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2022: 30 Years of Praxis!

Yes it’s true, Praxis will turn 30 this year!

This will be an opportunity for reflection as well as for looking forward, of looking back at what’s been done, the successes and failures, as well as working out strategies for counter-cultural processes in the future.

Praxis was founded in 1992 in London. The first two 12″ records came out at the end of that year, the Scaremonger EP and ‘Knee-Jerk Reaction’ by Bourbonese Qualk. These records contributed to and commented on the rising techno and rave scene, coming from a background of experimental post punk and industrial music. Soon the label expanded and explored experimental hardcore, electronic weirdness, breakcore and noise. Since then there has been a steady stream of releases and activities, which we continue today and into the future from our base in Berlin. We have many many plans for this year, for releases as well as live events, as well as for publishing activities that go well beyond those of a ‘record label’. 

Praxis 1 was the Scaremonger EP, written and produced by label founder Christoph Fringeli

So on the one hand we will – in fact we’re already in the middle of it! – post significant resources online in the form of music and video, both on SoundCloud and YouTube. At the time of writing there are already almost 200 tracks on our SoundCloud account, and over 150 videos on YouTube. Note that many of these “videos” are in fact audio uploads with a thumbnail picture, so there is a certain overlap between the two platforms, but both offer certain advantages, so we’ll continue uploading certain materials on both of them, while other stuff only appears on either of them, the most obvious being visual videos on YouTube.

Video clip by sansculotte for The Wirebug’s ‘Signal Cutoff Inflammation’ from the 2019 album ‘Factory Food’ (Praxis 57)

Parallel to this our Bandcamp page remains the main (and in most cases only) place to download/buy Praxis releases in digital format.

Hand in hand with these uploads we’ll overhaul the discography pages on the Praxis web site, and eventually overhaul the web site itself. This will be accompanied with the upload of historical material as well as new interviews and articles.

Most important is however that the plan for this year and beyond is not just to look back and reflect, but confront harsh experimental music with the challenges of the present and the future.

An important element in the coming months will be a traditional starting point: vinyl releases. We have half a dozen 12″s currently in various stages of production.

But in the wider perspective this can only happen by expanding music to the visual, the written, the social event, the theoretical and the political.

NOTE: This post remains at the top of the site for the time being and will be periodically updated with links and news in the next couple of months

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re:focus @ Lauschangriff Berlin

Praxis & Psychic Defence present: re:focus @ Lauschangriff Berlin, every first Thursday of the month, starting December 2, 2021.

Post updated January 4, 2022

Ok let’s try this again!

We are back with a monthly night of experimental electronics, deviant hardcore and unclassifiable noise at Lauschangriff (Rigaer Straße 103). Starting December 2nd 2021 and continuing every first Thursday of the month. 

Presented by Praxis and Psychic Defence, the night was originally launched in 2020 only weeks before the pandemic struck. ‘Focus’ was cut short after only 3 nights.

Now it’s time to re:focus!

The stakes are high! 

Our intention is to provide a monthly evening of creative interaction, experimentation and sonic adventure in a familiar and safe environment. 

Where is electronic music heading? What is noise? What are the possibilities for emancipatory politics in sonic warfare?

Contribute to our ongoing research efforts by attending and participating!

Join our Telegram channel to stay up to date!

First event: 02-12-2021

  • Lynxy
  • fgnugn
  • Pure
  • Egon Frinz
  • Christoph Fringeli

Update: The Second event planned for 06-01-2022 has been cancelled for a number of reasons – we are now looking at 03-02-2022 to pick up the series again and come back every first Thursday each month thereafter.

Rigaer Straße 103
10247 Berlin

Doors open 8pm. Until 2pm+
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Richard H. Kirk / Cabaret Voltaire tribute mix by Christoph Fringeli

Produced for Herr Kartina’s show 20|30 Resampling the Future on Radio Forte (all shows can also be found on archive.org) transmitted first on October 23rd, this is a tribute to Richard H. Kirk who died last month. Kirk was was part of the Sheffield industrial pioneers Cabaret Voltaire since their inception in 1973 until they disbanded in 1994. He had a plethora of solo projects and recently adopted the name of Cabaret Voltaire again for his last albums.

Needless to say my selection of tracks is highly subjective and focuses largely on the seminal material from ca. 1978-82 that was also deeply influential on my own understanding of noisy rhythmic music. To give justice to his whole oeuvre would have demanded much more of an hour long mix. Besides Cabaret Voltaire material I added some of his earlier solo material as well as a Sweet Exorcist track from 1990 that again saw him at the pulse of what was going on at the time. I left out most of the later material, but framed the mix with elements of his last release BN9Drone (2021). Besides this latter track all tracks were played from vinyl.

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Rosalie: Wrong Skies

Rosalie is a Dutch music producer, musician and visual artist. She has had releases on Dark Winter and Buddhist on Fire as well as a few contributions to compilations on other labels. Wrong Skies was released on praxis_digital August 6, and is be accompanied by a video for one of the tracks . Industrial breakcore with noise takes, drones and unexpected fresh twists, using VST plug-in Soft-synths, drum programming, acoustic and electric instruments and her own voice.

Video clip by Rosalie to the track Lost Afar from the her new album Wrong Skies.
  • Buy digital album HERE (Praxis Bandcamp page)
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Christoph Fringeli & DJ Pure: Dark Star/Anti-Christ

Sub/Version 012
Christoph Fringeli & DJ Pure
Dark Star/Anti-Christ

Originally released as Sub/Version 001 as a one-sided 12″, Dark Star became a seminal track of the touching point of dark and heavy drum’n’bass/techstep with the emerging breakcore sound, produced “in a cold cellar in Vienna” as the label proclaimed, in 1997. Anti-Christ was the follow-up released the year after. Now those two classic tracks are made available again on vinyl as Sub/Version 012. The cold techstepping B-side of Sub/Version 002 is available as a bonus on the digital release.

