Obliq artists submit tracks for Namlook Tribute

Carpe Sonum RecordsFor those into contemporary electronic music you may have heard of the Fax +49-69/450464 label (and many sublabels) out of Germany, run by Pete Namlook. In the mid-90s I remember while working at the record store getting in new disks WEEKLY, yes weekly, and we’d sell many copies to faithful fans and electronic music connoisseurs alike! The music is great and the label was strong!

The music was mostly in the “Ambient” style but there were many great releases that were dancefloor oriented, trance and experimental. What drew me to the Fax label, aside from the great music, was Pete Namlook’s analog synth collection and also all the old-school artists that he introduced to the contemporary scene by doing collaboration releases such as Klaus Schulze’s Dark Side of the Moog series, etc.

Unfortunately Pete Namlook passed away recently and his world distributor, Ear/Rational Music out of Colorado, decided to put together a tribute release on the new label Carpe Sonum inspired by and dedicated to Namlook. The tribute release will be a mega-box set including tracks from existing alumni of the Fax label and also with fan tracks. The vinyl set is going to be killer! The fan track’s inclusion on the 3 CDs is chosen completely by fan vote!

Our bands have several tracks submitted for the release and would love for you to vote for us. The track names and artists have been scrambled to focus the voters on the music rather than a popularity contest; and I can’t publically post our tracks here, but if you contact me I’ll forward the ones to be sure to vote “Love It!” on. 🙂

Here are the rules of the Namlook Tribute. Here are the tracks to listen to and vote on.

Hopefully we make the cut!!!   Thanks for your vote!

UPDATE:  We went through every track, here were our personal favorites:

  • esbrakoi, irblotso, jinnubot, plemmith
  • archibrot, bijorsti, demyalip, graklopy, gozbilto, graklopy

Fax +49-69/450464

VOTE! Fax +49-69/450464 Label Tribute

Carpe Sonum RecordsUPDATE: July 4, 2013. Voting has ended; I’ll post links to the results as soon as I know!
For those into contemporary electronic music you may have heard of the Fax +49-69/450464 label (and many sublabels) out of Germany, run by Pete Namlook. In the mid-90s I remember while working at the record store getting in new disks WEEKLY, yes weekly, and we’d sell many copies to faithful fans and electronic music connoisseurs alike! The music is great and the label was strong!

The music was mostly in the “Ambient” style but there were many great releases that were dancefloor oriented, trance and experimental. What drew me to the Fax label, aside from the great music, was Pete Namlook’s analog synth collection and also all the old-school artists that he introduced to the contemporary scene by doing collaboration releases such as Klaus Schulze’s Dark Side of the Moog series, etc.

Unfortunately Pete Namlook passed away recently and his world distributor, Ear/Rational Music out of Colorado, decided to put together a tribute release on the new label Carpe Sonum inspired by and dedicated to Namlook. The tribute release will be a mega-box set including tracks from existing alumni of the Fax label and also with fan tracks.  The vinyl set is going to be killer!  The fan track’s inclusion on the 3 CDs is chosen completely by fan vote!

Our bands have several tracks submitted for the release and would love for you to vote for us. The track names and artists have been scrambled to focus the voters on the music rather than a popularity contest; and I can’t publically post our tracks here, but if you contact me I’ll forward the ones to be sure to vote “Love It!” on. 🙂

Here are the rules of the Namlook Tribute. Here are the tracks to listen to and vote on.

Hopefully we make the cut!!!  Thanks for your vote!

Fax +49-69/450464

All About Art – Dave Alexander in Perry Park Sentinel Newletter

Suzanne Jenne was kind enough to interview and post this article in our local monthly newsletter, the Perry Park Sentinel.  She makes it sound like I’m doing this all the time; I wish I could be that busy with music!  LOL!  For those that wanted to read the article, here it is.  Thanks to Suzanne and the folks at the Sentinel for their support!!! –dave

All About Art-March 2012

Happy New Year to all and by the time you read this, Chinese New Year celebration will have come and gone so a belated Gung Hey Fat Choy to you!

After being absent for several months, I’m taking up the pen again and have decided to feature local artists in this year’s “ All About Art”  segment so that you may learn more about the genius that surrounds us here in Perry Park.

Dave Alexander

This month’s article focuses on Dave Alexander who is a fascinating electronics wizard, computer programming expert, musician and producer.  One of Larkspur’s best kept secrets, Dave is known internationally in the electronic music world in places such as England, Japan and especially Germany.  His projects and interests are diverse and eclectic. I think you’ll see why.

