Nonplusultrablack



From November 21, 2021 Synnika Frankfurt presents the installation NONPLUSULTRABLACK in collaboration with the Frankfurt music label Mille Plateaux.
Since 1991, the network initiated by Achim Szepanski around the labels Force Inc, Mille Plateaux, Position Chrome, Communism Records and many more has had a subterranean influence on the development of electronic music from Frankfurt. Thus, entire genres such as Clicks & Cuts and Glitch were significantly influenced by the releases of Mille Plateaux. Glitch music is usually characterized by a transformation of sound artifacts that can be caused by malfunctions of digital technology, such as bugs, crashes, system errors, hardware noise, CD jumps and digital distortions. „For us, glitch is more a part of Clicks & Cuts: dark glitch is the non-signal used not to capitalize on the click or error as a signal for the quasi-derivative of the surplus of successful goal-setting, but as a non-successful swim in the noise of non-music. Dark glitch is the non-signal used not to capitalize the click as a signal for the quasi-derivative of the surplus of successful aiming, but as non-successful swimming in the noise of the non-music. When we listen to a track, we always hear other things, which Deleuze describes as forces, duration, sensation, and lightness, depending on how tempos, rhythm, and sound are varied.“ (Achim Szepanski)
Mille Plateaux has never merely affirmed techno-utopianism, accelerationism, or Eshun’s Afrofuturism. They have been even less impressed by the toxic and creative trends of techno capital, which has brought the world to a frenzied standstill with its music of simple-minded harmonies and metrics. Instead, explicitly political stance is combined with aesthetic difference. For example, in 1993 with the compilation Destroy Deutschland! or in recent years on the NON blog (non.copyriot.com), which is closely linked to the label and on which international theoretical and artistic contributions on topics such as nonmusic, necropolitics, EconoFicition, GenericScience, Philofiction are collected and published.
The focus is on the concept of ultrablackness: anonymous, dark, black, hidden, concealed, encrypted, opaque, undercover, incomprehensible. The concepts of invisibility work against the wars of appearances. Ultrablack of Music dares the exodus and listens to those forces and sounds that tell of the unheard in music. Sound, that is the vibration, resonance and diffraction of waves in the black cosmos. „What is Ultraback if not a project of political-aesthetic ex-cursion? We use darkness to denote the outside. The outside has many names: The disruption, the contingent, the void, the silence, the unexpected, the random, the collapse, the catastrophe. But we also have protective barriers, that’s the purpose of Deleuze’s ritornello, reminding us of our own strength even as we travel with alien sounds and allow ourselves to be led into the outside.“ (Achim Szepanski)
Blackness is a crypto-ontology, a crypto-sound that is absolutely closed to being. Blackness is the basis of a non-music, a new musical utopia rooted in the generic black universe. Mille Plateaux says with Laruelle: „Simplify the color! …See black, think white! …Don’t see, be a seer. Stop seeing and start visioning. Be a visionary.“
„We keep coming back to Deleuzo-Guattari’s politics: the nomad and the poly-rhizome, the stranger who speaks in a small language, the non-musician who traces, beyond the time of day, the immanent rhythmicity of the rhythm in the hearing-within-the-rhythm that transcends the beat of the significant „ding ding ding ding.““ (Achim Szepanski) Today, all retro styles are sold as contemporary precisely because there are no truly out-of-time alternatives. If everything is retro, on the one hand it makes no sense to call certain phenomena retro, on the other hand nothing is retro anymore. Time turns white and techno, like rock before it, is end-stored in the museum. Mille Plateaux is not about writing new music that draws from older recordings, but about constructing new non-music inspired by the technological conditions under which those recordings were made. The installation NONPLUSULTRABLACK at Synnika opens a window into the history and present of this attempt with contributions by Achim Szepanski, Thomas Köner, Demystification Committee, Lain Iwakura, Frédéric Neyrat, John-Robin Bold & Andy Cowling, Simona Zamboli and the Realism Working Group.
https://synnika.space/events/opening-nonplusultrablack










Achim Szepanski Interview: “Clicks'n'cuts is not a genre”



