Torah + Christoph DJ Set on Energy FM London 1994 on YouTube

Torah and CF back to back DJ set on the London pirate radio Energy FM on 09-09-1994 of which only this half hour is on a cassette we found in our archives. Gabba and proto-speedcore (often playing records on 45) blasting through the airwaves. Torah definitely taking the lead in her typical high energy Gabba-style.

Torah frequently played at our Dead By Dawn parties between 1994-96 injecting them with her humour, enthusiasm and energy, and along with many DJ gigs at other underground events she was a fixture and inspiration in the London hardcore scene.

She also contributed to records such as the Dead By Dawn compilation (Praxis 23), two tracks on Heathen 01 with Slim Jim, and a track on the Brides Make Acid ‘Boneheads and Pussies’ EP with Hanni Bear.

Energy FM was one of the few pirate radio stations playing hardcore techno at the time (maybe along with Chillin FM and perhaps one or two others), transmitting on FM 87.95 from 1991-97.

I can’t remember too much about the specifics of the set, I’m pretty sure I played some more experimental stuff like Lory D., but only this half hour was recorded/copied.

Picture of Torah & CF in Prinz magazine

The photo used on the thumbnail was taken after a party near Frankfurt organised by Trauma XP (who went on to found the Hateparade/Fuckparade the next year), named “Tribute to Dead By Dawn” which took place on 19-07-1996, and also featured The Lurker and both members of Pressurehead , Ben Beecham and Witchy, as well as Trauma himself.

I’m reading a book and Torah is writing in her journal as we’re waiting, presumably to get picked up to the airport.

The photo was published in a “city magazine”, as they were common in the 90s, called PRINZ with this hilarious caption: (‘Christoph, Torah and other British DJ-Stars’ !)

Caption in Prinz mag

At the end of the 90s everybody I know lost contact with Julie, who seems to have moved deeper into the coutryside, including me, who had moved away from London in 2000. But we did have two interactions after that, in the middle of the 2000s and in 2011, which for me felt like talking to an old friend where it doesn’t really matter if you hadn’t spoken in a few years.

It was all the more saddening in 2017 to learn of her passing…

Julie Sarah Baker, aka Torah, 29-10-1967-14-04-2017. RIP


You can also see Torah as one of the interviewers (including of myself) in this seminal documentary.

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re:focus @ Lauschangriff 02-02-2023

re:focus February 2nd, 2023

re:focus #9 takes place February 2nd, 2023

The line-up:

  • Linxi
  • Christoph Fringeli
  • Joke Lanz – turntables
  • 2serhat5bz ” flashcore darbuka / jin jiyan azadi & gezilla ” set
  • more TBA

See you there 🙂

Lauschangriff 
Rigaer Straße 103
10247 Berlin

Doors open 8.30pm, sets start at 9pm. Until 2am+
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The Molehill Report #10 feat. Praxis Records History 1992-2022

The Molehill Report #10 online at the Noise & Politics YouTube channel

The 10th edition of THE MOLEHILL REPORT is online now at our Noise & Politics YouTube channel.

A monthly video newsletter covering activities and perspectives from Praxis Records, Datacide Magazine, Molehill Publishing and other associated projects, presented by Christoph Fringeli.

December 2022: 30 years ago this month the two first releases on Praxis appeared on vinyl. Christoph Fringeli is presenting a short stripped down history of one of the longest running hardcore labels.

Here’s the Text CF is reading in The Molehill Report #10:

On December 18th, 1991 I landed in London equipped with very little except some records, a bag of belongings and enough money to survive for a few months. I spent a couple of weeks cleaning out a squat in North Peckham, South London, just off the Old Kent Road, making it habitable. This was going to be my home for the next couple of years. Two or three streets down was the entirely squatted Malt Street where at some point in 1992 the first Praxis Records “office” was set up. This consisted mainly of a fax machine and a desk. Upstairs was the Bourbonese Qualk rehearsal room and studio. This is where Praxis Records began, and would take shape over the next years.

But first: there was a prelude to Praxis. Growing up in Basel, Switzerland, I had created the label-project Vision in 1986, publishing magazines and tapes and, starting in 1988, vinyl records. [see ‘The Sound of Vision’ in almanac for noise & politics 2016].

Mainly working with local bands and artists, these productions featured material in an eclectic context of post-punk, industrial and experimental music and noise. But the inspiration was not only musical, but came from politics and literature as much as from records and bands. The movements for autonomous social centers of the 80s were closely related to challenges against the bourgeois high culture. Literary influences came from the artistic avant-gardes, most importantly surrealism and later from the situationists.

As Vision mutated into a record label it soon enough was confronted with problems arising from somehow having to compete in a marketplace. By the end of the 80s much of the so-called independent music scene had mutated into a mirror image of the commercial world, replicating its mechanisms on a smaller scale, discouraging my beliefs in a truly independent and autonomous underground culture. I saw this especially when I was working for an independent distribution company, first as an export manager, then setting up a dance department. During this time, I gained more and more inside knowledge of how this market worked.

