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RELEASE: Hi Rez Lo Life EP | RELEASE: Stray Signal EP | RELEASE: Angst 2CDEP | RELEASE: Angst EP | RELEASE: Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto EP | MUSIC VIDEO: Hi Rez Lo Life | MUSIC VIDEO: Vex | MUSIC VIDEO: Angst | MUSIC VIDEO: Firewalls | Compilation appearances | Extra releases and collabs | Remix appearances | Radio, podcast and playlist appearances | Reviews & interviews
Hi Rez Lo Life, the latest EP by Planetdamage is a reflection of 2018’s privacy scandals through the eyes of a disillusioned cyberpunk. These four tracks sum up his messages about misused technology, glitched humanity and the lack of a long-term strategy for humankind, even re-evaluating vocals on retouched versions of Vex and The Mark. (Released on Black Pill Red Pill.)
Album cover/artwork/photo: Richard Besenczi.
Video directed, edited, cut and conceptually designed by Richard Besenczi.
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Tracks 1-4 written by Mariusz Bari at the Lodge HQ. Lyrics and vocals by Mariusz Bari. Mixing, mastering and additional producerly work by Krisztián Árvai.
Stray Signal reflects on the notion that there is nothing inherently wrong with technology – it’s humans that keep messing things up. On the new EP you have four original electro-industrial tracks and some remixes to go with it – by none other than Angelspit, Leaether Strip and Der Prosector! (Released on Two Gods Records, entry on Discogs.)
“I like the sound intelligence of this musician. The songs have been meticulously crafted and achieved with a real great retro approach. It’s an ultra dark production carried by low bass lines and great synth leads.” –Side-Line Magazine, 8/10
Video directed, edited, cut and conceptually designed by Richard Besenczi. Stage attire is Y.LD Clothing by Dora Mojzes. Special thanks go to Andris Ban and Sinred for all the awesome assistance they gave. Video recorded at Silens Photo & Style. Skullwork is by Bebek’s Creations.
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As with all Planetdamage releases, it features a Bandcamp-only audio commentary, available upon purchase.
Tracks 1-4 written and produced by Mariusz Bari at The Lodge HQ. Vocals and lyrics on all tracks by Mariusz Bari, additional vocals on track 5 by Sophia. Track 5 remixed by Zoog von Rock / Angelspit. Track 6 remixed by Claus Larsen / Leaether Strip. Track 7 remixed by Der Prosector.
“Stray Signal” mixed and mastered at The Cage Studios by Martin Bowes with the exception of track 7, which was mixed by Jules Seifert at Epic Audio Media.
Limited edition CD with the first two EPs (Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto, Angst). Released on Two Gods Records (entry on Discogs).
ANGST features the vocals and the lyrical work of Black Nail Cabaret vocalist/composer Emke, venturing deep into the topic of midlife crisis and all the woe it brings, laying it to strict club tempo. (Released on Two Gods Records (15GODSEP), entry on Discogs.)
“‘Angst’ is a great, if quite short, release that skillfully worms its way into your brain with its synth bass lines, steady dance beats, and compelling vocals.”
Video directed and edited by: Zoltan Kovary. Special thanks to Balazs Toth and Tibor Menyhart for their help for taking part in this video and letting us use the venues Supersonic – Blue Hell and KVLT.
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The single also features a live ambient version and a remix by industrial veteran Haujobb. As with all Planetdamage releases, it also features a Bandcamp-only audio commentary, available upon purchase.
Tracks 1&3 written by Mariusz Bari. Production and programming: Mariusz Bari. Vocals & lyrics: Emese Arvai-Illes. Mixing, mastering and addiction production: Martin Bowes at The Cage Studios. Speech samples in track 3 appear on NASA’s Apollo 11 Flight Director’s Loop. Track 2 remixed and crafted by Daniel Myer. Cover/artwork design: Peter Santha. Cover photo: Bettina Toth.
Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto is the debut electro/industrial EP by Hungarian cyberpunk novelist & researcher Planetdamage, much influenced by recent events in the fields of surveillance and data privacy. (Self-released, entry on Discogs)
“Love the old school sound and production. Really something you should check out.”
–Claus Larsen (Leaether Strip)
This official fan video for ‘Firewalls’ was masterfully assembled by Ralph Ernesto aka Soundmirror66.
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Snapshots.. is now available for purchase, if you want to support the Planetdamage empire! Buy it from Bandcamp to get a 5-track production diary detailing how the debut EP was built up from start to finish!
The EP contains four original tracks (Lensjammer, Firewalls, The Mark, Come Home Traitor), five remixes (by Attrition, Black Nail Cabaret, First Aid 4 Souls, Lhasa Mencur and The Mercy Cage), and an audio production diary containing background info on the production of each track. The very first release available from this page was available with some extras on the side.
“Planetdamage emerges you in a dark, turbulent, dystopian future. Driving Tetsuo drums and Blade Runner basses support cold red atmospheres as computerized vocals whisper curses.
This is great stuff – its depth and darkness will seduce you.”
