Andy’s 5 Keys to Dub
In anticipation for his release on Effecient Space, Australian producer and psychologist Andy Rantzen selected and spoke about 5 dub albums that helped him define his sound back in the day.
While preparations are in full swing for today’s event, we would like to take a moment to highlight one of our speakers, and in particular, the feats he has done in the past. Dutch Sounds From Beyond being our topic of the day, a certain focus on experimentalism is in place; it’s the main reason why Hessel Veldman started his label in the 80s in the first place. Here’s a short overview of al his endeavours.
A few years ago, my label partner forwarded to me some music by Leuk en Ko, wondering if we should be getting that out. Just where the music fits between camp, pop and sarcasm, it was difficult to say. That it then turned out to be an old project by Jan Duivenvoorden and Richard van den Bogaert, veterans of Unit Moebius, a techno conglomerate in The Hague, only added to the confusion. How could Unit Moebius possibly be cut from the same cloth as Leuk en Ko?
The mid to late 70s was a staggeringly fertile period for early electronic music production in Europe. Some German and UK-based artists like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno, in particular, were at the forefront of this evolution. Meanwhile in Seattle, Kerry Leimer was so intrigued by the sonic sounds coming from Europe that he began creating his own extensive volume of work spanning genre, style and instrumentation. Most of his work was only known to a select few, until the New York-based imprint RVNG Intl. started digging into Leimer’s fascinating catalogue. Sonny Meijer takes you on a trip exploring the sounds and story behind this mysterious man.
For the 10th entry of our mix series, we searched and found the two kindred spirits that form Strange Boutique. Fueled by visual and auditory experiences, Nicole Martens and Femke Dekker translate their past wisdom into a vibrant and cosmic experience that surely will capture the beholder. Our editor Ocke Weeda has a short talk with the duo in order to learn more about their unique approach.
Of the countless tracks that make it to the airwaves each week at Red Light Radio, some leave a more lasting impression than others. From month to month, enjoy a sampling of favorite tracks heard on air, courtesy of the team at RLR. September’s picks include music by The Mystic Jungle Tribe, Hellboii, Hoodoo Fushimi and more.
It is said that frustration, anger and despair often lead to interesting and expressive music and art. If one looks to the case of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the late 70s and 80s, one might conclude this is right. Economic decline, unemployment, rampant inflation and rising tensions certainly proved to be a fertile ground for experiments and exciting new directions in music.
Let’s face it: there is not enough sound art in the world. Museums are mostly packed with visual presentations of ideas, worlds and statements. Most of the time, sound ‘only’ has a supporting role. Do curators, visitors and artists realise it could take the lead?
Number 9 in our series is none other than Traxx, Nation label head and frontman of Mutant Beat Dance. Brace yourselves for an hour, fifteen minutes and thirty seven seconds of interstellar travels. Our editor Lounes Doulache caught up with him for a brief talk about the label, telepathy and humanity 500 years from now.
King Tubby was a Mister Fix-it before he became the world’s most acclaimed dub engineer. He fixed televisions, toasters, hairdryers and radios. Because he was so skilled in repairing electronics, he could also wind filter coils, design EQs, build large amplifiers for sound systems and create his own mixing desk. In the seventies, dub reggae was the result of Jamaica’s revolt in sound engineering. The groundbreaking musical style was driven by the rebellion against the normality of things. Dub reggae put Jamaica on the world map for its music and historical approach to sound production; the small island making a big impact on the use of studio technology.