Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[interview] Pictureplane

Fortunately, I could interview Pictureplane. Fusing house with psychedelic themes, transcending cliché acid house, this artist could easily make a tune that would be a hit in many discos, if people nowadays cared more about music when they go to a disco. He also makes magic with a Microkorg [how I envy him, I wish I could be that good with my synth].

Serotonin Sounds
: What do you think of Witch House? I asked you this one because I see you use lots of "occult" related images, like the triangles and ourobouros, etc.
Pictureplane: dont think a lot of people know this, but i invented the term "witch house" ! the first time it was used was on my blog. my friend shams and i were joking around about a new style of occultish house music that we were making. and we called it witch house. it actually is supposed to be house music, not the slow stuff that is being called witch house. i dont know how it took off on the internet like it did, but it is really interesting.

SS: What are your influences?
PP:contemporary art, fashion, the future, mysticism, the occult, aliens, the "other", the hidden, mysteries, touch, sex, magic. oh , and other music.

SS: You seem to have a wide musical taste. You like Siouxsie and the Banshees and at the same time make your own music: with this I mean, why do you feel related with these more dark trends and at simultaneously make your music, which seems to be happier?
PP:there has always been a darker element to my music. a lot of my old lyrics were really violent and stuff. i always liked that juxtaposition. i love pop music. and my music is meant to be positive and optimistic. so that is why it sounds happy i think. music and art can look or sound a certain way but still carry different meanings. of course. i like to hide things within my songs. but at the same time, i have always been influenced by "dark" music.

SS:Are you the author of your artwork?
PP:of course. i went to school for painting actually. visual art is a huge part of my life.

SS:When playing live, you use a Microkorg, right? When producing, you still use the Microkorg? And do you use any other synths too while producing?
PP:i love my mikrokorg! i have had it for 6 years. it is covered in dirt and some keyes are missing. i am trying to get a new synth, but i am pretty poor and i am also a wizard with the korg. it is the only thing i use really.

SS:Would you like your music to be played at discos?
PP:more pictureplane at discos!

SS:Are you planning to sell some of your t-shirts online? [I want one, hehe]

SS:Do you like Throbbing Gristle? If so, how have they affected your music?
PP:i am an extremely huge fan of throbbing gristle. more so for their concepts and theories about culture, the world, freedom and magik. i honestly never really "listen" to them, but i am constantly reading about them and studying them. i collect writings by genesis p. orridge, who is probably one of my biggest life inspirations. genesis forever.

SS:Choose one band / musical group you're enjoying lately and tell us why.
PP:future islands. i have loved this band for a while, but they have a new album and just performed at where i live in denver, rhinoceropolis. and they blew me away. they are one of the best live bands and their music is so emotional and beautiful. they are truly a special and rare band. not enough people know about them.

Thank you once again, Pictureplane.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sickboy "Time to Play"

"Sickboy has more than upped the ante with this hairsplitting slab of digitized breakestral chaos, never suggesting melodies or functional rhythms it draws from but juggling without remorse on the dividing line between acceptability and grimy flavoured cynism."

This album is probably one of my favourite Sickboy works. It just blends eccentric beats, awkward cartoon themes with some gabber influences.

The track list is:
1. Saturn's Return 4:31
2. Darkwing Droog 3:45
3.Don't Stop Now 5:43
4. Take Me On 5:26
5. Time To Play 5:57
6.Bogan Melmac 3:38
7. Doofemilius 3:36
8. Alundra 3:51
9. Spartan Gabba 5:15
10. Lotsa Pretty 4:05

The tracks I like the most are "Don't Stop Now", "Take Me On" and "Doofemilius".
The track "Don't Stop Now" is probably one of the most intense tracks, perfect for ravin'.

Check out Sickboy "going mad" live:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

[gig reviews] PAUS live at Fnac do Chiado in Lisbon, 21st June 2010

The gig started with an unforeseen situation: the band didn't have their EP there [the gig's aim was to present it], because Fnac had some problems and couldn't make it on time.
With that fact put aside, the gig went well. Joaquim and Hélio sure know how to play drums and are most of the time well synchronized. I also like the concept of the "siamese drums".
Makoto Yagyu played bass most of the time and on one or two occasions, he played synth. João "Shela" fills the air with his sort of "new age-ish" synths. The 4 band members make music that isn't very easily labeled.
However, most of the crowd enjoyed the gig and the band set the volume higher, to "provoke" Fnac, since they didn't behave very well.
Unfortunately, I didn't film because I left the camera's batteries at home [shame on me].
Here it is the band's myspace.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

[interview] †‡†

I had a chance to interview †‡†, one of my favourite witch house artists. Lately I've been investigating a bit this emerging genre, possibly one of the best newborn musical paradigm.
Read the interview right below:

Serotonin Sounds: What are your influences?
†‡†:New Wave, Dance, Acid House, Goth Rock, Hip-Hop, Noise, Black Metal.

SS: How did you come up with your name?
†‡†:It doesn't really mean anything specific, it means something for me, could mean something different for everyone.

SS: How do you produce your music? [If so], what synths do you use?
†‡†:I do most of the work on a computer using a lot of software and use some other things like mics and effect pedals occasionally.

SS: What do you think of this new term "witch house" and the whole scene?
†‡†:I like the term, when I started listening to SALEM people were calling it "gothic chillwave" so this is much better. I don't think the current scene is what Pictureplane had in mind when he came up with the term "witch house" though, things have changed a lot since the movement started.
I like most of the bands that became associated with witch house when it started but I'm not a fan of most new acts. Some are still good though, like XIX. Most people think this is just a trend that will die before the year ends but I really doubt that's going to happen, 2010 is just the beginning.
Finally, growing up as a fan of 2nd wave Black Metal and Goth music I really love the aesthetic and occult imagery (which I think is what, along with being on Disaro, made me be associated with the movement in the first place).
I think witch house has a lot to offer.

