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Hellven, Demoscene Group and Netlabel

Posted 2018-01-02. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, 2000s, demoscene, digital release, music.

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Something I wrote last week didn't sit right with me:

RS3 later went on to start (or maybe join?) the group Hellven

I knew that couldn't be correct. A small amount of research led me to this interview with Xavier Dang, the founder of Hellven. That gave me enough information to start digging in the Internet Archive. The Hellven v5 homepage helpfully links to a forum post that explains the timeline and history of Hellven. Quote from that forum post:

hellven was founded in 1998 by Xavier Dang a.k.a. "mv" (previously melvyl). When it started, hellven was a music group of aspiring/hobbyist musician pals from various places around the globe aiming to release their tracked music of any style for free on the net.

Hellven went through a series of versions, each with a corresponding time period. 1.x spanned 1998-1999, 2.x 1999-2000, then 3.x and 4.0 lasted from 2000 to 2003. The final revision appears to have been 5.0; I don't know if any music was released during this time.

The files.scene.org archive appears to have the Hellven v3 and v4 releases, specifically the Urbanism musicdisk and the 001-099 single releases. The archived Hellven v4 webpage is useful for figuring out the details of the various releases.

So now I know: RS3 did not "start" Hellven. He joined during the Hellven 2 period.

This journey inspired me to download the Hellven mod releases available on scene.org and render the ones I liked out to flac. There's a lot of good stuff! Melvyl's tracks, particularly hv001 Disfigured and hv032 Someone EP are great. hv041 Odyssey by Funkymuskrat is a nice surprise; that's an artist I'll have to look out for. And of course RS3's tracks, my favorites of which are hv024 Phases of Identity EP and hv039 Among the Fallen.

There's more Hellven for me to discover: I haven't found any v1 or v2 releases, and I've spent no time listening to the (128kbps, 160kbps...) mp3 releases on scene.org. But this seems like a good start.


Reedale Rise / Archivist

Posted 2017-08-14. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, digital release, dub, electro, house, idm, music, techno.

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Archivist

Released 2014. Flac, 16bit, 290MB.

  1. Eisrous
  2. Io
  3. Duv
  4. Illiyon
  5. Haali
  6. X-K
  7. Kae
  8. Rodeon
  9. 4th State
  10. Alavee (Mr. Fingers Cover)
  11. Kowdow
  12. Glyph

Source: reedalerise.bandcamp.com.
Free release from Reedale Rise. Mellow. Just about every track stands out on this. I'm especially fond of Duv for the 70 BPM dub sound.


Skip Club Orchestra / Transam EP

Posted 2017-01-03. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, digital release, footwork, music.

Transam EP Cover Skip Club Orchestra
Transam EP

Released 2016.
FLAC, 102MB.

  1. TRANSAM
  2. Hammerfall
  3. but...
  4. Highself
  5. Urban Landscape

Source: dubliminal-bounce.bandcamp.com.

Really excellent piece of juke/footwork. Replaces some of the aggression with familiar techno (maybe house?) sounds.

Check Back In Ray (Version) and Hi-Tek Soul also on dubliminal-bounce.

Played most of it at the arcade on 2016/12/28.


Space Dimension Controller / Unidentified Flying Oscillator

Posted 2016-05-30. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, digital release, electro, music.

Unidentified Flying Oscillator Cover Space Dimension Controller
Unidentified Flying Oscillator

Released 2009. MP3 320kbps, 116MB.

  1. Unidentified Flying Oscillator
  2. Space Dimension Controller
  3. Spanner Cord (Q150 Edit)
  4. SH-8040
  5. I Made A Funny
  6. Title Sequence
  7. VCOcation
  8. Spanner Cord (Monolith Remix)
  9. Branston Pickle Fit
  10. Don't Push Him
  11. Galactic Effector
  12. 110 Probe-lems
  13. Galactic Effector (Filaria Remix)
  14. VCOcation (Boxcutter Remix)

Source: archive.org


T.Power / The Self Evident Truth Of An Intuitive Mind

Posted 2016-01-11. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, digital release, drum & bass, music.

Self Evident Truths Cover T.Power
Self Evident Truth Of An Intuitive Mind

Released 1995, Remastered 2015.
Flac, 24bit, 495MB.

  1. Circle
  2. Square
  3. Trapezium
  4. Octagon
  5. Triangle
  6. Indigo
  7. Silver
  8. Turquoise
  9. Amber

Source: tpower.bandcamp.com.
Absolute stone classic.


DJ Stingray / Aqua Team 2

Posted 2016-01-10. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, digital release, electro, music.

Aqua Team 2 Cover DJ Stingray
Aqua Team 2

Released 2008, digital 2014.
Flac, 316MB.

  1. LR 001
  2. Potential
  3. Silicon Romance
  4. Wire Act
  5. NWO
  6. Serotonin
  7. Counter Surveillance
  8. Binarycoven
  9. Mindless
  10. Straight Up Cyborg
  11. Star Chart
  12. It's All Connected

Source: WéMè Records bandcamp.


Dogon / Dogon Territory

Posted 2016-01-03. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, digital release, dub, music.

Dogon Territory Cover Dogon
Dogon Territory

Released 2011.
Flac, 308MB.

  1. Knockin' On Through
  2. On The Fly
  3. The Grey Area
  4. Hex-A-Gon
  5. Girl I
  6. Dogon Territory
  7. Cry of the Emotion Machine
  8. Death By Dub
  9. E Turn
  10. M'Kay
  11. Knocking On Ambient
  12. Fool's Walk
  13. The Right Thing

Found thru The Wee DJs Bandcamp page. Source: dogon.bandcamp.