Mo Loschelder is interviewing Alec Empire about his upcoming 3 x CD album “Low On Ice (The Complete Iceland Sessions)".
Low on Ice was an extended mood piece evoking the vast expanse of the arctic tundra, it sonorous landscape and sense of isolation dissolved time and space. Recorded in a tent in Iceland using minimal equipment - this was long before the era of the laptop - the result was one of the coldest and sonorous recordings made to date. Empire described it as "slowly drowning in ice water, seeing the sun moving further away from you." It was chosen amongst the 50 most important electronic music albums since the last 25 years by German Groove Magazine.
Almost 20 years after recording “Low on Ice” Empire, prompted by a request for music by a film director, delved into his archive and found much more music from the same sessions. He digitized the full Iceland Sessions, 175 minutes of music, which will be released later this year on a 3 CD boxset.
Now in 2014 Alec Empire will bring “Low On Ice” to the stage for a few intimate shows, using the soundtrack to take international audiences with him on an illusive trip back to Iceland’s harsh winter landscape.
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CTM Festival For Adventurous Music And Art
Alec Empire " LOW ON ICE" with visuals by Zan Lyons (DE/UK) - world premiere: 28.January 2015 // Berghain, Berlin
Released on Mille Plateaux in 1995, Alec Empire’s "Low On Ice" (The Icelandic Sessions) is a rare monument of atmospheric poignancy and sonic radicalism.It was created in 1994 in a single session in Iceland when, immediately after a festival appearance with his band, Atari Teenage Riot, Alec Empire “drove with buzzing ears to the great outdoors, seeking an exact opposite experience” in which to experiment with his minimal analogue equipment.
"Low On Ice" is the outcome of an enhanced state that enabled for intensive resonance between a psyche resulting from post-festival exhaustion and an immediate exposure to a harrowing winter environment, and that spiraled into an isolated, multi-day creative process dissolved in time and space:
“I felt like having crashed into the ice of a lake, drowning in cold water, freezing to death, looking at the sky and the earth through the ice.” Twenty years later, the full 175 minutes of previously unpublished material is to be released as the 3xCD "Low on Ice - The Trilogy - The Complete Iceland Sessions " (Geist Records).
The work has also evolved into a live A/V performance piece created together with laptop performer, violinist, and video artist Zan Lyons.
"Low on Ice" sees its world premiere at CTM 2015.
Musik & Politik - 31c3 - Jung & Naiv: Folge 218:
Mit Alec Empire, Frontmann von Atari Teenage Riot & Keynote-Speaker vom 31. Chaos Communication Congress
Was hat Musik mit Politik zu tun? Was wollte Alec in seiner Rede zum Ausdruck bringen beim 31c3? War Musik, war Popmusik jemals politisch? Warum sollen sich Hacker und Musiker zusammenschließen? Ist das Internet großartig für Musiker? Welche politische Inhalte können Songs vermitteln? Was hat Helene Fischer damit zu tun?
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-ALEC EMPIRE VERWEIGERT DEN QUALITY CONTENT-
Interview mit VICE Noisey:
March 5th 2015
20H: TALKs with
ALEC EMPIRE (ATARI TEENAGE RIOT)
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OPEN CDR - submit your tunes to hear them during the night
The original CDR Berlin crew says goodbye with two guests on their couch who couldn´t be more diverse. Both have been very influential for many years in two completely different orbits. While Berlins Alec Empire created genre defining Atari Teenage Riot with the corresponding label Digital Hardcore Recordings he also remixed artists such as Björk, Slayer, Einstürzende Neubauten, Primal Scream and many more. Bochums Herbert Grönemeyer is one of germanys most successful musicians who has filled many stadiums and lead charts for decades while also creating soundtracks for and starring in films. Both will share some thoughts on their musical and personal journeys at CDR Berlin on march 5th.
With his band Atari Teenage Riot and his label Digital Hardcore, Alec Empire was a pivotal figure in the politicisation of early 90’s rave culture.Released in the same year FutureEverything was born, Empire’s ‘Low On Ice’ (The Icelandic Sessions) is a unique monument of atmospheric poignancy and sonic radicalism.
It was created in 1994 in a single session in Iceland when, immediately after a festival appearance with Atari Teenage Riot, Empire “drove with buzzing ears to the great outdoors, seeking an exact opposite experience” in which to experiment with minimalist analogue electronic hardware.
This new audiovisual live performance has been created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this seminal point in electronic music, and features a new collaboration with laptop performer, violinist and and video artist Zan Lyons.