Friday, 13 October 2017

NEW! SCANDROID'S COVER OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER!

Another great cover version from Klayton: Very audacious, this synth-wave translation of the dance-pop classic rocks pretty hard...




Wednesday, 27 September 2017

BLADERUNNER BLACK OUT 2022 - NEW ANIME SHORT


Image: Sony Pictures Japan

It goes without saying that beloved science fiction films have a history of cross-pollinating each other across the decades. Elements from Metropolis ( 1926 ) may be visible in Bladerunner ( 1982 ) and Akira ( 1989 ), for instance. 

Here, we have the final of the three short films commissioned to coincide with Denis Villeneuve's imminent Bladerunner sequel. The director, Shinichiro Watanabe ( most famous for Cowboy Bebop ), purportedly commented that Bladerunner was the film that had the most influence on him, and that it was important to pay respect but not be an imitation. It was inevitable perhaps, that the stunningly-realised futuristic milieu of the original film, imprinted itself on dozens of live-action cinematic releases over the years, as well as on the colourful, animated world of manga. 

Advance word on Villeneuve's film is already resoundingly positive, and may even be a new classic. He will have pulled off an astonishing feat if that indeed is the case. We only have a few more days to find out for ourselves, but until then, here Villeneuve presents a new short to as the final hors d'oeuvres to the main course:

OOPS! IT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN DOWN BY WARNERS. 
OKAY, HERE'S THE TEASER CLIP, COURTESY OF TOKYO POP TV!



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FINAL TRAILER...DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND DON'T WATCH IT. 
LET YOUR EYEBALLS ENJOY THE MOVIE COMPLETELY FRESH!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

BRAND-NEW CELLDWELLER VIDEO DEBUTS TODAY!

With Klayton's other personas grabbing all the limelight lately, ( namely quasi-80s synthrocker Scandroid, and post-90s industrial metaller Circle of Dust ) and both having multiple releases in the last 18 months, it's about time his most famous alter-ego made a comeback. Here, we see Celldweller in an introspective mood, in a cut taken from the forthcoming album OFFWORLD. Released on July 28th, its melancholy textures herald somewhat of a detour from the usual crushing Electro-Metal sound.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

BLADERUNNER / BLUE MONDAY MASHUP - SEE THE EPIC IN SIX MINUTES!

REPOSTING THIS GREAT CLIP TO CELEBRATE THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLADERUNNER, AND THE IMMINENT RELEASE OF LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL, BLADERUNNER 2049

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Ridley Scott's landmark - and career-defining - film, was not a hit when it was originally released in 1982. Too slow and ponderous for the action blockbuster crowd, it suffered from bad word-of-mouth arising from film-goers who had been led to expect a gung-ho action movie in the wake of Star Wars, and Scott's previous hit, Alien. It wasn't until late-night re-runs on TV, that it slowly began to gather momentum and attract a fanbase. 

Things came to a head in 1990, when a 'workprint' of the film ( the original cut without the expository Raymond Chandler-style voiceover ) was accidentally released for a one-off cinema screening. The resultant positive response prompted the studio to re-release the 'director's cut', first on the arthouse cinema circuit, and then later on home video.

With its visually-arresting cinematography and art direction, and with a score by electronic music genius Vangelis, the film now rightly appears in all-time 'best movie' lists.

Below is a beautiful edit of some of the film's key scenes, cut to a soundtrack of New Order's Blue Monday, assembled from cover versions by Orgy, Zook, Cliff Martinez and Chemical Brothers. 

If you haven't seen the movie, this will very much whet your appetite, and if you have seen it, what better way to have a quick refresher of Scott's singular vision of the future?


Audio: LEE DM101
Visuals: THE REBORN IDENTITY

Play loud, and with headphones.

Note: Contains spoilers.




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Sunday, 18 June 2017

SPECTACULAR NEW SHORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF 'DISTRICT 9': RAKKA


We here at Future-Rocker think South African film director, Neill Blomkamp, can do no wrong. District 9, Elysium, Chappie, are all masterpieces of speculative cinema. ( Yes, even Chappie, which we consider to be way better than Ex_Machina, another A.I.-themed film that came out the same year, and which Chappie was unfavourably compared to ). We feel that nobody but Blomkamp has been able to consistently capture a science fiction landscape of a future Third World that is dirty, lived-in, and disturbingly contemporaneous. And let's face it, if you go purely by Hollywood blockbusters, it would be easy to assume that only America owns the future. Refreshingly, Blomkamp is adept at visualizing a worst case scenario for the entire Planet Earth.



