Julian Sartorius Beat Diary photo by Reto Camenisch

Julian Sartorius Beat Diary photo by Reto Camenisch

Before humans, before the drum, there was the Beat. It has always been there, in its many forms. To harness the various beats of the universe, humans stretched animal skin across wood and used hands and sticks to pound out the rhythms of the world around fires in the night. Not creating the beat, but giving it a platform through which to flow was the primary backdrop for music on a human level to take form. Now beats are made and transmitted with machines, but that doesn’t necessarily affect their inherent power. While it’s not the same intensity as around the bonfire, the Beat is transcendent. In the right hands, it can still transport you to the heart of existence.

Every day I will record one beat, no matter where I am, using the situation each day will bring. Rules: No loops, no effects. Just me, my surroundings, my drum kit and a fieldrecorder allowing overdubs.

Julian Sartorius – 365 Day Beat Diary

The Beat Diary is now, for the first time, available in its entirety in an adequate analogue manner: consisting of 365 beats pressed on 12 LPs, accompanied by 365 photos. It’s telling the story of Julian’s year: a year between kitchens, the city of Berlin, mountains, hotel rooms and backstage areas from all over the world. Field recordings subtly woven in unique beat architectures, including light switch snapping, vacuum cleaner rustling, plastic pig squeaking, pianos rattling, electric toothbrush buzzing, musical boxes turning until, at the very end, the new year’s fireworks bang. Thanks to an outrageous inventiveness, the combination of the likes of JDilla, Aphex Twin, the club, the Black Atlantic, sounds from the congotronic and minimal music, the result is a pure delight. These beats will create knots in the brain, being highly encrypted at times, and still will lead to contemplation and make you want to dance. Long story short, these productions expand listening habits without any effort.

collection petites planètes • outtake • ÁRóRA & ÚRVERK from Vincent Moon / Petites Planètes on Vimeo.

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