Dave began his college study in engineering, but, knew early on that computer device design wasn’t for him.  He segued into business management and realized that human interaction was an important component to his happiness.  Cycle forward a few years and Dave found his forte in consulting in the PeopleSoft software arena.  Somewhere along the way Dave was a DJ at KUCB 1190 AM and resident at several clubs in Boulder 4-5 nights a week, where he met his wife Erin, the business manager at the station.  A few years later and Dave finds his career has taken him to Children’s Hospital in Denver as a PeopleSoft applications consultant.  Mix the passion for music with a real gift for “things technical”, add a flair for design and marketing and you are looking at Dave Alexander!

Dave has developed a clever process for making music.  He tends to look at his music work in terms of “projects”.  He defines a “project” as a “stream of consciousness”: a certain type of sound, the perfect sound.  Dave is actually a member of 5 different collaborations or “projects” as he calls them.  “Obliq Recordings”, “Multicast”, “Replicast”, “Freq Modif” and “Ted Sturgeon” are all  joint partnerships with other musicians in, distinctly different music styles.  Equuicast is a collaboration of long time Denver pioneering electronic bands Equulei and Multicast.

While he plays “keyboards and technology” he is largely responsible for producing recordings on CDs and, yes, records.  He started in the ‘90s, working with his college roommate, then moved on to evolve this project-oriented style of production.  That’s how ”Freq Modif” a funky electronic style (check out the single inspired by our community, “Larkspur”), started out. The “Multicast” project is a bit more “down tempo”.  “Replicast” has more jazz influence.  “Ted Sturgeon” yet, another project, is decidedly acoustic. .  At any given time he is running 5 or 6 different music production projects…this is one VERY busy guy.

Dave and Erin have 2 children, Hunter (11) and Daphne (7), and he works full time so has limited hours to make music.  When he collaborates with the various project musicians, he tends to set up a play “date” and then they all jam for 4 to 6 hours straight.  Next he goes back and edits that content down to 1 hour highlights of the session.  Then the fun begins as he resamples or redoes tracks, and then produces them, primarily as records.  He’s intrigued by the mystique of records.  Besides collecting historical records, he focuses his spare time innovating in the processes of record production, packaging and distribution.

The challenge for an artist as busy as Dave is that he continually has to manage his time by asking himself, “what do I want to do today? do I want to play music, or edit and produce it?”

His love for technology has driven him to build his own studio, an impressive enclave full of analog and digital production equipment.  He used to begin his search at 5:00 am each morning scouring newspaper ads for used synthesizers to add to his extensive collection.  Thank God the internet came along and made that job easier!  His favorite medium for electronic expression is analog, which produces “big, thick, fat sound”.  Dave feels there is a “warmness” to analog sound that digitally produced sound just doesn’t have, but enjoys working digitally as well for his ability to manipulate the output.  “It’s like working with puzzles” Dave says.

Dave recently did a 6 channel surround sound engineering project for “First Friday” on Santa Fe Ave in Denver and another on Platte, the art event where galleries open their doors for the first Friday evening of the month.  Another recent project is with the Aurora History Museum and Regis University Department of War History honoring the heroes of our wars!  Dave is also working on a project to collaborate with Denver International Airport for “Everything Art”.  The annual CMKY Festival in April of 2012 in Boulder is also on Dave’s radar screen. The festival brings in electronic musicians from all over the world.  Laurie Anderson, the renowned performance artist is a headliner at the event, so Dave will be in esteemed company!

Dave has an interesting point of view relative to making, producing and listening to music.  He believes the next few years should prove an interesting passage for those who get their music through the internet and for those who make music.  All of his music is available for free download at his website!  While we live in challenging economic times, it’s an incredible time to be a musician, an artist or a writer with the changes in technology and platforms available to us.  It’s exciting to see the wave of innovation that is occurring again. Dave is a great example of a musician who’s determined to collaborate on music-making, but also passionate about producing and distributing his music without the help of a large music company.

Round about this time in our interview, I am wondering if Dave ever sleeps!

He then starts talking about his personal interests.  He chases storms every spring!  He is an avid Rock Hound!  He is a fish breeder!  He collects historic record memorabilia!  Dave and his son have developed an IPAD application to redirect surround sound!

If you’d like to learn more about this amazingly talented musician, sound technician and producer, check out the following web sites:

http://davealex.com

http://obliq.net

http://youtube.com/obliqrecordings

http://soundcloud.com/davealex/sets

New Replicast Releases!

Obliq’s sister in crime, Cryptophonics Records, has a new multi-format release available for download and purchase, and of course online listening! These were from a epic one night session recording at the Wallstreet Compound. It was about time someone revamped and redefined Krautrock!

There are two very limited releases, a CDr and a Cassette. Yes, you heard that right; here at the Obliq headquarters we have been really going retro with cassettes! These will be available for purchase in our shop very soon! But in the meantime, here are the releases!