20-minute Alien invasion thriller Rakka ( starring Sigourney Weaver, above ) is the first 'volume' from his new Vancouver-based Oats Studios. A year or two back, we were pretty bummed that Neill's proposed sequel to Aliens ( in which Hicks and Newt survive ), got put on the back-burner after Ridley Scott's success with The Martian. But with Scott following his polarising Prometheus with the anti-climactic performance of Alien: Covenant, we wouldn't be surprised if he will soon be moving on, and that studio heads are reconsidering Blomkamp taking the reigns. However, after seeing Rakka, where again Blomkamp uncannily blends CGI with the real world, as he did with the low-budget breakout hit District 9, do we actually want him back on the big studio treadmill? Judge for yourself...


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Oats is a loose collective of film-making experts that features all the necessary talent to create a movie, under one roof. And - uniquely - it's crowdfunded, where only the most popular ideas will be the ones to make it into full-blown production.

Check out the studio, here: 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

WONDER WOMAN MOVIE PREDICTION : 5 REASONS WHY WARNERS HAVE GOT IT RIGHT THIS TIME

So, this week is the moment of truth for DC/Warners. Not simply because Wonder Woman is seventy-five this year ( yes, that's how long it takes to get a female pop-culture icon in front of movie-going audiences ). No, for good or ill, this movie now comes loaded-down not only with expectation, but the kind of industry baggage that no-one at Warner Brothers would have remotely predicted even a year ago. The first DC Extended Universe movie, Man of Steel, was considered downbeat and dreary ( although it did have its supporters ). Batman V Superman was more of the same, with added incoherence ( both were directed by flashy action auteur, Zack Snyder ). Suicide Squad ( directed by David Ayer ) was simply appalling - a heist movie with no heist. It is therefore appropriate that in these times of gender politics, internet misogyny and glass ceilings, that an industry dominated by men, adapting a fictional medium traditionally associated with adolescent males, is about to get schooled by a female-fronted action movie directed by a woman. ( Cont'd below ).


Below: One of the many examples of the movie's inspired - and inspirational - promo posters.



There is no doubt that in the future, books will be written on the lamentable attempt by Warners to catch up with their arch rivals, Marvel Studios, in adapting their roster of celebrated comic-book properties. I will state upfront that I have not seen any preview screenings of the film, and stopped following any online reviews of Wonder Woman several weeks before its release. However, in this article I contend that the signs were there all along, that Wonder Woman would buck the trend, and not only get DC's troubled cinematic universe stabilised, but be the first female-led action movie to succeed in a meaningful way at the box office. If I'm wrong, I'll publish a review and say so!


Will Wonder Woman unite critics and fans alike? Here are five reasons why they just might pull it off.


1 ) THE AD CAMPAIGN. All the Wonder Woman trailers have been great, because, unlike the example of Batman V Superman, this is a case of Warners heroically holding their nerve, and not giving us the entire movie in soundbite form, a year in advance. Each ad has so far embellished very slightly what we have already seen in the preceding ad, which definitely leaves us wanting to go and see the actual movie. Whereas in the case of Batman V Superman, pretty much every single scene was shown in trailer form, leaving the viewers with no surprises whatsoever, because they had used what they saw online to extrapolate the bits that weren't shown. When a movie costs two hundred million bucks, for there to be no sense of surprise for people who've paid good money to see it in the cinema, is unforgivable. For one thing, it'll simply encourage people to say, 'I'll get the Blu-Ray or wait til it's on Amazon'. About a month ago ( April 2017 ), fans were grumbling that Wonder Woman's lack of saturation-advertising indicated that DC were trying to bury the film ( in other words, that it, too, was deemed a dud ). In actuality, the campaign has been paced so that it is crescendo-ing now, a week before the film is released. Plus, as you can see here, even the posters exude the right amount of confidence, positivity, and forward-momentum.




