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We are 4 years old today.

Thank you for listening to our music.

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Upcoming events in November 2022

4.11.2022
Kotra live at the mixed media art exhibition RISE
at Gisela Freier Kunstraum Lichtenberg, Giselastraße 12, 10317 Berlin, Germany

9 – 13.11.2022 12:00-17:00
Pop-up label’s shop of I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free + Prostir
at Vestre, Vestre Skostredet 2, Bergen, Norway

12.11.2022 21:00
Zavoloka live at Østre, Østre Skostredet 3, Bergen, Norway

26.11.2022
Cluster Lizard live at Disruptive Territory, Soma, Berlin, Germany

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Cluster Lizard live at Inne Brzmienia festival

Cluster Lizard live at Inne Brzmienia festival, in Lublin, Poland.

8th of July 2022

Photos by Robert Grablewski, Katarzyna Anna Kubiak & Alicja Miękina

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Variát “For The Heart Of Kyiv”

As a part of Post-Muzica series

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Variát in Post-Muzica series

Today as a part of Post-Muzica series there will be a premiere of audio-visual work from Variát “For The Heart Of Kyiv”

”Some fights are old, some have roots in ancient times, embedded in myths and legends, carrying the spirit from one generation to another. Our enemy would come with different names and different faces, but always with the same deathwish for us. Today they call themselves russians, before they were soviets, earlier they were muscovites. They want us to obey, or to die. They can’t exist without us, and they can’t accept our existence. They want us to become them, but for us, it is worse than death. Over and over again, century after century, generation after generation we rise from the ashes and carry on our fire of freedom and great love to life. And this fight today must be the last one. This monster, this last inhumane empire called russia must finally stop existing. We, Ukrainians, together with many other nations which suffered so much for such a long time, deserve to have a future where we breathe and develop freely. This fight, this great total war is not for territory or history, this war is for the spirit of freedom, for the light against darkness. And our victory will detonate countless other nations on their leap toward liberation, and this will change the world and start a new era. We don’t know when this war will end, but we know how. Glory to freedom, glory to life!”

(Dmytro Fedorenko)

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Premiere on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/549651176680384/

Premiere on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTbpzRPPbb4

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Kotra “Radness Methods” review from In Your Eyes Zine

Kotra arriva dalla martoriata Ucraina, vive a Berlino e propone un’elettronica molto profonda e che scardina molti steccati di genere.

Il suo ultimo lavoro Radness Methods esce per Prostir ed è un concentrato di techno, dark ambient, ebm e tanto altro. Il suono di Kotra è uno spazio fisico dove in una dilatazione spazio temporale troviamo molte cose, dal dolore all’aggressività, forme non lineari di suoni musicali che si intersecano con rumori e generazioni di macchine che trovano uno sfogo.

Uno dei punti principali della poetica di Kotra è sempre stato quello di spingere al limite sia il corpo che la mente attraverso suoni anche fastidiosi, ed infatti Radness Methods è un disco spesso disturbante, che riprende la lezione dei Throbbing Gristle nel dare fastidio e nel non lasciare mai indifferente l’ascoltatore, sia nel bene che nel male. Kotra non produce musica che possa essere vissuta in maniera innocua come intrattenimento o svago, la sua produzione è piuttosto un bisturi che taglia in profondità, recidendo carne ed ossa, fino ad arrivare al succulento midollo.

In alcune tracce la saturazione sonora raggiunge livelli molto alti, riempendo lo spazio e le orecchie dell’ascoltatore. La produzione è ottima e strutturata in maniera differente rispetto al prodotto medio elettronico di consumo, qui non c’è da consumare nulla, ma solo da fare questa esperienza che può essere anche dolorosa, ma che porta molto più di quanto toglie.

Quasi un’esperienza sciamanica, tribù sonora che oltrepassa le comuni porte della musica per arrivare direttamente a quelle della percezione.

