Coming Soon – Trium Circulorum

We are delighted to announce that coming soon on Fwonk* will be the new album from Trium Circulorum – aka 3dtorus and Kanal Drei.

This full length album is a mesmerising mix of early electronic ambient music and ultra minimal techno, hypnotic in it’s beauty. It will also be the first Fwonk* physical release, appearing in a strictly limited edition of 25 audio cassettes.

More details soon…

Netklang #1 / music wanted

Greetings and Happy New Year!

Here at Fwonk* we are starting 2016 with an open call for submissions for a new compilation of original tracks from exciting artists. Netklang #1 will be a new compilation, due for release in early February.

Four conditions apply in submitting a track:

  • The track must be an original composition by you
  • It must be submitted in WAV or AIFF format
  • It must be no longer than 8 minutes
  • It must be interesting

That’s it. Go and make some music, or send us a song you may have sitting on a dusty shelf.

Send them to us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Albums of the Year / 2014

Aphex Twin / Syro

Aphex Twin’s long overdue return for the wilderness (ok… he did the Analord series and Tuss) is a perfect summation of his career to date. He didn’t reinvent electronica (again), but did he really need to? The weight of expectation made this album seem almost an anti-climax, but it was Aphex’s most solid, listenable album in nearly two decades.

FKA twigs / LP1

FKA twigs is one of the many women artists to breakthrough and make far more interesting music than mere labels can define. On an initial listen, this may seem very sparse music, but it isn’t, it’s very dense. It’s also hugely sexy, but very much from a strong female point of view – this is the polar opposite of teenage pop starlets twerking for the satisfaction of men.

Jack White / Lazaretto

Jack White’s defiantly analogue take on music sees him team up with a great body of musicians to produce music that is funky, rocking and soulful. The varied album brings in White’s many influences, including sweet country flavoured ballads. It may not break any new ground, but it is a great collection of songs from mainstream rock music’s most important modern voice.

Ian William Craig / A Turn of Breath

An album of ambient drones, largely composed from the remarkable voice of Ian William Craig and fed through a variety of distortion and filter circuits. This album is by turns haunting, fragile, ancient, modern, quiet, noisy and always brilliant.

St. Vincent / St. Vincent

Possibly the most exciting performer, song writer and guitar player of 2014, St. Vincent really struck gold this year. A perfect combination of off-kilter pop music, choreographed performances and a strong public image all combined to make St. Vincent a distinctive, original voice in contemporary pop music.

Goat / Commune

Goat is a group of anonymous, masked Swedish psychedelic rock musicians. They’ve taken every single element that makes late 60s spaced out jams great, building simple, repetitive mantras into jams, laced with fuzz. I’m guessing they have also probably taken a shit load of drugs in the process, but (at this stage) this is a positive, rather than a negative.

Warpaint / Warpaint

This is, without doubt, my album of the year, indeed the track above is the song of the year. The album was released in the UK in January, and it has not left me since. An album of brooding, stoned jams that invites the listener in to their headspace, wreathed in smoke, sultry vocals and sweat. This album sounds not like people competing for the spotlight, more as if each member of the band is trying to hide behind each other, locked in their own tight, intimate groove.

5W1H006: 3dtorus

Who?

hi, i´m 3dtorus. what you see in the picture is my right hand.

What?

it´s electronic music; fantasy, dreams and emotions condensed and then written to this world 0´s and 1´s with a laptop.

Where?

i do my thing at 2screenstudio in germany. but this could be anywhere in the world. the photo shows my backyard, as seen from my apartment.

When?

all day, everyday. every aspect of my life becomes music.

Why?

i´m a kind of a secretary, taking information from another place to this world, writing in music.

How?

1 laptop, 1 additional screen, 1 trackball, 1 usb>midi-controller, headphones. all brought to life with lots of love.

The Best of 2013 – Instruments and Effects

So another year is nearly over, and the time has come for making lists. We asked Fwonk* regulars about their 2013. Here’s the results.

