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Cosmo Knex
E-mail interview
Fyoelk, Stenze Quo Musik

For our next Outsiders we have the honor to host Johann Kauth for a 2 hour trip into the Cosmos.. Johann aka Cosmo Knex, Fyoelk! Musical globe trotter, graphic designer, disk thrower, musical researcher, composer and publisher at Stenze Quo Musik, you name it. A jack of all trades who recently moved with his fam and studio to the beautiful island of Samsø in Denmark. Pré recorded from Samsø.. Enjoy this 2 hour journey into Knex’s Cosmos!

1. Where and when were you born and raised ?

I was born in Flensburg, Germany in 1984. When i was 3 we moved out of the city to a house on a hill in the fields.

2. What music did you grow up with ?

Through my parents’ occupation as music teachers i digested a good amount of baroque flute and guitar, scandinavian folk tunes and afro-cuban percussion. Starting school in the city in 7th grade was a game changer, as with access to the library there was loads to discover. My friends and i were into stuff like Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Fugazi but also the library had electronic music and some minimal music in the classical section. The library was crazy though, you could borrow a stack of i think 50 CDs or so, my friend and i would listen to them all and then go back to get new stacks. We were pretty much addicted.

3. What kind of music was alive there at the time ?

Back then Flensburg had quite some punk and hardcore shows from bands coming through on the way to or from Scandinavia. There was a small record store with electronic music called Basis (RIP) and a super heavy, mainly 2nd hand store which amazingly still is around called Musikpalast, my both then and now favourite spot for records. I can’t understate how important this place was for my involvement with music, and how many incredible, challenging and strange records surfaced from there!

4. What kind of music can we expect in the following two hours ?

When putting together this mix i was thinking quite a bit about traveling, how records travel and so does the music on them. We start with a danish pedagogic tune and south african flute, go into some german and dutch jazz, over US, latvian, british, italian and french disco to a wavy flexi disc, then into more contemporary sounds with a drum workout, a steppers tune, bass music and very high belgian electronics. Two tunes from Cologne both recent and old are followed by some young Düsseldorf punks, rounding off with a very fun Funhouse edit and a handful of old school Chicago and NYC house tracks.

5. As a music connoisseur, enthusiast, producer and collector you started the (cassette) label Stenze Quo Musik in 2015. Can you tell us a bit more about the origins, set-up and roots of Stenze Quo?

Stenze Quo gives me the possibility to publish the music of friends and my own projects. The choice of the cassette medium is an economic one, but also a homage to 80s underground tapes and mixtape culture. The label has been a fairly low key operation from the start, with editions typically ranging from 50 to a 100 copies. Every release is a close collaboration with the artists, where i try to create artwork that compliments the music. In the beginning releases were mainly distributed while touring, while now most is sent by post.

6. The variety of artists such as Tulips, Piyojo, Tav Exotic, Orphan Fairytale, Dolphins Into The Future,.. (to name a few) that you have released is getting quite big. Probably a difficult question.. but were there certain releases that were a highlight for you in the label's existence?

You’re right, i can’t give you a clear answer. They all hold a special place in my heart.

7. The label has a very recognizable and specific house style. I suspect that as an independent graphic designer you are behind the creation of the graphic design of Stenze Quo? Was there a specific intention behind the creation of the visual identity?

I’m surprised you say it’s a house style, as i kind of try to avoid that hehe. Every release should be able to exist on its own. But yeah, i think the overall aesthetic is amplified by the fact that i’m doing most of the art and have been using certain printing techniques, mimeography and screen printing especially.

8. What's on the musical agenda for Stenze Quo Musik, Fyoelk and Cosmo Knex in the future?

I’m currently building a recording studio, which will become the home for many projects. There are forthcoming tapes by beat wizard TBZ out of Cologne and harp player/field recordist/narrator Alexander Holm from Copenhagen. Those two represent two totally different worlds, yet they are cohesive in themselves. That also maybe underlines the label’s nature in not being genre-based, each release stands strong in itself and marks its individual powers. The jam hounds of Montel Palmer visited our barn last summer, those recordings might surface soon as well…

9. You moved to Samsø in Denmark a while ago, how's it treating you? There are a lot of interesting things happening on this beautiful island like Terraform, music events.. What's the next happening and how were the previous editions?

