Tagged: Mute


Ssss, released back in March, is a record by VCMG (otherwise known as Vince Clarke of Erasure and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode). Alongside the ten tracks on the record (voted # 2 in The Quietus’ recent Albums of the Year So Far) are three wonderful EPs (Spock, Single Blip and the forthcoming Aftermaths). They, along with Mute, have employed some interesting artists to mix these including: Alva Noto, LFO (Mark Bell who produced DP’s Exciter record), Byetone and Mathew Jonson. Watch for Aftermaths to drop on 8/20.


Cutting + Precise: Diamond Version

Carsten Nicolai (l) and Olaf Bender (r) are Diamond Version

Diamond Version is a collaborative project between two of the most groundbreaking, experimental creators in modern sound shifting, founders of Raster-Noton, Byetone (Olaf Bender) and Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai).

SPARKS WILL FLY: Diamond Version tries to capture this energy and combines it with conceptual ideas: every day we are exposed to the Daily Short Message Information Culture (DSMC), the aesthetic of this information system became a strong topic and a Blueprint of the visual identity of the Diamond Version project.

Here’s their Jenny Holzer-style mission statement:  Diamond Version (statement)

Mute is about to launch five (5) forthcoming EPs in 2012 which start a release rotation with Technology At The Speed Of Life / Empowering Change on July 23.  The latest trailer/teaser sounds great:

Diamond Version (trailer)

These two are not strangers to performing together live or on recording (under various monikers). In 2013 these EPs will culminate into a full longplayer. Nicolai said of the collaboration: “With Diamond Version we will follow this rough rhythmic direction, we are not DJs and we’re less interested in delivering a functional music to a social situation…” to which Bender informs: “It’s a bit harsh, and a bit more noisy [than our solo projects]”. Expect an impactful, sensory a/v experience.