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About that bass, and about that drum

A listener’s journey that feels like being Alice in the wonderland of Japanese noise & psychedelic underground music, as well as a conversation about music and (due to his recent passing) Fushitsusha bassist Chiyo Kamekawa, by way of an interview with band member and (snare) drummer Ryosuke Kiyasu.

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Lisa Wallerstein
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13.06.2024

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»There’s nothing fascinating about serial killers«

Der SciFi-Autor Lavie Tidhar veröffentlicht mit »Maror« einen Thriller, der die Geschichte Israels aus der Perspektive von Kriminalität und Korruption erzählt. skug sprach mit ihm u. a. über die Entstehung des Buchs und die Bedeutung israelischer Musik.

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Lutz Vössing
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27.05.2024

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»In the end we are all dogs in the same hot car«

Colin Foord und J. D. McKay veröffentlichen gemeinsam mit Nick Léon Ambient-Musik, die Inspiration aus der Beschäftigung mit dem Leben der Riffe schöpft. skug sprach mit Foord über die Verbindung von Kunst und Natur, Korallen und Menschen.

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Lutz Vössing
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11.04.2024

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Das Leben entscheidet über das Leben

Der dänische Jazz-Saxophonist Benjamin Koppel hat eine schriftstellerische Ode an seine Tante Anna verfasst. Das Buch »Annas Lied« erzählt die Geschichte ihrer jüdischen Familie über ein ganzes Jahrhundert und erscheint nun erstmals auf Deutsch. Wir haben mit dem Autor gesprochen.

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Lutz Vössing
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21.03.2024

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Translations of forgotten dreams

The Finnish spirits of Paavoharju howl back with their third album from the very original constellation. We talked to Lauri Ainala about this and his other projects within the realm of the Finnish city of Savonlinna.

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Lutz Vössing
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25.08.2023

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Fabrics of fire are coming down

Belgian multi-talent Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe presents the music theater »Madrigals« at ImPulsTanz 2023, showing »a future freed from normativity«.

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Michael Franz Woels
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25.07.2023

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All about memories and joining dots

Electronic maestro Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) and clarinettist Gareth Davis are two central figures of UK’s experimental music scene. We had the chance to talk with them about friendship, the pitfalls of memory and why Neue Musik might be one of the most easy-access genres around.

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Michael Zangerl
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15.06.2023

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The potential to be kind

Lane Shi is a multi-disciplinary artist from China operating under the moniker Otay:onii. Following the release of her latest album »夢之駭客 Dream Hacker«, skug had the chance to talk with her about dreams, 1,500 year-old music scores, and modern-day oppression.

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Michael Zangerl
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27.03.2023

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»Hybrid Practices«

Cevdet Erek, a prolific sound artist, prog-rocker and architect from Istanbul, created an audio-visual art installation in Vienna’s Museumsquartier. While the project was taking shape, we talked about curiosity, historical instruments, and electronic dance music.

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Michael Zangerl
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19.12.2022

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»Art needs tension«

Leah Singer and Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of Sonic Youth, created two art installations in Vienna. Ahead of the release, we talked with the couple about their creative process.

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Michael Zangerl
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27.08.2022

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I am a Christian whore

We met Ivo Dimchev for an interview ahead of the performance of his new piece »In Hell with Jesus« at Impulstanz Vienna on August 1st and 3rd, 2022.

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Dominika Krejs, Michael Franz Woels
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29.07.2022

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What’s inside Dis Fig

Two ultimate highlights of this year’s Donaufestival were The Bug & Dis Fig and the solo performance of Dis Fig. We met Felicia Chen for an interview.

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Walter Pontis
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25.05.2022

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We were never ascetic born-again Christians

After nine years, a new Paavoharju album has been released. Reason enough to talk to the head of the group, Lauri Ainala, about the new album »Happiness«, a collaboration with Folk-Singer Joose Keskitalo, and to seek some answers about that ever-mysterious thing from the cold north.

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Lutz Vössing
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29.04.2022

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»That’s the reality in Ukraine right now!«

Her new album dropped. Then the war started. Katarina Gryvul is a Ukraine-born, Graz-based sound artist, talking about the current situation in her home country — and why there’s still hope.

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Christoph Benkeser
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23.03.2022

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A missed opportunity for Vienna

Wolfgang Bill Price wrote this text about the inauguration of the Shoah Wall of Names Memorial in Vienna shortly before he died in hospital of a heart attack on November 24, 2021, having survived Corona in intensive care a few weeks earlier.

