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It was nice to end 2015 and start 2016 with gigs at a great Melbourne venue, featuring outdoor video and sound broadcasts on the city’s main square and live online streaming.

December 29th – KOshowKO‘s live set at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

KOshowKO live at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

 

January 2nd 2016 – Philosophy Of Sound DJ set at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

P.O.S DJ set at Federation Square, Melbourne

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Ableton Link is a new technology that keeps devices in time over a wireless network. Given that it’s also more or less Xmas time, what better way to test Link than making a quick Xmas tune? I used a bunch of Link enabled iPad apps such as Korg Gadget, iKaossilator and Patterning as well as the current beta version of Ableton Live featuring the Link protocol. The Link idea is so simple yet so effective …and yes, everything stays in time. Have a great festive season!

 

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In the last months KOshowKO’s tracks have been released on 3 excellent compilation albums.

First is the double vinyl from Emerald & Doreen featuring ‘It’s Time Now (Marbeya Sound Remix)‘. It’s the first vinyl release from the German imprint and their 100th so far! The album is limited to only 100 copies on marbled pink and green wax and you can get it via Discogs.

Various Artists – Emerald & Doreen 100. 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Stereo, Double Album On Colored Vinyl

Various Artists – Emerald & Doreen 100. 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Stereo, Double Album On Colored Vinyl

The same track got also picked by Jerry Bouthier, the man behind Continental records, long-time Kitsuné collaborator and half of baleariscopop act JBAG among other things. Emerald & Doreen released the “Mystery Tour” album featuring Jerry’s favorite tracks & remixes from the label’s extensive catalogue (500+ titles in three years). The compilation took form of an over 1 hour long idiosyncratic mix taking listeners on a magic ride. Click on the album artwork below for more info…

MYSTERY TOUR – JERRY BOUTHIER SELECTS & MIXES EMERALD & DOREEN’S CATALOGUE

MYSTERY TOUR – JERRY BOUTHIER SELECTS & MIXES EMERALD & DOREEN’S CATALOGUE

The third release is from the Australian label Clan Analogue and their long awaited experimental compilation album Intone: Voice Abstractions which showcases new experimental and electronic treatments of the human voice. KOshowKO’s track ‘Now You’re Talking Baby‘ has been made entirely on an iPad using the Yellofier app created by Yello’s Boris Blank. The track evokes the purity of the untrained baby voice and you can stream it via SoundCloud below…

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In January 2015, I had the enormous pleasure of playing a very special retrospective DJ mix featuring my various music projects and remixes on the Polish radio show called Kluboteka, which airs on the national Czwórka radio.
Bert, who is the host, was very generous to give me half of his two hour long show and I was able to include a lot of rarities there, including one track with me singing in Polish. Enjoy!

PHILOSOPHY OF SOUND – Retrospective Mix For Kluboteka (January 2015) by Philosophy Of Sound on Mixcloud

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The story of ‘It’s Time Now’ goes back quite a few years, all the way to 2003 when Martin composed and produced the first demo of the track and sang the words ‘crying hard’ into a vocoder. Later that year he performed the instrumental version of this track for the first time live in Melbourne. (To hear this and more historical recordings head over to the ‘rarities’ playlist on soundcloud.com/koshowko/sets/rarities). In 2004 Martin met the Swiss vocalist Florence Etelka, who was travelling in Australia at the time and they recorded her haunting vocals in Martin’s studio, a recording which you can now hear across all the tracks on this EP.

For the next couple of years Martin got busy with releasing other KOshowKO material but in 2007 he teamed up with Whitebait with whom he co-produced a new version of ‘It’s Time Now’ and the radio edit complemented by a music video was released in 2008 as one of the tracks on KOshowKO’s EP ‘Anarchy Monarchy’.
Fast forward to early 2014 and Emerald and Doreen records puts out a previously unreleased vintage Dance Logic Remix of ‘It’s Time Now’ on their very first compilation album ‘Emerald Waves’ alongside tracks by such artists as Skatebård, Ajello, Ali Renault and The Beat Broker.
The new ‘It’s Time Now’ EP put together for Emerald And Doreen in 2014 includes the extended vocal and instrumental versions based on the radio edit as well as a selection of brand new remixes. Martin K wears his Philosophy Of Sound hat and delivers a funky and catchy as hell take on the track. Artists that he has been admiring for a long time also deliver their remixes here in the form of a retro styled dance floor burner by @IrregularDiscoWorkers as well as a charming late night affair delivered by @MarbeyaSound. The package also includes a dub remix by Boccaccio who takes the track in yet another exciting direction.
So come with us on this musical journey of several meticulously crafted tracks, as it is indeed the time now – maybe forever!

KOshowKO home page: http://www.koshowko.com/

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It was really nice to play some gigs back in Poland in May/June and spend some quality time in EU during late spring and early summer.  While in PL, I run one workshop and played two gigs where I used two iPads as instruments (my portable live set-up since I played at White Night Festival in Melbourne earlier this year). I was chuffed to o be interviewed in some big weekly newspapers (like Slowo Podlasia, Dziennik Wschodni or Tygodnik Podlaski) in the region where I grew up as well as on radio and TV.  And to sum it all up, there was a large feature article/interview published in August in a monthly mag ‘Pryzmat’.

A big thank you to all the media outlets for such a great coverage of my roots as well as musical and sound related research activities! If you’re fluent in Polish you can read some of the interviews at the bottom of this post.

Chuffed to be featured in such a nice article in Slowo Podlasia, the biggest weekly magazine in the region where I grew up...

MARTIN K (Philosophy Of Sound, KOshowKO) talk at Jazzanova - May 2014

MARTIN K (Philosophy Of Sound, KOshowKO) talk at Jazzanova – May 2014 (fot-Tomasz Lukaszuk)

MARTIN K (Philosophy Of Sound, KOshowKO) - Performance at Park Sztuki (Park of the Arts) - June 2014 (fot Karolina Roslik)

MARTIN K (Philosophy Of Sound, KOshowKO) – Performance at Park Sztuki (Park of the Arts) – June 2014 (fot Karolina Roslik)

MARTIN K (Philosophy Of Sound, KOshowKO, Iubar) - Interview in Dziennik Wschodni (June 2014)

MARTIN K (Philosophy Of Sound, KOshowKO, Iubar) – Interview in Dziennik Wschodni (June 2014)

 

Feature article in the Pryzmat magazine (August 2014).

Feature article in the Pryzmat magazine (August 2014) – page 1.

Feature article in the Pryzmat magazine (August 2014) - page 2.

Feature article in the Pryzmat magazine (August 2014) – page 2.

 

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KOshowKO – In The Night (Jam With Me) – Live

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