Monday, 1 September 2014

Motorik Futures

In refining the schtick for Pattern Repeat I listened to a lot of what could be termed ‘ambient motorik’, a not-quite-house-not-quite-ambient chugging music, zipping along an imaginary autobahn, at night of course, illuminated by neon blips and spacey bleeps, the synthetic rush providing a sensation of forward motion. Cast back to the likes of Neu!, Harmonia, Michael Rother et al and the original sense of the motorik, even Kraftwerk’s iconic Autobahn, and perhaps more so to the original NY Minimalists – Riley especially but early Glass too, repeated arpeggios evoking endless space and sense of movement. Add in the recent rediscovery of new age synths, the bucolic edges of low-fi industrial music, traces of synthetic Balearic disco, Patrick Cowley soundtracks … No shortage of early versions to explore.

In the present day there’s masses of stuff in this mould, too much perhaps, but also too much of quality to write off completely. Stretching from the new new age synth and guitar dudes of LA and beyond, of which there are very many, to the possibly kookier ends in Europe and elsewhere … Again, nothing really new here, and no need to lasso all this together aside from the fact that there is much fun to be had zinging across these sounds, stringing mixes together taking in these tangents. Here’s a few recent highlights:

From recent Opal Tapes collection (May 2014), Holvr’s “Space Weight” was a highlight and perfectly representative, acid for beanbags:

Postmodern Autobahn update:

Drifting into actual house rhythms but hardly dance music, everything Steve Moore does is smooth gold:

Getting more bucolic, Vermont is exemplary, and hopefully influential on future Pop Ambient collections:

Jurgen Muller - Science of the Sea – A homage/pastiche of an imaginary soundtrack to a 1970s Jacques Costeau figure, said to be the work of LA’s Norm Chambers…

… aka Panabrite, which his Sub Acquatic Meditations removes any doubt:

Much great stuff in this realm can be found on house and techno B-sides and album fillers, such as this:

… And the godfather of techno b-side motorik synthscapes:

And back further, this Michael Rother track is superb:

The net is wide but such beautiful music all this, and masses to explore.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


On Thursday 17 July I played waltzes for Triple R's Max Headroom, listen again here

"From its highbrow haughtiness of 18th century Vienna through to rough hewn contemporary hoedowns. Along the way I’ll visit mournful Country and Western dirges, space age jazz ditties, gravel voiced urban scrapings and electro neo-waltzes. Why go for four on the floor when you can go for three?"

Here's what was played:

Johann Strauss II - The Blue Danube
Al Bowly - Sunset on the Nile
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme
Hank Williams - Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
Kitty Wells - Honky Tonk Waltz
Michael Hurley - Negatory Romance
Thelonious Monk - Carolina Moor
San Ra - Love In Outer Space
Ray Cathode - Waltz In Orbit
Mary Wells - My Little Boy
Toru Takemitsu - The Face Of Another
Tom Waits - Diamonds and Gold
Can - Sing Swan Song
Still - Dear Billy
Nas - Heaven
Adamski feat. David McAlmont - Viennese Whirl

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Pattern Repeat: Episode 4

Final episode of Pattern Repeat for Max Headroom aired Friday 26 June 2014, listen again here

Here's what was played:

Eva MM - Pattern Repeat Jingle
Richard Wagner - Prelude, Das Rheingold (Dead and Alive Vinyl Remix)
Wolfgang Voigt - Ruckverzauberung 6.1
Fatima Al Quadiri - Hainan Island
Austin Buckett - Thomas William
Jurgen Muller - U-Boat Nach
Maggi Payne - Flights of Fancy Mike Ratledge - Riddles of the Sphinx Sequence 7
Traxman - Bubbles
Conrad Schnitzler - Frozen Bubbles
Mamman Sani - Zara Zarakoy
Arrest and Incarcerate - Dog on a Wet Tin Roof
Snd - Untitled (TPlay 2)
Muslimgauze - Fear of Gaddafi
Hacker Farm - Drive Time
Lawrence English - Wilderness of Mirrors
Lawrence English - Graceless Hunter
Marcus Schmickler and Julian Rohrhuber - Refrain Numbers Negation
Holly Herndon - Solo Voice
Ben Vida - tztztztzt Part 13
Hecker - Hinge*
Thomas Brinkmann - N.M.Q.P.
Marina Rosenfeld - New York _ It's All About
Voiski - Eccentric Habits
Oren Ambarchi - Passage
A5 - Cut 2
Moomin - I Whisper a Prayer
Visionist - The Way
Erik Fiedel and MMM - Syncro
Julee Cruise - Questions in a World of Blue

Thanks for listening.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Pattern Repeat 3

Playlist below for Pattern Repeat #3 broadcast June 21 2014. Stream here.