It was a strange set of converging factors that finally propelled me to that squat in North Peckham: Traveling to Paris and New York; Acid House and pirate radio on in London; Underground Resistance in the Tresor Club in Berlin; the wider trajectory of Vision from post punk to dance music and its emphasis on facelessness and collective cultural creation.

I arrived in London with only few contacts and it took me a while to get things going. I teamed up with Bourbonese Qualk and we worked on tracks, producing the first Praxis records in the summer of 92. One consisted of four tracks I had done under the name Scaremonger, the second release was by BQ and represented a significant departure for them from what had been going on before. It took a while to get these pressed and distributed, but finally by December 1992, both records were out.

Over the following years the network of contacts was expanding to France and Germany, Italy and the US. Teknivals were spreading across the European continent, new distribution networks and media appeared. Records almost became a sort of currency in some circles – trading records among producers was commonplace. Parallel and connected to all these developments was the political situation in the UK.

Looking back it may seem strange that of all the options I theoretically had – I chose London as the place to go, when Thatcherism appeared to be the most extreme form of counter-revolution. But that was precisely that: When Trafalgar Square went up in flames in protest against the Poll Tax in 1990, it seemed to be a sign that this was going to be the place where a revolution in Europe was possibly going to start. And I definitely wanted to be a part of that.

Self-organisation in the form of squatting and cultural events became the reasonable thing to do. Older countercultures became mixed up with disaffected urban youth, underground publishing, self-released records, parties in squatted venues and fields were spreading rapidly.

So was the repression. BY 1994 a new Criminal Justice Act came in which was designed to hit squatters, travelers and ravers, and led to further politicization.New forms of protest evolved, often including sound systems and dancing in the streets.

As far as Praxis was concerned, all these influences and more were combined to create a running commentary in the form of records, zines and events. I teamed up with TechNet and Nomex to create the Dead By Dawn events in the anarchist 121 Centre in Brixton from 1994-96, combining talks and discussions with experimental noise and all night hardcore techno.

Praxis also published a newsletter to accompany and publicize these events, then the magazine Alien Underground which in 1997 mutated into Datacide – the magazine for noise & politics.

Musical developments were speeding up and the records on Praxis reflected that, rapidly mutating, incorporating influences and generating dissident versions and radical commentary on these currents. This ranged from techno to hardcore, from noise to breakcore and speedcore, always experimenting, always in flux.

Towards the end of the decade and the beginning of the following one, we managed to unleash another wave of releases. Praxis was extended with the creation of its sister label for hard drum’n’bass and epic breakcore, Sub/Version, and a whole family of labels was grouped around it, connected to a strong self-managed distribution “subnet” with many international nodes.

In the early 2000s I moved from London to Berlin, then back to Basel, before settling in Berlin again in 2007. In this period the market changed with the development of the internet. For Praxis we took advantage of the new technologies, mainly via the website c8.com which was the home of many associated labels and busy mailing lists and forums and where we also gave away much of the label catalogs as free mp3 downloads, seeing them as a handy promotional tool, but certainly not as a replacement for the superior quality of vinyl. We also used the site to set up a proper online shop in 2005. At the same time we were facing challenges that we were unable to effectively counter: Sinking record sales, the sneaking back in of hierarchical star systems even in the independent sector, the arbitrariness of the social media paradigm favoring bigger egos on a manic mission over substantial and critical work, and last but not least a change in the role that labels were playing, moving away from visionary curation to digital rights management.

Much of the effort put into Praxis in the last years has been put into the running of the online and Berlin shops. We’ve organized parties and events and continue the extension into more theoretical realms via Datacide – the magazine for noise & politics as well as, more recently, among other things, this very YouTube channel.

Praxis is a personal, but also a collective project. Nothing would have been possible without the collaboration of dozens of amazing artists, musicians, writers and designers. And it stays on course as a part of a wider drive to create and critique, still flying the flag of antagonism in the shoals of the culture industry and its negation, on a mission that is not accomplished yet.

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re:focus @ Lauschangriff 05-01-2023

The next re:focus takes place January 5th, 2023

Happy new year everyone! We’ll get right into it with re:focus on the first Thursday of the month, January 5th with the first event in 2023!

The line-up:

  • Linxi
  • Base Force One (CF will be playing a hybrid set of live and records)
  • Beatxo (Birthday boy!)
  • Zombieflesheater
  • CRi

See you there 🙂

Lauschangriff 
Rigaer Straße 103
10247 Berlin

Doors open 8.30pm, sets start at 9pm. Until 2am+
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Full Interview with Nihil Fist online on YouTube now

The full interview with Nihil Fist is online on youtube now.

