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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!

Kovert pitchless 23-02-11-128

Posted in DJ mix, Praxis News with tags , , , on April 25, 2011 by datacide

A new mix by Kovert including some new and forthcoming Praxis material!

Cortex – more infos

Posted in Praxis News with tags , , , , on April 19, 2011 by datacide


CORTEX appeared in 1998 out of Alex and Daniel Buess’ musical colaborations. They were both musicians of the legendary free-noise-core combo 16-17 and also they have been working together for many years realizing Alex’ percussion-compositions. After the 16-17 Mechanophobia-Tour in 1998 where Daniel played drums, Buess & Buess started to work on CORTEX, a melting point and mutual fruitful influence of physical/human-and virtual/machine Energy from where the energy of CORTEX grows. A hormonal control-center. Organical and magnetic skins, air and metal.
The elements of the alchemists are the elements of CORTEX. Musical intensity, pulsating, floating, polystructural multilayers and their orchestral sounds combine to a soundtrack for an imaginary film.
Since 1998, CORTEX has played several shows in different environments. Concerts at Festivals like Taktlos Bern and Lucerne Festival and Collaborations with Iancu Dumitrescu and his Hyperion Ensemble in Bucarest and with the Ensemble Phoenix Basel were part of CORTEX’ activities.

CORTEX-shows happened in very different venues like the George Enescu concert hall in Bucarest a church in Lucerne or a carworkshop in Basel. For the latest live-shows, CORTEX included Bass-player Daniel Sailer (Krakatau, Plutonium Transport) and Sax-player Antoine Chessex (Monno) to create a powerful mix of Bass, harsh Sax-attacs, power-electronics and intense drum-beats, an overwhelming wall of sound with extremest frequencies.

Alex Buess – Electronics, Reeds
Daniel Buess – Electronics,Percussion

GUESTS (live shows):
Daniel Sailer – Bass, Electronics
Antoine Chessex – Tenor sax, Electronics
Damian Bennett – Bass
X-TRAK-T – Electronics

Cortex: Vacuum Theory (Praxis 48) officially out today on 12″ and mp3

Posted in Praxis Download Store, Praxis News with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by datacide

The new praxis release by Cortex is now on general release and available through all the usual outlets (or will be within a week where in some cases packages haven’t arrived yet.
The mp3 release is now exclusively availble here.
For links to longer snippets check out our earlier post here.

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.

And a vision from the future….

Posted in Praxis News with tags , , , on March 30, 2011 by datacide

….the finished copies of Praxis 48 – Cortex: Vacuum Theory were delivered to Praxis hq in Berlin…. official release date 11-04-11…. started uploading snippets to the Praxis SoundCloud page… more news later today….

16-17: Mechanophobia + Minion + Bourbonese Qualk

Posted in Praxis Download Store, Praxis History with tags , , , , , , , on March 23, 2011 by datacide

In the run up to the imminent release of the new Cortex on Praxis we just uploaded 3 back catalogue releases in our download store.
Darkmatter DM12001 – Minion: Bored in the U.S.A.
(still available on vinyl here)

and from the Praxis vaults:
Praxis 5 – Bourbonese Qualk: Autonomia

and – closely connected to the Cortex release – Alex and Daniel Buess were/are in both projects:
Praxis 31 – 16-17: Mechanophobia