Interdictor´s music on youtube

To be honest I can´t really see the point in using youtube as a music player. If you got a nice music video to go along with the music, it´s fine. But that´s not so common nowadays. Maybe my skepticism originates in all these lousy videos uploaded with terrible bit rates and awful compression that makes your eyes bleed and your ears scream for mercy. But thats just me being a bit audiophile. The fact is that “the kids” seems to use the tube just for this purpose more often than not. So there´s no reason for us not being available on youtube as long as we can control the quality of our appearance.

Interdictor is kind of an arty project involving expressions in many forms. We choose to do almost everything ourselves. That includes everything from sound design, composing, mixing, lyrics, artwork, this site and so on. On Noumenon we did everything but the mastering within a small group of people who could share the artistic view. When it comes to mastering it´s more of a technical issue than an artistic one and there were people who could do it so much faster and better than ourselves for a reasonable amount of money.

That being said it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that we have ideas of expressing our songs even further in the form of videos. There´s an idea of a video for at least Josef K. If that is ever going to happen we don´t know. If it should happen you can´t expect a Hollywood blockbuster 😉 with cgi special effects but in all it´s simplicity we are sure it would be pretentious enough to express our artistic goals. We focus on our music in the first place and that´s just about what we can handle together with our everyday lives. But who knows, you meet creative people everyday. Someone likeminded might just come across the Interdictor project and make it happen. Or some day we just enter that mode of brute force creation and just do it.

That´s about it, for now. We promise to let you all know when that day has come, and the still images of the cover are replaced with a real video!!! 🙂

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The spaces in between me and my P6

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I started refurbishing the Polysix synth some time around Christmas. Thought I could finish it up in a few weeks. But some things got in between. First the release of Noumenon that made us work day and night with “The last finishing touch”. Trimming small details of instruments until we were happy with them took us ridiculous amounts of time.  I think we synthesized and trimmed a single kick-drum for a few weeks just before christmas. I don´t know if that kind of attention to details really cuts through to the listeners but personally I think it feels satisfying knowing that we did the best we could do at the time being. There´s obviously a limit to what is sane when it comes to polishing music and perhaps we were balancing on the edge.

Some people would probably argue that this kind of attention to detail is pointless when it comes to Industrial music and all it´s harshness. But nothing could be more wrong, this genre is all about the details. We are happy with the result, but that last month or so really sucked the energy out of us. Even more so for Henrik since he is the musical mastermind of our musical project and the one that had to deal with all the small changes in the end. It was a tiresome process and  while the songs were mastered we started working on this site, our social media accounts, digital distribution channels and hell knows what. We tried some different masterings before we were truly happy. When everything was finally in place we were really really really tired.

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We took a small break form synthesizers and music and I thought about taking on the Polysix again but I didn´t have the energy. A few weeks passed and with all positive feedback for Noumenon the inspiration for creation and music came back. I had an idea for a theme that we discussed a bit and we decided to start working again. We constructed the thematic framework for the songs, their content, how they connect to each other and how they should be expressed musically. Then I sat down and started to write the lyrics.

As pretentious as it may sound I really want lyrics to mean something. For me it´s not just words that sound good together. It´s very much built on emotions. The songs on Noumenon are kind of reviewing in a sense. The new songs are more from the inside of peoples minds. That made me take my mind to places I rather not visit. I actually felt physically ill writing some parts. It doesn´t mean that I managed to transfer these emotions into the lyrics but hopefully a few % of it will shine through when Henrik puts music to my words.

I thought about taking a break from the lyrics but I realized that I would never find my way back to that state of mind so I finished it in a week or two. Henrik put up some musical ideas and as I told here on the blog before we are well on our way with the new tracks. Tonight I finally had the energy back to continue the work on my Polysix. I desoldered three 4051-chips and replaced them with new ones in sockets. There are still 4051:s to be replaced but a new problem arose. Im out of 16 pin sockets.

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I even felt more motivated when I plugged in the headphones to check that the synth was still ok after my soldering. This synth sounds absolutely amazing, even now when it´s totally out of tune. Im going to order 16 pin sockets and then there are about 10 more chips on the voice board that needs to be replaced before I can calibrate the machine. Hopefully I can finish that job some time before the summer vacation. Like Steve Jobs used to say, “one more thing”. I decided to replace the cpu-board with a kiwisix.

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Kiwisix is actually a complete replacement board. I did fix my cpu-board from some bad battery leakage. That feels a bit stupid  now, but I didn´t know about the Kiwisix at that time. Installing the Kiwisix is fairly easy but involves some soldering. I can really recommend this board that gives the Polysix a large amount of new features. Most important for me are 1024 patches that can be saved in memory and a midi-interface. Go get it!!!

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Industrial (Alternative) clubs

I really do love to drink beer and listen to music. In fact it has to be one of my favorite hobbies. 😉 It´s something in that combination that just sets my soul free and lights up the creative parts of my brain. But every time I take the time to party with some friends I tend to end up in moody dark pubs just because I can´t stand the music of ordinary places. It´s too loud and too… well I think I will spare you my honest opinion on mainstream music, let´s just state that I can´t stand it. And finding places that play decent music in Sweden is almost impossible so, dark pubs it is.

