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Biodukt in A Closer Listen The Top 20 Albums of 2020 list What does it mean to listen with your entire body? The experience of hearing is far from abstracted, and yet we tend to conceive of each sense as a separate way of interacting with the world. The idea of a Biodukt is one   Read More …

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De laatste post van het jaar is zoals gewoonlijk de jaarlijst. Kiezen was opnieuw moeilijk, maar uiteindelijk is een lijst van 20 memorabele albums tot stand gekomen waar Opduvel achter kan staan. Op dit moment dan, want hier past – zoals elk jaar – de opmerking dat het slechts een momentopname betreft. Martina Testen /   Read More …

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Revel in the nature sounds of a Slovenian forest captured by sound recordists Martina Testen and Simon Šerc in this morning’s Sunday Breakfast Sounds of the Earth. LINK: BBC Radio 3 Sounds of the Earth

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The best sort of nature album, one that sits back and lets the local inhabitants strut their stuff. Biodukt distills the rhythms of a day down to a single hour, and provides a respite from worry and work. (ACL Recommendations) Recorded in Italy and Slovenia, Biodukt is the aural reflection of a day spent in   Read More …

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WZBC 90.3 FM Newton – Voidstar Productions’ High Voltage Circumcision Show. Playlist: End.user, Alec Empire, Scorn, Meat Beat Manifesto, Simon Šerc, Negativland, Jared Sagar, etc. LINK: https://spinitron.com/WZBC/pl/10866285/Voidstar-Productions-High-Voltage-Circumcision-Show KUNM Radio University of New Mexico, Albuquerque – Other Voices, Other Sounds. Contemporary music and sound art with an international perspective. Playlist: Simon Šerc, Steve Coleman, The Philip   Read More …

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Midnight Manoeuvres. Music for the late hours. Deep dive excursions in moody ambient and organic experimental, with guest mixes from innovators past, present and future. At Noods Radio, an independent Bristol-based radio station broadcasting worldwide. Playlist: Heathered Pearls – Salvaged Copper Ft. Terrence Dixon Manja Ristic – Dead Horizon Sunchase – H Kasper Marott –   Read More …

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Extraneous aural lamentations from an undisclosed, non-rural municipality with tracks from Simon Šerc, Aes Dana, Nine Inch Nails, Jan Peter Schwalm, Lingua Lustra, Miktek … Gritty turbulence & granular causticity, constantly grating across the listener’s ear so as to create a state of sonacular trance. LINK: https://ambientlandscape.bandcamp.com/album/u-r-b-a-n

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El compositor esloveno Simon Šerc, nos platicó un poco sobre el arduo proceso de transformar las señales emitidas, desde las regiones más antiguas del cosmos, en intrigantes piezas sonoras. No creo exagerar al afirmar -en nombre de todos- que el tema del cosmos es fascinante, incluso para quienes la inteligencia no nos alcanza para comprender   Read More …

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De oprichter van Pharmafabrik, de Sloveen Simon Šerc, brengt naast werk van gelijkgestemde musici ook met enige regelmaat werk van zichzelf uit op dit onvolprezen label. Werk waarin hij zich nogal eens laat inspireren door de natuur. In ‘Biodukt’, dat hij samen met Martina Testen maakte, trok hij zich letterlijk terug in het bos en   Read More …

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“With much to chew on when considering the ontological implications of cosmic microwave background radiation, Šerc’s compositions themselves are also actual doorways into deeper internal realms. Sonorous drones resonate in meditative oscillations as the frisson of white noise seems to spark with life itself. Those seeking to dive into the sonorous fabric of creation itself   Read More …

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Silent Records, the San Francisco, CA-based ambient record label dropped Simon Šerc’s new album, CMBR, on International Astronomy Day, May 2nd. The release is out on all standard digital retailers and streaming services while physical copies can be purchased via Pharmafabrik Recordings – Tape Reel 7½ ips and Blu-Ray Disc. LINK: https://v13.net/2020/05/san-francisco-silent-records-releases-new-simon-serc-album-cmbr/ We’re excited to   Read More …

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New work by Black Glass Ensemble and Friends: Be Mine in Patience: an Embrace in B minor. Thanks to Michael Begg for an invitation to participate in this great project with my uppright bass drones. Contributions from artists Simon Šerc, Kim Cascone, Radboud Mens, John Duncan, Robert Henke, Philippe Neau, Frans de Waard, Simon Whetham, Marc   Read More …