Eva MM (below) - Pattern Repeat
DVS1 - S.O.S.
Charles Cohen - UTEP1
Caustic Windows - Fingertrips
Infinity Frequencies - Wisdom
Arve Henriksen - Zircon
Laurence Crane (below) - Sparling
Oneohtrix Point Never - Meet Your Creator
Philip Glass - Floes
The Other People's Place - Sorrow and a Cup Of Joe
The Soft Pink Truth - Invocation for Strength
Professor Genius - Vista
John Chantler - November Pts Hi_ Dismantled Cabaret
Lawrence English - Waves Sheer Light
Efdemin - Parallaxis (The Borderline State Remix)
WIFE - Like Chrome
Bass Clef - Neon Black and Vulcanae
Leyland Kirby (above) - Locked Into Situations
Jeff Mills - Rainbow Clusters
Dino Sabatini - Terpsichore
James Ruskin - Excerpt 1
Miami Vice - Tokyo Negative
Oren Ambarchi - Fractured Mirror
Dirk Leyers - Come To Where I Go
Jahilliya Fields - Turned On Type
Luxury Elite - Gracefully
Dominique - He Said

Final show next week. Leave with this fine example of contemporary abjection:

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Pattern Repeat 1 and 2

Two episodes down and two to go on Pattern Repeat, track lists below and stream it here and here. Back midnight this Friday on 3 Triple R 102.7FM.

Episode 1: 6 June 2014

Larry Heard - Faint Object Detection
Harold Budd - Feral (Odd Nosdam Remix)
Fatima Al Quadiri - Shanghai Freeway
Iori - Moon (Steve Moore Remix)
Austin Bucket - Sand Loops 3
Slow Walkers - The Flood
Julle Cruise and Khan - Say Goodbye
Rene Hell - Baroque Ensemble Coda
Tin Man and Donato Dozzy - Test 7
Inverto - Miura
Vermont - Yaiza
Luke Howard - Pan
Ricardo Donoso - Diagonal Environment
Sandra Electronics - It Slipped Her Mind
Pandabrite - Celestion
A5 - Dzhaz
William Basinski - Untitled (Meloncholia)
HOLOVR - Space Weight
Chris Abrahams - Stabilised Ruin
Farben and James Din - Kader Dolls
Roman Fluegel - Piano Piano
Klaran Lewis - c a t t
Jon Hassel - Streetfaxx
Ibaraki Tracks - Singapore Airport
Yagya - Sleepygirl 4
Osborne - Oyasumi
Scanner - Singing through Qualia
Brian Eno - And Then So Clear

Episode 2: 15 June 2014

Pattern Repeat Theme - Eva MM
Sutekh - Untitled #3
Plastikman - EXtend
Joey Anderson - Space Colors Ideas
Seaworthy and Taylor Deupree - Hollow
Inga Copeland - Advice To Young Girls
HTRK - Feels Like Love
Jean Claude Risset - Fall
Ben Frost - The Teeth Behind Kisses
Julianna Barwick - Blood Brothers
Bruno Pronsato - To Be Seen
Delia Derbyshire - Pot Au Feu
Conrad Schnitzler & Wolf Sequenza - Fata Morgana
Oren Ambarchi - Girl With Silver Eyes
V/VM - Big Eddie's Van - Bowler's Car Park
Lee Gamble - M25 Echo
Lorenzo Senni - EVOLVER
DJ Sprinkles - Ball'r (Madonna Free Zone)
EVOL - Rave Slime (B)
Tobias - Heartbeat
Some Truths - Acid and Prozac
Arrest and Incarcerate - Hunter
Answer Code Request - Axif (feat. Elizabeth Bernholz)
Kaito - Everlasting (beatless)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Pattern Repeat

Fridays midnight in June I'm back on RRR 102.7FM with Pattern Repeat:

Minimalist modern music from ambient to techno. Hypnotic transmissions, motorik serenades and new age lullabies: sonic narcotics for contemporary nightmares.

Monday, 28 April 2014