SS: What are your favourite artists on Disaro?
†‡†:White Ring, Passions, oOoOO and Modern Witch. not sure if TEARIST is/was on Disaro but I love them too.

SS: If you could choose a label, what would it be?
†‡†:Oh man I don't know. Have never really thought about it.

SS: Do you do any live shows? If so, when and where are your upcoming shows?
†‡†:Yes, I can't say much about it right now but you'll know in a couple of months through myspace.

SS: Are you into industrial music? This whole occultism surround the genre seems to drawback from the "second-wave of industrial" like some C93, NWW and other artists.
†‡†:I love industrial music, definitely a strong influence in my music.

SS: Are you going to release an EP and/or album soon [or at least pretend to]?
†‡†:I have a CDR coming out on Disaro later this summer.

Monday, June 14, 2010

[mixtapes / compilations] Witch House artists' mixtapes

Here are various mixtapes from witch house and/or witch house related artists:

Pictureplane new mixtape on Fader, entitled Creep 5; click on the image or on the words to hear/download Denver 2009 sampler, another mixtape by this artist.

Mater Suspiria Vision new mixtape; click here or on the image.

Zombie Rave mixtape by O ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ O

Friday, June 11, 2010

[upcoming gigs] Out Jazz

If you enjoy jazz and open spaces, grab your bag, put some drinks into it and go to the gardens and other spots where these events will be held. One of the most relaxing musical events occuring in Lisbon, enjoy burning time this weekend and other days of your summer with Out Jazz.
Information in portuguese:
"O Out Jazz chega à sua quarta edição mostrando que veio para ficar. Durante cinco meses o jazz vai ocupar cinco jardins de Lisboa, num ambiente de plena harmonia entre a natureza e as notas musicais. Todos os domingos, de Maio a Setembro, das 17h ao anoitecer, grupos de jazz e um dj vão animar os transeuntes."

Visit the official website right here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

[mixtape] Serotonin Sounds - Unhappy Summer

If you're too pale to be exposed to the sun, if you're unhappy in June and July due to work, if you wish you could have more free time, if you want a better income, if you don't like the sand, if you enjoy dead seagulls, if you are more time in front of a computer on summer vacations than other seasons, then this is the ideal mixtape for you. Features artists ranging from many musical genres; from industrial to lo-fi.

1.Spell - Seasons in the Sun
2.Sparklehorse - Don't take my Sunshine away
3.Low - Sunshine
4.Grouper - Disengaged
5.The Residents - Honey Bear
6.Perry Blake - Leave it all behind
7.Cass McCombs - What isn't nature
8.Sebadoh - Think (let tomorrow be)
9.Current 93 - Since Yesterday
10.Yoko Ono - Mrs. Lennon

Download it here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

[film reviews] ODDSAC

ODDSAC is supposed, according to Danny Perez, the director, to not make sense, to be chaotic and make you abstract of your surroundings, involved with positive and/or negative thoughts. The soundtrack was made by Animall Collective, just for this film.
I got the chance to see this film last week at Faculdade das Belas Artes. Before the film began, Danny Perez spoke about how the film hasn't got a story and conditionally, not care about it's logic. Short after, the film started.
Well, I haven't gone to the cinema since some months ago and as I remember, I haven't seen so much people leave the room as in this peculiar case.
The film was intense, had lots of psychedelic effects and surelly hypnotised you very easily.
If you saw the videoclip of Animal Collective's "Summertime Clothes"( which was also directed by Danny), there was lots of paint and dripping effect that perfectly attach to the song; it's a reinvention of the word "psychedelic", characterised by Animal Collective.
The "story" first began in some grass fields, by night. Like you'd expect from a Danny Perez film, some of the image featured people "making the effects": with this, I mean that there were people making balls of fire (it weren't digital effects). Then you see a girl in a house. Later, one of the walls starts bursting paint, from a hole. The poor girl, tries to stop it from dripping all the black paint, but it's effortless. Afterwards, she gets drowned in paint.
I won't talk more about the "story", you have to see it, because the words can't described this art piece.

You can see below the trailer:

Monday, June 7, 2010

[gig reviews] No Age live at Galeria Zé dos Bois, 27th May 2010

In 2008 I couldn't attend No Age's gig at the same place, Galeria Zé dos Bois. This time I proudly bought a ticket to this band's show. I can assure you they're really good live.
The setlist was cool, ranging from tunes of Weirdo Rippers, Nouns and their most recent EP.
I even got the chance to crowdsurf! Also, Randy gave to me and to my friends his guitar and we started playing it like crazy, while he was jamming with the pedals simultaneously: awesome.
Here are some videos so that you can see how good it was:

Eraser, live

Me and my friends playing with Randal's guitar, live

Everybody's Down, live

[gig reviews] Zeni Geva live at Galeria Zé dos Bois, 3rd May 2010

Zeni Geva played on 3rd May of 2010 at Galeria Zé dos Bois, in Lisbon, Portugal. It sure was a fine gig. KK Null talked japanese sometimes and kind of entertained the crowd. Tabata even jumped and played guitar in his own peculiar way. Yoshida was always well, he never failed, his drum skills are precise and stealthy.
The setlist was awesome; they played mostly songs from their most recent album. "Implosion" was a highlight. There was also some jamming along the songs, I believe; and it was always captivating.
Here are some videos of the gig:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

[upcoming gigs] 1º Festival Rock in Benfica

This Saturday [5th June 2010] will be held at Benfica, in Lisbon, a festival of experimental rock music. A band of some friends of mine will play there, Mamute. You can find more info about this here.
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