Octobird on Resonate streaming platform

I started to make my releases available on the alternative streaming platform Resonate.is starting with my latest Pr0gramma Release Organelle. The others will follow.

I’m really hoping for a bright future for Resonate as it is right now still in Beta. For those of you who don’t know, Resonate is a streaming service aiming to even out the quite unfair outcome for artists from streaming revenues by offering a stream-to-own model. This means you don’t pay a monthly subscription fee but rather pay for every stream but with a very low price tag for the first streams, up to the point where you finally own that song with all the benefits of downloading and so on.

It’s already a good sign to see some “bigger” underground labels such as Hyperdub, Ostgut Ton and Opal Tapes there but as any of these fresh ideas they still have to prove their concept in the big jungle of major players. But I’m in good hope that they could fill a gap away from the major players to more independent artist such as Bandcamp did back in the day and still does.

“Tram Komputer” out on Zanderhythm

Tram Komputer is the first compilation put together from a vast number of eight-track-sessions recorded at Vodor L. Zeck‘s Studio over the last five years. On a regulary basis Vodor L. Zeck, DBH and Octobird (and who ever else wanted to join in) came together, simply to create portions of energy made with electronic machines, press record and catch some magic.

The tracks captured on this tape were cut and edited as less as possible and then mastered by Octobird. While all these sessions over the years spit out a vast variety of sounds and styles ranging from Hi-Speed Acid to Trippy Downbeats to Speed-Ambient, this first release represents the more melodic Brain Raves.

A special note of thanks also goes out to Vertical67 for the Tape Cover Design visualizing the different Tram stations it took to get to the Zanderythm studio in Berlin Marzahn.

“Organelle” EP out on Pr0gramma Records

And yet another EP (or what ever you call 6 tracks in a row these days) out on Pr0gramma! It feels just great to be in such good creative company. This time even with some visual gems. Pr0gramma Number one Ismael Stein made a fantastic little collage with memories of a forgotten future.

“Organelle drives in and out of a polar spectrum: the shadowed, looping post-industrial grit of Treevolt and the more luminous, organic left field of Woodrough. The area between these aesthetic pillars makes each juncture that much more unique. The ebbs and flows somehow follow a natural trajectory despite being far from predictable making for 34 dense minutes that never overstay their welcome. The staple dissonant riffs, busy perc, and tasteful bridges all remain intact, but in evolution from Octobird’s last, Baikonur, Organelle seems to retain and build with a more concretely directed pace driving each listen through a more diverse myriad of textures and seemingly very real places yet all with an oddly particular fidelity that suggests some weird sense of omnipotent control.”

Octobird Salad #4 | Unrestrained Sphere Diving

Warp Records just rereleased B12’s Time Tourist Masterpiece. A-Ton Records keeps going on to release the Chronicles of The 7th Plain. Who is nobody else than Luke Slater, rather known for driven Techno Bangers.
But these classics are a dreamy proof of how much warmth can be wiped out of a digital DX7 Synthesizer from the early 80s. And this heritage miraculously continues into present days with artists such as Reedale Rise, Stereociti or Charlton.

Always nice and deep, but not a bit pretentious!

Baikonur EP | out on Pr0gramma Records

Octobird’s latest EP just got released on Pr0gramma Records.

“With a progressive blend of uncanny melodies and warping harmonics, the Baikonur EP feels almost like a computer data process that somehow got itself locked into techno rhythms. The organic timbre even lies oddly between raw synthesis and heavily processed acoustics. These binaries ultimately balance but provide a mysticism that uniquely destabilizes the listen. Particularly Baikonur and The Gate exemplify this eccentric mix of evolving musicality and an odd sense that it’s all just data being filtered through melodious substructures.”

This is Octobird’s second EP release after last year’s 1st of Octobird.

Tentacle Loot #10 | Tihomir Zdjelarević – Mikrowelt

“Tihomir Zdjelarević is a Berlin based musician. He works with modular synthesizer, string synthesizer, guitar, Four track and hardware effects to create a large soundscape with a kosmic vibe”

Tihomir pretty obviously follows the paths of classic ambient music from the golden age of the analogue synthesizer. But he does so with a lot of passion and sensitivity. He put’s the Warp Speed Engine straight on 1 Lightmeter per hour and follows the routes of Cosmic Music, Krautrock and Psychedelia slowly and carefully. Therefore this music is by all means meditative, as it takes you to a place you’ve already been before – somewhere save – and lets your mind wander and expand.

So we highly recommend to just take these 40 Minutes off. Put away your smartphones turn off your computer, shield yourself from the surrounding Wifi and find a way to listen to MP3s in this rather uncommon setup.

Damn, what a stressful world.

Tentacle Loot #9 | Mindcolormusic aux4410

Mindcolormusic’s one man label mastermind DJ mnvr has been pretty busy releasing wonderful little mindbending braindance gems since last year. Sympathetically he skips back and forth between Compilations, EPs and Split-Eps on which he relies less on proven formats than on his sense of coherent track compilations. And so – behind the superstructure of Braindance, Acid and IDM – his publications  always tell a flush story beyond genre boundaries.

The fact that we are choosing the aux4410 from these short stories is, of course, due to the fact that Veglord Vodor L Zeck contributes his part on the knobs here. But together with Quadratschulz, Bromic, Sonornote, Bovaflux and a few others, it creates a wonderful something of nervous drum shuffle, sprinting acid lines and hovering disharmonic megarave emotions.

May the end of this story remain open for a long, long time!

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