Replicast - Replicator-X - CRY-07

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Replicast - The Wallstreet Compound - CRY-09

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Replicast - Replicator-X

Obliq Crew on KGNU's Electronic Air 3-12-2005

Multicast/Obliq Recordings had a nice two hour showcase on KGNU.ORG’s Electronic Air. Hosted by Budda Bomb, Multicast played much of their new BCH album and also featured tracks from other projects and exclusive live and unreleased materials straight from the vault. Also included are interviews of band members.

Play 1st Hour Electronic Air – 3/12/2005 – Hour #1
Play 2nd Hour Electronic Air – 3/12/2005 – Hour #2

Obliq Recordings – 4213 [OBQ-09]

Obliq Recordings 4213 CDMore than the sum of individual the parts, Multicast presents expansive new views from the sidelines, featuring stellar new tracks from Crix Madine, Ted Sturgeon, Freq Modif and the Multicast mothership. Four limited colored vinyl slabs of Obliq are being released in the 7 inch 33 1/3 series with unique inserts and tasty sci-fi packaging. The CD release will contain tracks from the vinyl release with three exclusive new ones and the impressive video for “Hall of the Inverted Mushrooms”.

Obliq Recordings 4213 Vinyl Box SetReleased in 2002 in both compact disc format and limited edition vinyl box set.  300 CDs were available and 88 4x 7″ colored vinyl Box Sets with hand crafted artwork were available.

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Multicast's Berlin debut! Kanzleramt/K2o Records Album

Multicast presents Further Obliq PerspectivesSince 1996, projects including Multicast, Ted Sturgeon and Freq Modif represented this perspective to the contemporary electronic ideology, but with a more psychedelic and improvisational twist. From tracks constructed with the basics of noise and rhythmic sequences to full on melodic washes, Obliq artists sculpt aural images aimed not at the dance floor but the armchair. These artists employ methodologies of sequencing not too familiar with modern technology, but rather more traditional and improvisational in approach. Multicast, for example, creates most of their tracks from live, late night sessions. Guitars, electric mandolins, kalimbas, modular synthesizers, analog sequencers & effects and digital synthesizers are all part of the Obliq arsenal located at the Larkspur, Wallsteet and Erie facilities. Think of Multicast as an ever-evolving music project. A revolving door of ideas. A meeting of the minds from various individuals involved with the other projects within Obliq. It’s the flagship and corner stone project and even further an ideal representation of the Obliq record label as a whole. If you listen closely to the Multicast material, you will notice a sort of mesh of musical influences and backgrounds from all individuals involved yet close attention is paid in how the various parts are combined. The physical landscape of rural Colorado surrounding members of Multicast play a big part in the environmental influences in the music itself. These are wide-open spaces with room enough for ideas to flourish away from the confines and distractions of an urban environment. This isn’t to say that Multicast lives in a music vacuum or an environment void of art and music culture. Rather, the geographic location gives the project an opportunity to observe the world of electronic music from the outside in and not consumed by a metropolitan music clique. Therefore, members of Multicast rely on each other to be energized and inspired to create and follow through with ideas and bring them into being. A lot of the popular software-based music making tools — the ones dominant in modern day electronic music — are put aside which allow Multicast to focus on improvisational and organic composition. All members of Multicast are DJs, but styles may be surprising as compared to their musical output.

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Ted Sturgeon – Green Sequence [OBQ-06]

Ted Sturgeon - Green SequenceTed’s motto: “Spirituality Through Technology…” The forces of good and evil cancel each other out and heave a sigh of relief that we’re all here to enjoy another day. Listening to the A-side’s “Green Sequence (Frost Mix)” one discovers there is always something new to explore, and here, Multicast’s science-aficionado Ted Sturgeon discovers just what happens when the sound of hip-hop and psychedelic ambience collide. A new genre of Gregorian Modernism ripples through our cortex, courtesy of the Frost Laboratory’s manipulation of the original track, recorded at Facility Minor.
Too much science fiction as a kid said his high-school adviser, but look where it’s gotten him… “Echowurld” kicks off the B-side. The field recordings underlying this Matrix come from placing mics 30 feet apart on the Mimbres River in New Mexico one whispy moonlight night. The Mimbres Valley was once the home of a graphically advanced American Indian culture. In this track you can feel the spirits rising up from the dead to avenge their grave-plundering desecration by pot hunters. On nights like these, who needs a drum machine?

The original version of “Green Sequence” finishes off the B-side. Here we find a track making guitars safe for electronic music again. Psychedelic-acid-electro-analog-blues, indeed! A homage to the psychedelic blues of fractured genius Peter Green AND the movie “Andromeda Strain”, all in one concise little construction! Begin the countdown… another genre bender that puts the Tedster spin on sequential indie-tronics.

Released in 2002 on 7″ green vinyl.  500 produced, 88 of which were included in the 4213 Box Sets.

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NOTE:  HD download available on 4213 release OBQ-09.