–Zoog von Rock (Angelspit)
Tracks 1-4 written by Mariusz Bari. Production, programming and vocals: Mariusz Bari. Mixing, mastering and additional production was royally delivered by Martin Bowes in the bowels of The Cage Studios. Speech samples in ‘The Mark‘ appear on the Producer Loops Cinematic Series Vol 2: Hacked Society Sample Pack by Lhasa Mencur. Speech samples in ‘Come Home Traitor‘ appear in the documentary Terminal F: Chasing Edward Snowden. Tracks 5-9 were produced and crafted by their respective remixing artists: track 5 by Martin Bowes, track 6 by Krisztian Arvai and Emese Arvai-Illes (additional vocals by Emese Arvai-Illes), track 7 by Lhasa Mencur, track 8 by Istvan Gazdag, track 9 by Josh Wood. Cover/inlay design and artwork by Peter Santha, sculpture and photo by Jeremy Falconer. Artist photos by Balazs Kassai.
“Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto is equal parts reality shock and cyberpunk manifesto.” (Neon Dystopia review).
- Black Pill Red Pill 2019 Compilation (with Hi Rez Lo Life, Dec 21th 2018)
- INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES from the Hungarian electronic underground (with Vex, Aug 23th 2018)
- CAGE 25 (with Vex, Jul 20th 2018)
- Blood Pack Vol. 5 (with Vex, Jan 1st, 2018)
- Cyberpunk Community Soundtrack vol. 6. (with Firewalls, The Mark and Come Home Traitor, Feb 28th, 2017)
- Blood Pack Vol. 4 (with Firewalls, Jan 1st, 2017)
- Two Gods Label Sampler 01 (with Angst, Nov 30th, 2016)
- CAGE 23 (with Firewalls, Jun 1st 2016)
- Firewalls (Bernathy remix), free remix by prominent Hungarian techno artist Zsiga Bernathy, (self-released on Bandcamp for the Xmas holidays, Dec 19th, 2016)
- Track Record (1995-1997), selection of oldschool tracker music, (stream-only release on Bandcamp, May 31th, 1999) – currently unavailable and being reworked
- The Gothsicles – IDDQD (EP/single?) (with IDDQD (Planetdamage remix), TBA, 2019)
- Clayfeet – Evolve (single) (with Evolve (Planetdamage Hardwake remix), May 10th, 2019)
- Saigon Blue Rain – BPD (single) (with BPD (Planetdamage remix), March 15th, 2019)
- Ion Pulse – Ghosts of Grace EP (with Ghosts of Grace (443 On Standby remix), September 13th, 2018)
- Bernathy – Reprosphere EP (with Reprosphere (Planetdamage remix), June 20th, 2018)
- The Mercy Cage – Weak: Machine Logic EP (with Weak (Planetdamage remix), April 6th, 2018)
- Angelspit – Puncture Marks [remix LP] (with Scorpio Machine (Planetdamage Wreck remix), April 2nd, 2018)
- New Project – Ora Pro Nobis the Remixes [EP] (with Ora Pro Nobis (Planetdamage remix), March 5th, 2018)
- Lorelei Dreaming – Banshee [EP] (with Parachute of Gold (Planetdamage remix), May 1st 2017)
- Clayfeet – Stars Explode [single] (with Stars Explode (Planetdamage Wants In remix), Dec 26th 2016)
- Clayfeet – Severance [single] (with Severance (Planetdamage’s City Lights remix), Feb 16th 2016)
Planetdamage tracks have raised hell, havoc and heat levels on
20 Perccel a Jövőbe, Bloodlit Radio, Civil Rádió Miskolc, Cyberland, Dark Essence Radio, Dark Indulgence, Elektro wUndergrund, Ghost Wave Radio, Industrial Island, Megtervezett Valóság, NW2Noise , Rádio Deepland, Radio Wave, Röntgen Radio, Synthentral, Tilos Rádió and WZBC’s The Industrial Factory
and were spinned by DJs such as DJ Scary Lady Sarah or DJ BAnn.
***[from latest to oldest]: Space Couch (video interview, EN), Gothic.hu (Hi Rez Lo Life interview, HU, EN translation here), DJ Liquid (Hi Rez Lo Life interview, HU, EN translation here), NecrogenesiS Magyar Industrial Webzine (Hi Rez Lo Life review, HU), WhiteLight/WhiteHeat (Hi Rez Lo Life review, EN), NecrogenesiS Magyar Industrial Webzine (Stray Signal review, HU), Side-Line (Snapshots/Angst review, EN, 8/10), Brutal Resonance (Vex news, EN), Index (Vex music video premiere, HU), Gothic.hu (gig review, HU) Neon Dystopia (Angst interview, EN), Dark Beauty Magazine (Angst interview, EN), Alan The Wild Blog (Angst review, HU), Intravenous Magazine (Angst review, EN), I Die: You Die (Angst: Haujobb remix track review, EN), Recorder (Angst interview, HU), Neon Dystopia (Snapshots review, EN), Recorder (Snapshots mini-interview, HU), Galaktika Magazin (Snapshots article, HU)
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