1. How is the newest reboot of Mille Plateaux different from all the previous ones?
To be more than constructive, the action of a label policy must free itself from the idea that salvation lies only in publishing now and in the future. In this framework, time remains trapped by declaring what is to come. The opposite is true when time is subverted, for example, when it is said that what is happening now makes a certain past possible, it becomes possible once again, but differently. So there is definitely a kind of intra-temporal communication between one period and the other. New label politics not only allows for a better understanding of yesterday's label politics, but, by freeing it from the force field of circumstances, it allows label politics to be experienced as an ongoing task, to be brought to its true, ephemeral conclusion. At the same time, the horrors of yesterday, thus imprinted on memory, are in this way zero and void. To do this, one must have the courage to partially excavate the old and, together with the new, allow it to become the protagonist of memory.
I mean, political music is music without words. It is not oriented towards the world (it has no object in the world that captures it), nor is it a question of perception. Political music indicates a non-world of pure auto-impression. It is radically black. The black aesthetic, which works without representation, contains the superposition of theory and music and leads to a suspended or non-communicative relation.
Only by subtracting from the system of light and color one can see the generic reality of blackness. Alexander Galloway refers at this point to the Haitian Constitution of 1804, which states that, regardless of their skin color, all citizens are called black. This pure blackness, such a cataclysm of human color, overrides color and denies the endless dynamics of black as white or white as black. Black is no longer the limit case, no longer the case of the slave, the poor, the indentured or debt-ridden worker. Black is the condition for a new Uchronia, a new utopia of the colored based on the generic black universe. It is about a new form of black justice unilaterally determined by the real, but never by a worldly reality.
Please check the full Interview Here: http://www.datawv.com/2021/09/interview-achim-szepanski.html










Fazemag Interview With Achim Szepanski



Admittedly, this magazine rarely deals with the thought models of philosophers and psychoanalysts. But without the philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Felix Guattari, the following interview would hardly be possible. Both published a book called “Mille plateaux” in France in 1980, which was published in Germany in 1992 under the title “Tausend Plateaus. Capitalism and Schizophrenia ”. In 1993, under the influence of this post-structuralist philosophy, Achim Szepanski founded the label Mille Plateaux, in which, to put it simply, theoretical reading meets experimental sounds. Szepanski had previously installed Force Inc., a techno label that is now legendary. While this mixed up the club nights with breakbeats and a straight bass drum, avant-garde artists such as Alec Empire researched on Mille Plateaux,
However, the EFA sales bankruptcy in 2004 represented a turning point. Hard years followed. Mille Plateaux kept appearing and disappearing as well. But for some time now the label has been shining again with regular book and music publications. There are composers like Gianluca Iadema, Andrey Detochkin or Thomas Köner (solo and as part of Porter Ricks) and authors like Robby Basler. The clever and critical head Achim Szepanski has also brought an equal A&R on board with Iain Iwakura.
Please check the full Interview Here: https://www.fazemag.de/mille-plateaux-der-zustand-des-ungeformten/










Simona Zamboli Review By Groove Magazine



Eternity in the ether? On her label debut with Mille Plateaux, Milanese producer Simona Zamboli sounds as enigmatic as the title of her album. Remnants of techno tracks can be found in her analog-digital hybrids at best as rhythmic patterns that rarely need a beat, yet decidedly rely on repetition. The club is merely a memory from the pre-pandemic world in this narrative touted as "ultra-black," but arguably incompatible with the reality of Ethernity. Zamboli, who has sometimes indulged her penchant for rumbling bludgeoning techno in other releases, such as Insane Industry, succeeds here in a seemingly paradoxical coexistence of amorphous and textural, a kind of abstract downtempo, if you will, in which atonal frequencies peacefully coexist alongside harmonic figures, brittle-repellent and strangely homey-warm at the same time. For all its detail, the music never seems self-indulgent, but definitely like an end in itself, a resounding, strange attractor.










