Thursday, July 04, 2013

Ancient Methods at Smoke Machine Podcast 085






Ancient Methods is Michael Wollenhaupt, a German techno music artist and DJ. Ancient Methods was a duo, but recently they have separated. Since middle 00′s Ancient Methods has released a bunch of internationally acclaimed records mainly on its own label (Ancient Methods) and RSB. Wollenhaupt has worked with such noticeable musicians as Adam X, Kareem, Regis. At least there is not very much information about him except that his project is gradually growing beside another raw techno giants.

There's something about the fearsome crunch of Ancient Methods' sounds that defies dry technical description and demands that you go over the top, whether in talking about it or moving to it. Which isn't to say they make headbanging music - the "funk" part of their pitch black techno war funk is as important as anything, and their tracks have a good healthy dose of bump'n'grind running through them, even if that grinding is as much angle-grinder as bogling. The raw edges, thick-layered sound and general old-school soundsystem-in-an-industrial-building kick has leapt out amidst the minimal orthodoxy, creating a massive buzz over a few beautifully marbled pieces of vinyl with medieval etchings on the labels, and prompting suggestions of a new industrial forward movement in the techno scene.
 






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