Yes, there is a lot going on and the response and support has been fantastic, both from locals and guests! Right now we’re harvesting mutsu apples. And preparing an artist in residency program, installing the printmaking studio.. Early next year there will be a group exhibition about and with small publishers in our new project space. With the island’s art council we’re planning an exhibition and concert programme during summer 2023 around the oeuvre of sound painter and field recording pioneer Knud Viktor. That is super exciting. He grew up on the island, i had no idea!

Here’s some channels to check out:


Inger og Morten acc. Grethe Agatz - Ekkoleg
King Kwela - Kwela Spokes
Guem - Ruisseau
Gunter Hampel - (No. 202) Sonnenstrahlen
The Voices Of East Harlem - Rare So Rare
Solution - Divergence
Modo, Zigmārs Liepiņš - Spēlē Vēl
Touch - Love Specialty
My Mine - Dr. Atl
The Creatures - Kid Robot Dance
BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Out Of This World
Deodato - Skatin’
Lio - Comix Discomix
Kasso - On The Sea
Sidney - Hip Hop (Version Instrumentale)
Five Or Six - Black Balloons Drop
Employee - Windy Pipes
Tussle - Nightfood
DJ 2Beers - So Low It Hurtz
Ekiti Son - Gemini Disco
Tav Exotic - Very High
TBZ - from BX LP
Dunkelziffer - Network
Male - Zensur-Dub
S.Y.P.H. - What Happens?
Jellybean - Numero Uno Mix (excerpt)
Xperiment - Karn Evil #10 (Dub)
+ Pierre Henry - Le Voyage + Spuk Disk lathe
Farley “Jackmaster” Funk - The Funk Is On
Dancing Flutes - Do The Do (Do The Flutes)
After Hours - Waterfalls (3AM Mix)

Allon Kaye
E-mail interview
Entracte, Universal Exports

1. Where and when were you born and raised ?
I was born in London. I lived there until I was three-years old when my parents moved to Israel. We returned a while later.

2. What music did you grow up with ?
A wonderful mix of things: My dad’s records (Beatles, Stones, blues), Italo and so-called Euro Disco, local music in both Arabic and Hebrew, and snippets of the first house and acid records that I heard on the radio and in the first clubs I started going to.

3. What kind of music was alive there at the time ?
Mostly the Euro-Italo stuff.

4. What kind of music can we expect in your mix for Outsiders at Kiosk Radio ?
None that I’ve mentioned so far.

5. As a music connoisseur, enthusiast and collector you started the label Entr'acte records in 1999, is that right ? Can you tell us a bit more about the origins, set-up and roots of Entracte?

I could but I would be repeating myself.
If anyone’s interested:

6. The list of releases you have pushed forward with Entracte is huge. How did you come up with such a wonderful list of artists? I can imagine that throughout the more than 20 years of Entr'acte you have spent a lot of time networking and researching different music scenes around the world. Can you tell us a bit more about the way you raised Entracte? Have people been involved in the day-to-day running of the label?
It was just me, and I only released from demos. So I didn’t actually do very much.

7. The variety of artists such as Andrew Pekler, Legowelt, Yves De Mey, Lander Geyselink, Roman Hiele, Lee Gamble, ... (just to name a few) that you have released is enormous. Probably a difficult question.. but were there certain releases that were a highlight for you in the label's existence?
Oh, certainly: far too many to list but from the top of my head and the bottom of my heart:

Big City Orchestra (E27)
Scott Taylor/srmeixner (E34)
Esther Venrooy (E30/E50)
Theo Burt/Automatics Group (E80/E130)
Helena Gough (E91)
John Wall/Alex Rodgers (E114)
Dale Cornish (E156)
Keith Moliné (E162)
Joseph Clayton Mills (E167)
Guy Birkin & Sun Hammer (E187)
Brendan Dougherty (E197)
NYZ (E219/E220)
Coppice (224)
Tom Mudd (E226)
The Happy Jug (E227)
Ohad Fishof (E239)

8. The label has a very recognizable and specific identity. I suspect that as an independent typographer and graphic designer you are behind the creation of the graphic design of Entr'acte.? Was there a specific intention behind the creation of Entracte's visual identity? It came about spontaneously, but I always wanted something generic for it rather than a different sleeve for each release.

9. What's on the agenda for Entracte in the future? You started the Universal Exports label a while ago with Yves De Mey & Roman Hiele. Is there a connection between UA and Entra'cte or are these 2 labels completely unrelated? I stopped Entr’acte and quit Universal Exports in July this year.