Fifteen Questions Interview With Simona Zamboli



Fifteen questions interview with Simona Zamboli
The Luxury of Being Weak
Name: Simona Zamboli
Nationality: Italian
Occupation: Post production sound engineer, sound artist
Current release: Ethernity on Mille Plateaux
Recommendations: The visions of Hildegard of Bingen. 1928
Please check the full Interview Here: https://www.15questions.net/interview/fifteen-questions-interview-simona-zamboli/page-1/










RA Introduces Porter Ricks On Mille Plateaux



A 25th anniversary edition of Porter Ricks' 1996 debut album Biokinetics will be released on Mille Plateaux on June 21st.
The German duo comprising sound engineer Andy Mellwig and mastering engineer Thomas Köner first released music as Porter Ricks in '96 over three 12-inches on Chain Reaction, a sub-label of Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus's Basic Channel imprint. The tracks from those three releases, along with two new cuts, were compiled to form Biokinetics, the first full-length to appear on Chain Reaction and one that's still considered one of dub techno's finest LPs.
When it was released in 1996, Biokinetics was only issued in full on CD, and it wasn't until 2012, when Type Records reissued the album via a run of 700 vinyl copies, that it became available on wax. Mille Plateaux's anniversary edition comes as a double-vinyl set and features newly-designed cover art.
Read Will Lynch's review of Biokinetics and check out our label of the month feature on Basic Channel.
https://ra.co/news/74823










Neural Magazine Review



Achim Szepanski is the mostly known as the founder of two historical music labels, Force Inc. and Mille Plateaux, but he is a quite distinctive figure in the electronic music scene. His original musicological positions blending Deleuze, Marxism and radical politics are unique and always intriguing through the lines of argument. He edits this book with an attentive international selection of artists, theorists and musicians researching both political and technical aspects of electronic music composition and economy. Among the essays we find the cosmological and ecological aspects of spectral music introduced by Frédéric Neyrat, an extensive explanation of the title’s militant and structural meaning by Szepanski himself, Holger Schulze defining the current capitalist use of sound as Panacoustic Society with its Sensology (sensorial ideology), and Shintaro Miyazaki describing his definition of ‘Counter-Raving’, a poetic collective attempt to reclaim a different timing to enable liberating practices. It’s a theoretically challenging text, where sound and music are nodal elements of a political scrutiny, supported by good doses of theory (McKenzie Wark is one of the most cited authors). Indeed, this surprising book includes also a code to download for a whole compilation of tracks, intended to be its aural consistent extension.
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Vienna Unground By Bill B. Wintermute



