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Percussionist Julian Sartorius records a beat a day for a year

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By Merz in New Music on Monday 10 December 2012

By a happy twist of fate I shared an atelier-studio with drummer/percussionist Julian Sartorius, who collaborated with me on the layering of all the drum and percussion elements of the record. While we were working together he was creating a beat a day for his Beat Diary project, no matter where in the world he was that day he’d create a multi-tracked rhythm, no loops, using anything to hand. The 365 tracks are being released on 12 copies of vinyl (months) and as a book of 365 photographs he took of each situation.

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Electronic music by Dimlite

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By Merz in New Music on Friday 7 December 2012

I was introduced to the musician Dimitri Grimm by drummer Julian Sartorius. Both Dimlite and myself perform live with Sartorius as the only other musician on stage. I was knocked out by his music, and he is now one of the electronic musicians I most admire. He delivered a brilliant re-interpretation of The Hunting Owl, […]

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The Baha’i Gardens of Haifa and Akko in the Holyland

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By Merz in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 December 2012

Gardens, full of mystery and an intangible magic. The centre piece of the gardens in Haifa is The Shrine of The Bab. This is the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen. It has a strange quality to it, as if it has life, or a presence. I’ve never experienced that from an inanimate object before. But like the Taj Mahal in India, it was a building project invested with such a huge amount of love and designs for the ultimate expression of beauty that it now shimmers with these qualities.

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Matthew Herbert: an album about a pig’s life cycle

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By Merz in New Music on Wednesday 5 December 2012

I worked on the production and mix of the album with Matthew Herbert at his studio in England. He was also in the process of completing an album about the life cycle of a pig, from birth to palate. His motivation was to learn more about where his food comes from, how it arrives on […]

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New Merz album: No Compass Will Find Home

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By Merz in New Music on Wednesday 5 December 2012

This is the new Merz album I made after re-locating to Bern, Switzerland. I wrote all the songs in a huge old school–turned arts atelier space. If there’s a classroom-y feel about the songs, then that’ll explain why. One of the ateliers I rented was a science lab once used by Albert Einstein. This prompted […]

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Etienne Clement: plastic people are everywhere

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By Merz in New Art on Wednesday 21 November 2012

I came across Etienne Clement’s work in a magazine and intended to contact him about doing a cover for my last album. It took another four years to hook up with him. He’s a London- based French artist, makes and paints little figures and puts them in often unsettling environments. We both separately came up with the idea of doing a pastiche of the Friedrich painting, Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, for the front cover image of my record, No Compass Will Find Home. What, with me temporarily living in the Alps, wandering around Europe like a Flaneur, and tryin a write new songs.

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Bern, Switzerland: Take a dip in the glacial water

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By Merz in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 November 2012

Initially, one of the attractions of being in Bern was the Alps, snowboarding in winter, and all that. What I didn’t bank on was the unique summer swimming experience in the fast flowing, glacial river that runs around the capital. It’s a bizarre but blissful ritual; on a really hot day, tens of thousands of […]

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