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 06-10-2022

re:focus at Lauschangriff

Praxis & Psychic Defence present: re:focus @ Lauschangriff Berlin, every first Thursday of the month, and we’re back on July 7th

We are back with a monthly night of experimental electronics, deviant hardcore and unclassifiable noise at Lauschangriff (Rigaer Straße 103).

Join our Telegram channel to stay up to date!

Line up 06-10-2022 (in this order)

  • Christoph Fringeli (Praxis)
  • Lynxy (Psychic Defence)
  • DJ JNKTN (http://junktion.de)
  • Egon Frinz (Resampling the Future)
Lauschangriff 
Rigaer Straße 103
10247 Berlin

Doors open 8.30pm, sets start at 9pm. Until 2am+
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The Molehill Report #8

Welcome to the eighth edition of THE MOLEHILL REPORT

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

August 2022: We present excerpts of an interview with sansculotte, a collective working in Berlin with graphic-design, programming, animation, music and av-media. Full interview coming soon!

We are happy to announce that EVERYTHING ELSE IS EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS, the 364 page volume with the complete first ten issues of datacide is available again from Molehill Publishing.

  • sansculotte web site: https://sansculotte.net/
  • Order the book HERE

Music:

  • Anonymous Series Volume Two – Track 1 (Praxis 45)
  • The Wirebug: Signal Cutoff Inflammation (from Factory Food, Praxis 57)
  • Sansculotte “Molereel” sound by Bombhead contains snippets from amit, bombhead, electric kettle, cindytalk, kovert, sansculotte, wirebug, tsx, zfe, dj schleppscheisse, noize creator, all from collaborations with sansculotte.

The Molehill Report #8 was produced in August 2022 in Obergoggitsch and Paris by CF and Lynxy.

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Pure: King Kong Pt.2/Katharsis (Praxis 26) limited re-press out now!

https://youtube.com/shorts/OfRyXb1X9gw

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THE MOLEHILL REPORT #7

Welcome to the seventh edition of THE MOLEHILL REPORT

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

July 2022: We do a recap of our re:focus events since the (re-)launch in December 2021. A short video impression of each artist who played since then, featuring: – Egon Frinz – fgnugn – Pure – Lynxy – Psychic Defence – Christoph Fringeli – CRi – Tekamin – Crash 0.1 – ZFE – Bombhead – _ OM DIGGA _ – Memero – Nihil Fist – Messias

Thanks to everyone who made it possible! re:focus takes place every first Thursday each month at Lauschangriff, Rigaer Str. 103, 10247 Berlin. After a short break we’ll be back October 6, 2022!

Praxis 26 re-press: King Kong Pt.2/Katharsis by Pure is out now in a limited edition of 110 copies on transparent crystal with white and black splatter vinyl. https://praxis-records.net/shop/vinyl/hardcoregabber/9363/pure-king-kong-pt.2/katharsis

Music: Metatron: Twisted [unreleased remix, planned for Praxis 15] Pure: Katharsis [from: King Kong/Katharsis, Praxis 26, 1999/2022] Praxis web site: https://praxis-records.net Praxis Bandcamp (digital sales), Soundcloud (tracks, albums, playlists, releases – 230+ tracks at the time of publishing this video) Datacide – The Magazine for Noise & Politics

Production at Psychic Defence Studios by CF and Lynxy. Thanks to all the artists and the staff at Lauschangriff.

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Praxis 26, Pure: King Kong Pt.2/Katharsis re-press out now

Limited repress of Praxis 26 from the original plates! 110 copies on special splatter vinyl! Black and white on transparent crystal. Shipping now!

Get it from the Praxis Store HERE!

Another fragment of Praxis history: An alliance with DJ Pure from Vienna was forged in the mid-90s and found its expression on the label with the release of this 12″ and later a retrospective double CD (Praxis 26CD). To make it fit on the 12″ vinyl King Kong had to be cut by half, but both this track and Katharsis on the other side made harsh and disturbing listening.

Comes with download code with the whole of Bodyhammer (Praxis 26CD) double CD retrospective – 21 tracks of classic industrial hardcore from the 90s!

This record wraps up a series of re-pressings from the originaly master plates: Slaughter Politics (Praxis 21, 1999/2020) on red vinyl, Nomex: Trocante gramofony E.P. (1999/2021) on black vinyl, both in editions of ca. 100 copies.

Another re-release was the Sub/Version 012 with the A-sides of Sub/Version 001 and 002 by Christoph Fringeli & DJ Pure from 1997 in 2021.