2 ) WONDER WOMAN BEING SET DURING WORLD WAR ONE. This is a neat tweak of her actual origin ( her first appearance in comic-books was during World War Two, and Wonder Woman, like Captain America, has traditionally been seen as a WWII character ). It's neat in that the time-shift allows it to firstly avoid any cinematic comparison to Marvel's 'First Avenger', but secondly to retain that sense of playfulness and naivety that the story and the character ( as the archetypal woman-out-of-time ) requires. This is important, because as Future Rocker mentioned in our Wonder Woman movie article of October 2013, Marvel's main stable of heroes ( Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, The Silver Surfer, etc. ) were born during the Sixties counter-culture, and therefore had built-in snarky, anti-establishment sensibilities that today's audiences will more readily understand. Anything created before then starts to look and sound anachronistic - like a costume drama, in other words. So, while it may initially be thought of as a disadvantage to be set in the early 20th Century, good writing and period detail will force the production to bring an interesting and fun perspective. Wonder Woman / Diana is from ancient Greece, and will suddenly find herself in a time where men were forced to face technologically-advanced, mechanised war machines on the battlefield. Interesting parallels can be drawn.

3 ) PATTY JENKINS IS THE DIRECTOR. This in itself is heroic, and shows true balls on the part of the studio to take such a gamble. Jenkins is previously only known for one movie, that of the excellent Aileen Wuornos biopic, Monster ( 2003 ). To be handed a flagship, multi-million dollar movie, after making a small, arthouse piece fourteen years previously, is staggering. But, look at that movie. She coaxed an Oscar-winning and transformative performance out of Charlize Theron. Theron, at the time, had begun her ascent in Hollywood, and must have correctly calculated that playing against type would win her accolades that could take her to the next level, which it did ( the counter-intuitive notion being that a former model from South Africa, could play a mentally ill, prematurely-aged prostitute from Michigan did indeed help to get the film noticed ). So, getting a great performance from relative newcomer Gal Gadot ( also a former model ), seems like a good fit. Jenkins however, all but disappeared after her debut's success. Usually gaps in a female director's résumé means that time was taken to raise a family, or that the career-advancements traditionally afforded to successful male directors don't materialise for their female counterparts. Ultimately, it's Warners' gain because in interviews in 2016, Jenkins had remarked that Superman The Movie was a big influence on her Wonder Woman. This is another reason to feel confident that tonally this will be something audiences can finally warm to. 1977's Superman The Movie is still regarded as the great superhero movie, where the humour, pathos, and committed performances of its two leads ( Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder ) still make it a fan favourite today, despite the now-dated FX. If Wonder Woman is a female counterpart of Superman The Movie, then it would be in stark contrast to the rather chilly themes and visuals of Zack Snyder's two preceding movies.




4 ) CONFIDENCE. This is not a production that exudes nervousness or insecurity. Since the film's principal shooting wrapped as far back as a year ago, Gal Gadot has admirably taken to her off-screen duties as film promoter, progressive commentator and women's advocate with an ambassadorial zeal. That, plus frequent fan-pleasing appearances alongside her Wonder Woman TV predecessor, the much-loved Lynda Carter, have enhanced the idea that an iconic mantle has been successfully passed on. Whenever the star and director appear together, there is no feeling that they are covering up a box office disaster. It has always been completely the opposite: Upbeat and anticipatory. Likewise, there have been no negative leaks from unnamed studio insiders, which also adds to the feeling that all is well. With the star's and director's social media output consistently on-message and conveying a sense of excited optimism, the signs are good.

5 ) Finally, GAL GADOT IS WONDER WOMAN. Some commentators have remarked on Gadot's untested acting abilities and her lack of experience. However, there is ample proof already that Gadot can carry a movie. Look at the visual clues in her seven minutes of screen time in Batman V Superman: Gadot's performance is note-perfect, from the playful Bond-esque intrigue of Lex's parties, to her recognition of Lois's grief as she hands-over Kal-El's body. It is widely held that she was the sole reason to see the movie, and her appearance in full battle armour during the finale, prompted grown men and women to cry with joyful relief into their long-empty popcorn buckets. Additionally, the trailers for the solo movie reveal Gadot to have great comic timing.

At the very least, if the movie is an uncomplicated action romp on a par with Captain America: First Avenger, it will have done its job, and given the studio a solid foundation to work with. It could also be the touchstone for a progressive new era of female-led action films, that can seriously generate box-office on a par with more traditional blockbusters. 

And, finally, director Patty Jenkins will be vindicated for what must have been the movie-pitch of a lifetime - getting Diana Prince to the big screen - on her own, once and for all. 



Article by Alexi K.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

NEW! : LEE PACE STARS IN SCI-FI MOVIE 'REVOLT'.