What was your favourite instrument of 2013?

Heskin Radiophonic
Does Logic Pro X count as an instrument? If it does, it works like a dream, the included instruments and effects are brilliant. There’s some really clever stuff going on behind the simple interface of Drummer. I’ve never really used an arppegiator before, but this works like a dream.

echosonic
Gibson ES339

Quiggers
Doepfer Dark Energy 2, bought this year but not of this year.

Aneruin
Software: Tidal. Hardware: Traktor Kontrol S4 (though not sure if this does constitute an instrument!)

Iain M. Spillane
Ibanez S420 Guitar – it does everything.

Nemmo
Ableton Push! I thought many times of buying a hardware sampler, and you know what? Screw hardware samplers ! We all have computers right now, and the computer + controller + sequencer + effects combo rocks.

Jim
My three stringed Hagstrom guitar with the really rattly neck has been fun, plus I love my Novation Drumstation.

Eivind Fivelsdal
My favorite is still my hand-built DIY organ console.

Bachelor Machines
My Art Lutherie acoustic guitar

Gross Prophet
Another toss-up. Either my home-made Stepped Tone Generator, or Bleep Drum Midi.

Vasko the Pig
My new 12 string acoustic that I bought with money my granddad left me when he died this year. I’ve been bumped up from bassist to guitarist since our band’s move over to an acoustic set up and this has been lovely to play. (Also, behind closed doors, it sounds great pumped though a valve distortion pedal and a tremolo pedal).

Per Byhring
I’m happy that I managed to get my 350 kg piano up four floors of narrow staircases and into my new apartment undamaged.

Turtuga Blanku
Electric guitar.

Katarrhaktes
An old piano which is steadily losing its ability to hold its tune.

What was your favourite effect of 2013?

Heskin Radiophonic
D16’s Toraverb reverb plugin. Utterly epic, and difficult to not slap it on everything twice.

echosonic
Boscomac – Stellar

Quiggers
TC Helicon VoiceLive synth, again bought this year not of this year but jolly good fun.

Iain M. Spillane
Glitch VSTi

Nemmo
Line 6 Pod. I know it’s not 2013, but I keep using it with my guitar. Non-stop.

Jim
Digitech Grunge pedal, probably.

Eivind Fivelsdal
Steinberg Reverence

Vasko the Pig
Devi Ever Rocket Dual Fuzz/oscillator/trem pedal

Turtuga Blanku
VSTs and such on my computer, I don’t really have a favorite.

Katarrhaktes
iZotope Ozone is a wonderful tool that I don’t think I could do without. Otherwise, it would be the seemingly unending stream of weird VSTs only found in the darkest corners of the net.

What was your most lusted after instrument or effect of 2013?

Heskin Radiophonic
I’d love a Fender Cabronita Telecaster, though the space-saving techy part of me would really like a James Tyler / Line6 Variax.

echosonic
I always want a Rickenbacker 360-12.

Quiggers
Moog – Sub Phatty, really struggling not to financially cripple myself.

Iain M. Spillane
Ibanez TAM100 Tosin Abasi Signature 8-String

Nemmo
Ah, so many analogue synths are coming out, by Arturia, Dave Smith Instruments, Korg ! I’d buy the whole set of Korg Volca synths, but I can’t justify it to myself. I don’t have space for more hardware in my house, I can do anything with the synths I already own, but the idea of those little units is pretty endearing for a live set – but I don’t do live sets these days ! Ah, If I had time….

Jim
Korg Volcas. They will be mine.

Eivind Fivelsdal
Sorry again. They didn’t release anything I want more than older and very expensive stuff. I thought I wanted the new Prophet, but I do not want it anymore.

Bachelor Machines
Paia 9700s modular synthesizer

Gross Prophet
Arturia Mini Brute… or Microbrute. I’d have a threesome with them both if that’s what it took.