Ci sono momenti, come nella bellissima Quantum Presence, dove i bassi sono pugni di giganti cosmici direttamente all’interno della terra, al suo stesso cuore, e si raggiunge un’altissima intensità, un continuum di apici e di sensazioni.

Kotra è uno sperimentatore umano, nel senso che esplora i propri limiti e quelli degli altri messi di fronte ad una musica che è difficile chiamare tale, ma che è un respiro di altri mondi, una grammatica marziana che ci apparteneva ma che abbiamo dimenticato, focalizzati sulle nostre piccole e meschine cose.

Disco che prende il cervello e lo lega al corpo, ma anche viceversa creando qualcosa di molto importante, un’esperienza sonora corporea ed extra corporea unica e dolorosa, impressa nelle nostre sinapsi per un produttore unico non solo nel suo genere.


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“Kotra comes from the battered Ukraine, lives in Berlin and offers a very deep electronic sound that breaks down many genre barriers.

His latest work Radness Methods, released by Prostir, is a concentration of techno, dark ambient, Ebm and much more. Kotra’s sound is a physical space where in a space-time dilation we find many things, from pain to aggression, non-linear forms of musical sounds that intersect with noises and generations of machines that find an outlet.

One of the main points of Kotra’s poetics has always been to push the limits of both the body and the mind through even annoying sounds, and in fact Radness Methods is an often disturbing record, which takes up the lesson of Throbbing Gristle in giving annoyance and never leaving the listener indifferent, both for good and for bad. Kotra does not produce music that can be innocuously experienced as entertainment or leisure, his production is rather a scalpel that cuts deep, cutting through flesh and bone, right down to the juicy marrow.

In some tracks the sound saturation reaches very high levels, filling the space and the listener’s ears. The production is very good and structured in a different way than the average consumer electronic product, here there is nothing to consume, only to have this experience that can be painful, but that brings much more than it takes away.

Almost a shamanic experience, a sound tribe that goes beyond the common doors of music to arrive directly at those of perception.

There are moments, as in the beautiful Quantum Presence, where the basses are fists of cosmic giants directly inside the earth, at its very heart, and a very high intensity is reached, a continuum of peaks and sensations.

Kotra is a human experimenter, in the sense that he explores his own limits and those of others confronted with a music that it is difficult to call such, but which is a breath of other worlds, a Martian grammar that belonged to us but that we have forgotten, focused on our small and petty things.

A record that takes the brain and binds it to the body, but also vice versa, creating something very important, a unique and painful corporeal and extra corporeal sound experience, imprinted in our synapses for a producer who is unique not only in his genre.

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Radness Methods review from Bad Alchemy

Radness Methods von KOTRA ist der noch aus der Vorkriegszeit stammen­de Vorschlag von Dmytro Fedorenko, mit rhythmischem Brainstorming Erstarrtes zu erschüttern (‘Assemblage Tremor’) und eine Rite de passage zu Altered States zu bahnen (‘Phase Transitions’). Um dem Bewusstsein über sich hinaus zu helfen, um es zwischen Amboss und Schmiedehammer zu läutern, zu stählen, zu schärfen (‘To the Metal’). Mit turnschuhschamanischem Zauber, dem Kampfgeist eines Philosophen. Als blazing anthem of excellence, um die Grenzen von radness zu erweitern, wobei ‘rad’ für exzellent und toll steht. Gerichtet ist das an keinen und an alle, als unter Utopian wan­derers geteilter Appell an Beharrlichkeit (‘The Virtue of Consistency’) und Selbstver­trauen (‘Self-credence Compression’). Mir selber fehlen das Fassungsvermögen, um den Hallraum hinter ‘Quantum Presence’ abzuschätzen, und die Mitternachtsformel, um ‘Die Diskriminante des Bewusstseins’ zu berechnen. Beim Heranzoomen an Fedorenkos schwarz-rotes Frottagen-Artwork zeigen sich fraktale Verästelungen. Gleich die ersten schnarrenden Impulse lösen entsprechend die harten Ränder der Wahrnehmung auf in bebende Unschärfen und Raureifzungen. Klopfende Ritualbeats verwirbeln ihr Steter-Tropfen-Prinzip in konsistent repetitiven Schüben und als robot-bockiges Dancing in Your Mind. Doppel- und Stolperschläge und gabbernde Breakbeats bebolzen surrende und rasselig zischende Drones mit dem stompenden Übermut eines tausendfüßerischen Donnerwurms. Für bloße Selbstoptimierung ist das fast schon zu plural, zu eisenhaltig und rauschhaft in seinem knirschenden Tamtam und fiebernden Schlag- und Mahlwerk. Und dabei so militant wie die Kirche der Pilger (Ecclesia viatorum), die darauf pocht, streitend (Ecclesia militans) und hoffend triumphieren zu können.

