„Music slumbers in all matter; any sound, even silence, is already music. The mission, then, must be to render audible what is unheard and unheard of: black noise, a frequency that is inaudible to man.“ That’s how Aram Lintzel describes the music of Hendrik Weber aka Pantha Du Prince. Black Noise (Rough Trade) is the title of his third and current LP, which the Berlin resident, dj and producer wants to present on a few more shows across Europe.
In his music Pantha Du Prince offsets the discrepancy between nature and technique to create an interaction of both forces, which are immanent to his work. It’s the avant-garde psychedelic sounds with a touch of romanticism, which characterize the album and thus appear as striking and imperceptible key elements. Sometimes you even believe the mountains would speak to you through the music’s context, but in the end it’s only Pantha Du Prince creatively gathering natural elements re-working them into compositions.
The perhaps most outstanding of them – besides the song “The Splendour” (stream below) – is “Stick to My Side” (video below), which Weber recorded with Animal Collective‘s Noah Lennox alias Panda Bear and which now finds its completion in a few very good remixes. F.i. Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet surged ahead leaving the natural elements aside, but integrating a lot of new interesting sounds giving the song a proper club appeal (mp3 on Gorilla vs Bear). And if your again still in need of more natural sounds: the Walls remix (stream on their Myspace) shows them to their full advantage. Both remixes just recently got released on the new Stick to My Side single among other ones by Efdemin and Lawrence.
Though, if you don’t want to miss these brilliant sounds in their original way, you should visit Pantha du Prince at one of his upcoming tour dates in the UK, Germany and the rest of Europe:
11.03. Club Academy, Manchester, UK
12.03. TJ’s, Leeds, UK
13.03. Bongo Club, Edinburgh, UK
14.03. Homegame Festival, Anstruther, UK
17.03. Combo, Kaunas, Lithuania
25.03. Lux Fragil, Lisbon, Portugal
26.03. Via Latina, Coimbra, Portugal
27.03. TSB ,Porto, Portugal
31.03. Dunkel, Copenhagen, Denmark
03.04. L’Usine @ Electron Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
09.04. Petrol, Antwerp, Belgium
16.04. Teatro Franco Parenti @ Elita Festival, Milan, Italia
30.04. Tanzhaus West, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
01.05. Rote Sonne, Munich, Germany
07.05. Babylon, Istanbul, Turkey
08.05. Forum, Bielefeld, Germany
22.05. Dissonanze Festival, Rome, Italy
31.07. Field Day, London, UK
Till then you can listen to some sample of his work below.
Attention! In an earlier version of the article we claimed that Pantha du Prince would play at the next Spex Live on May 12 at Berghain, Berliner, among the High Places and the Spex DJ Team. Sadly there has been a communication mistake and the event will take place without him, but more confirmations will follow soon.
Stream | Pantha du Prince “The Splendour“
Stream | Pantha du Prince “Behind The Stars“
Video | Pantha du Prince ft. Panda Bear “Stick to My Side“