Inside the panopticon. Just a hotchpotch of curious minds?
When I read the word “Panoptikum” I immediately recall Michel Foucault and all his theories about power, discipline, surveillance society and prison system. Taking into consideration what I have written in this blog before about my views on social media, such as last March editorial I should say that we live in a world where surveillance is the rule, and everybody is watching each other through the windows of social media, a behaviour that is both imposed by the establishment as much as done irrationally on purpose, exactly like a panopticon. People fed themselves with mind control information, are instigated to act in certain behaviour of likes and share actively. What one day was a monopoly of radios, newspapers, magazines and television, now we have the web as a hub of companies/individuals who are shaping people’s behaviours and taste. Again, partially imposed and partially a rational decision, that in the end is more irrational than ever.
Dadanaut (maybe the cosmonaut of Dadaism) a German composer from Lauffen Am Neckar has released this 14th April his album Kabale, with 9 ambient/drone/experimental tracks, some of them shorter and other ones longer, such as Panoptikum itself. Well, considering everything written above, a track that uses this word in a track is nothing more than appropriate for our contemporary world.
Though the subject explored by Foucault and all the surveillance theories about individuals and communities in the digital age are quite complex and mindblowing, Panoptikum is in fact mostly a calming track, that provides chill ambient feelings for 12 minutes, but providing that big tension of being spied by someone far above you, that is controlling everything you do 24/7, with no space for private or to breath in peace.
You can check more releases from Dadanaut in their Bandcamp page, with track that go back to 2012.
On the one hand, Orbinaut is a character from Sonic the Hedgehog, a popular video game of the 1990’s. It’s a mini-planet, with a face merely made of two eyes and spiked orbs circling around it like satellites, which the orbinaut can shoot at enemies. On the other hand, it’s the name of Henning Behrendt’s music project, a Hamburg based Producer.
Ridley / Repiley is another track that was produced in Germany, by Orbinaut. As usual, a synthesizer voyage. The intro is long and it makes us have the impression that it will be a long instrumental journey, though if not interrupter by trip-hop style vocals, that sometimes sound like Thom York style, while other a more Massive Attack. Yet, the instrumentals are super from beginning until the end, as the track itself is not long, lasting for 3:24 minutes.
The track is part of the album The Marmalade Mind. Most of the track was composed and performed using a Moog Sub 37, vocals were performed by Josephine Cilia Gand. It is possible to listen the 90s videogame inspiration in tracks like Smool, for instance. The whole album is highly recommended if you enjoy this type of electronic music inspired in 90s videogames, the drum machine has the signature of a Elektron Analog Rytm drumcomputer.
Danza Gris comes out as a danceable downtempo track from Tomás Novoa, Berlin based dance music producer. A track filled with nice and bright sound design, besides 3x3x2 kick bass beat, great for that magical dance vibe, trippy. Ideal track for a night time Dj set.
According to his Soundcloud profile:
Crafting heavy basslines, organic rythms and emotive soundscapes that will feed your soul.
After being featured here with his track Hypnotized, KLANGPLANET comes back again with a new single and full-album, this time Eternity. The last single release from his homonymous album. His newest work has been officialy released this 4th April and it’s already entirely in Soundcloud and Spotify.
Eternity follows the same personal style of Munich citizen producer Frieder Mollat. A blend of chill out and nu-disco grooves, a highly danceable track with that special sound design very particular of German producers, carefully selected synthesizer compositions. Also a track with interesting vocals in different layers, filled with funky rhythms apart from the harmonic sound design mentioned above.
Don’t forget to check our previous article about KLANGPLANET, with a short bio:
New Single: KRANGPLANET – Hypnotized
KLANGPLANET has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden with Hypnotized, you can also check his whole Eternity album in Spotify.
You’re a Fireball is the new single from Henrik Schwarz, German electronic music producer who is working with Metropole Orkest, this is an unique experience of listening electronic music performed by an orchestra. This single is part of a forthcoming album, that will be called ‘Scripted Orkestra’ on 7K!. Metropole Orkest.
Originally performed live as the opening concert of ADE 2016 and broadcast by Boiler Room, this new studio recording delves further into Schwarz’s increasingly formidable orchestral talent, showcasing the incomparable thrill of seamlessly blending acoustic performance with computer generated music.
The album is scheduled to be released 25th May, according to Schwarz:
“This track is an anthem to all the people around us who light up our lives by being who they are and how they are…”.
‘Scripted Orkestra’ for sure will stand out due to the fact that electronic music has been translated and converted into a composition for live instruments. Technology came before the performance. What makes the song completely interesting to ears, such as the drums and the typical arrangement for electronic music.