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Simon Šerc präsentiert den neuen Sound für das heimische Planetarium. Abbildung: Simon Šerc (60:05, Blu-ray / Tonband / Digital, Pharmafabrik/Silent Records, 2020) Simon Šerc ist ein audiovisueller Künstler, der unter anderem in Bands und Kollektiven wie PureH, Glaxprism oder Cadlag mitwirkt. Seine Erzeugnisse veröffentlicht der extravagante Künstler über sein eigenes Label Pharmafabrik. Des Weiteren ist Šerc ein   Read More …

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Compilation album featuring PureH and related projects KSVLKSV / Cadlag. Italian label Unexplained sounds Group moves on with the exploration of music scenes from specific regions and countries in the world. LINK: Anthology Of Post Industrial Music From Balkan Region

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Šerc’s approach is a touch more purist, in a way, offering up four fifteen-minute-long pieces of atmospheric and ambient sound design that feel like they paint different landscapes. Artist: Simon Šerc Title: CMBR Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless) Label: Silent Records / Pharmafabrik Simon Šerc’s CMBR is the ‘sonification’ of data from the ESA’s   Read More …

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CMBR is an original concept, performed by a special artist. However, it’s not just the concept that captivates: with the sounds, Šerc creates four ambient / drone pieces that not only put the mind to work but also influence your mood. It’s really music, albeit not the lightest of fare, even for ambient / drone   Read More …

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:zoviet*france: radio show on Resonance 104.4 FM on FM and DAB in London and online worldwide. This week’s edition features new releases by Erich Barganier, on the Belts and Whistles label, and by Martina Testen / Simon Šerc on Pharmafabrik, interspersed with recordings by Black Glass Ensemble, acs272, Of Habit & Dane Law, Francesco Giannico,   Read More …

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Twee jaar geleden werd op deze site aandacht besteed aan de cd Bora Scura van audio- en video-artiest, opnametechnicus, performer en labelbaas Simon Šerc. Het betrof een cd met onbewerkte opnames van de sterke en koude wind die in de Sloveense Vipava vallei waait en die Bora wordt genoemd. De tien fases van de wind   Read More …

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Music News: Simon Šerc Releases ‘CMBR’ LP on Silent Records Simon Šerc has an amazing new ambient release entitled CMBR out now on Silent Records. Created using data from the Planck space telescope, the album’s four tracks are an invitation to listen to the oldest sounds in the universe. The satellite has recorded measurements from   Read More …

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Biodukt featured in The Guardian article: The visionaries bringing the jungle to your headphones There are some who believe that field recordings work on an even deeper level. Sound artist Martina Testen suggests that audio from a natural environment appeals to “that unexplainable place from which stems the body’s immune system, as well as all   Read More …

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What better way to escape the confines of self-quarantine and still avoiding crowds than to escape into the woods.  And what better way to return to the blog than with a release documenting the sonic purity and solace of the woods.  Today Martina Tested and Simon Serc give us “Biodukt.” “Biodukt” is a kaleidoscopic symphony   Read More …

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Zdi se, da album Biodukt ne bi mogel iziti ob boljšem trenutku kot v času, ko smo prisiljeni preživeti večino časa doma. Album sestavljajo terenski posnetki, ki se skozi pet kompozicij povežejo v čas od sončnega vzhoda do sončnega zahoda. Ob poslušanju nas za eno uro prestavijo v naravo in z njo tudi povežejo. Biodukt   Read More …

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CADLAG are simply masters of incorporating density and sparseness in their unique journeys.  “Plus” is another journey, perhaps a tad more terrifying and paranoid than its predecessor.  Nevertheless it most definitely leaves the listener to feel not the same as they did the moment they clicked “Play.” CADLAG is a noise/drone projectbrought together by members   Read More …

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ACL Recommendations: “The best sort of nature album, one that sits back and lets the local inhabitants strut their stuff. Biodukt distills the rhythms of a day down to a single hour, and provides a respite from worry and work.” During this global crisis, we need reminders of the great eternal.  Biodukt is an intensely soothing   Read More …

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“Biodukt” is a kaleidoscopic symphony of forest birds, dawn choruses, picturesque fields, smell of meadows and beech forests. A sound palette in perfect balance, a vivid portrait of flora, water and fauna – from fascinating birdsongs and croaking frogs to insect chirping, it’s a real listening experience and a great relief for all people tired   Read More …

