Dubexmachina + Comfortnoise
bass music + advanced dubwise electronic music

à discuter: simon reynolds' "retromania - pop culture's addiction to its own past"


another book we recommend because of its stimulating and in the same time offending richness of disparate ideas on music and the development of music culture from the 60ties until now:

Reynolds, Simon (2011). Retromania. Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past. New York: Faber and Faber, Inc.

below, we present a couple of quotes that we recognise as reynolds' conclusions.
not that we necessarily agree -

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given that i enjoy many aspects of retro, why do i still feel deep down that it is lame and shameful? (p. 403)
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thinking about the first ten years after the future arrived (the year 2000), the word that springs to my mind is "flat". the nineties felt like this long, sustained ascent, what with the internet and the info-tech boom, techno rave and its associated drugs. but the 2000s turned out to be a plateau. oh, there was a bustle and buzz, a fast turnover of new names and micro-trends. casting an eye back over the soundscape of the 2000s as the era drew to a close, though, it seemed like nothing momentous had happened. worse, it was a struggle to pinpoint what defined the era as a separate era musically. in his 2010 polemic you are not a gadget, jaron lanier waspishily threw down the challenge: "play me some good music that is characteristic of the late 2000s as opposed to the late 1990s." it's hard to see what anyone could come up with in response. this deficit in newness can be seen across the spectrum, from semi-popular fringes to the money pumping heart of mainstream. (pp. 404f.)
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how do the 2000s measure up? even the most generous assessment of pop in the first decade of the new millenium must surely conclude that nearly all the developments were either tweaks to established genres (...) or archive-raiding styles (...). two of the few arguable exeptions were grime and dubstep: exciting sounds, certainly, but so far they have proved to be contained explosions within the uk's post-rave tradition, exept for a few watered-down crossovers into chart pop terrain with acts lik thinchy strider and magnetic man. (p. 407)
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part of the problem is that the musical landscape has grown cluttered. most of the styles of music and subcultures that have ever existed are still with us. from goth to drum'n'bass, metal to trance, house to industrial, these genres are permanent fixtures on the menue, drawing new recruits every year. nothing seems to wither and die. this hampers the emergence of new things. (p. 407)
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but the problem wasn't just the failure of new movements and mega-genres to emerge, or the sluggishness of the established ones. it was the way that recycling and recursion became structural features of the music scene, substituting novelty (difference from what immediately proceded) for genuine innovation. it seemed like everything that ever was got its chance to come back into circulation at some point during the 2000s. (p. 408)
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the irony of sixties nostalgia is that the very idea that pop music should be challenging and perpetually progressing comes from the sixties. it's because the sixties moved so fast and always looked to the future that we judge today's stasis and retrospection harshly. the decade set the bar impossibly high. (pp. 410f.)
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i remember the future-rush. (...) the future-rush is different from the thrill of encountering a true original (the charisma-glow of  a unique personality, the style of an utterly individual voice and way with words - a morrissey, björk, jay-z, dizzie rascal). this sensation is electric but impersonal; it's about new forms, not new faces; it's a much purer, harder hit. it's the same scary-euphoric rush that the best science fiction gives: the vertigo of limitlessness.
i still believe the future is out there. (p. 428)


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DXM FLIPSIDES #14 w/ kackmusikk & guyus


on friday september 12th, 2014 from 12pm to 04am @ longstreet bar, langstrasse 92, 8004 zürich


- KACKMUSIKK (hood regulators, korsett, RBMA; luzern)
- GUYUS (dubexmachina; zürich)

free entry

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fraction 5 open air w/ ham-e, kephas & don pedro, comfortnoise ploy, taiken & flexible


on saturday september 6th, 2014 from 3 to 12pm @ private & open air by tengu collective; st. gallen

tengu collective presents:
dj ham-e (classic & fresh hip hop) 
- kephas & don pedro (roots reggae dub) 
- comfortnoise ploy (live dub techno)

taiken & flexible (subloaded bass music)

>>> send us a message if you wanna join - we'll provide you with a personal invitation!

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presented by 2,7 redaktion (lu), gaspard de la montagne (ne), guyus (zh), lcp (be), lil'ziska (nürnberg), new.com (zh), r-kive (nürnberg), taiken (sg) & uhuruku (zh)

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fischenthal in dub - dubtechnodub by comfortnoise ploy (deeptakt podcast 012)




title: fischenthal in dub
mixed by: comfortnoise ploy
style: dubtechno / dub
length: 1h/57m/39s
label: deeptakt records
catalog#: dtpod012
release: august 17th, 2014
image by: comfortnoise ploy
artwork: deeptakt records
tracklist (txt-file)
soundcloud link & alternative server download  (→ use right click & "save as....")

comfortnoise ploy is live sonic carpet weaving somewhere between dubtechno & dub at its roots: with two turntables, a microphone, a legendary vintage roland space echo re-201, an elektron octatrak sampling/ sequencing device, a multi-band radio, a dub siren & other useful gear to do the dub. comfortnoise ploy is operated by xeed (dj), new.com (dj), iyah ranx (singer/mc) & rjega (echo master/effect device manager).