Time to move on to new releases now!

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re:focus @ Lauschangriff Berlin 07-07-2022

re:focus – every first thursday of the month

Praxis & Psychic Defence present: re:focus @ Lauschangriff Berlin, every first Thursday of the month, and we’re back on July 7th

We are back with a monthly night of experimental electronics, deviant hardcore and unclassifiable noise at Lauschangriff (Rigaer Straße 103).

Join our Telegram channel to stay up to date!

Line up 07-07-2022 (in this order)

  • Lynxy (Psychic Defence)
  • Christoph Fringeli (Praxis)
  • Memero (Closebrace M OpenBrace – Live)
  • Nihil Fist (Praxis, CNE – DJ Set)
  • Messias (Cathartic Noize Experience – Live)
Lauschangriff 
Rigaer Straße 103
10247 Berlin

Doors open 8pm, sets start at 9pm. Until 2am+
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The Molehill Report #6

Welcome to the sixth edition of THE MOLEHILL REPORT A new monthly video newsletter covering activities and perspectives from Praxis Records, Datacide Magazine, Molehill Publishing and other associated projects, presented by Christoph Fringeli.

June 2022: This episode of the Molehill Report consists primarily of a critical obituary of Peter Lamborn Wilson aka Hakim Bey, the anarchist writer influential mainly via his book Temporary Autonomous Zone, who died May 22.

Music: Pirate Utopia, from Slaughter Politics (Praxis 21, 1999), written & produced by Christoph Fringeli and The Invisible S.P.

The Molehill Report # 6 was produced at Psychic Defence Studios in June 2022 in Berlin by CF and Lynxy.

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The Molehill Report #5

Welcome to the fifth edition of THE MOLEHILL REPORT A new monthly video newsletter covering activities and perspectives from Praxis Records, Datacide Magazine, Molehill Publishing and other associated projects, presented by Christoph Fringeli.

May 2022: We continue our discussions with Controlled Weirdness, this time about late 80s and early 90s New York City, topic of his article in datacide fourteen ‘Journeys in the Naked City – Adventures in New York Before the Rain’.

Our regular night re:focus is back on every first Thursday each month, with the next event on June 2nd at Lauschangriff, Rigaer Str. 103, Berlin-Friedrichshain. Doors open 8pm, until 2am. The new datacide web site is online now: https://datacide-magazine.com

The link to the full interview with Controlled Weirdness will be posted here as soon as it’s online (first week of June). Controlled Weirdness original article: Journeys in the Naked City – Adventures in New York before the Rain is online here.

Music: Metatron: The Art of Disappearance (from Speed and Politics EP, Praxis 4, 1993)

The Molehill Report # 5 was produced at Psychic Defence Studios in May 2022 in Berlin by CF and Lynxy.

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re:focus @ Lauschangriff Berlin 02-06-2022

Praxis & Psychic Defence present: re:focus @ Lauschangriff Berlin, every first Thursday of the month, and we’re back on June 2nd

We are back with a monthly night of experimental electronics, deviant hardcore and unclassifiable noise at Lauschangriff (Rigaer Straße 103).

Join our Telegram channel to stay up to date!

Line up 02-06-2022

  • Lynxy
  • ZFE
  • Bombhead
  • _Omdigga_
  • Christoph Fringeli
  • plus special guest
Lauschangriff 
Rigaer Straße 103
10247 Berlin

Doors open 8pm. Until 2am+
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The Molehill Report #4

Welcome to the fourth edition of THE MOLEHILL REPORT

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

April 2022: We’re back from the – for us – first major event this year, the 25th Anniversary of Hekate Sound System that took place in Lyon, March 25/26, and brought back some nice footage, some of which we share here.

We have a new T-Shirt available: The Future is Cancelled. Design by Tóng Zhì. Available now (link below).

We’d like to hear from you what you would like to see on our Noise & Politics channel. Let us know in the comments!

Music: The Wirebug : Instruments Need More Than Just Platonic Love (from Praxis 28, 2001)

H & The Jackal: Mechanical Deviance [from Praxis U.S.A., Deadly Systems 007, 2000]

C_C, The Wirebug, Psychic Defence, Les Trolls playing their own compositions live. Lynxy is mixing tracks by Authentically Plastic and Phormix.

Additional photos of Hekate artwork by Gabi Norland.

The Future is Cancelled T-Shirt is available HERE

Produced at Psychic Defence Studios in April 2022 in Berlin by CF and Lynxy.

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