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www.ithinkmusic.com has closed 19-2-2012

Posted in Praxis Download Store, Praxis History with tags , , on February 20, 2012 by datacide

The irony: Last night I added the new download shop header and the recent/new Sub/Version releases by Egon Frinz and Grr to our old mp3 shop and tonight I was in the middle of writing a blog post on the praxis.ithinkmusic.com page when suddenly the site went offline, and it looks like it’s for good:

“After 5 years of trading http://www.ithinkmusic.com has been closed. Unfortunately our bank have removed our overdraft facility which has made it impossible for used to continue to trade.

A big thank you to all of the labels and music lovers that have supported the service over the years.

If you have any question please get in touch via email: mc@ithinkmusic.com”

I was very hesitant about the idea of selling files to begin with. After all we had offered free downloads for many years via c8.com, seeing it as an opportunity to spread the music and promote the records. But when it became apparent that more and more DJ’s were using files rather than records to play out, it became more important to provide high quality files, and surely the people looking for them wouldn’t mind to pay a euro or so for one to support the artists and labels!? Continue reading

Critical Distribution (Praxis Newsletter 23)

Posted in Praxis History with tags , on February 5, 2012 by datacide

We have always championed a way of self-organisation in manufacturing and distribution of records. This goes back to the very beginning of Praxis as a label. Teaming up with like-minded labels and exchanging records to locally distribute each others productions has been at the core of our idea of a meaningful distribution network, and still is. However the economic realities and the technological developments to put this idea into practice has gone through a number of mutations.
I would like to sum up these developments and show how the ìunderground sceneî, under economic pressure, has eventually contributed to its own current demise, paradoxically, as it may seem, as it was “professionalising” itself. Continue reading

Praxis on discogs.com

Posted in Praxis History on December 11, 2011 by datacide

Most of the readers of this blog will know the site discogs.com which is a user generated online discography and marketplace. Users can also database their collections and add records they are searching to their want lists.
Spending a boring sunday evening at the record shop/bar I decided to make some charts, going through the numbers of releases listed in discogs collections and want lists. Note that these are not the actual numbers of records pressed and/or sold, but merely what discogs users list in their collections. Roughly it seems that about 10-25% of originally pressed records are listed in collections.
The first two lists are compiling the numbers in the collections, the first combining all formats (vinyl, CD, files) in the case of releases which were released in different formats. In the second chart the different formats are split. It’s notable that all titles in this top ten are vinyl releases.
The third list are what people are listing in their want lists….

Praxis records in discogs collections:
(1) formats combined
1. Somatic Responses: Post Organic EP (Praxis 18)
2. Hecate: The Magick Of Female Ejaculation (Praxis 35 + Praxis 35CD)
3. Slaughter Politics (Praxis 21)
4. Base Force One: Welcome To Violence (Praxis 27)
5. Hecate: Hate Cats (Praxis 32)
6. ADCSomatic: Teatrodellopera EP (Praxis 41)
7. Hecate: Ascension Chamber (Praxis 40 + Praxis 40CD)
8. Low Entropy: Anarcho-Psychotic (Praxis 36)
9. Kovert: Shock Effect (Praxis 34)
10. Heist: Dystrophic (Praxis 11)

(2) formats separated
1. Somatic Responses: Post Organic EP (Praxis 18)
2. Slaughter Politics (Praxis 21)
3. Hecate: The Magick Of Female Ejaculation (Praxis 35)
4. Base Force One: Welcome To Violence (Praxis 27)
5. Hecate: Hate Cats (Praxis 32)
6. ADCSomatic: Teatrodellopera EP (Praxis 41)
7. Low Entropy: Anarcho-Psychotic (Praxis 36)
8. Kovert: Shock Effect (Praxis 34)
9. Heist: Dystrophic (Praxis 11)
10. Noface: Burnout (Praxis 6)