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A new Kotra album is out!

Writing of Radness Methods came up from the ancient ideas of ritual drum music and rhythmic meditation techniques, where a ritual sound performance appears as a series of abstract sonic actions, rather than musical events, provoking a journey to non-ordinary states and realities, drumming a way into silence.

By layering deafening sounds into the patterns of acoustic hyperventilation, Radness Methods initiates a flow of invoking contrasting conditions and offers an artistic method of extreme urban meditation, and a fierce sonic driver for the ultimate sledgehammer dance.

Kotra “Radness Methods” CD

Radness Methods is a shamanic ritual for the sorcerers of concrete and asphalt, an ecstatic hymn for the philosopher warriors debating the power over life and death. Blazing anthem of excellence for the no one who is just anything.

Kotra “Radness Methods” CD

And here is what Dmytro says about this release today:
“Music was written last year, especially for a live performance in Dnipro in Ukraine, and at first, I wanted to release it very fast. But for some unknown feeling, the process was delayed a few times and I decided to let it go and set a release date for Spring 2022. And now I have to release the album in the middle of this war with russia.

One of the unwritten parts of this album’s concept was about unlimited and free radical living while staying light and creating light with every act of our lives. The subtitle of the album, which appeared two months before this war, says “Blazing Anthem For The No One Who Is Just Anything”, now reveals its abstractly encrypted meaning of an absolute and total fight for the light.

It is not a good or easy time for music today, but life must win, and no matter how hard it is now, we have to go on.

Since the 24th of February all the money from all our sales at Prostir we are donating to Ukrainian self-defense foundations, as well as to various charities, and directly to our friends who are on the front line today. The same will be with this album – all sales will be sent to help Ukraine to win and stay free.

Slava Ukraini!

The album is here:
https://kotra.bandcamp.com/album/radness-methods

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FAZE mag reviewed Kotra

By layering deafening sounds with beats like sledgehammers, Kotra has mixed together a powerful salad of industrial and techno with “Radness Methods”. The opener “Assemblage Tremor” is a dark, distorted beast that slowly etches itself into a certain groove. “Phase Transitions” picks up right there and it quickly becomes clear that this is the idea of the whole album. The whole work could also be a good original score for a dystopian end-time film or for a psychological thriller by David Fincher. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross or Tom Holkenborg would certainly enjoy it. Kotra’s latest work is aggressive, distorted, droning, loud and then takes it to the extreme at the end with “To The Metal”. Let’s put it this way: “Radness Method” is probably less suitable for meditating or learning vocabulary. But if you want to test the limits of your subwoofer, you will have fun with this. A little secret tip: Tell your buddy to play the 10-minute album “Quantum Presence”, but turn up the sound system secretly beforehand.

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Kotra premiere at Industrial Complexx

Writing of Radness Methods came up from the ancient ideas of ritual drum music and rhythmic meditation techniques, where a ritual sound performance appears as a series of abstract sonic actions, rather than musical events, provoking a journey to non-ordinary states and realities, drumming a way into silence.

By layering deafening sounds into the patterns of acoustic hyperventilation, Radness Methods initiates a flow of invoking contrasting conditions and offers an artistic method of extreme urban meditation, and a fierce sonic driver for the ultimate sledgehammer dance.