A Youth Code for our scene

Nowadays you rarely find something that moves the standard forward and breaks new ground in the EBM/Industrial scene. Front Line Assembly released new stuff this summer and while that is an awesome record it´s just what you could expect from their standards. Even the mighty Skinny Puppy released new material this year. But what caught my attention is a duo from LA that seems to have found the right promotor since the whispers about Youth Code seems to be coming from every direction.

So what is all the buzz about then? Well this duo found another way of breaking new ground. They went back to 1987-1990 and produced EBM/Industrial like it used to sound in the days of early Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. To a large amount our scene seems to be caught in a strange regression where people think that you must put on a show including gas masks, uniforms, guns, blood and a sexist behavior, music is secondary. Youth Code seems to be the very opposite of the military fashion show. As far as I can see they are very true in what they are doing. It´s music from musicians who love what they do, without a producer pointing them in a direction where the money is. At least that is what I choose to believe.

Stream the whole album from here: http://pitchfork.com/advance/198-youth-code/ In the upper left corner of that page there is a menu from which you can stream the whole record. I ordered the vinyl immediately after first listening. It´s not that we haven´t heard it before, it´s just so refreshingly pure and aggressive. Perhaps this is what our scene needs, someone who send us 20 years back and finds a new direction to walk the path?

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Hidden gems #1

Every now and then we will publish info about a song that we really like but most people seem to be unaware of. Songs that are hiding in the shadows. Songs people forgot about, or songs that we think deserves a little bit more attention than they get. So, here comes our first hidden gem:

Tom Shear got a decent amount of EBM/Electro hits in his back catalouge. With his band Assemblage 23 he constantly produces high quality material. Spark, Let me be your armor and Alive has probably been played a thousand times in most electro/ebm oriented clubs.

Personally I find them a little bit too catchy and dance floor oriented most of the time. But once in a while I feel in that mood and Assemblage 23 is on the top of it´s game. The song I´d like to put forward is something completely different though.

I don´t know Tom so I have no idea what he really thinks about this song himself. For me this song is all about honesty and courage as an artist. It takes courage to put a song like this on a record. I don´t know if Tom ever thought of it this way, perhaps it was just a song like any other.

But the thing here is that you can´t hide behind any metaphors or abstractions. The lyrics are crystal clear. There are no booming basses or catchy melody that makes people nod their heads and dance. There is slow sad music and ice cold lyrics. This song is naked.

For me this is something more than just another song. It´s built around a simple idea, unique and professionally crafted. This song is playing with emotions and it makes me feel really bad every time I listen to it. This song does not belong on a danceable electro record. I think it takes guts to put it there. Or perhaps he is just so confident that he didn´t really think about it, I don´t know.

For me this is true art. Not so much for the music itself, even though it is professionally crafted. It´s just making me feel so bad and I like it. Not every pice of music has to be art, but this is and therefore it´s the first hidden gem we would like to recommend. Stay tuned for more.

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A Critical History of Industrial Music

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A few days ago S. Alexander Reed published a book called Assimilate: A critical history of industrial music. I stumbled upon an exiting interview with the author wich you can listen to below. I recommend anyone interested in Industrial music or who want to know what industrial music is to listen to this interview. I recognized a lot of what I value in Industrial aside from the sounds and the music itself.

As interesting as I found the interview I might just go ahead and order the book from Amazon. I will get back to you and tell if there was something interesting between those sheets.

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We told you so!

Darren Aronofsky is one of my personal favorite directors with masterpieces like Pi and Requiem for a dream in his portfolio. I once read an interview with him about the making of Pi and “all the Kabbalah stuff…” in it. The reporter wanted to know how much of it that was true. Darren replied: “Basically most of the stuff about the math and the Kabbalah is true. The fiction is in the glue that holds it together.”

Interdictor loves technology and embraces it fully. Hey, after all we are a fucking industrial band. 😉 As far as we know machines haven´t turned upon mankind yet. We keep doing a pretty good job with that ourselves. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and support the evolution of mankind. Nowadays corporate interest, personal careers, greed, fear and corruption seems to put the agenda for how technology should be used. An infinite sadness for how these matters are evolving led us to writing the song Josef K. I feel even more dejected repeating Darrens words when it comes to Josef K: “The fiction is in the glue that holds it together.”.

I am not going in to any explanations of our songs more than the obvious. I think people deserve the right to make up their own mind and interpret art the way they like without having it all served like a fastfood dish. Josef K is obviously a fictional character in a fictional future. The context of the story  is not that fictive at all. The latest weeks events just made that point even clearer. Enormous amounts of resources and time is put into a project called PRISM. The soley purpose of that project is to monitor people and their actions in the digital world.

You could argue that people who has nothing to hide should not be afraid of such a thing. Well that is just pure BS. The idea that this kind of project is created to ensure the security of the public is also pure BS. There is no state with such noble intentions. Not anymore. The purpose of that project is control. Control in the west was lost when people started to abandon the idea of a higher power to rule us all. Then there was TV. Control was back. A streamlined channel of opium for the masses, straight into peoples living rooms.

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Then control was lost again when people shifted their focus from being brainwashed by cable TV to exchanging ideas over the more anarchistic internet. Control is power, power is $. What is happening behind the scenes here we don´t even want to know. It´s ugly, it´s counterproductive for mankind and it´s provoking for everyone who want to live their own lifes in their own way. Another band in the electronic arena once created a great song containing lyrics like: “work, produce, be used”. That is not the way we should live our lives.

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Therefore I got to say thank you to Edward Snowden. It´s not that I didn´t know that PRISM exists. That is probably only the top of the iceberg. As much as I really wish we didn´t have to say that we told you so (But, hey: WE TOLD YOU SO)  I am greatful to Snowden for showing everyone without doubt what is going on. I have to admit that I would never sacrifice my job, my freedom and my family for the sake of mankind. I would not expose secret stuff and then have to go to prison for the rest of my life or even being killed. If you sign a contract of secrecy you are meant to keep a secret. You should think about it before signing. But I am very greatful that there are people like Snowden. We all choose to protest in our own way. When it comes to Interdictor we keep writing songs, and always remember:

It´s easier to resist, in the beginning than at the end

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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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