A Look Back at SSFB 2016 with Traxx
Take a walk down memory lane with Nation boss Traxx, as we revisit his performance at SSFB 2016 with a recording of his two-hour segment at the The Rest Is Noise stage.
What are you to do, when your “strange sounds” unexpectedly become wildly popular? Many see this popularity as a validation of their endeavors and a reason to stay on course; others see fans as an unwanted but necessary entity that ties them to a world outside their own. The latter occurred to Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin. How was this atypical, even straight-up odd relationship with his audience part of his widely celebrated success? Rush Hour’s Ocke Weeda, a huge fan of the artist, searches for an answer.
As enthusiasts of unconventional music, we all know that this isn’t the only art form that loves to make detours into the far-out regions of the bizarre and unusual. Throughout cinematic history, celebrated and unsung filmmakers alike have left behind an immense cache of films that distinguished themselves from mainstream movie culture.
Under the hands of Wally Badarou, a once-aspiring pilot, the Prophet-5 synthesizer clocked up considerable mileage throughout the 80s, leaving its polyphonic signature on some of the most influential hits of the decade. A loss for the aviation industry perhaps, but here in the land of music worshippers, no one’s complaining! For some 80s nostalgia, read on as Jasmin Hoek revisits some prominent works by this synth veteran.
In everyday life Shane Burmania has the grateful task as event programmer for The Rest is Noise, a concert series for the weird and wonderful in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He also curates programs in contemporary music for the Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Shane has a soft spot for any music with hints of cosmic, futuristic and transcendental sounds. Here are Shane’s picks for February. Sit back and enjoy.
While most of us in the West are acquainted with Haruomi Hosono as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra, back in Japan his vast body of work outside of the band is well documented. There, he enjoys a revered status as a solo artist, an innovative producer and a pioneer of electronic music. Yakob Bakker walks us through some of the more compelling work Hosono has put out over his illustrious career.
Back in June 2016, Soundcloud introduced a new feature on their site called “Suggested Tracks”. Suggested tracks generated by an algorithm, that is. By implementing this feature, the platform joined the ranks of every streaming service out there in following an industry-wide trend; one that offers solutions derived from the marriage between human curation and artificial intelligence.
Before you read any further, I’d like you to first play one of Pan Daijing’s track called “Disease”. Chances are that you’re going to feel unsettled after. This, however, isn’t a bland attempt to get you to listen to some of the darker sounds along the techno spectrum, but a genuine endeavor to get you acquainted with an intriguing newcomer to the techno scene. As the new girl on the block, Pan Daijing happily shakes up the predominantly male techno producer’s world with her vividly dark and self-proclaimed sexual music, a by-product of her feminist worldview.
For just one day this coming June, by the waters up north in Amsterdam, the typically tranquil grounds of the Noorderlicht will come to life once more as Strange Sounds From Beyond enters its second run. Earlier last month, we kicked off the first round of line-up announcements as a pre-taster for what’s to come this summer. Since then, we’ve been working hard to complete the line-up for SSFB 2017 and we believe we have arrived at a sweet spot.