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Redaktion, Wolfgang Bill Price
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27.11.2021

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Covid-19 sucks ass, but The Beths still kick ass

In the midst of the Corona pandemic, The Beths released a new album and skug asked them a few questions and promptly got answers. Although their statements have been reproachfully glancing into the interviewers’ eye from the editing desk for about two months, their meaning hasn’t changed a bit.

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Lutz Vössing
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11.09.2020

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She was always a star

We had a lot of fun writing, practicing, and performing our duets together and we used to spend a lot of the time that we should have been working in fits of laughter. That was how many of our songs were born. A personal obituary for Elinor Mora.

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Joshua Korn
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10.06.2020

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»Complications« in den USA

Thalia Zedek hat mit ihrer Band E mitten in der Corona-Krise ein neues Album herausgebracht. Mit skug sprach die Gitarristin und Sängerin über die Umstände der Veröffentlichung und die Realität in Zeiten von Trump und COVID-19.

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Lutz Vössing
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15.05.2020

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Wasting our selves for the environment

In a time where seclusion and privacy are the new norm and no one can go out and get wasted, let’s – at least in theory – rave about the utopian potential of self-destruction in clubbing. How can the excess of rave culture be understood as an ecological practice in times of environmental collapse?

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Kilian Jörg
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11.05.2020

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Crowned Death – On good living and dying in times of Corona

Eine paradoxe Katastrophe entwickelt sich durch die Corona-Pandemie, weil auch steigende Opferzahlen scheinbar bedeutungslos bleiben. Das Massensterben der Tierarten zeigt, dass es zur »Masse« kaum Bezug gibt, der Handeln erzeugt. Es muss vielleicht ein anderes Verhältnis zum Tod gewonnen werden.

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Kilian Jörg, Redaktion
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22.04.2020

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American Primitivism goes east

Jakub Šimanský just released his second album »Face To Face Against American Primitivism In Eastern Europe Vol. 2« as well as the album »Tance Neznámé« with Tomáš Niesner from Unna. Together, they tell skug what this is all about and how it works in the Czech Republic.

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Lutz Vössing
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03.02.2020

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Hardcore from California and Berlin

Jason Honea is a member of the groups TPK (Teenage Panzerkorps), The Knit Separates and Dysnea Boys. He spoke to skug about his origins in the Californian hardcore scene and his work in Berlin.

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Lutz Vössing
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13.01.2020

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From Street Theater to Modern Opera

Tucked away in a little Viennese cafe, actor Massimo Rizzo spoke with skug about his experience, from a performer’s perspective, in what he considers is a historic event, the Premiere of »Orlando« by Olga Neuwirth, currently running at the Vienna State Opera.

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Elisabeth Kelvin
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12.12.2019

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Movement transcends the word

A comment on the recent production of »Thyestes Brüder! Kapital« by Claudia Bosse / theatercombinat from a non-German speaking viewpoint.

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Elisabeth Kelvin
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08.10.2019

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Orgiastic improvisations

The trio Haino/Merzbow/Pándi released a new record on RareNoise called »Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer«. How it sounds, in a description about the work on the album in an interview with drummer Bàlász Pándi.

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Lutz Vössing
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07.10.2019

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Blank Manuskript – »Krásná Hora«

The sounds are pounding heavily, as if foreshadowing something doomful: it’s the monsters lurking under our bed, and they’re coming for us. Blank Manuskript, arguably Austria’s most precious art rockers, have released their new concept album »Krásná Hora« (the name of a small Czech town that is best translated as »beautiful mountain«) on September 19th…

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Robin Frank
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07.10.2019

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Chasing the wrong shadows?

Utrecht, NL, September 27th, 2019: Baer Traa and Garrett T. Capps provided for an evening filled with folk and country music – until something went decidedly wrong.

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Robin Frank
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07.10.2019

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In gag we trust

We met Yosi Wanunu and Roland Rauschmeier for an interview ahead of their performance of »The Deadpan Dynamites – The Art of the Gag« at Impulstanz Festival and talked about the universality of comedy and life as a performance.

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Elisabeth Kelvin, Michael Franz Woels
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31.07.2019

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A treasure in the Finnish cabinet of curiosities

Finland is to be envied: It gave the world the gifts of M. A. Numminen and the Humppa. And now, the label Svart Records is releasing a whole bunch of music from Paavoharju, a project rightfully sitting among the ranks of those other famous Finnish curiosities.

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Lutz Vössing
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13.07.2019

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Oren Ambarchi, Explorer of Unknown Musical Areas

Australian multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi releases a new solo album, »Simian Angel«, with Brazilian Cyro Baptista contributing the percussion. In an interview with skug he talks about himself, his work and music in general.

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Lutz Vössing
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28.06.2019

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