N∆EON TE∆RDROPS is a new artist alias from Norwegian techno and electronica veteran Per Martinsen, mostly known under his guise MENTAL OVERDRIVE.
Stepping out of his familiar instrumental electronic productions and into vocal-based songwriting, N∆EON TE∆RDROPS explore influences of the synthpop and darkwave of his formative years, while aiming to put these influences into a more contemporary context.
The music of N∆EON TE∆RDROPS was born out of his writing project PYRAMIDS ON THE MOON – a fictional autobiography in three parts where he explores three alternative timelines of his own life, and where each of his three imagined personalities create music under different artist aliases.
N∆EON TE∆RDROPS released the single AMNESIACS in 2021, reaching no 8 in the Deutsche Alternative Charts, followed by SHADOWSISTER in 2022, which reached no 12 in the same chart.
The new single WATERS RISING will be out on March 17th 2023, and takes us on a deep and melancholy melodic ride atop a slow beat suitable for the more soulful and mellow dancefloors.
Watch and listen to me talk about my artistic research project “The Search for Resonance” which spawned the multi-dimensional autobiography “Pyramids On The Moon”, including music by MENTAL OVERDRIVE, N∆EON TE∆RDROPS and WAVE∞FORM.
A 50-year old electrician has a midlife crisis and starts making ambient music. A group of people in Berlin uses sound to induce the release of DMT in the brain in order to travel between dimensions, and a character named ∆EON walks the streets of London while rebelling against the digitally connected society they live in, as part of the “DisCon” activist movement.
“Pyramids On The Moon – a multi-dimensional autobiography” is a work in progress, where the main body of work is a story about life and music in three parts, each describing an alternative timeline to the author’s own, where the three main “characters” create and release their music under the artist names WAVE∞FORM, MENTAL OVERDRIVE and N∆EON TE∆RDROPS respectively.
Although the three different versions of the author’s personalities exist in parallel universes, they are still somehow connected, and each one encounter different “portals” through which they become aware of the others, without necessarily understanding that these are other versions of themselves.
Through the process of storytelling, “Pyramids On The Moon” allows for exploring questions around identity and authenticity, both on a personal and professional level, and by shifting through the different modes of character the author can use the freedom of not having to be “oneself” to open up for new forms of musical expression.
The text has so far been posted chapter by chapter on the project website, www.pyramidsonthemoon.com, and the musical output of the three artist can be found at the project’s own page on bandcamp.com.
Some of the music has also been made available as official releases through the label Love OD Communications, and a series of NFT’s connected to the project has been dropped at objkt.com.
You can now support the further development of the story and its connected music by becoming a patron at patreon.com.
The “Integratron EP” is now available on 4-track 12″ vinyl through the Love OD Bandcamp store with sleeve design by Lasse Marhaug. Also the store has been updated with new T-shirts and books from the “Pyramids On The Moon” project.
My remix of the very talented Niilas’ tune “Slenders 3” is now available through this Bandcamp page and all streaming services. The remix is part of a follow up album to his Norwegian Grammy-winning debut “Also this will change” from 2020, and has been dubbed “Also this has changed”. Go check it out!
Five new remixes of selected tracks from the “Integratron EP” will be released Friday November 20th. The mixes are done by Benjamin Mørk, Aggie Frost, Rudow, Θ and Mogens Henckel. Listen and pre-order in the player above.