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But every time I travel to a new town I try to find clubs that give me the opportunity to listen to Industrial or at least alternative music. Henrik and I have visited Slimelight in London a few times. Last year I tried K17 in Berlin. K17 was a really nice place with an easy atmosphere, it was so nice that I came back the next day and partied until ridiculously late. There were some kind of Depeche Mode night the second evening. I actually do like Depeche Mode but listening to every song from Speak and Spell until Violator nonstop was a bit to much. But still K17 was really nice.

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On the 2 of may until the 5 of may I will be staying in Budapest. I do not have any high hopes of finding a nice Industrial club but if someone out there know a place that can serve me some nice beer and alternative music in the capitol of Hungary, please let me know!!!

And by the way. Henrik and I are working more frequently with our new material now. Thematics are there, lyrics are there, the name of the release is set and we have a nice idea about the artwork already. All songs are blueprinted and we are now in some kind of sound design phase. We will be posting updates on the status as things progress.

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Into the studios again

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The past two weeks has been a bit hectic for Henrik and me. It took us quite som effort to get Noumenon released. There is a lot more work related to a release than you expect (at least if you have the artistic approach of Interdictor). But now we have all our channels ready for the future communication with our audience.

To be honest we were a bit surprised by the overwhelming positive response we got from most people. We create music that we would like to listen to ourselves. We follow our hearts and that means no compromises. That might scare some people away but there is really nothing we can do about that. Our point of view is kind of strict when it comes to industrial music. Interdictor will continue to walk a straight path in the musical direction we have chosen.

And to prove that, we are back in our studios again, writing new material. At this time we have no indication on when this will be ready for a release. We will keep you informed about the progress in this blog. We do have a concept a theme and lyrics ready. There is also some music almost ready for the production stages so we are well on our way. Currently Henrik is located in the russian town of Togliatti and I am based in Sweden so we keep working in our own studios using the internet for our cooperation. This worked well on Noumenon so we are confident that it will end up even better this time.

Until the next post from us, thanks’s once again for all positive response and if you have any questions, feedback or just anything you want to tell us, please use the comments here on the blog or just drop us an email. We will of course answer on facebook, forums and stuff like that but the blog and email is our primary channels of communication, thats where you will get the fastest response.

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Noumenon on your favorite service

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Noumenon is now available on several streaming and digital download services. Rumors about restrictions for buying the songs reached us. Some services are only available in certain areas. This is something that make us sad, but it´s up to the service providers. We really do not want that kind of restrictions for our music, but at the same time we want you to be able to use any service you like. What restrictions they choose and why they do it, well we are as puzzled as everyone else!

I do painfully remember when the latest Nitzer Ebb album was released. A spectacular comeback that made me feel really nostalgic and hopeful. I sat there in the middle of the night with my credit card ready. iTunes was first out so I put the album in my cart and check out. My purchase was rejected because it was not a US credit card.

I got really pissed and downloaded the songs from a service that was free of charge. My attitude to these kind of things is pretty much that music should be available free for all. But if you really like it and want to support the guys doing it (so that they can produce more of it) there should be an easy way to pay as much or as little as you want. I think that Nitzer Ebb really deserved my money that night but they were screwed by their distributors.

That is one of the reasons you are able to download our songs for free in the music section or to stream them via Soundcloud. Nowadays I am a paying customer of Spotify. I think it´s a really good service that adds a value for me as a customer. Search, playlists, offline sync, mobile services. The only thing I really miss is the ability to buy a larger package for my household. One account per person is not going to work for a family.

Spotify is simply worth the money for me. I can only hope that as much of that money as possible reaches the people who deserve it. My personal favourite service might not be the choice for everyone. There´s probably a special feature in another service that you really need. And the most important thing is that you, the listener feel comfortable and happy. So we tried to put our songs on as many services as possible. Just try to search for Interdictor on your favorite service:

Apple iTunes
Cdbaby
Rhapsody
Emusic
Nokia
Amazon MP3
Xbox Music
Spotify
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Omnifone
Google Music Store
Rumblefish
Rdio
SoundCloud
Muve Music
Bloom.fm
Slacker.fm
MediaNet
GreatIndieMusic
Last.fm
MySpace Music
Simfy


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Interdictor releases Noumenon EP

Post industrialisation society led us into the 21st century and a digital revolution. Now information and knowledge is king. If we for one minute turn our heads away from mainstream media and disconnect our infected minds from that restrained stream of knowledge. There are dots to connect, to reveal whats hidden beneath. There are things you can not see, you can not hear, you can not feel. Deep inside you sense them, and you know they are true. They are Noumenon!

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Today Interdictors first EP called Noumenon was released for digital distribution. All songs can be downloaded from the music section. As you can see below, the complete EP can be streamed directly from Soundcloud. In a few days/weeks the EP will start to show up at services like Spotify and iTunes.

We send a big thank you to everyone who helped us on this release. No one mentioned no one forgotten. Along with this first release of the EP we managed to get www.interdictor.se online, distribution channels for our music is up and everything is in place for us to start concentrating on music again. So until the next release, enjoy and please keep following our whereabouts on the blog.

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