10. Yves De Mey once told us that you have one of the largest and broadest music collections in his circle of friends. Where and when did you start building your collection and which genres are mainly represented in it? Are you still actively collecting and discovering music?
I was never a serious collector except when I was predominantly into stuff like Coil/Current 93/Nurse with Wound; I owned or tried to get hold of everything they had released to that point. I rarely buy vinyl or CDs these days (and never cassettes). In fact, I sold most of my records a while back. I check out new music regularly but I don’t feel that I need to own most of what I come across. I’m easily bored so music really needs to turn me on.

Matthew Jones (Warp, Disciples, Ndeya)
E-mail interview
Jon Hassell, London, Outsiders, Kiosk Radio

London calling. Souvenirs From Imaginary Cities proudly presents a guest mix by Matthew Jones.

Matthew, who works for the legendary Warp Records, centered his mix around his own label Disciples, an archive label dedicated to releasing collections of music that have not existed before, "because we love the mistakes, the outtakes, the demos and the tentative tremors".

Matthew also set up the Ndeya imprint with Jon Hassell in 2018, securing a home for the music of the pioneering fourth world musician. Since Hassell's unfortunate passing away in 2021, Matthew has been working with his estate to try and ensure that his legacy is well looked after.

1. Where and when were you born and raised?
I grew up in Leicester in the 80s and early 90s. It's a post-industrial city in the centre of the UK. I left in 1995 for London and have been here ever since.

2. What music did you grow up with?
My mum and dad were pretty into music, but mainly MOR and country and show tunes and stuff like that. The same 10 or 20 tapes seemed to be in constant rotation and are consequently burned into my brain, also whatever was getting played on Radio 2 (UK AOR station) during my childhood. My older brother was an avid heavy metal fan (a big thing in the Midlands) so I was also subjected to him blasting that through the thin partition wall that separated our bedrooms. Some of the earliest live music I got taken to see was things like Metallica because he would let me tag along. Eventually I started discovering my own music.

3. What music scene was alive there at the time?
I can't claim a ton of great music came out of Leicester itself, the good stuff that did emerge was more of an exception to the rule, but conversely it did have a really strong musical culture at the time. Demographics, geographical location, and the presence of two universities meant that a lot of interesting stuff passed though the city, from the annual Caribbean carnival to international bands on tour. A lot of my musical education came from hanging out in record shops like Timebox, Ultima Thule, BPM, 5HQ, Rockaboom and Left Legged Pineapple, and sneaking in (underage) to shows at the Polytechnic, University, De Montfort Hall, The Magazine and the Princess Charlotte.

4. What kind of music can we expect in the following two hours ?
The first hour is a showcase for the Disciples label that I've run for the last 3 or 4 years, featuring stuff from the catalogue such as Phew, Model Home, Ruth Mascelli, Niagara, Bogdan Raczynski, Special Interest, Black Lodge, His Name Is Alive and ESP Summer. This section of the mix also includes some previews of some upcoming Disciples bits from Suzi Analogue, Time Designers, 99Letters, Animal Sounds and Maxine Funke. The second hour is some tracks from other labels I help out with, based on stuff I had copies of at home!

3. If I'm right, you still work for Warp Records? In what period did you start working there and what are your main activities? Can you tell us some more about the Disciples label you're working on?
Yeah I've worked for Warp for nearly 10 years now, initially brought on board to help with producing reissues of their own catalogue, but over time we've become more involved with partnering with other labels and artists that aren't necessarily signed to the Warp label itself, but take advantage of some of our infrastructure and resources. A lot of my time is taken up with managing projects for these third party labels.

A few years ago I started my own imprint, initially with a guy called Luke who worked for Bleep at the time, the name was a bit of a joke about our names, and I've continued with it solo since he departed for fresh pastures. Initially it was intended as a purely archival label, as my background is working on reissues, but to be honest that is a bit of a crowded playing field these days, and we've since bent the rules a bit and released new music as well.

The common thread with the main Disciples series is that it's music that hasn't existed in that form before (so even though Rave 'Till You Cry is drawn from Bogdan Raczynski's Rephlex era archives, most of the music is unreleased and uncompiled). We also have a series under the R.A.T.S. banner for more 'straight' reissues of existing albums. The difference between Disciples and the other labels I work with is that the latter is more about realising someone else's vision, whereas with Disciples I have a bit more creative input and ultimately decide what gets released on the label.

