Toffler's book Future Shock, narrated by Orson Welles. I actually
watched the film when I was still in grade school—just 12 or 13 years
old, as I recall. I suppose some well-meaning teacher wanted to
teach us to think critically about media and technology, but at that
age, I remember feeling only baffled. Today, the film (which you
can watch on YouTube, appropriately enough)
feels both comically dated and woefully prescient. That collision of
sensations dictated the overall shape of the mix, which leans heavily
on broken-down techno and tangled retro-futurism. Instead of the
streamlined designs and elegant circuitry that electronic music has
supposedly promised, this mix is all about shuddering gears and time
out of joint.
The majority of it was mixed with vinyl, using two Technics 1210s and
an Allen & Heath mixer; the final two tracks, along with additional
passages taken from the film, were added in Ableton at the end.
Ironically, as difficult as mixing some of the tracks proved, figuring
out how to close it all out was infinitely harder. Just like the film
says, "Every day we're bombarded by choices, we need to make
instant decisions, we're in endless combat with our own environment
with all its pace and variety, its choice and over-choice."

 

1. Intro – Future Shock (1972, narrated by Orson Welles)
2. The Hafler Trio, "Suppressed Noise" [Doublevision 1972/1984]
3. Vibert/Simmonds, "Submarine" [Rephlex 1993]
4. Roswell Return, "A Goldbach Vibe (Clean Cut Remix)" [SD Records
2009]
5. Caribou, "Bowls (Holden Remix)" [City Slang 2010]
6. P. Eladan, "Monochordium II" [Muting The Noise 2010]
7. Juju & Jordash, "Chelm Is Dubbing" [Golf Channel Recordings 2011]
8. Morphosis, "Dirty Matter (NWAQ's Via Mezzacapo Dub)" [Delsin
2011]
9. Redshape, "Kracken's Game" [Present 2011]
10. Terekke, "Damn" [L.I.E.S. 2011]
11. Grackle, "Jungle (Original Mix)" [Discos Capablanca 2008]
12. About Group, "You're No Good (A Theo Parrish Translation)"
[Domino 2011]
13. Daphni, "NPE" [Resista 2011]
14. Tilt (Trouble Funk), "Arkade Funk" [D.E.T.T. Records 1983]
15. Autechre, "Lost" [Warp 1994]
16. Laurel Halo, "Strength In Free Space" [Hippos In Tanks 2011]

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