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Be sure to tune in to my show this evening, March 17, from 6-9 PM EST / US time, as I will be featuring a special on Germanic electronic music, it's beginnings, influences, and varied creators.

The special will air in the middle hour, from 7-8 PM - enjoy and thanx for listening.


Periphery / Anodize
> tactile visual audio /

I'm very pleased to announce the launch of Anodize, a subdivision of the Periphery label. Limited to 300 copies, Anodize titles exude silver in all its opulent glory, each featuring real-world manufactured CDs housed in rectangular, collectors edition tins containing a two-panel art insert.

For your listening pleasure, Anodize presents the following three editions:

WITHIN REASON Transient Broadcasts

The label's opening salvo comes in the form of the stunning new album by Within Reason (Gregory Kyryluk, aka Alpha Wave Movement) forging a bond between 70s Euro space fantasias, the skanking digital substreams of Basic Channel, and contemporary slo-mo rhythmic auteurs such as Bvdub, Vladislav Delay, and Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas. Transient Broadcasts codifies his previous recording’s sultry velvet groove and logically progresses forward, auguring a headspace of sumptuous dynamics amidst its rippling digital environs. 

Embracing a variety of mood-states and tonal dualities, Transient Broadcasts relies on Kyryluk’s skillful execution to rearrange ‘familiar’ tropes into a chilly otherness, as rubbery beats sink into foggy embankments and pulsations ebb in thickening concentric circles. Most current practitioners of what is nominally known as dubtech or ambient techno or any other pat genre shorthand are content with the tried-and-truisms of reverb and delay; Kyryluk‘s fascination with sound processing reflects an omnivorous interest in electronica’s last 40 years of experimentative zeal.

Seizing a myriad of influences (Eno, early era Tangerine Dream, 90s post-techno beat culture, fourth-world semiotics) to navigate the opaque membranes separating analog church from digital state. Kyryluk’s not obsessed with reinventing the wheel but remains well aware of how its characteristics can be effectively modified. Transient Broadcasts speaks for itself, deftly illustrating how indeed everything old can be new again.




Early June will see the eagerly anticipated release of the second disc by Autumn of Communion, the duo of Lee Norris (Metamatics, Norken, Nacht Plank) & Michael Gainford (Mick Chillage). Autumn of Communion was not only their debut on Pete Namlook's legendary Fax label, but his untimely passing meant it was the label's swansong as well. Anodize is proud to be releasing the duo's beautifully constructed follow-up, simply called Autumn of Communion 2. AoC 2 works through minimal and maximal zones of abstract sound, a very Fax-like record in feel that recalls not only the heyday of early 90s experimental IDM/environmental space music hybrids but some of the classic Namlook generated albums of that period.

To whet the appetite even further comes another meeting of great aural minds, the first collaboration between the erstwhile Lee Norris and well-known ambienteer Ishq. Dubbing the project Ishqamatics and shrouded in secrecy, they're currently hard at work finishing up the as-yet-untitled recording, due for release on Anodize in the fall.

Stay tuned for further developments.


Hello to all:

Beginning March 10, I will be launching/hosting a radio program on Home Grown Radio New Jersey (HGRNJ), an internet/live streaming radio station headquartered in the picturesque downtown of Boonton, NJ.

Airing from 6-9 PM weekly out of HGRNJ’s studio, "Sunday Evening Sinewaves” focuses on electronic, experimental, avant-garde, and unclassifiable music of all stripes. Playlists will fluctuate with wild abandon and variety, crisscrossing categories and styles while ignoring boundaries, drawing on the colorful history, symbiotic technologies, and ongoing sub-genres that are integral to electronica and its soundmakers.

Though obviously in the developmental phase, “Sunday Morning Sinewaves” will encompass a wide range of presentations, special programming, in-studio live performances, and on-air interviews with artists, label-heads, and the many adjunct provocateurs operating throughout the field.

Founded in 2004, HGRNJ recalls nothing less than the halycon times of 1960s and 70s AM and early FM radio, when freeform programming was the order of the day and boldness ruled. Perhaps broadcasting’s richest era, those nascent years of “underground” radio begat a legion of crazy, passionate radio jocks, audiophiles, and obsessive LP trainspotters who provided exposure to thousands of musicians and artists across an ever-expanding array of genres. HGRNJ brings back the tenor of those times, infused with the same robust level of verve, audacity and enthusiasm as the turntable pioneers of decades past. I am fortunate to be involved with such an artistic and vital network as it expands its outreach across the worldwide stage.