4. In the past you already made 2 compilations for On'u Sound named "Sherwood on the controls vol. 1 & 2". What is your relationship with Reggea, dub and On' u sound ?
Warp started managing the On-U Sound catalogue for the owner (and producer of most of the records on the label), Adrian Sherwood, around 2015, which has been a great project for me to work on as I was a fan of the label before we got involved, and the Sherwood At The Controls compilations were a bit of a labour of love. The focus for the past few years has been more about boxsets or vinyl reissues focused on specific artists, and new albums that Adrian has produced with the likes of Lee "Scratch" Perry and Horace Andy, but we hope to put out some more compilations in the next couple of years, the catalogue is so deep and varied.

Outside of work, I listen to a lot of 60s and 70s era reggae, and for the past few years have run a monthly reggae disco in my local neighbourhood. The night is called 'General Echo', and is currently put on in a lovely 100+ year old Trade Union hall, the kind of place which still has fixtures and fittings from the 50 years ago and is also the kind of community asset that is a fast disappearing space in property obsessed 21st century London. What we do is very different from the serious sound systems like Jah Shaka (a truly immersive and life altering experience I would recommend to anyone), it's more of a small scale celebration of the music, but we're lucky enough to host some amazing selectors, and have a wonderfully mixed and friendly crowd that come to the nights to listen to some of the greatest music ever made.

5. You have been and frequently engaged in Jon Hassell's musical oeuvre. How did you get to know Jon Hassell's music and how did you come into contact with him?
Can you tell us a bit more about your involvement with Jon Hassell and what you will be able to accomplish for Jon Hassel fans in the future?

One of the other catalogues Warp took on in my first few years here was the All Saints label, and I first contacted Jon because they held the rights in one of his albums. This relationship quickly grew into something more involved, and we set up the Ndeya imprint up as a home for his music. Working with Jon was very intense, but it was a true honour to help with the release of his final two studio albums. Losing Jon last year was a massive blow, but I'm now working with his estate to try and ensure that his legacy is well looked after.

6. The key question, for all the Hassell fans, is there an unreleased Hassell album coming out?
There's a lot of unreleased recordings, whether there is an actual unreleased Hassell album is a more difficult question. The editing and sequencing of his albums was such a big part of the process for Jon, it's like the recording was one half of it and then the arranging he did in post-production was the other half. There's some really good collaborations in the vaults though, and some amazing concert recordings and things of that nature, we're still going through all the tapes but some exciting releases for Jon Hassell fans to come for sure.

Yves De Mey
E-mail interview
Sendai, sound design, mastering

Welcoming Yves De Mey to our newest Outsiders episode at Kiosk Radio. Yves is our mastering engineer, a quintessential member of the Souvenirs team.

Yves De Mey started releasing music in the mid-nineties of last century. Back then, his releases were clearly rooted in breakbeats and UK drum'n'bass. Soon after that, through working for theater and dance performances and doing large scale sound installations, his interest in experimental sound design found its way into his music. He’s also very active as a sound designer, sound engineer and re-recording mixer for film and tv.
As of late, he added music mastering to his service package as well. Since 2009, he’s been releasing mostly under his own name. At the same time, his focus shifted towards the most singular form of sound synthesis through using modular synths. His work, so far, has been released by Line, Opal Tapes, Spectrum Spools, Editions Mego, Sandwell District, Entr’acte, Modal Aanalysis , Latency Superpang,... He's also part of Sendai (with Peter Vanhoesen ) and Grid Ravage, a trio with synths, drums and cello.

1. Where and when were you born and raised ?

I was born in Mechelen (Belgium) in 1972.

2. What music did you grow up with ?

As a young kid, I kind of followed my older brothers’ taste. Initially they were into metal. We’re talking late 70’s, early 80’s. So a lot of AC DC, Iron Maiden,… At a certain point, when they started to go out, they brought home some mixtapes with electronic music, mostly new wave. That’s when my ears popped. And I kind of never looked back. I think i was 11 or 12 years old then.

3. What kind of music was alive there at the time ?

Besides new wave and affiliated styles, also a lot of pop music. Early Madonna, Prince, Wham,… but I didn’t care much for that. Except for bands like Depeche Mode, Thompson Twins, people like that. Synth pop, you could say. Still a huge fan of Depeche Mode, although everything they did after Violator was a bit meh, in my opinion.

4. What kind of music can we expect in the following two hours ?

I’ve mainly picked harmonically rich music, slow builders, music from people I know and respect a lot. But also some bass heavy stuff, lots of love for that as well, of course. And I tried to keep a good balance between the electronic and the acoustic side of things.

