Remembering VIVA Zwei with new Uncanny Valley mixtape

Remembering VIVA Zwei with new Uncanny Valley mixtape Oh the nostalgia! Those golden days of music video television long before the internet was around. Those days when we (as German teenagers) used to switch on the TV, skip to VIVA Zwei, and watch music clips by Aphex Twin, Sneaker Pimps, Funkstörung or LTJ Bukem. Those days when Ill-Young Kim hosted Electronic Beats TV, and music television at VIVA Zwei was an experimental playground for talented video jockeys. Those days were gone in 2002 when VIVA pulled the plug of its alternative television platform. Now they’re (kind of) back.

Initiated by a group of Polish friends the tribute website and Facebook page VIVA Zwei Changed My Life is a meeting point for music enthusiasts, former VIVA Zwei viewers and fans of VIVA’s VHS tape aesthetics to connect, discuss and relive memories – hell, even the website’s source code shares the love.

Following up on a bunch of DJ mixes, Dresden’s Uncanny Valley records have just submitted a mixtape by Conrad Kaden, containing classic indie songs by bands such as Soulwax, Tocotronic vs. Console, and the mighty Modest Mouse – stream the mix below and don’t forget to watch Moloko live at Electronic Beats Festival Cologne 2001.

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Jacob Korn to receive Dresden’s furtherance award 2012

Jacob Korn to receive Dresden's furtherance award 2012 We already told you: this guy Jacob Korn is a talented fella! The Dresden-hailing producer was responsible for one of 2011’s most irresistible techno tracks, and the video that came alongside his single ‘She’ left us rather impressed. And it seems as if the Uncanny Valley collective member won’t slow down in the new year: his hometown, the city of Dresden, is now honoring his efforts with its furtherance award 2012.

The award includes prize money of 5,000 Euros and will be awarded on March 17th at Festspielhaus Hellerau. Since 1993, the prize honors the artistic works of people or groups that focus on the city of Dresden as their primary workbase. Jacob Korn, who studied media technology, stated: “I am delighted to receive this year’s furtherance award. I feel that this is a signal for Dresden’s cultural policy, with the prize not being awarded to the established arts (in 2012), but to a new art form.” The jury honored Korn as an “exposed representative of a cultural scene which improved its image during the last years and is giving utterance to a young generation’s cultural life.
Jacob Korn will be showing his talents during the next weeks with a bunch of dj and live sets, catch up with him and the whole Uncanny Valley crew at one of the dates below. Learn more about the label itself by watching our recent Slices feature or listening to One Day In Metropia‘s live set for Electronic Beats Radio.

Uncanny Valley live & dj sets:
January 19th DE Dresden – Sputnik 2.0 (w/ Conrad Kaden, Felix Meyers)
January 20th DE Berlin – Loftus Hall (w/ Jacob Korn, Albrecht Wassersleben, Mano Le Tough, The Drifter)
January 20th NL Amsterdam – Chicago Social Club (w/ Hombres Discos)
January 21st DE Leipzig – Distillery (UV Rallye w/ Jacob Korn, One Day in Metropia, CVBox, The Moroders, Albrecht Wassersleben, Carl Suspect)
January 27th DE Berlin – Salon zur wilden Renate (w/ Break SL, The Moroders)
January 27th DE Frankfurt am Main – Tanzhaus West (w/ Jacob Korn)
February 1st DE Berlin – Farbfernseher (w/ Jacob Stoy, Conrad Kaden)
February 18th DE Essen – Hotel Shanghai (w/ Jacob Korn)
March 3rd FR Nantes – tba (w/ Jacob Korn)
March 16th DE Dresden – Sabotage (w/ Jacob Stoy)
March 31st DE Dresden – Sektor E (w/ Jacob Korn)
May 19th UK Manchester – Future Everything (w/ Jacob Korn)

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Jacob Korn colour drops new video for ‘She’

Jacob Korn colour drops new video for 'She' It was during last year’s Nachtdigital Festival near Olganitz when I was introduced to Uncanny Valley. The label and artist network from Dresden hosted a little floor next to the water and their selection of deep house records fitted perfectly with the sunny weather during the afternoon.

Much has happened since: not only did Uncanny Valley release five records and play many gigs across Germany and Europe – but they also managed to showcase Dresden’s vast number of talented artists making techno, house and electronic music.

Their latest release comes from Jacob Korn, who released this year’s club and open-air cracker ‘She’ as Uncanny Valley’s number #5. Now ‘She’ has just received a beautiful music video with colour drops falling into water alongside the track’s signature marimba and it’s Detroit referencing piano melody. The video was filmed and digitally altered by visual agencies Refect and Mokost.

Also don’t forget to listen to the full ‘She’ EP by Jacob Korn below, get your hands on the latest issue of Slices DVD Magazine featuring Uncanny Valley, and look out for our EB Radio mix coming from them very soon.

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Slices Issue 3-11 Out Now

Slices Issue 3-11 Out Now The latest edition of Slices is now available and here is a little reminder of what’s in store. Firstly we travel to London to get the low down with post-bass darlings Mount Kimbie – missing the London riots by a matter of days! We then travel to Austria to meet probably one of the best live techno bands – Elektro Guzzi and then it’s off to visit Uncanny Valley in their home town of Dresden to see what makes this massive house crew tick. Back in Berlin we throw light on the mystery that is Anstam– the new hero on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons outfit.

Elsewhere we have even more features with Clara Moto who takes us wakeboarding, Junior Boys who we catch in Heidelberg and a tech talk with Christoph Grote-Beverburg from Berlin’s famous Dubplates & Mastering who shares his views on the current obsession with loudness and compression. And not forgetting features with everybody’s favourite electronica producer – Gold Panda and the ‘Krautrock’ trio Stabil Elite from Düsseldorf.

Slices issue 3-11 will be available from Sept 15th.

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Slices Issue 3-11 out soon!

Slices Issue 3-11 out soon! Just three weeks to go until the new Slices Issue hits the shelves. Firstly we travel to London to get the low down with post-bass darlings Mount Kimbie – missing the London riots by a matter of days! We then travel to Austria to meet probably one of the best live techno bands – Elektro Guzzi and then it’s off to visit Uncanny Valley in their home town of Dresden to see what makes this massive house crew tick. Back in Berlin we throw light on the mystery that is Anstam– the new hero on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons outfit.

Elsewhere we have even more features with Clara Moto who takes us wakeboarding, Junior Boys who we catch in Heidelberg and a tech talk with Christoph Grote-Beverburg from Berlin’s famous Dubplates & Mastering who shares his views on the current obsession with loudness and compression. And not forgetting features with everybody’s favourite electronica producer – Gold Panda and the ‘Krautrock’ trio Stabil Elite from Düsseldorf.

Slices issue 3-11 will be available from Sept 15th.

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