For streaming links, call-in phone numbers, and all requisite contact info and otherwise:


I strongly encourage and hope you will submit your recent and upcoming releases for airplay. I will keep you updated with my weekly playlists so you can see that your recordings are in fact being given ample exposure and timely playback.

It is preferred that releases submitted are *complete* CDs, with all attendant artwork included (booklet, tray card, and/or digipak or similar/equivalent). Downloads, mp3 files, pre-release versions, white labels, or other editions are not suggested though will be considered if necessary. As a fellow recording artist and label owner, believe me I fully understand the realities of the current market and music-consuming climate, but as all of us are doing our best to maintain some level of efficacy and longevity in this field by issuing music in a true, artistic, tangible manner, I will not hasten the demise of the physical format regardless of trends or industry 'mandates'. And, where applicable, I will gladly discuss on-air the merits of your release(s) artwork and presentation as a furtherance of this policy. Might I revisit this issue in the future? Perhaps. But I'm steadfast in my belief that the physical format will out of necessity not only endure but remain a vital musical component for historical, archival, and practical reasons—those of you who continue to release your music in and embrace physical formats surely abide by and understand these principles.

Send material to:


Feel free to send releases without jewel cases to minimize shipping costs (particularly for international shipping).

“Sunday Evening Sinewaves” will be proffering much in the way of sound and vision, and its base of listeners and supporters—mainly you—will be instrumental in helping it establish a firmament in internet radio’s vast landscape. Updates on the show’s features and evolving programming will be promoted via the lionshare of media and publicity avenues in addition to regular email dispatches as well.

Look for my station ID and timeslot to be formally appended on the HGRNJ site as the air date nears.

I hope you will all tune in on March 10 for the show's inaugural three hours.

Darren Bergstein

Everything and Nothing / Re: Rest in peace, Nextera's Kristián Kotarac
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:27:32 AM »
Wow, terrible news. Have followed that label since the beginning. My condolences to his friends & family. Kristian released some sterling work there over the years. Any idea what happened?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:18:50 PM »

Eno :: Lux  (overall kinda forgettable)

I agree - very disappointing.

I'm biased when it comes to Rypdal myself, as I love (& own all of) his work. Seeing him perform live in NYC last year was a great experience as well and even with obvious health problems hobbling him, he's still an amazingly adroit player.

The "Odyssey" box was a revelation to me, as it included the album in its entirety, as well as an unreleased live set from the era, which cooks. Yes, a bit on the heavier side, but still full of the trademark Rypdal sense of atmosphere, fluidity, and poise, and with a helluva band behind him. Essential, as far as I'm concerned.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:59:57 PM »
Bvdub-All is could be his best yet IMHO!

Have you checked out his side project, Earth House Hold?

Finally got around to playing this the other day, and it's utterly brilliant. 'House-y' in the best sense, certainly part of Brock's overall sound design & aesthetic, but executed with a flair that is remarkable even across his last few years' flurry of activity. Personally, I dug this more than All is Forgiven (which I did quite like, in fact), great stuff.

Cool news, this. I had forgotten about the An/Ay label, thinking they were moving more into downloads. Over the course of the past year or so, I picked up just about everything they released; in addition to the new bvdub, there are 3 other new titles all worthy of purchase. Thanks for the heads-up, Jim!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree "Faint" Box Set
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:43:08 PM »
I have both editions, and from a purely artistic POV, I think the box is worth it. Taylor's design sense has always been highly developed & critical to both his own music & his 12k presentations, and he's outdone himself with this particular edition. It also doesn't hurt that "Faint" is the best thing he's done in years (and the extra included disc further augments the original's stark 'electronicana'). Hope that helps.

Thanks as always for the kind words, Richard!

A number of important developments on the Periphery front forthcoming for 2013 - updates here on the forum, and on other forums, soon.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:24:04 AM »
Yet, I'm concerned this looks something like a more intelligently rendered take on Transformers...

Darren, you may not believe this, but I almost added exactly this comment to my post.

I actually think a "big robot" story with more heart and intelligence than Transformers could be a really great thing, though you seem to intend the comment as a slight.

