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Live at Synth Fest 2 in Brno (CZ)

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I’ll be heading to the city of Brno in the Czech Republic towards the end of May to play live at a party on Friday May 27th in connection to Noise Kitchen’s Synth Fest 2. The two-day festival will include workshops, parties, lectures and talks about synthesisers, modular systems and all things fun and tweakable. The gig will also mark the re-release of my 1995 album “Plugged” on Prins Thomas’ Rett i Fletta label, and also the launch of the “Tromsø” module by Bastl Instruments. The line-up is constantly being added to, so check in on the Facebook event link above for more info.


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Plugged Revisited

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I’m happy to announce that my debut album “Plugged”, originally released on Love OD back in 1995, will be re-issued on May 27th through Prins Thomas’ “techno, not techno” label Rett i Fletta. The Prins has done a wonderful job in re-editing and restoring the album from the original DAT masters, and has also chosen alternative takes from the live “direct-to-tape” mixes I had done at the time. Topped with a new mastering and pressed on triple vinyl, it’s almost a brand new package that will hit the streets in May, and I’m very pleased about the result. You can check out snippets over at distributor wordandsound’s website.


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“Hellbent” on Ploink

There are quite a few releases stacked up for 2016, and we’ll be starting with a Prins Thomas edit of the track “Hellbent” to be included on Bergen techno label Ploink’s first anniversary EP (out of three planned this year). The EP will be available on D&M-mastered vinyl from February 22nd, and you can hear snippets of all tracks in the player above.


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Illumination re-issued

Illumination’s “The Way Out Is The Way” is now available on Optimo Trax’ “Drum Attack EP (Lost weapons from the 1990’s”). This vinyl re-issue was originally planned for release in October 2014, but was delayed until now due to problems with manufacturing (not so surprising, as it’s pretty bass-heavy, though we’re yet to hear the full details from Optimo HQ). In any way you can now finally pick it up through your favourite vinyl store, like Clone Records. There’s also a nice review of the 12″ over at Juno Plus. Illumination was a collaboration project consisting of Per Martinsen and Nicholas Sillitoe, who also did a string of remixes under their Chilluminati guise in the late nineties/early noughties.


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Illumination goes way out on Optimo Trax

The mighty Optimo will release an old goldie from our Illumination catalogue on their new “Drum Attack” EP of “secret DJ-weapons”. The track in question is “The way out is the way”, which is taken from the B-Side of a 10inch single initially released through Music Man Records back in 1998. Quite a different affair than the more deep and housey material we released under the Illumination moniker, the tune had Optimo’s JD Twitch in for a surprise when he received the master and realized the original vinyl was intended to be played on 33rpm, and not 45rpm as he’d been doing all this time. The release date is set to late October 2014, and you can preview the EP in the player above. There’s also some more info on the release over at Juno Plus.