Check website stats. Find out what the enterweb is currently offering. Check email. I pretty much do those first each day, in that order, when I get to the office. Traffic is up, I came across all sorts of dope things and an email from friend and Magnetic contributor Kendah El-Ali caught my eye. It simply read:
I actually sat behind dvdan for a night while he made this and invoked crazy angels, since he was kind of going nutty with the details. If you havent posted this already… you may want to.
Those words followed by a link to the Fader. I trust Kendah. We have a lot of the same tastes when it comes to music so I clicked straightaway. This “Is Your Mother Home” video was meant to be on Magnetic. Open in another tab was Fact magazine; I was reading what they had to say about the same song and video. I’ve long been a fan of Detroit hero Brendan M Gillen (Ectromorph fame) and his imprint Interdimensioinal Transmissions. BMG doesn’t make much these days, but when he does you can always count on meaningful quality output. (I feel like there’s a Dos Equis joke in there somewhere.) It’s nice to see he’s back; his tune with Sal P (Liquid Liquid fame) was the last thing the label released.“Is Your Mother Home” with Derek Plaslaiko is out now and you can pick it up here.
About the video: Dvdan is a video artist who worked in the formative early ‘90s of the Detroit Techno scene with artists like Carl Craig, and Richie Hawtin, creating the first video for Plastikman with Sigma 6, which he co-founded. He remains dedicated to the art of visual music synaesthesia. This video was produced with a new methodology based on techniques used to produce music, and was recorded in a single take. The method involves real-time, analog and digital sound-driven animation using discrete systems for each instrument. Rather than attempting to create a traditional visual narrative, each part of the visual directly relates to the sounds within the song.
About Derek Plaslaiko: Too long one of Detroit's best kept secrets, a core pillar of The Bunker in Brooklyn, now with a residency at Club Der Visionaere in Berlin. An indie rocker inspired by Techno, a speaker fucker from the original Detroit Rave scene, last name stolen from someone he was often confused for, a top midwestern deep mixing DJ turned record producer and remixer.
About BMG: Brendan M Gillen is a founding member of Ectomorph and Interdimensional Transmissions. Brendan enjoys playing Ableton like a video game and making analog equipment growl like an acid motorcycle. His DJ sets combine studio production techniques with his lifelong obsession with Detroit radio mix shows to achieve a truly psychedelic deep listening post-Music Institute post-Music Box post-Music Aquarium experience.
The Story of Your Mother:
BMG & Derek met while they both worked at Record TIme, Brendan later hiring Derek to work for his Star 67 Distribution.
Shortly after moving from Ann Arbor to Detroit in 2006, an era of Ectomorph ended. To find the inspiration to forge a new direction we began throwing a specific type of Detroit underground party. Initially conceived of in a phone call between BMG and Derek Plaslaiko, we wanted a party that seemed endless but that still only had 4 DJs, the others being our favorite unsung heroes - master DJs of the Midwest, the likes of Carlos Souffront, Patrick Russell, and Mike Servito.
So Interdimensional Transmissions switched its focus to producing these underground events and in early December 2007, we threw No Way Back, a 12 hour party (that lasted 17) in a disused Detroit bank with a leaky roof. The leaky roof didn't stop anybody though, and Derek took that as inspiration to run through an unfinished wall. There's a YouTube video of that.
Reclaiming old spaces and transforming them with installations (parachutes, netting, amorphous lighted structures and abstract cosmic spray paint art) and major audiophile soundsystems were core elements of this underground party system. Derek talked IT into producing No Way Back during the DEMF, to share this rare thing with the world. By 2010 we had partnered with The Bunker to produce No Way Back for DEMF and also Brooklyn, which continues to this day.
We wanted to create music that would hit the sound system right at one of our parties. So between Plaslaiko's move from New York City to Berlin, we took a day out to make some music. We had effortlessly created the basic groove when Erika came over for a brief visit and remarked "that bassline is like a child molester saying 'get in my van'". With that thought we took a little walk to the local convenience store, where we found more inspiration.
We were able to quickly write the lyrics and record all the pieces, and a raw mix was made that day that made it to tumblr, but the song was further refined in the mix over time and both BMG and Derek have made additional DJ tool dubs. The halftime intro / outro pieces were recorded at the beginning of the session.
The record is mastered at Prairie Cat Mastering, pressed at Archer Records in Detroit, and the first copies have sleeves hand painted by the installation artist for No Way Back, Infinite Dimensions.