Out June 21, 2021 – Pre-Order HERE.

Full versions of all the tracks on our SoundCloud
Full versions on our YouTube channel

Download Infosheet/Press release:


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Limited re-press of Praxis 33 – Nomex: Trocante Gramofony E.P. out now!

Limited 2021 re-press of Praxis 33 on black vinyl

Originally released in 1999, Trocante Gramofony E.P. by Nomex is re-pressed in a limited edition of 100 copies on black vinyl from the original plates.

Trocante Gramofony opens with the monumental ‘Fire Is The Centre’, followed by two other Nomex masterpieces, ‘Life Destroy’ and ‘No-Step 2000’, as well as three speaker-destroying fragments and locked grooves.

Trocante Gramofony E.P. was originally released in an edition of 500 copies on transparent white vinyl as Praxis 33.

It was a departure from Nomex’s releases on his own Adverse label and was naturally quite different from the DJ Scud collaborations on Maschinenbau. In relation to his other solo work, Trocante Gramofony is perhaps less conceptual and more composed.

‘Fire Is The Centre’ features vocal snippets recorded at a Dead By Dawn party sometime between 1994-1996. Some of these snippets had been used on the Dead By Dawn record by Shitness & The Jackal, but here they were embedded in a surging wall of noise spread over the first side of the record, complete with crackles, shrieks and ever mounting intensity.

The second side opens with ‘Life Destroy’ an intense collage of voice, noise and music and ends with ‘No-Step 2000’.

Tracks don’t end in orderly fashion, instead the needle jumps out of the groove or is locked in a loop. The flow gets interrupted in the middle of the side of the record. These elements are again vinyl specific and can’t easily be transported to the digital realm, and this is one reason we decided to make this brilliant record available again in its ideal format, the vinyl 12”.

  • Check out the Praxis 33 discography page HERE.
  • Buy the vinyl incl. download code in our online shop
  • Buy download with or without vinyl on our bandcamp page
  • Read John Eden’s interview with Nomex in datacide thirteen
  • Read Jo Burzynska’s appraisal of his life and work here.

Also check out this live performance by Nomex from 2011, newly uploaded to our YouTube Channel:

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Article about 16-17 by Manuel Liebeskind

Great article by Manuel Liebeskind about 16-17:

16-17 line up of the mid 90s

Basel, Switzerland, early 1980ies. The local punk scene was not a scene really. Too small. But for the remainders of those who kept their interest in the attitude, 16-17 were the fathers of the true spirit. The do-it yourself idea, the no-musical-boundaries-for-nobody attitude, the forward thinking, experimenting musicians, leaving everything else behind. 16-17, in their original line-up, Knut Remond on drums, Alex Buess on saxophone and bass clarinet, and Markus Kneubühler on guitar, have been pioneers in what was later called jazzcore, noisecore or avantgarde jazz-punk, all helpless attempts to put a genre label on something that has successfully escaped all genre descriptions. At the time a fully improvising trio, they introduced electronic elements early on, electronic percussion, tape loops or guitar sounds shaped by modular synths.


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Videos of Live Sets from Praxis Label Night 2005 @ Hirscheneck, Basel are online now

PraxisLabelNight 2005 poster designed by Papiro

Two videos of live sets from the Praxis Label Night which took place at the Hirscheneck in Basel on November 19, 2005 are now up on our YouTube channel for your delectation! It’s the sets by Vile Enginez and by Nihil Fist. Both artists had brand new releases out for which the party doubled up as a record release event. Vile Enginez Overthrow/Undermine (Sub/Version 008) and Nihil Fist Resistance is Fertile (Praxis42). Great sets also by Kovert, The Wirebug aka Dan Hekate and CF, but not enough footage of those. Wicked footage though of Vile Enginez and Nihil Fist. Check it out, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

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Quarterly Sales Charts in our Shop Blog

Find quarterly sales charts of our outlets in the Praxis Shop Blog page in our online shop!

After publishing monthly charts for a few months in 2020, we switch to a quarterly schedule, having just published the list of the 10 best selling records of the first quarter 2021, as well as the best selling files and print items. The list is comprised of sales in our own online store, the Praxis discogs shop, physical items on Bandcamp. This plus wholesale orders. Usually this also includes sales in our physical shop in Berlin, but the Disconnect Store has been closed due to Corona restrictions.

The quarterly charts will allow an a bit more representative impression of what actually sells, as monthly sales go up and down considerably depending if we have exclusive releases out or other important items in stock in a particular month.

As you can see the charts are heavily tilted towards our own or exclusive or semi-exclusive distribution items. This could distract from the fact that our selection is quite broad and countless titles just sell a copy or two each month and thus never show up in the top ten.

Besides these quarterly charts, the Shop Blog features irregular updates and news flashes. Check it out HERE.

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16-17: Gyatso vinyl edition released 22-02-2021!

The first ever vinyl edition of the classic 1994 album Gyatso by 16-17 is out today!

The vinyl version features 6 tracks and comes with a download code for the full 13 tracks album. For the presale period there were even three additional live tracks added to the package. If you’re quick, you can still grab those, they will be removed from the release in the evening of February 23.

Order via bandcamp (either digital only or the record with download and receive an immediate download link). We recommend this if you’re only ordering the album, or if only ordering downloads/files.

If you are looking to combine the order with other records/magazines etc you can order it via our online shop. You will then receive a download code.

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