Vasko the Pig
Moog – Sub Phatty. One day I will own a Moog.

Per Byhring
A hang drum and a reel to reel tape recorder.

Turtuga Blanku
I’m pretty happy with what I have. I do have my eye on a particular electric guitar (released some years ago, so no 2013-release), and I’d like to have a drum kit, at some point. Probably an electronic (easier to record, less annoying to others because of headphone option). I don’t have a particular model in mind right now.

Katarrhaktes
My practice is fairly insular, and as such I generally use whatever comes to hand when creating. With this in mind, the idea of actually buying expensive hardware confounds me.

The Best of 2013 – Music

So another year is nearly over, and the time has come for making lists. We asked Fwonk* regulars about their 2013. Here’s the results.

What was your favourite worthy / chin-stroking album of 2013?

Heskin Radiophonic
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest. Honourable mentions go to James Holden – The Inheritors and Anna Calvi – One Breath.

echosonic
Looking at playcounts it’s got to be Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Quiggers
James Blake – Over Grown, but Bonobo, Nightmares on Wax, Holy Ghost & Morcheeba deserve special mentions too.

Iain M. Spillane
James Holden – The Inheritors

Nemmo
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories. This has great dance tracks like “Get Lucky” (you can’t go to the internet without finding a cover version, my daughter who is 10 years old loves the song, I’m 40 and I love the song, everybody loves the song), but there are songs in there which are of absolute beauty and were clearly not meant for the dance floor: The Game of Love and Within come to my mind, and that fantastic tribute that is Giorgio by Moroder. That album takes you from introspection to full party mode in an hour, so my vote goes to Random Access Memory.

Jim
Skinny Puppy – The Weapon. Still doing interesting things after 25 odd years. I hear new things everytime I listen to them.

Eivind Fivelsdal
I have no favorites of 2013.

Bachelor Machines
I didn’t hear any new albums I liked in 2013. I didn’t like the new Daft Punk album.

Gross Prophet
This has to be a toss up between James Holden – The Inheritors and The Knife – Shaking The Habitual

Vasko the Pig
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus. I’ve still not listened to the new My Bloody Valentine album which I suspect is a belter and I’m liking having the Pixies back but for me this year it was the new Fuck Buttons album. I only heard them for the first time this year so this years’ album kinda also means the previous two for me. They’re just so noisy.

Per Byhring
Owiny Sigoma Band – Power Punch and DJ Koze – Amygdala

Turtuga Blanku
I mostly listen to compilations, these days, most of them more of the piece of fun category than the chin stroking category. I would really love to discover a band/artists with a large discography of albums I would enjoy, just like in the “olden days”.

Katarrhaktes
Dir en grey – The Unraveling

What was your favourite fun album of 2013?

Heskin Radiophonic
The Lancashire Hotpots – Crust For Life. I have a soft spot for comic songs, and The Hotpots gave us their best album to date, full of songs that stand on the merit of their musicality more than the merit of their jokes. It’s probably a northern thing.

echosonic
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Quiggers
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Aneruin
I have to answer these albums of 2013 questions together as I have only bought a couple of albums actually released in 2013. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories seems to have disappointed a lot of fans, but is an excellent album in its own right. .mpegasus – Quixotica which is great fun if a bit short, Rai Kamishiro – Cor Leonis is funky and fresh and some excellent singles in Starlight Dance and Let’s Survive. Honorable mention for Scattle – Scrapped EP because Ooh Yeah is a wicked tune

Iain M. Spillane
Grateful Dead – May 1977 Box Set (it may be a reissue, but still new for 2013!)

Nemmo
Pet Shop Boys – Electric. My fanboyism could be tainting this choice, but the album is pure banging tunes, one after another. Well produced, danceable, and sounds great live. Probably their song Vocal encompasses the whole ethos of friday night clubbing.