a) Cut-Up: "unground" The inability to remember is usually associated with the paralytic symptoms of memory holes; Crypt(-ion), non-place, holey space, crack or column, formations with a degenerate whole, hidden folds or eclaves, ( ) hole complex, hidden writing, chaining mechanisms, transposition, transmission and encryption. A plot hole, the fractured symbol, does not operate on behalf of absence, but registers and conveys the activities of a sub-surface life; a concept that leaves room for fractures, silence, not least improbability, plot holes – transformations and repetitions, which in turn are re-transmitted and repeated through compulsive behavior – are psychosomatic indications of at least one more plot, encrypted transmissions, such as a flood of desires and fears, introducing gaps, discontinuous tunnels and porous spaces in the chronological sphere of memory, thus making it more prone to time lapses, abruptly schizophrenic catabases (personalitypulverizing blackouts, descents free from the hegemony of solid and void), and loss of wholeness. Every element of the external world which attracts the attention of the human being is received (eaten, physiologically, juridically, or intellectually appropriated) or split off (excreted) with the utmost brutality; densely populating itself in the holes it burrows through and digs out, a complex that "behaves like an open wound" and infects the entire psyche. For every inconsistency or anomaly visible on the ground, there is a buried shizoid consistency; the effect is produced simulatenously by two causes, two polar human impulses, with two different logics, that of excretion and appropriation: ciphering generates desire and desire generates ciphering, the line of emergene (the nemat-function) directs itself in accordance with the resistance to emergence. >>Where there is a prohibition, there must be a desire<< (the dynamism of emergence) for things that are placed under the >embargo of impossibility< to develop a >>peculiar magical power<< (the degree of porosity). The course of emergence in any medium to the formation of that medium, comparable to >>with electrically charged objects<<, the more agitated the line of emergence becomes, the more convoluted and complex the host medium must be. Such a 'charge' is equally tempting and frightening; one must enjoy and at the same time give it up, in this sense, memory holes are not accessible for the subject and its integrated self but that which is exterior to the subject and has no self (no one); unveil and re-encrypt its effect is to deterriorate the primary unified plot or remobilize the so-called central theme and its authority as a mere armature or primary substance for holding things together. The exclusion of the heterogeneous elements from the homogeneous realm of consciousness therefore has a formal similarity – structure and function alike – with the exclusion of elements as in the dynamism of emergence and formation in porous earth, which describes the psychoanalysis as unconscious and by censorship will be kept away of conscious I. This is the pattern that the crypt sets and that pulsates in the dots and dashes that it sends out. A process set up anywhere reverberates everywhere. Listening to repetition frequencies, following patterns of variations.
Superficially dynamic plot or the grounded theme (which can register itself as plot holes) by overlapping them with the surface (superficially dynamic plot) or the grounded theme. The craving for the return of catastrophe creates a need for repetition, memory gaps, with their space-time lapses, function as a ( )hole complex through which nether entities seep through, rush towards our world; Memory gaps are the instruments of their homecoming. The difficulties that confront the detection of unconscious forms of existence are similar to those that prevent the recognition of heterogeneous forms: Every hole is more footprint, prowling underneath – lust and the law.
The past as a static chronological horizon intrinsically tends to sedentarize all kinds of activities in itself, or to make itself the stabilizing ground of activities in present or future: The past belongs to the Divine and tradition – prohibitions in the name of God, prohibitions of certain pictures, Prohibitions of certain content – there are many prohibitions, but the two most important ones are incest and death. Memory as a playground of agitated activities in the past which break the organizational consistency of the past in regard to present and future. Once you've come across these patterns, they go into flesh and blood over utilizing every plot hole, all problematics, every suspicious obscurity or repulsive wrongness as a new plot with a tentacled and autonomous mobility, repeat themselves endlessly, the main plot is the map or the concentration blueprint of plot holes (the other plots).
( )hole complex
b) technical processing:
- transmission of the audio file "Arnold Schoenberg, A Survivor From Warsaw" on tape - the tape is buried for two months, then dug up / exhumed - then inserted in a mixture of different detergents for several days - finally disturbed with a magnetic-field & warmed up with fire - afterwards the tape was redigitized; while playing back there were disturbances in between, creating gaps & distortions
- from these parts, the starting material was reconstructed, so that only small deviations from it remained - the resulting reconstruction was played several times in the sewer of Vienna and recorded binauraly - play & recording location, as well as perspective / position, were changed - the different recordings were layered;
in addition, some of the tracks duplicated and delayed (delayed) - finally, the 24 channels of 3D sound were distributed on 12 tapes, which are supposed to be played simultaneously
c) technical instructions: The piece “vienna unground” is designed for up to 24-channel 3D sound
See: iem.kug.ac.at/fileadmin/media/iem/services/jahresberichte/2002/CUBE.pdf
24 loudspeakers have been aligned in three rings, where the lower ring consists of twelve speakers to achieve maximum localization in the horizontal plane. The middle ring is built of eight loudspeakers, where the remaining four speakers form the top ring. (see fig.3) “
It uses 12 tapes (page A), each controlling 2 of the 24 channels (Eg Ch 1.2, 3.4, 5.6, …)
The individual tapes are to be started by one person at the same time as possible After the end (~ 7: 40min) the tapes have to be stopped again → Although the piece was designed for 24-channels, it can be played back on any even number of speakers.
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Reason Album By Seskamol Review By Artnoir




