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First Play: Peter Kirn returns with Second LP ‘Bellona, USA’


Enter Bellona – a musical world Inspired by the science fiction novel Dhalgren, set in a mentally unstable vision of post-apocalyptic America ruled by disorientation and disarray. This is techno driving futurism into a realm of forgotten names and fragmentary narratives, wandering astronauts and optic chains. It’s a celebratory dance atop a USA in which broadcast media has broken down, amidst a landscape of entangled multi-way love affairs and gangs of wandering lost figures.

Peter Kirn is the brains behind the celebrated music tech website Create Digital Music and a regular face on the lineup of festivals like CTM, Mutek and Unsound. Last year, he started his own label Establishment, releasing experimental-leaning techno by artists such as Imaski,  Francesco Novara and Nicolas Bougaieff.

‘Bellona, USA’ is his second album and draws its inspiration from the universe of the fictional post-apocalyptic novel Dhalgren. The album was mixed by Lars Hemmerling and marks the first album to be released on the young Berlin-based label on November 3rd on Establishment. Three ambient compositions bookend propulsive synth driven techno bestrewn with polyrhythms and superbly emphasized sound design.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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