Jim
Frontline Assembly – Echogenetic. They dropped the guitars, hinted at dubstep and still rocked and bounced. Was surprised. Played some when I dj’d at our local pub; it confused my students. Brilliant.

Eivind Fivelsdal
None here either.

Gross Prophet
I… I really don’t know.

Vasko the Pig
Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal. Moshing to this with my wife and our buddy Pete as the last peeps standing at 2am on my birthday last month was a highlight of the year.

Katarrhaktes
Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy

TK
Kanye West – Yeezus. That is some quality comedy. I hate to say it though ‘cos that bitch knows how to troll people for the attention!

Which old album did you dust off and rediscover the most in 2013?

Heskin Radiophonic
Nicely Out Of Tune – Lindisfarne. It is so utterly a record of it’s time, it now speaks to us from 40 years ago, as ghostly as any ancient wax cylinder. It speaks of soot, drizzle, smoky pubs and a northern Britain that seems closer to the Victorian era than the modern day.

echosonic
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless, but then again it is most years – or 21 years since Levitation’s Need For Not.

Quiggers
Sebastien Tellier – Sexuality.

Aneruin
If compilations count, Altered States – I’ve listened to this so many times this year. Extremely great, old-school beats I can’t get enough of. The 9 Acre Dust remix by the Chemical Bros, back when they were still the Dust Brothers, is particularly brilliant. If not, then these two albums probably: Mr. Oizo’s Moustache (Half A Scissor) which is a fabulous, fast-paced ride through some weird tunes interspersed with moments of genius; and the Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust which remains a stone cold classic.

Iain M. Spillane
Harmonia – Live 74.

Nemmo
Patrick Remy – Constellations from 1981. It’s beautiful.

Jim
VAST – Visual Audio Sensory Theater. I remember describing it when it came out as NIN mixed with Enigma. That kinda holds up.

Eivind Fivelsdal
Pink Floyd – Wish Your Were Here and Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Bachelor Machines
Matthew Sweet – 100% Fun

Gross Prophet
Easy! Regurgitator – Tu-Plang…Kon-Uauk

Vasko the Pig
The Black Crowes – The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion

Per Byhring
Bobby Hutcherson – Patterns

Turtuga Blanku
I did listen to a couple of old albums (Manu Chao live, Orishas, Frank Zappa, Aventura, etc..), but do not have a particular favorite.

Katarrhaktes
I discovered several old bands which have excited me greatly. Made Out of Babies – The Ruiner is especially chill-inducing.

TK
Little Dragon – Little Dragon

What was your favourite live music moment of 2013?

Heskin Radiophonic
Watching The Magic Band perform Owed T’Alex at The New Continental in Preston. That song was immense, it just built and built and built.

Quiggers
Chic! in limerick, special after show performance with a local band was also special.

Aneruin
Seeing Yaxu (Alex McLean) improvising with a code editor at The White Building. I had only just discovered “algorave” the very same week and this was practically around the corner from me. Two hours of a guy in socks sitting on the floor and projecting code onto the wall, which would be shit if the music wasn’t so interesting and occasionally sublime. It inspired me so much that I went out the weekend after, bought a laptop and put Linux on it, and have started learning to create music with the same software and slowly assimilate myself into the livecoding community

Iain M. Spillane
Jamming at Jim’s.

Nemmo
Electric Tour by the Pet Shop Boys. SO. MANY. LASER. LIGHTS.

Jim
Appart from jamming with Iain, FLA supported by Haujobb was pretty damn great.

Eivind Fivelsdal
None. And I really tried to enjoy them.

Bachelor Machines
Movement festival in Detroit, I saw Adult., I ate an elephant ear while watching cargo ships on the river, I got silly drunk and danced like an idiot to Dennis Ferrer by the light of the stars and the Ren Cen.