Here at Future-Rocker, we love two kinds of movies: Lower-budget but higher-aiming science fiction films ( eg. Dredd, Battle Los Angeles, Skyline, Monsters ), and we especially love science fiction films set in places other than America ( eg. Chappie, Monsters: Dark Continent, Darkest Days ). Because, let's face it - America does not own the future. So we're intrigued by this trailer for a movie that originally surfaced as a proof-of-concept clip called Prisoners of War back in 2014, and has now been developed by Dutch Filmworks into a fully-fledged action movie starring Lee Pace ( Halt and Catch Fire ) and Berenice Marlohe ( Skyfall ). With shades of District 9 and Edge of Tomorrow ( albeit smaller in scope ), this will be released in July on TVOD and then on Blu-ray in December 2017.


Revolt ( Netherlands trailer ).



Original short, posted by cinematographer Chris Saul on Vimeo.





Friday, 12 May 2017

VARANASI / BEYOND LIFE - short film directed by AEYAZ


FUTURE-ROCKER often likes to take a look at life in the 21st Century. This beautiful new clip does exactly that. With an amazing score by Ryan Taubert, it perfectly captures the other-worldliness of this unique place. Credits and additional links, below.



Direction, Cinematography, Edit & Grade : Aeyaz - ayas@aeyaz.com

Sound Design : Rahul Prabhakaran - facebook.com/rahul.prabhakaran.7


Narration : Alan Watts

Completely shot on Sony A7s.
Lens : Mainly ZEISS Batis 2/25 and Sony 70-200.
Plus few shots with Canon 24-105 and Samyang 35mm T1.5

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Other Future-Rocker 21st CENTURY LIFE articles: 
Dubai - Photo Essay by Sebastian Lee  Painting the Favelas of Brasil

Saturday, 6 May 2017

SOOKEE feat. SPEZIAL-K: ZUSAMMENHÄNGE

This was on our MIXTAPE tab last week, but Future-Rocker loves it so much we've moved this song to the front page. An absolutely fantastic slice of anti-fascist German hip hop, Sookee's flawless delivery in her dense native language totally blows us away. This is the kind of music the era of Trump and Brexit needs. Yep, right now we can't get enough of Sookee and her pals. We've included the lyrics below, with keywords highlighted. But we're sure you can work it out anyway.

Sookee is represented by SPRINGSTOFF, a German pro-LGBT label that, according to their website, 'puts a special emphasis on education as in workshops and lectures as well as the support and promotion of women in music.'



[Verse 1: Sookee]
Zwischen schwarz-rot-gold und schwarz-weiß-rot
Ein starkes Volk bringt stark viel Tod
NS-Genozidindustrie, BRD-Abschiebeknäste
Deutschland selektiert und reinigt sich massenhaft rechtlich
Weiße Deutsche entscheiden über Identitäten
Über Leben, über Überleben
Fahnenmeere spülen Schland in bürgerliches Denken
Antinational Grenzen zermürben und beenden

Weiße Power macht uns scheiße sauer
Staat und Kapital machen dass die Schleife dauert
Nazis zeigen sich sozialverträglich, deckeln mit Etiketten
Nennen es Ethnopluralismus um die Hetze zu verstecken
Dazugehörn darf höchstens wer sich assimiliert
Ich krieg Hass auf Papier, Behörden gehören massig blockiert
Residenzpflicht und Asylverfahren, Beschlüsse aus Parlamenten
Kriegen richtig viel Applaus von ideologisch braunen Händen

Gute Frauen Mutterkreuze, schlechte Frauen schwarzer Winkel
Immer noch ein gültiger Grund auf den Staat den zu pinkeln
Warum hat denn niemand dieses Patriarchat zerbombt
Sexism sells, Männlichkeit darf nicht zu Schaden kommen
Frauen kriegen Kinder, Männer kriegen Geld und Anerkennung
Witze peitschen durch das Netz wenn wir darüber anders denken
Härte, Ellenbogen, Kompetenz und Muskelkraft
Ficken und gefickt werden, Sook hat damit Schluss gemacht




Es geht um Macht und Härte andre abzuwerten
88mal zu folgen und den Hass zu nähren
Unterwerfung schafft Gehorsam bis in den Tod
Autoritäten sind wie Götter, sie singen ihr Lied, sie essen ihr Brot
Stolz über Kunst, Konformität, kein Raum für zarte Empfindungen
Im Gleichschritt denken, sich weiter beschränken sind die Rahmenbedingungen
Sensibilität würde sie spüren lassen wie wenig frei sie sind
Ihre ungleiche Gleichheit mit der sie sich selber peinigen

