Music journalist and author of “Techno Rebels: Renegades of Electronic Funk”, Dan Sicko, passed away on Sunday, August 28th at his home in Michigan at the age of 42. Sicko had been suffering from ocular melanoma.
Dan Sicko’s all too sudden passing has left a mark on the dance music community both in Detroit and around the globe.
He provided us with the first historical look at the gestation and explosion of electronic music around the globe. His impact was real, and his legacy shall live on through his friends, and fans, worldwide. (Buy Techno Rebels at Wayne State University Press)
Ghostly International, in cooperation with the Sicko family, are offering a limited run T-shirt with 100% of the profit directed towards a fund designed to offset medical expenses and supply seed money for an education fund for his daughter.
(Buy the ‘Techno Rebel’ Tee at The Ghostly Store)
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“Hours,” the first single taken from Tycho’s Dive full length, feels familiar but with even more production prowess. The synth melodies wash over your face and glide over a steady drum beat and guitar riffs throughout. “Cascade (Live Version)” is taken from 2009’s Ghostly Swim compilation. Dive is available in November of this year and Tycho’s first album in over 5 years.
Today sees the release of the double A-side single from HTRK’s Work (work, work), the London via Berlin via Melbourne duo’s second album—and first for Ghostly—of phantasmagorical, slowed-to-a-crawl electro.
“Eat Yr Heart”’s black and ballooning bass rumble makes it a Work standout, but here all roads lead to a cover of Suicide’s “Sweetheart.” (Or “Love You,” depending on how up to snuff on rare Suicide release details you are. Obviously, it’s important to these three.)
The 12” is hand-numbered and limited to 350 worldwide. The vinyl is inserted into a black dust sleeve and protected inside a Japanese mylar clear record sleeve instead of shrink-wrapped.
We are thrilled to announce a label showcase presented with Rdio. Decibel, an electronic-centric promotion company and festival curator themselves, was approached by Bumbershoot to curate a stage for the 3-day weekend event. Decibel invited the label and here we are.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Ghostly International + Rdio presents a Ghostly Label Showcase :: Bumbershoot Festival 2011 :: Decibel Stage
Lusine | 9pm
School of Seven Bells | 8pm
Tycho | 7pm
HTRK | 6pm
Com Truise | 5pm
Shigeto | 4pm
The Sight Below | 3pm
Tell us about your first memory.
Drawing is at the center of a lot of my childhood memories, the most profound of which is watching my father draw. I remember being astonished in watching his lines take form into realistic depictions of horses
So you were into skateboarding, how did that affect you?
Yes, I starting skateboarding in 1987 or so, in the era of H-street. Skateboarding has introduced me to a lot of great and talented people that have guided me on my personal and professional path.
In 2002, an old friend from skateboarding offered me a job resizing print ads for C1rca footwear and Forum snowboards in Southern California. Fourstar was the beginning of working with the computer for me and I will always be indebted to the wildly talented creative staff that I learned so much from.
How do you feel about music, in regards to your artistic life?
Music is at the center of my artistic life. As a musician I have always been fascinated by the harmony and the physics of sound—in a sense defining music as waveforms, waveforms whose properties and proportions define our scales, from which we write our melodies, in which we weave our emotions and memories into songs.
In addition to music as an experience I have been very interested in the theories, methods and language of music—serialism, minimalism, spectralism, indeterminacy, improvisation, tonality/atonality, silence/noise, raga and rhythm—these have always informed the language that I applied to design and ultimately shaped my work.
Why is living upstate, away from a big city, key for you?
As it is above, so it is below. Circumstance is key and upstate happens to be one of them for me. Time and space can certainly be on your side in living in these parts.
Your design work is about color in many respects, what color triggers the most emotion in you?
Color remains a mystery to me. I can’t say that any specific color triggers any specific emotions. My interest in colors is based more in color interaction than specific colors. Yellow and black are especially important though.
How did you arrive at your signature style? Was there some kind of “Ah ha!” moment, or did it evolve over time?
It evolved, but there was certainly a time in which the “Ah ha!” moments began to occur at a higher and higher frequency.
There seems to be a great deal of science to your art, but you are a nature lover. How do the two relate, if at all?
I would have to say that the relationship between Science and Nature in my work is based in observation—observation of both internal and external worlds. The process in which I work is based in observation, measurement and experimentation. In a sense it is very similar to the Scientific Method.
Your computer-based work and your drawings are radically different, almost like they are the product of two different artists. How can you explain this?
My approach to drawing and computer-based work are very similar in that they are explorations and experiments in aesthetic intuition—an intuition involving the hands, the eyes, and the mind in observation of the conscious and unconscious, internal and external. Within this duality I have been most free to create.
Tycho is the music project of San Francisco artist and producer Scott Hansen. Known in the design world as ISO50, Hansen is famed for his bucolic, sun-drenched design style, which serves as a backdrop and mirror for his musical output.
After a handful of singles released on Ghostly, November 2011 will see the release of his second album. Dive establishes its position as the most diverse musical statement of Hansen’s multi-medium career; the point where his skills as a performer finally catch up with his vaporized vision of a world that doesn’t belong to any particular time or place.