Gross Prophet
Harmonic 313 or Monster Zoku Onsomb

Vasko the Pig
Me and the band playing our guitarist’s 40th birthday party, massively under-rehearsed and horrific but still our first ‘gig’ in aaaages. I didn’t go and see any bands this year.

Per Byhring
A thing at a funeral. Didn’t go to any concerts this year, so that’s the only live music I saw this year, but it was good. A duo of violins in a big church. The reverb was incredible.

Turtuga Blanku
Not that much going on on my little island in the Caribbean, in terms of concerts. I guess it has to be one of the jam-sessions I attended, playing live yourself with a couple of others is better than watching other people do that.

Katarrhaktes
Standing outside venues hoping to get a ticket and being disappointed.

5W1H 005: The Annunaki

The Annunaki 5W1H

Who

Me ?? I am Johnboy the guitarist for The Annunaki and unfortunately for you and for my band the one who is answering the questions for this interview. As far as who the group are we have remained an influential figure and are widely thought of as the most influential performers of all time. We are a credible cause for disease, sickness in animals, bad luck, sudden death, impotence and misfortune. We take fiendish delight in terrifying those who are too lazy, too bigoted, too slow-witted to understand us. We are all Psychotic A.D.H.D Sufferers overflowing with Lunacy and Chips……………..And have played together in many many bands before this over the last 28 years and really really enjoyed the on the spot off the cuff totally improvised physcoactive metaphysical jams that we have been doing, so decided to very roughly record them on minidisc in the rehearsal rooms and put them out………GET OUT OF MY BREAD SHOP !!

What

It is not all Pleasant. These vibrations may be disturbing for some people, we are abnormally unable to resist certain urges, Andwehavereciprocatingcircularpistonsandaccidentreportingsystems. But it’s all about feeling a sort of spiritual connection when we jam. Coupled with a mass of influences and a passion for just playing, and playing and seeing what happens, The Annunaki just is. And is sometimes but not always In honour of the contemporary ruler Bahlam Ajaw.The Mayan Bastard. FEED ME A FUCKING STRAY CAT !!!!!!!

Where

WIGAN. Ratna prabha Sharkara prabha.Valuka prabha.Panka prabha.Dhuma prabha.Tamaha prabha.Mahatamaha. FIELD OF THE GRASSHOPPERS.

When

Everything will soon turn to dust, we all know that, Our Sessions contain Apocalyptic imagery of heavenly warfare between The Angel of Israel and the Archangels of Persia. We have no goals in our lives musically or otherwise apart from having fun, drinking ugandan moonshine and just giving out our self-designationed branch of expressed tensions between the human and supernatural world.

Why

Our heads can rotate a full 360 degrees and we are equipped with powerful missiles in our fingers, knees and our toes. The last sessions we did grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic and Jewish demonology. The legendary Mad Arab poet Abdul al Hazred was torn apart in broad daylight by invisible forces in front a crowd of horrified onlookers, and that’s all that matters. There are so many sleeping people in this world and we hope some of you can take at least a tiny bit of pleasure from at least a tiny bit of this recording.

How

Music like this was deposited with the dead in ancient Egypt. We recommend you give your bowels a rinsing with boiling oil whilst listening to this and make sure you keep up the dirty protest. Never mind God is good, he sends these things to try us, we have not much money but we do see life. What’s your BZ On pal ? Our Queen has seen more rides than a blackpool donkey, our bobends are as shiny as a dolphins beak. Wind your Fucking neck in, where you up to pal ? We lead the dance, we make them sing.

Here are some very important or unimportant or both, LINKS>>>>>>

The Annunaki on Facebook

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The Annunaki on Bandcamp

Thanks and Bumming’s to Katarrhaktes for this interview and we are looking for shows so please get in touch !

Email The Annunaki

5W1H 003: Phirnis

Phirnis 5W1H

Who

Kai Ginkel, recording under the Phirnis moniker. Currently living in Vienna.

What

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Where

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When

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Why

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How

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Phirnis on Fwonk*