[Hook: Spezial Kay]
Und deshalb prüf ich meinen Blick für die Zusammenhänge
Denn sie schüren die Idiotie auch ohne Hakenkreuz und Fahnen schwenken
Stehen mit ihrem Dreck jetzt in der Mitte der Gesellschaft
Jeder der die Fresse hält wird im indirket zum Helfer
Antifa heißt mehr als Nazis jagen
Antifa heißt Tag für Tag das Ganze hinterfragen
Und so starten wir den Kampf mit Sprache, Punches, Parties, Straßenblockaden
Alle Mittel sind korrekt und wir haben grad erst angefangen

[Verse 2: Sookee]
Männer müssen Männer sein, Männer dürfen Männer nicht lieben
Nur Kameraden sind Männer, Männer müssen die Grenze ziehen
175, ein wunder Punkt geschichtlich
Wie kann man nur hassen, dass Menschen sich lieben, realität ich blicks nicht
Wenn Frauen Frauen küssen, lieben, ficken, unterstützen
Ist das nur okay wenn sie Männlichkeit damit beglücken
Vom rechten Rand quer durch die Gesellschaft toben sie
Klischees über LGBT-Homophobie

Minderwertigkeit versus Leistungsstreben
Überlegenheit ergo Weiterleben
Survival of the fittest, kein Nutzen, kein Gewissen
Du bist krank, du bist dran, du bist Schmutz, der sich einnistet
Sozialschmarotzermythen bedienen niederste Instinkte
Schüren Sozialneid, white supremacy, auch hier wiederzufinden
Die Ressourcen sind knapp, man tritt von oben herab
Die Verwertung von Menschen wird als Logik verpackt

Juden sind Händler, ewige Bänker und geldgeile Strippenzieher
Jüdische Weltverschwörung, Schattenregierungen? Was? Bitte sehr, Mittelfinger!
Kritik an Kapitalismus ist was anderes als Schuldzuweisung
Antisemitismus und kritische haltung unterscheiden
Revisionisten behaupten Auschwitz hätte es nicht gegeben
Ihretwegen betonen Überlebende ihr Uberleben
Keine Opferrolle, weil die Zahlen leider echt sind
Und wir bleiben dabei: kein Vergeben, kein Vergessen

Dis is nicht nur rechts außen, dis is auch bürgerliche mitte
Antifaschismus wird nicht gewürdigt, nicht begriffen
Die Extremismusdebatte lügt mit zwei Seiten einer Medaille
Wir machen Politik, sind korrektiv und schmeißen nicht nur Steine
Rap war immer politisch, immer gegen Rassisten
Doch Statements mancher Rapper ähneln in Teilen den der Faschisten
Nie wieder no homo, nie wieder rape, ich guck nicht weg
Ich brüll alerta antifascista und spuck auf rechts

[Hook]



Photo: Springstoff

Friday, 5 May 2017

NEW VIDEO! SIRUS: NEON DOMINION

Scroll down for this great cyberpunk / synthwave track by Melbourne band SIRUS.


Directed by Josh Rombout.




Thursday, 4 May 2017

NEW SCANDROID!

ADDED 04 / 05 / 2017 
[doesn't this guy ever sleep??]


ADDED 30 / 04 / 2017


ADDED 05 / 04 / 2017




Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

LICENSED TO KILL: 10 FACE-MELTING TRACKS FROM SUBTERRA RECORDS

A while back we noticed that Klayton ( Celldweller ) had another label - Subterra - dedicated to supplying trancey or menacing 'wub-wub' sci-fi backing tracks for adverts, movie trailers, and games...so we had a good delve to see if there was anything worth adding to our music collections. Most are indeed short, two-minute atmospheric stabs of cinematic flavour. Some however, are longer, and would make great tracks for your electronic rock / dystopian / sci-fi-themed playlists. Here are our favourites...let's do it mixtape-style and intersperse the big tracks with a cool intro track. ( Note: Each song may roll-over into another from the same album, so if that happens either continue listening or just press pause to move on down Future-Rocker's list )...























Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WELCOME TO THE SPRING EDITION, 2017!

ART - DESIGN - MUSIC - FILM

FEATURING: ASH THORP, ILYA NAISHULLER, CODE ELEKTRO & TOBY BARNES
CURATED & DESIGNED BY ALEXI K!






The Future Rocker [Green Edition] by Axel Ki Studio, Dortmund.

ASH THORP: GEISHA SPECIFIC


All images by Ash Thorp, and used with permission.