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PureH side project Cadlag new release: Plus. A space born in sound and a sound born in space. “Cadlag are simply masters of incorporating density and sparseness in their unique journeys.” – NoiseBeneathTheSnow “Scuro e algido magma in graduale ed inarrestabile movimento.” – SoWhatMusica “Nepredvidljivo binarno potovanje po razvejanem hrupnem reliefu.” – Sigic LINK: https://music.pharmafabrik.com/album/plus

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“Before The Eyes”, an audiovisual composition by PureH in “Magmart XI – video under volcano” winners. The screening will occur on may 24, at CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum (Naples, Italy). Magmart (video under volcano) is an international video arts festival which is held in Naples, Italy. The festival is a project of an Italian studio   Read More …

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Next week our movie “Before The Eyes” in Breaking Bad hometown Albuquerque, New Mexico – at the Experiments In Cinema festival, The Guild Cinema, KiMo Theatre Each year, Experiments in Cinema brings the international community of cinematic un-dependents to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for a film festival that is designed to inspire a new generation   Read More …

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How to pair metal with supplementary ambient field recordings for optimal enjoyment: And here’s Simon Šerc’s Bora Scura, described by A Closer Listen as “a field recording equivalent of death metal.” Tweak the volume a bit and jam it with the recent Heavy Hole podcast recommendation Defacement. Sounds pretty swell. LINK: https://www.stereogum.com/2037825/the-black-market-the-month-in-metal-march-2019/franchises/the-black-market/

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New drone / noise bliss from KSVLKSV (Simon Serc), dark ambient from Moloch Conspiracy and Xerxes The Dark. New music from CITR’s International Women’s Day contributors Wendy Atkinson and Whitney Brennan, plus Vancouver’s The Automatic Message and The Dead Weight Citizens Brigade. Also “Nova Zembla” track in the mix: LINK: https://www.citr.ca/radio/bepi-crespan-presents/episode/20190316/

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PureH work featured in New Texture: New Media Art 2019 book. The paperback edition will be available in major bookstores in Korea and on CICA Press website in February 2019. Digital media seem to lack physicality, of which we think as “texture.” As new media art evolves with digital technology, I recently have noticed “new   Read More …

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KSVLKSV – Exodus 10:22 on This Is Darkness Vol.2 Nothingness compilation And total darkness covered all Egypt for three days… Recorded live, drums + double bass/efx by PureH This Is Darkness Presents: Vol.2 Nothingness “The long awaited second installment of our compilation series has arrived! We’ve curated tracks from some of the biggest names in   Read More …

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Bora Scura in Digital Tsunami Choice 2018 LINK: https://digital-tsunami.org

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CITR’s 24 Hours of Radio Art in a snack sized format. Dark Ambient. Drone. Noise. Experimental. Or something. If you’re a fan of field recordings, this broadcast is for you! Featured are some of 2018’s most critically acclaimed works by Michael Lightborne (Sounds of the Projection Box), Simon Šerc (Bora Scura) and Matthias Urban’s Icelandic   Read More …

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Güncel alan kayıtlarından bir seçki // A selection of recent field recordings. 01 – Valentino Villarroel – Mar 2 02 – Simon Šerc – Action X 03 – Matthias Urban – SiAI (excerpt) 04 – Szara Renata – Czarny Potok 05 – Felix Blume – Marijuana, Rhum and Music Around The Graveyard 06 – la   Read More …

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Bora Scura in The Wire 2018 Rewind: Contributors’ Charts: Saint Abdullah Stars Have Eyes (PTP) Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere Theta Four (Discus) Shit And Shine Bad Vibes (Rocket Recordings) Gaye Su Akyol Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat) Liraz Naz (Dead Sea Recordings) Jan Wagner Nummern (Klangbad) Angélique Kidjo Remain In Light (Kravenworks) Romperayo Que Jue?   Read More …

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Bora Scura in Opduvel 2018 Top 20 List: Einde van het jaar en dus is het weer tijd om de balans op te maken. Opduvel is noodgedwongen een paar maanden uit de roulatie geweest, maar is natuurlijk niet gestopt met luisteren. Hieronder tref je de persoonlijke jaarlijst aan, met zoals ieder jaar de opmerking dat   Read More …