Most wanted:
1. Disciples of Belial: Songs of Praise (Praxis 7)
2. Disciples of Belial: Goat of Mendes (Praxis 17)
3. V/A: Dead By Dawn (Praxis 23)
4. Heist: Dystrophic (Praxis 11)
5. Somatic Responses (Praxis 18)
6. Lorenz Attractor (Praxis 13)
7. Metatron: Speed & Politics (Praxis 4)
8. DJ Jackal: Drumtrax Vol. 1 (Praxis 9)
8. Cunning vs. Bambule (Praxis 19)
10. Metatron: Seduction (Praxis 8 )

you can check out the praxis page at discogs here

15 Years Widerstand Party in Graz & Praxis 30 Digital Release!

Posted in Event, Praxis Download Store, Praxis History on December 3, 2011 by datacide

Hot on the heels of other classic Praxis releases being made available in digital format comes Eiterherd’s massive album 1984 Vs. 1999 (Vision Vs. Reality) originally released on vinyl in 1999!
Available through the Praxis shop over at bandcamp, as well as junodownload from Monday, December 5th!

The album was of course a co-release of Praxis and Eiterherd’s label Widerstand which he started 15 years ago.
This birthday is celebrated with a party in Graz on December 16;

Dark, Sick, Music.

Kovert (Critical Noise, Praxis / UK)
Christoph Fringeli (Praxis / CH)
Karl Marx Stadt (Lux Nigra, Sozialistischer Plattenbau / DE)
Alex Dee (Phantomnoise, Widerstand / DE)
Opcion aka Ab-Hinc (Widerstand / Graz)
Shiver Electronics (Widerstand / Wien)
Eiterherd (Widerstand / Graz)
Postcore (Widerstand / Pöllauberg)
Plan (Silent Revolution / Wien)
VJ: Naritia (neverscared.org / Graz)
Projections: OchoReSotto (Graz)

More Praxis back catalogue added to download shop

Posted in Praxis Download Store, Praxis History, Praxis News on July 8, 2011 by datacide

Some more historic Praxis releases have just been added to the Download store!

These include:
Praxis 1 – Scaremonger EP

Praxis 1X – Scaremonger Remixes
Praxis 18 – Somatic Responses: Post-Organic EP


Praxis 24 – Society of Unknowns


Praxis 42 – Nihil Fist: Resistance is Fertile

Cortex related releases

Posted in Praxis History with tags , , , on May 5, 2011 by datacide

After reading somewhere in a short review that Cortex were “newcomers to the scene” I compiled the currently available titles of either Alex Buess or Daniel Buess on the frontpage of the Praxis online shop.

Granted the new Praxis release is the first under the Cortex name (although the project exists since 1998), but especially Alex’ discography goes way back, his first record was released in 1981!
On the Vision label – the late 80’s precursor to Praxis – there are not only numerous releases by him, he also very much defined the sound by his work as mixer and producer of most records. Collaborations with Kevin Martin followed, including the 16-17 release on DHR. This was followed up by “Mechanophobia” (long deleted on vinyl but recently re-released digitally) on Praxis in 1999, by that time already with Daniel Buess.
Both have been extremely busy with a myriad of musical projects, including many that are not in the discogs database yet, as well as compositions and live work. I strongly recommend to seek out their work!

Praxis 48 – Cortex: Vacuum Theory in stock!!

Posted in Praxis Download Store, Praxis History, Praxis News with tags , , , , on March 31, 2011 by datacide


We are very happy to announce the release of Praxis 48 by Cortex, titled Vacuum Theory.
A momentous, heavy, noisy and radical release by Alex Buess and Daniel Buess marking the return of Praxis to the vinyl front, as well as the return of the two artists to Praxis after the release of “Mechanophobia” by 16-17 in 1999 (Praxis 31) which has just been released digitally.
Collaborations with Alex Buess of course go even further back to the pre-Praxis days of the Vision label 1988-1992.
You can listen to chunks of the tracks here, there are 2 one-minute snippets of the A-side track and one each ca 1:30 minute excerpts of tracks 32 and 3.




Vacuum Theory will be released officially on April 11, 2011, and will be available from all the usual outlets. From now until then, it ‘s exclusively available from Praxis.
It will also be released in digital format on April 11 through the Praxis download store.