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DUBEXMACHINA w/ taiken, septentrio, guyus & new.com @ klubi, zürich


on friday august 29th, 2014 from 11pm @ klubi, wasserwerkstrasse 89a, zürich


dubexmachina presents:
- TAIKEN (tengu collective; sg)
- SEPTENTRIO (secret owl; fr)
- GUYUS (dubexmachina, bold; zh)
- NEW.COM (dubexmachina, comfortnoise, bold; zh)

>>> entry chf 5
>>> subscribe on fb here

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dörflifäscht opening w/ d_u_bious & new.com


on friday august 29th, 2014 from 7pm @ dörflifäscht, open air: hirschenplatz zürich

from 7 to 10.30pm, D_U_BIOUS & NEW.COM are going roots-reggae-bass-wise !

>>> check the dis ya wot & the dis ya wot (digiversion) mixes by new.com
>>> ...and for the advanced listeners: 051-0514.

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BOLD #04 w/ RON MORELLI, asic (live), guy joshua, new.com, unda & shoudelistix


on saturday august 23rd, 2014 from 12pm @ club zukunft, dienerstr. 33, 8004 zürich

zukunft:
- RON MORELLI (l.i.e.s., hospital productions; usa)
- ASIC live (anorg sound.sys; zh)
- GUY JOSHUA (zweikommasieben; lu)
- NEW.COM (dubexmachina, comfortnoise, bold; zh)

bar3000:
- UNDA (beatfreacks, boyoom connective; sg)
- SHOUDELISTIX (sg)

>>> subscribe on fb here

BOLD is a series of raves on the seabed in the intersection of techno & bass music. it's resting upon a collaboration of hula honeys, zweikommasieben magazin & dubexmachina:
>>> website
>>> facebook
>>> manifesto

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dxm & cmfrtns july-14-charts


presented by 2,7 redaktion (lu), gaspard de la montagne (ne), guyus (zh), ink! (zh), jurkhands (zh/bs), lcp (be), lil'ziska (nürnberg), marc schwegler (bs), new.com (zh), r-kive (nürnberg) & uhuruku (zh)

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comfortnoise ploy @ lethargy 2014


on saturday august 2nd, 2014 @ lethargy 2014; rote fabrik, seestr. 395, zürich

the line-up & our playtimes at ziegel:
- COMFORTNOISE PLOY: 22:00-00:15
- NONE OF THEM live (signup & michal ho; zürich)
- DISTANCE (chestplate; london)
- BRAINTHEFT live (berlin - home)
- FOREIGN CONCEPT (samurai, critical, shogun audio; brighton, uk)
- COMFORTNOISE PLOY: 05:30-07:00

>>> check out the full line-up of lethargy 2014
>>> imperatively buy your tickets in advance!

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comfortnoise podcast 052-0714 feat. zweikommasieben w/ simian keiser, marc d'arrigo & guy joshua

 



- deeper houss music over 2h/49m/03s in a collaboration w/ zweikommasieben magazin (luzern)
- by guy joshua (zweikommasieben; luzern), simian keiser & marc d'arrigo (schall & rauch; berlin/zürich)
- hosted by new.com (comfortnoise, dubexmachina, bold; zürich)
- video live streamed on saturday july 12th, 2014 over livebeats
→ full timecoded tracklist (pdf)
soundcloud link

this show is a special event, because we're streaming inside a collaboration with our good friends from the zweikommasieben magazin - live from a cozy living room in the middle zürich! the printed & now bi-lingual (e/ger) swiss zweikommasieben magazin is devoted to the documentation of contemporary club culture since summer 2011. it features artist interviews, essays & columns as well as photography, illustration & graphics. additionally, the collective of friends behind this project organizes infamous concerts, club nights, mantinees and other fun events. the sounds of this show are delivered by the dj-duo simian keiser & marc d'arrigo from schall & rauch (berlin/zürich - soundcloud, tumblr) and guy joshua (zweikommasieben; luzern). these tree artists are closely connected to the zweikommasieben magazin: not only as djs but also as authors, photographers & interviewees.


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à discuter: mark fisher's "ghosts of my life" - writings on depression, hauntology, lost futures, capitalism & the surface noise made by vinyl


we recommend the following book because it makes us reflecting on what we like and what we do, in a clever and at once provoking manner:

fisher, mark (2014). ghosts of my life. writings on depression, hauntology and lost futures. winchester: zero books.

the term "hauntology" refers to the philosophical thinking of jacques derrida. it has been assigned to a particular realm of current (underground) music culture. we consider it as a useful concept in order to describe a great deal of the music that is featured on comfortnoise and dubexmachina. - subsequently, we present five quotes that we recognise as fisher's core arguments.