Celebrating the mistake, the insecurities and digital breaks, it can be a lot of fun. And not only reveals gaps in the system, but possibly even the often invoked ghost in the machine. This is possible with the glitch style, extreme sound tracks are digitally interrupted and cut up, the new form hyperglitch goes even further. Seskamol , who is breaking new ground with his album "Reason", presents a prime example.
In the background light and thoughtful piano melodies can be heard, embedded in the reverb and comforting, the storm spreads over them. Rhythm and percussion become an unpredictable state, Seskamol lets the pulsating passage rise up suddenly and then collapse in a crooked manner. That could be disturbing and daunting, but thanks to the ingenious folding of the beats and basses it is beguiling and beautiful.
"Destiny" takes the piano and the extreme conditions, balances everything and turns up the contrast. In addition, there are individual speech samples, calming gaps ("Epic") and a feeling of space. Breakcore without brutality, or at least in correct relation to the rest of the form. "Reason" is a defined, raw and experimental construct at the same time, Seskamol offers a departure into a new era.
Text: Michael Bohli
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Musique Machine Review



Blakk Harbor - A Modern Dialect [Mille Plateaux - 2020]
Pulsing through the crisp detritus of a 2020 street, Blakk Harbor's second album, A Modern Dialect, teases at a techno future sound while still firmly placed in the present, expounding upon modern ideas. It's this relatable foresight that gives A Modern Dialect its charm; it's the friendly tour guide from the future. Not capitalizing on set rules of sound for any genre, Blakk Harbor's latest is an interesting, propulsive thought piece of techno industrial.
Blakk Harbor's time scale mash up starts with the cover and continues on in the electronics within. The ancient sculpture (~2400 B.C.) looks both ancient and post-modern, and hints at the timelessness of experimentation. Does art always need a timed frame of reference? A Modern Dialect feels like a vision into a sleek, fast, cyberpunk future. However, at the same time, this could fit well as a soundtrack to the timelapse footage of an ancient city being erected. While it would seem anachronistic and draw the ire of many reviewers, we see that past through our modern lens, so why wouldn't we hear it with our ears? This Cycladic figurine cover image shows that we are closer to our ancient ancestors than we like to believe. Rooted in percussive beats, A Modern Dialect captures the ancient attachment of rhythm and gives it a rough, electronic skin. Pounding like a post-hunt heartbeat, the songs contained speak to the core of the listener and asks the question, "why is this not primal as well?" What makes the music fit the time frame: the skeleton or the skin? While it's kind of a chicken/egg scenario, it makes one wonder. And, while we tend to think that the further back in time the further from our modern tastes people would be, Blakk Harbor brings in a different viewpoint. Sure, the dandies playing at the early 19th century cotillion wouldn't approve of this, but it's a fair wager that early civilizations may find more in common with A Modern Dialect than with chamber music.
Oft times delightfully rough, Blakk Harbor's techno-industrial A Modern Dialect uses a percussive drive to push its electronic agenda. Shattering definitions of timeliness and modernity, Blakk Harbor puts its notion forth simply by juxtaposing an ancient sculpture with nearly futuristic electronic music. While this may not be as much of a thought piece to many as much as a reason to tear it up on the highway, the album is still there for all to enjoy. Take from it what you want, as that is why art is here, and that is why art will forever be.
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Free Download On Bandcamp



In the scramble to comprehend the riots, every single commentator has opened with a ritual condemnation of the violence, as if it were in any doubt that arson, muggings and lootings are ugly occurrences. The violence on the streets is being dismissed as ‘pure criminality,’ as the work of a ‘violent minority’, as ‘opportunism.’ This is madly insufficient. It is no way to talk about viral civil unrest. Violence is rarely mindless. The politics of a burning building, a smashed-in shop or a young man shot by police may be obscured even to those who lit the rags or fired the gun, but the politics are there. Angry young people with nothing to do and little to lose are turning on their own communities, and they cannot be stopped, and they know it. Tonight, in one of the greatest cities in the world, society is ripping itself apart.
"IT’S THE END OF WHAT YOU SEE AROUND YOU: NOW, HERE, EVERYWHERE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS OTHERWISE." (Marguerite Duras) Credits
Released June 3, 2020
Picture by de.crimethinc.com/posters/a-new-world
Text cut-up; original text by Laurie Penny : pennyred.blogspot.com/2011/08/panic-on-streets-of-london.html
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