Recently I was asked to record a podcast for the Lifecrushed mix series. It turned out in a 77 minute mix of exclusively Ohrwert material featuring some of my latest releases, as well as releases of the past few years.
A constant thumping, Ohrwert’s mix summons a thick, nebulous fog – the snares and high-hats serving as brief glimmers of lucidness. It’s an hour of deep rumination, with a consistent theme and ambience making time hurtle by. A set to help you mull something over.
Out now , split EP on Grounded In Humanity with David Hausdorf: “Persecution”. In stock at Decks.de and Grounded in Humanity’s Bandcamp.
“Welcome to a new reality. Things have turned around for humanity. In a bad way. Now the clones are the ones in power and searching for the last hideouts of human survivors in order to exterminate them for good. With the exception of only a few, musically talented specimens, whom the clones want to keep alive so they can produce and play music for their listening pleasure. Lets see how this is going to end. This is chapter 10 out of 12. Not much time left for the grand final.”
“Technologue” is a selection of playful tracks I recorded between September and December of 2013. They are by no means dub excursions, but do share a similar array of analog and digital technology. Same ingredients, different recipe.
The thirteenth “Reduct”, a series that has started in 2008 and is, despite a long hiatus until early 2018, still my outlet for contemporary work in the realm of dub. “Antumbra” came to be whilst preparing for my show at Yaga in Lithuania last summer, resulting in an acidious dub house track with a cosmic flair. “Penumbra” is its technoid counter with a faster rhythm and deeper groove.
This years’ Yaga Gathering will host a Greyscale label showcase at the chill-out stage including performances of grad_u, Sraunus, Gradient, and myself. The festival takes place in the woods at Spengla, Lithuania from August 9-13.
Since the start of this year I try to release something every first of the month through various projects. Five months in, it is time for another Ohrwert EP. “Twelfth Reduct” takes a cosmic spin with two brand new recordings, partly inspired by my sequential music released as Arjen Schat.
Ten years after the Reduct series was launched as an audio blog (ohrwert.blogspot.com), the series is continuing on Bandcamp. Since “Tenth”, the closing album of Reduct 1 to 9, many releases have seen the light of day through different labels and formats all over the world. Now it is time to go back to the original format, in 24bit/48kHz quality.
“Eleventh Reduct” is the remnant of a series of tracks I have produced in 2015. Though never released as a whole, the other tracks have found a home on different labels. “Ordior” was released on Grounded In Humanity’s “DNA Sequence Vol. 2” compilation CD, and “Blavus” and Fidelis” have recently been released on vinyl on Grad_u’s label Greyscale, including remixes of “Blavus” from XDB and Aleksandr himself (scale-limited.bandcamp.com/album/fidelis-blavus).
Soundwise, things have changed over the years. Albums like “Intueri” are a showcase of a new direction. A direction that resulted from club-based live performances, which can hold its ground in the deep end, but is obviously dance-oriented. “Eleventh Reduct” is no exception to that sound, a signature Ohrwert dub flavor with more substance and solid drum grooves.