“Some say orchestra music is dying, that orchestras are dying. I believe they are about to be reborn,” says Schwarz. “Computers and technology are taking over our lives; people have been hiding behind their screens, but there’s a yearning for more human interaction. With orchestras, the human element is undeniable. I think there are some very interesting developments happening in modern composition. It’s at the start of something new.”
The album is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp, including in vinyl.
“I don’t need your love but it feels so fine,
It’s the way that you’ve been loving me,
Through the night”
Through the Night is the newest collaboration between German producer Satin Jacket (Tim Bernhardt) and Berlin-based British singer David Harks. This new collaborative work is following last summer’s ‘Northern Lights’. A mild late night track, proper for dance clubs, lounge atmosphere of dance and drinks. As mentioned above, this is (nu) disco, with warm synthesizer, aided by funky rhythms, but at the same time highly atmospheric, the voice of David Harks summed by Satin Jacket’s production will lead you to your inner dance floors, where you can dance with closed eyes, no matter where you are. The track has been released 16th March, by Eskimo Recordings.
“Working with David has been great! After the amazing success of ‘Northern Lights’ we were bound to do a follow-up. The two of us are quite different in terms of working styles so I feel this is a perfect case of how opposites can attract.” – TIM BERNHARDT (SATIN JACKETS)
“It’s about being loved by someone and how it feels to be loved. Moreover it’s about how we can survive without that love or shape it and use it to suit our needs, “I don’t need your love but it feels so fine”. I wanted to create a song that explored these feelings but that you can also drop hot’n’heavy on the dance floor and Tim came in with his thick warm production and just took it to that next level.” – DAVID HARKS
You can check all the releases from Eskimo Recordings in their Soundcloud page. Also, Satin Jackets has been highly popular in Spotify (embedded) far-reaching millions of streamings in the past months.
Another great track that arrived to us from Germany. Hypnotized is an outstanding nu-disco track that is both danceable and chill, highly well produced. Amidst many cliché nu-disco coming out, this track stands out. According to Munich-based songwriter/producer Frieder Mollat responsible for KLANGPLANET, Hypnotized has “an oriental touch”. It’s much more than a disco track with oriental-touch for sure, it brings with it many different influences that are not only limited to the oriental tradition, that starts to appear only after 1:30 of song. It is possible to hear many different elements of vocals, such as a short and quiet spoken male voice to a female disco style vocal, with a deep house touch. In the begging we can also find a female vocal that sound pretty much like Thievery Corporation and its Bossa Nova inspiration.
Hypnotized is a big pack containing many influences, something I learned to be called chillout music many years ago. But, as I mentioned in many earlier posts, I’m not a big appreciator of music categorisation and labels, they are never precise for original music such as this one.
It is possible to stream it by Spotify.
KLANGPLANET is Munich-based songwriter/producer Frieder Mollat that started his music career in the mid 90’s. Graduated from college as a musicologist in 1995 he joined the music industry for a couple of years working in Hamburg, Germany for record labels such as Warner Music and Edel records. Over the years he has been writing music contributing to several projects and signing a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing in 2001 which is still effective. 2017 marks his personal milestone as a solo-artist with the launch of KLANGPLANET. “Electronic Journey” and “Electronic Universe” are his self-released KLANGPLANET studio EP’s reflecting his passion for electronic and chill out music.
There is something interesting in the dark synthwave scene. It reminds industrial music, with many influences from 80s heavy metal, but played in synthesizers. An atmosphere that seems as if you came back in time and are playing Doom all of over again, lots of shootings monsters and labyrinths filled with synthesizer melodies, heavy bass and primal melodies. The German “Collapse Project” from Kaufbeuren, founded in 2005, is a band that should be listened to. After 10 years of hiatum, the band has gathered to record Follow the Wave, recently released in December 24th, 2017. They call their music dark wave, a synthwave with heavy music influence. Germany is a place where heavy music (well, german heavy metal scene…) is taken seriously, as much as music made by synthesizers (Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk), and both are proofed to be as the influences of Collapse Project, check their Soundcloud page. You can stream and download the whole album in Bandcamp, in total it’s composed by 13 tracks, that mix arpeggios with heavy tuned synths, that sound pretty much like a distorted guitar. Vibrating with the sounds of arpeggios and drums. Collapse project is pure synthwave, heavily appealing for fans of dark and heavy synthwave. Tracks like Cybercrime, Dark Planet, Supernova, The Dark Castle and Colors in the Dark,show a high class work from the band.