It was june of 2016. Froe Char was playing a show in Belgrade, Serbia with the newly minted Unur alias, Verhalten. The opening act for the night starts. A young woman with a single sampler begins a kinetic and intriguing set. We have just witnessed Shaan. As the evening progresses everyone starts talking and as we have an extra couple days in Belgrade we make plans to hang out more, then to make some music together and as this friendship forms, so does an idea. “why don’t you do a tape for modern tapes?” Here is just that:
It is 2017. US political conversation is getting more frustrating and inane as the days go on. A balance between activism and nihilism is all we have to keep ourselves sane. We feel anonymous, we feel numb. In a fit of isolated incredulousness, VH decides to make something that feels immediate, something that feels more like a live set. Each track is constructed live on modular synth and contact microphones. We now have Number.
After much waiting and a couple delays the new Volhnn and Unser Verhängnis tapes are available.
mt023 Volhnn “artefact” c60 limited edition of 15
cold and bleak ambient noise wall project of this French provocateur, otherwise known by his Chier alias.
mt024 Unser Verhängnis “Peace Is A Lasting Legacy When The Earth Is A Silent Grave” 2xc60 limited edition of 15
Grim, ambient noise walls for the contemplation of our undoing. double cassette from this project of the ever prolific Peter Keller aka Condo Horro.
packaged in aluminum boxes with photocopied artwork and insert along with a download code and “this machine kills fascists” sticker.
more in the pipeline for 2018
Hey good people of the internet, i made some shirts and stickers for us electronic music/modular nrrrds out there. they express a sentiment i adapted from Woody Guthrie’s guitar back in 1941 when he was singing protest songs against wealthy and racist americans not seeming to have any problem with what was happening in Germany/Europe at the time. Feel free to draw parallels without hyperbole, please.
The money made from selling said shirts and stickers are going to Life After Hate, an organization that provides an exit strategy for people who are involved in many of the white supremacist subcultures in the US, they are the only non-profit i could find who does this. good for them.
here is a link to order.
Shirts and Stickers set
just the stickers
and here is a link to life after hate
Life After Hate
Cassette copies of both “Forgiveness” and “Oxter” will be available, as well as the Staring Problem and Worker/Parasite releases from the end of 2016.
Jan 27- Paris, France @ Studio Campus w/ Froe Char, Mecano Lacrymo & Viktor Alles
Jan 28- Brussels, Belgium @ Rue De La Sene 88 w/ Froe Char & Mecano Lacrymo
Jan 31- Hamburg, Germany @ Astra Stube
Feb 03- Vienna, Austria @ Au
Feb 04- Brno, Czech Republic @ Skleněná louka – Sklepní scéna
Feb 05- Leipzig, Germany @ AKKO w/Ovo
Feb 06- Zurich, Switzerland @ Boschbar
Feb 09- Rome, Italy @ Fanfulla 5/a
Feb 10- Rimini, Italy @ Wave
US dates coming. More Europe in the summer too.
that’s right, ANOTHER new Verhalten tape. Interesting thing about it, this one will also exist on 12″ vinyl come April 2017. There are a limited number of tapes that will be available on the impending european tour and the vinyl will be here once more dates are announced in the US. Here’s a little insight as to how it differs from “oxter”.
Verhalten returns with a collection of tracks based around brutalist rhythm and slow melody. Well, underneath the layers of static and feedback that is.
Further evolution into the deeper realms of noise, Verhalten returns with a claustrophobic din of modular cacophony. Harsh noise walls give way to an almost ambient conclusion. This is the first in what will be a series of Verhalten noise releases which will have the signifying code VHNW somewhere on the artwork. If you are wondering about the more beat driven work, don’t fret, there is more of that coming too, very soon. Until then, enjoy the crumble and clang of Oxter. VHNW000-005.
only a few of these will be available for mailorder. the rest will be available at stops on Verhalten’s 2017 europe and us tours. thanks!
listen to/acquire them HERE
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click here to listen or purchase physically/digitally
mt016 Mitra Mitra “s/t” cassette
Full length debut by this new duo from Vienna. Minimal synth with melody and wit. Catchy, dry and too smart for its own good. silkscreened Chipboard jackets limited edition of 100.
mt017 Verhalten “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity” cassette
another debut. this time a new project from Unur’s patrick scott. While Unur focuses more on stories of broken selves and melodic coldwave, Verhalten finds its noir-ish minimalism in radio static and rhythm. Industrial, noise and muted dark techno all make their presence known. This project has been brewing in various forms for a few years, this is its debut. silkscreened black cardstock jackets limited edition of 50.
mt018 Unur “Halt And Start” cassette
long overdue follow up to 2015’s “the key broke off in the lock” Ep. Four songs of urgent post punk/synth wave from Modern Tapes’ resident anti-troubador. silkscreened black cardstock jackets limited edition of 50
if you’ve been paying any kind of attention you know that Modern Tapes is quite pleased to be presenting the cassette version of the debut full length from Vienna’s minimal synth masterminds Mitra Mitra.
Preorders have started, preview some tracks and get your order in here:
they’re handling the vinyl on their own Micromort label, you can get that HERE