The long-awaited release of 1995, the new album from Kruder & Dorfmeister via their own G-Stone Recordings, is fast approaching and the legendary trip-hop duo have just announced a free Virtual Release Party set to take place on the 13th of November, 2020. As K&D invite us to get lost in a smoke-laden time capsule to rediscover the contents of a box of unreleased DATs found in a Viennese basement behind the old G-stone studio 2, the Virtual Release Party for the 1995 album offers the opportunity to participate in an immersive musical experience on a different level and in a purely digital world courtesy of creatives Jascha Suess and Yunus Sezer from ‘formlos creative studio’. It is a free event – guests sign in using their personal email address and immediately receive an email confirmation. They are then free to walk in, assuming control of an Avatar, and navigate unique audio-visual spaces featuring visualizers, abstract landscapes and more!
Each track off 1995 will have its own room and it’s the surreal world of the ‘Johnson’ music video that defines much of the aesthetics of the virtual space. The location where the video was shot was captured using Photogrammetry, a technique used to recreate 3D objects from still images, establishing an environment very familiar to everyone who has enjoyed the video. This is a further expansion on the theory of “K&D Time”, however, let’s not forget the time we find ourselves in now. Therefore, it will also be a social space where one can enjoy the new music from K&D while moving through the virtual environment and interacting with other K&D fans too.
Composed of Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister, the pair draw influence from hip hop, rare groove, dub and new wave, and their sound finds company alongside Massive Attack, Tricky and Thievery Corporation. The pair has also engineered the successes of multiple projects including Tosca, Peace Orchestra and Voom:Voom, and official remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode.
Speaking of the album, Kruder & Dorfmeister tell us, “It now looks, feels and sounds pretty much exactly the same as those original 10 copies did in 1995. The only thing that couldn’t be done is the original clouds of smoke those 10 copies were bathed in. That will be left to the listener to wrap it in the fresh harvest of 2020. In one way it’s a musical time warp space travel. In another, if the music becomes classic and timeless, then it’s of its time, whatever the time.”
1995 will be available in double vinyl (180g, gatefold and download link included), CD digipack and on all digital platforms via G-Stone Recordings. Pre-order here.
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