Well, great minds, etc., etc. :)

I would say my comment wasn't so much of a 'slight' as a generalized comparison. That being said, I'm up for a "big robot"/monster film, particularly as filtered through del Toro's sensibilities.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:21:11 AM »
Pacific Rim - the first trailer:

My first impression upon watching this! The sheer scope is breathtaking and audacious; I've been curious about this film ever since it was announced as a mysterious del Toro project (his Labyrinth was a brilliant, unique fantasy). Yet, I'm concerned this looks something like a more intelligently rendered take on Transformers (meeting Aliens & The Abyss along the way), albeit done with style & panache. We'll see.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Shipping to the UK
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:23:49 PM »
Oy, shipping to the UK (for that matter, pretty much anywhere outside the continental US): can't speak for objects dispatched from here to there, but the reverse delays seem to hold true, at least for my own anticipated deliveries. Nearly everything I ever order internationally (be it from France, the UK, Germany, Sweden, etc.) comes within an arrival window of (on average) 2-4 weeks, and, in some cases, even longer. Figure in the holiday season now upon us & delays lengthen further. I generally try to avoid placing int'l orders in December, but, well, when the bug bites...

However, as noted above, the situation certainly isn't helped by the UK's semi-regular postal workers' issues.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:18:21 PM »
This new Man of Steel trailer makes me a little more optimistic.

Understanding that the best-cut trailers are not only designed to act as 'teasers' but as ads for the films, I'm very impressed with this new MoS trailer. I've questioned this continued Hollywood obsession with comic books as source material & am somewhat burned out on the whole concept (not to mention these endless 'reboots' of films barely a handful of years old), but, that being said, I personally like the direction they seem to be taking with this (sigh) update. It appears to come across as not only epic in scope but with a seemingly 'literary' tone that has yielded at least one modern classic ("Dark Knight") (Not a coincidence that Chris Nolan produced this as well.) Anyway, looks very cool - I await the final product with interest.

I can attest to the high quality of these works, folks - buy (on disc) or die!

This has been a public service announcement. :)


I am pleased to announce FORMATION, my first in a series of smaller track count releases. FORMATION is 4 signature electronic tracks which carry on the vibe of Sleek Nucleus with an infusion of classic sonic textures from earlier albums like Outfolding or Zo Pilots.


Given up on CD releases, Saul? Say it isn't so! :)

Actually, yes, it *was* on Force Inc., of which Mille Plateaux was a sublabel.

Just got my copy yesterday - it will be the one I will listen to for all future playback so as not to further 'degrade' the condition of my copy of the original issue (which, although it plays fine, has some light surface scratches).

The reissue is pretty much identical to the Mille Plateaux release, other than typeface style, text placement on the cover(s), etc., and what appears to be an enlarged version (or variation) of the original cover image. Soundwise, the remastering is certainly good and doesn't enhance nor detract from the first edition; of course, the sonic dynamics on the original were ideal, and perfectly suited the murky character of the music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Brian Eno "Lux"
« on: December 04, 2012, 10:38:49 AM »
Any first impressions?  I keep reading "return to form" in reviews.  This would be nice if true.

Mixed emotions. "Return to form" might be applicable, but for me it's more of a textural issue than anything else; what sounds he incorporates to keep the work's existence interesting. The piece utilizes subtle electronic bits that cycle & eddy, with intermittently looped 'bell' sounds. I probably need to give this a few more spins, but can't say I was particularly impressed with this new long-form ambient outing. (In all fairness, the piece originated as a static sound installation, so context here is critical to one's appreciation.)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:18:41 PM »
Though I'm still reeling from this news, I've decided to share a few small insights.

I was a relatively early collector & follower of FAX/Namlook (around mid 90s) and can say that I have at least 95% of the catalog, other than a few original editions that were missed (mostly because of the lack of distribution here in the US for the label).

Of course, trying to procure original releases of, say, "Air I" or "Shades of Orion I" has only been possible if you wanted to make a car payment to obtain them (and all those dealers's sense of economic logic is woefully misplaced), and, I hate to say, now that Pete is gone many of those original versions will only be affordable if you already own real estate in Dubai.

I had some general (if light) correspondence with Pete during the publication years (90s-00s) of my magazines "i/e" & "e/i", and although I was never able to get to know him that well, he was generous, forthcoming with information, fiercely focused, and always willing to spread his own unique idiom of electronic music.

So, like most musicians/artists, ultimately history has the work to savor, enjoy, critique, dissect, etc. Thankfully his legacy arose during a time when hard media was in its heyday and the physical artifacts holding his sounds can continue to be relished.

Naturally this does little in the way of amending this ineffably sad news, but my duo, Groupthink, performing tonight in New York City, is dedicating its set in honor & to the wondrous memory of Mr. N.


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