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Bora Scura in ACL 2018 – Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape: 2018 was an amazing year for field recordings and soundscapes, perhaps the best to date. We reviewed over 40 works this year, and had an incredibly difficult time choosing ten for this list since the overall quality was so high. Many of the   Read More …

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Bora Scura in ACL 2018 – The Year’s Best Winter Music Thanks to climate change, many of us are experiencing longer, colder winters. It’s no surprise that winter music is also on the rise. This was a particularly good year for the genre, as demonstrated in two early-year round-ups. Now that the weather is turning   Read More …

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Raintrap and Before the eyes, an audiovisual compositions by PureH at Librería Mamey 15. November 2018 Galeria Mamey Santo Domingo Dominican Republic 2. November 2018 Macro Asilo, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma Rome Italy LINK: https://www.museomacro.it/pagine/eventi 27. October 2018 Rome Art Week – Final Party Borgo Ripa Rome Italy LINK: https://romeartweek.com

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New releases, all joined in the journey with recordings from Simon Šerc, Nunc Stans, Cyclobe, and Saito Koji, tonight at 19:00 by :zoviet*france: radio show at Resonance 104.4fm on FM and DAB in London and online worldwide. LINK: https://zovietfrance.podbean.com/e/a-duck-in-a-tree-2018-10-27-hola-weg/

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“Raintrap”, an audiovisual composition by PureH at the Miami New Media Festival at Concrete Space and  Paseo Wynwood, Miami, USA LINK: http://www.miaminewmediafestival.com/simon-serc/

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PureH – CMBR project featured in “In Fusion Art Magazine”, topic Nature In Fusion Art Magazine is a digital magazine presenting innovative artists who experiment with technologies and their creative interaction with them, as well as traditional media that have a great aesthetic quality. Nuestra revista digital busca artistas innovadores que experimenten con las tecnologías   Read More …

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This friday PureH drones live, as KSVLKSV with le_mol KSVLKSV & le_mol eMCe Plac Velenje 21. September 2018 LINK: https://emceplac.si/en/dogodki/rojstni-dan-kluba-emce-plac-z-le_mol-ksvlksv/

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Sounds from Wajdushna, PureH @ 50:16 Številni goriški glasbeniki so sooblikovali tudi popularno glasbo na Ajdovskem. Med tistimi, ki že leta zaseda mesto nekakšnega ambasadorja ajdovske rock in pop glasbe je zagotovo Sergej Randjelović Ranđo. Z njim potujemo v 60-ta in 70-ta in oživljamo glasbo skupin Pietros, Karamela in pevca Vladimirja Samca. Njihovim skladbam dodajamo   Read More …

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C.M.B.R. installation at 22nd International Video Festival Videomedeja Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Serbia 31 August to 2 September 2018 https://slokult.info/kalendar/2018/8/31/medijska-instalacija-simona-erca-cmbr-na-meunarodnom-video-festivalu-videomedeja-u-novom-sadu http://videomedeja.org/videomedeja-2018/media-installations-2018/c-m-b-r/?lang=en

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It’s not a mere exercise of recording techniques but a conceptual release. It’s really worth a listen. Simon Šerc is an artist active in the field of experimental music and video since 1990 and this can immediately be heard as the quality of his field recordings is truly remarkable. Bora Scura is developed upon field   Read More …

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XARQ – NGC 6559 cassette release after 24 years ripped in digital Provided by Mors Mea Nostalgie de la boue netlabel by Tristan Koreya MP3: https://nostalgie-de-la-boue.blogspot.com/2018/07/xarq-ngc6559.html 24-bit WAV: https://xarq.bandcamp.com/album/ngc6559

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If this roasting hot weather is too much for you, Simon Šerc has recorded the windy Slovenian winter weather to temper your overwrought emotions. Bora Scura is over an hour of strangely soothing field recordings of banging outbuilding doors, farm machinery battling mother nature and rip-roaring wind doing its worst. Quite energising! LINK: https://theletter.co.uk/blog/simon-serc-bora-scura Due   Read More …

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The musician and sound artist Simon Šerc released his album Bora Scura, featuring 10 recordings from the field, which capture the soundscape of the Bora wind in Ajdovščina. The album was presented on specialised radio stations of the WFMU community in New York, on Resonance.fm in London and on a radio station in Sydney. The   Read More …

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