'I am in love with the big concepts that creator Masamune Shirow and his team built, that are just under the surface.'
- Ash Thorp



Much sought-after artist / designer Ash Thorp has long been a champion of the acclaimed anime, GHOST IN THE SHELL, even going so far as to collaborate with a global team of like-minded creatives, to make his own feature-quality video homage ( see Future-Rocker Jan 2015 )

Fast-forward to 2017, and to coincide with the release of a big-budget live-action adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson, Future-Rocker presents a portfolio of images by Ash Thorp, inspired by the original version's distinctive 'geisha assassin' character.

































Ash Thorp on transitioning from 2D to 3D:

I am just exploring as I learn new tools and apply new ideas to things that have been floating around in my head for some time now.  I feel like I am unlocking various levels of potential in my creative mind the further I grow.  Since I love Ghost in the Shell so much, I figured I would focus some of the tools that I am currently learning, around that of a property I enjoy paying tribute to from time to time.  Hope you enjoy!




CODE ELEKTRO: CALL OF THE WIRED

'I have always wanted to score a movie. But not just any movie – it will have to fit into the Code Elektro universe.'

Here we present an assortment of tracks from synthwave maestro CODE ELEKTRO's epic recent album, WOLF, as well as from his previous opus, SUPERSTRINGS. PLUS! Scroll down for the exclusive new interview, and merchandise links.




Future-Rocker: First of all, there seems a definite transition in the themes as well as the music. Tell us about this 'WOLF' concept. Are you hiker, or a conservationist? Or do you just like Scandinavia?!

‘Wolf’ is a concept album. The album is about how a wolf can be dangerous - but also free. Furthermore, there’s a theme of travel throughout the album. Starting in the wolf den and the initiation ritual - and then moving though the landscape, the night and the city. And the album ends with a transition to something new. I wanted the sounds to have a more human or ”organic” feel. Not as clean as my previous album, ”Superstrings”. And I play around a little more with the dynamics.

I am sensing an actual storyline that plays in your head. Would you like to write movies too, or just score them?

It would be great to work with some kind of story and combining it with my music. I have always wanted to score a movie. But not just any movie – it will have to fit into the Code Elektro universe.

On the new album, you have the customary atmospherics that are underscored by your trademark pulsing synths, but I am detecting a bit of a rock vibe developing, with some crunching riffs, and very tasteful 80s-style guitar shredding to add to the dynamics, as well as loud drums. Would you be happy if the 'Classic Rock', AOR, or Prog guys started following you?

I love rock music and I started out playing bass in rock bands as a young kid. So yes!

Is the rock aspect something you'd like to develop? Maybe do a more '80s Transformers'-style sonic assault? ( I emphasize 80s not current Transformers, because the soundtrack album to the animated movie kicked ass! )

Maybe…it can be difficult to plan these things for me. Often they just happen. But from my perspective ‘Wolf’ is a little closer to my current vision of Code Elektro. A third album would probably be different too.

I can hear hints of human voices occasionally in the mix...would you ever add a vocalist? Maybe for an album's finale?

Vocals would be great! Maybe later… [ cont'd... ]


[ Photo by Mads Dam ]

Tell us about being a sound designer. Are you the guy who has to invent sounds for movies or adverts?

Yes. That’s pretty much what I have been doing for the last 10 years. It’s very different from creating music as an artist…but both are fun experiences.

Describe teaching at the Conservatory. Are you inspired by your students? ( I say that because I get very fired-up when i mentor art students ).

That’s the same for me. I love teaching. I learn at least as much as the students…and I like to contribute to the audio community. Back when I started out I almost had to invent everything myself.

If you were asked to join a band, would you? Name some bands you'd love to work with. 

Tough question. There’s a lot of great bands out there. But at some point in the future I would like to co-write with other people. I’m planning something – but I can’t talk so much about it yet.

 What do you think of the 'SynthWave' movement? It seems like every day there's a new outfit popping up on Twitter, with a chrome logo, some pink neon, and some palm trees!

It’s great to see the rise of the Synthwave scene – and there’s a lot of talented artists out there. A lot of them are great at inventing something new and not just repeating the past…which I think is important.

Recommend some albums by other artists ( any genre ) that you've been listening to, lately.

The Daft Punk TRON soundtrack has a revival with me at the moment. And for some reason I’ve been listening a lot to Black Sabbath the last week or so.

You can't beat listening to Birmingham's finest - thanks for talking to Future-Rocker!

And as we promised, here's a Code Elektro's sampler to try. Enjoy!








You want the CODE ELEKTRO LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE, or the super-cool vinyls? Click here!




And finally, a few words from the Maestro...