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dxm & cmfrtns june-14-charts


presented by 2,7 redaktion (lu), gaspard de la montagne (ne), jurkhands (zh/bs), lcp (be), lil'ziska (nürnberg), marc schwegler (bs), new.com (zh), r-kive (nürnberg), taiken (sg) & uhuruku (zh)

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DXM FLIPSIDES #13 w/ guy joshua & new.com


on friday july 4th, 2014 from 12pm to 04am @ longstreet bar, langstrasse 92, 8004 zürich


- GUY JOSHUA (zweikommasieben; luzern)
- NEW.COM (comfortnoise, dubexmachina, bold; zürich)

free entry

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COMFORTNOISE CLUBNIGHT: bass leaning techno w/ gaspard de la montagne & new.com @ kegelbahn, luzern


on saturday june 28th, 2014 from 11pm @ klub kegelbahn, luzern

we're indeed happy to return to klub kegelbahn after a couple of thrilling dub/roots/digital gigs lately - but pay attention: this time we gonna do it inna di true #BOLD styleee, what means by delivering severely bass heavy techno oriented grooves all night long. it's nothing than brilliant to do this with our good friend gaspard de la montagne from creaked records, coming down from la chaux-de-fonds!

- GASPARD DE LA MONTAGNE (creaked rec.; la chaux-de-fonds)
- NEW.COM (comfortnoise, dubexmachina, bold; zürich)

>>> recheck 047-0114 & remember dxm flipsides #09!

free entry >>> subscribe on fb here

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vor der hour IX - chapter 2: zürich


on saturday june 14th, 2014 from 4 to 10pm @ museum bärengasse, bärengasse 22, zürich

"vor der hour" is the release ceremony of the wicked printed, bilingual (ger/e) issue #9 of the zweikommasieben magazine: an unlikely & lucky combination of people, art, food, clubculture, beer, philosophy & music.

- el tigre sound (twoets, zweikommasieben; luzern)
- leisure options (korsett, zweikommasieben; basel)
- marc d'arrigo (schall & rauch, zweikommasieben; zürich)
- new.com (comfortnoise, dubexmachina, bold; zürich)

>>> subscribe on fb here

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dxm & cmfrtns may-14-charts


presented by 2,7 redaktion (lu), gaspard de la montagne (ne), guyus (zh), ink! (zh), jurkhands (zh/bs), lil'ziska (nürnberg), marc schwegler (bs), new.com (zh), r-kive (nürnberg), taiken (sg) & uhuruku (zh)

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la superette d'été w/ DIGITAL MYSTIKZ & OPTIMO


on wednesday may 28th 2014 @ case à chocs, neuchâtel

la superette d'été presents:

mainfloor:
- DIGITAL MYSTIKZ; mala & coki (dmz; london)
- mc sun of selah (london)
- bit-tuner (hula honeys; zürich)
- guyus (dubexmachina; zürich)
- tomorrow is today all stars (tit; neuchâtel/bienne)

queen kong club:
- OPTIMO (rinse fm; london)
- ludovic b (b comme; neuchâtel)

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kornhaus festival w/ guyus, comfortnoise ploy & many more


on sunday may 25th, 2014 @ kornhaus festival, langstrasse 113a, zürich

the kornhaus festival features art, visual & musical performances from friday may 23th to sunday 25th
>>> official website >>> subscribe on fb here >>> get your ticket here


the musical schedule from sunday 25th is hosted by blaublau, hula honeys & dubexmachina:
02.00pm - guyuslcp - uhuruku (djs)
04.45pm - comfortnoise ploy aka djs xeed & new.com, mc iyah ranx & echomaster rjega (live)
06.15pm - paws (live)
06.45pm - dave eleanor (live)
07.15pm - luis sanz (live)
07.45pm - somtek (live)
08.30pm - dave eleanor (live)
09.00pm - fabio papa in dub (live)
09.45pm - soult (live)
10.30pm - la b)))) (live)
11.15pm - asic (live)


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comfortnoise podcast 051-0514 w/ new.com saying goodbye to tree park studio




- advanced dubwise electronic music over 2h/45m/51s
- by new.com (comfortnoise, dubexmachina, bold; zürich)
- video live streamed outta tree park studio on friday may 16th, 2014 over livebeats
→ full timecoded tracklist (pdf)
soundcloud link


tree park studio has to be cleared by end of may 2014. as we explained in our threepart interview for zweikommasieben magazine, its adress was from november 2012 a preliminary opportunity to join all kind of artists in a building with - believe it or not - 120 rooms! our beloved studio pretty quickly turned out to be a thrilling radio station, perfect production & mixing space, ideal meeting point, confidential chat room & calm workspace in one. we're especially proud of the eight large illustrations on the walls that have been developed offhand by local streetartists during the two and a half hour productions of our video live streamed podcasts: elf (035-1212), snyr & osrok (036-0113), robi the dog (037-0213), sierpinski stvan triangle (039-0413), oibel1 (040-0513), tofu (042-0713), brainfart (043-0813) & upholsterer greg (041-0613 & 044-0913)! good luck that these happenings are well documented, because the paintings will vanish now... looking back on so many extraordinary exciting collaborations with in-house friends as well as guests - producers, djs, visual- & streetartists - we want to give our thanks to all who joined, including these brilliant guys who made "kirche 248" real: lukas, lorenzo & raffael! - in 051-0514, new.com (comfortnoise, dubexmachina, bold; zh) is enjoying tree park studio for the very last time by displaying a large variety of well elaborated basslines in the fields of dub, drone, techno, bass music, foundation dubstep & even drum'n'bass.



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