5. You are a self-employed sound designer, an all-encompassing concept in the music and film world. How did you get involved in the wide world of sounddesign and can you tell us a bit more about the projects and assignments you are most involved in today?

Since my teenager years, I’ve been into sound for film. I watched quite a lot of sci-fi and horror, and later on of course David Lynch films. At first I dreamt of doing soundtracks, but I quickly figured sound design suited me better. I did a few soundtracks though, and I really enjoyed that. But my whole sound design parcours has been a combination of meeting the right people at the right time, and stumbling from one freelance job into the other. And a certain point, it simply became a fulltime occupation.

These days, I mainly do tv-series, which is fortunately the nicer stuff (when it comes to sound). It doesn’t necessarily need to be the most hyper futuristic sound design for me. I equally enjoy doing very naturalistic jobs, making cities sound realistic, picking the right bird sound for the right season, playing with silence, things like that….

2. In my eyes you are, as it were, a jack of all trades when it comes to music. You work both as a sound designer/ mastering engineeer, composer,.. Do you find enough time throughout all your assignments to compose and create your own music? And where do you get the most satisfaction from?

It’s often indeed a bit difficult to find the time to sit down and make new work. And not just because of the job; I have a daughter, I practice the piano a lot, I do some extra study from time to time (mainly Max), social life,…. But over the last few years, I became less “stressed” about having to make music. There’s no rush anyway, I don’t think anyone cares whether I have some new music ready this coming October or January next year… And that’s when the satisfaction kicks in: I can do it on my own terms. I’m the happiest when i can program or patch a couple of sounds and make them work together. Or process them, and all of a sudden something harmonically interesting happens… pure bliss. I also love to spend a lot of time with just one machine, usually a synth. I have quite a few tools to choose from, but i think I made my best work when there were not that many machines involved. This way, the composing/producing also becomes some kind of study, very focused. I like that. My “Exit Strategies 1” release is a good example: one sequence, one synth (Modor) and programming the hell out of it. It’s a quick process, in a way… not many distractions, no “what if I add this or that from this or that machine…”

3. You started the Universal Exports label a while ago with Allon Kaye of Entr'acte and Roman Hiele. Can you tell us a bit more about the origins and musical future of UE Records?

The origins: three guys in Antwerp decide on a (probably alcohol fuelled) night to come up with a label to release music we like. Initially, we wanted to primarily focus on local artists, but that quickly proved to be pointless. When you can release an album by the great Asmus Tietchens, it would be stupid to not do it. It’s still available, by the way:

Musical future: that’s a difficult one, because we don’t know. We like to keep it open, also towards other things, different from music. There have been some art gallery related events, and I think it’s a good way of diversifying. I rather see the label as some sort of vessel for different disciplines, and not just a label as such. But we’ll see. There will be music releases for sure, but I can’t say when or what yet.

4. As a versatile producer you have a lot of releases on your name. Can you give us a sneak peak of what is coming out in 2022 /2023?

There’s a new album on its way, should be released after summer on a Swedish label. It’s been in the works for a very long time. But since we decided to release it on CD, things went (unsurprisingly) faster. There’s another 6-track release ready, something i’d love to release on vinyl, but it might take too long. I could release it digitally today, perhaps. I also want to start working on a new Sendai release with my friend Peter Van Hoesen. He recently sent me some things that are very interesting as a starting point. I’d love to make new tracks for the trio I started a couple of years ago (Grid Ravage), with Louis Evrard on drums and Gino Coomans on cello. It’s excellent fun to play with these guys, and it’s a bit out of my comfort zone, what makes for some very inspiring adventures.
And i’ll soon start working on tracks for SM-LL, a UK label that, in one of its series, releases music anonymously. I like that idea: so far they have 16 releases, with vinyl copies made to order, but everything is available as a download as well. It’s always a hard guess who’s doing the releases. It’s intense electronic music, for the heads, really. Not sure when it’s going to be ready, and I can’t tell when it’s there either. I like the people running the label a lot, we became good friends over the years, and I can’t wait to make something for them again.

5. When is the next opportunity to enjoy an Yves De Mey Show ?

Depending on the timing: August 18 in Café Central in Brussels, August 27 in Ghent for a night of modular synth music, and otherwise September 1 with the trio in Antwerp or September 2 at Meakusma, also with the trio.

And that’s it for shows, so far. Hopefully more to come, but equally happy to work from home on new stuff.