Nihil Fist first appeared on the scene with a number of self released cassette tapes and CDs in the late 1990s where he started defining his own vision of rapid fire beats and relentless noise attacks combining elements of harsh noise and speedcore, but at the same time far apart from these genres. Early on he started developing a cult following with these releases and his live appearences. In 2003 his first vinyl release came out on Praxis, to be followed by a 7” on Sprengstoff and another 12” on Praxis in 2005. After this the Nihil Fist project took on a lesser priority until he resurfaced since 2019 with a plethora of new releases on labels such as Cathartic Noize Experience and Independent Bloc 36 as well as new live shows. We sat down with him in Berlin in October 2022 to talk about the past, present and future of the Nihil Fist project, organising parties, political activism and his work as a radical lawyer.

After a teaser in the November issue of The Molehill Report, the full 35 minute interview with Nihil fist is online now. Check it out on our Noise & Politics channel on YouTube!

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Noface: Hallucinate (Remix by Base Force One)

The third release in the Praxis Digital Remix series features a brand new remix by Base Force One of Noface’s track Hallucinate from the Paraphysical Cybertronics Volume One – The Experiments of Bloor Schleppy compilation CD (Praxis 10CD) from 1994.

released December 19, 2022

Written and Produced by Noface. Remixed by Christoph Fringeli.
Mastered by Alex Buess.

You can also stream this track on SoundCloud or YouTube:

SoundCloud player for this release
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The Molehill Report #9 feat. Nihil Fist

The Molehill Report #9 is online on YouTube now

Welcome to the 9th episode of The Molehill Report. We have excerpts from a new interview with Nihil Fist and announce the release of a new track in the Praxis Digital Remix Series.

Nihil Fist first appeared on the scene with a number of self released cassette tapes and CDs in the late 1990s where he started defining his own vision of rapid fire beats and relentless noise attacks combining elements of harsh noise and speedcore, but at the same time far apart from these genres. Early on he started developing a cult following with these releases and his live appearences. In 2003 his first vinyl release came out on Praxis, to be followed by a 7” on Sprengstoff and another 12” on Praxis in 2005. After this the Nihil Fist project took on a lesser priority until he resurfaced since 2019 with a plethora of new releases on labels such as Cathartic Noize Experience and Independent Bloc 36 as well as new live shows. We sat down with him in Berlin in October 2022 to talk about the past, present and future of the Nihil Fist project, organising parties, political activism and his work as a radical lawyer.

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re:focus @ Lauschangriff 01-12-2022

Our monthly night of experimental electronics returns December 1st, 2022

  • Linxy [Praxis, Psychic Defence]
  • Airdmun [Monicker Eggplant]
  • черт‘s кухня [Subotnik Kombinat]
  • Beatxo [Helldrop]
  • Christoph Fringeli [Praxis, Datacide]
Lauschangriff 
Rigaer Straße 103
10247 Berlin

Doors open 8.30pm, sets start at 9pm. Until 2am+
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Soliparty Køpi Keller/Kletterraum – Yaya 23

Poster for the KØPI Kletterraum & yaya23 records soliparty

Soliparty – KØPI Kletterraum & Yaya23 Records at Køpikeller 12.11.2022, doors 10pm – lineup:

  • Lynxy & Christoph Fringeli (Praxis)
  • _OM DIGGA_ (Subsonic)
  • 7th Sense & Berserk Wave _ live (Fune/Kunda)
  • Robert (Donotdance)
  • Skore (THC Crew)
  • Mirage (Cyberrise)
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Juckpulver @ Theater neben dem Turm Marburg (Lahn)

VIERTES KONZERT DER KONZERTREIHE FÜR AUFREGENDE MUSIK AM THEATER NEBEN DEM TURM AM 28.10.2022 MIT ABRUPT, A.HOP UND LYNX
Über das Jahr 2022 findet am TNT (Theater neben dem Turm) die Konzertreihe JUCKPULVER statt, bei der aufregende Musik zu hören und zu sehen sein wird. Mit Vertreterinnen der freien Experimental-, Jazz-/Noise- und Performanceszene sind an insgesamt fünf Abenden im Zeitraum April bis Dezember verschiedenste Formen von Musik, Klang und Poesie in Marburg zu erleben. So beispielsweise die vibrierenden Sounds eines zeitgenössischen Gamelan-/Perkussions-Ensembles, die verträumten Landschaften geloopter und verflochtener Elektronik oder psychedelisch anmutende Minimal Music mit Folklore-Einflüssen unter Verwendung traditioneller Instrumente. Noise, Beats und tiefe Bässe stehen ebenso im Fokus der verschiedenen künstlerischen Konzepte wie eigenwillige Gesangstechniken, die durch Konzertperformances und theaterartige Abende führen. Internationale Künstlerinnengruppen und Einzelpositionen kommen zu uns nach Marburg, um ihre politischen, ästhetischen – aufregenden Arbeiten in unserem Theater zu präsentieren und daneben ihre Expertise in Workshops und Künstler*innengesprächen mit Ihnen und Euch zu teilen.
Am 28. Oktober besuchen uns abrupt aus Linz, die internationale Band a.hop und LYNX aus Berlin und wir freuen uns auf einen Abend voller Field Recordings, Sound Scapes und tanzbarer Musik.

Surprise guest/secret gig by Psychic Defence at ca. 11pm in the Bar area!

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