Jacob Korn is not only a producer and live artist. From time to time he also works as a teacher for kids who want to learn something about making electronic music and interactive performance. So it was only natural that he got an invitation to CDR Berlin in November 2012 to share his knowledge with some young and talented producers. CDR is a music platform for sharing and developing ideas and works in progress. The event took place at Berlin’s Prince Charles.
We talked about him just a month ago for the release of his You & Me album, Jacob Korn hits the headlines again with this exclusive and very well-executed podcast. Like most members of the Uncanny Valley label based in Dresden, Jacob discovered music production through hip-hop, jazz and IDM, three quite different genres of music that he started combining with more techno vibes early in his career under the alias Granufunk. After participating to the infamous Red Bull Music Academy back in 2007, he decided to get serious into music producing and especially into house and…read more
Antithetical to the concise aesthetic statements found across well-rehearsed 12”s, the full length LP is dangerous territory for most producers. Having to spread the kinesis of a taut club track across 60 minutes without exhausting the listener is difficult. Relying on the usual compositional techniques transforms potent ideas into islands in an uninviting sea of DJ-friendly intros and outros. Conversely, cutting the dancefloor out of the equation often neuters any appeal the artist once had, relegating their vision to the electronic music world’s analogue of coffee table jazz: the dreaded…read more
If Workshop, Smallville and Dial are the wise, safe old hands of deep house, then Dresden’s Uncanny Valley are here to fuck shit up with some post punk attitude and sonic scuzz. At the heart of the label since day dot has been Jacob Korn, someone who has shied away from the genre’s usual trappings and instead favours a prickly pallet that takes cues from swathes of music well outside the usual electronic sphere. And that’s what seems to define his debut full length, You & Me. It feels thoroughly…read more
last week jacob korn was the first of dresden’s uncanny valley crew to release a full length album. you & me is a wholly non-standard house record, with varying moods from deep and dark to bright and industrial. no doubt in park to thank for it being such an undulating ride is that fact each track was made with a collaborator, from chris rau to cuthead via san soda and many more. korn’s fingerprints are still all over it, though the gauzy house aesthetics he’s honed on labels like running back, dolly…read more
Jacob Korn, You & Me [Uncanny Valley] There’s a propensity for musicians to become ever more fiddly and experimental as their careers progress. It’s often irritating, but Jacob Korn’s recent experimentation with dance-floor motion sensors in the “search for an ideal format of a virtual environment” doesn’t reflect negatively on his ability to produce deep, powerful house music. His first album is a welcome thing, not least due to its simultaneously representing a milestone in the progression of Uncanny Valley, a fine label from Korn’s home city, which connects Dresden’s…read more
Jacob Korn has kept busy since his graduation from the 2007 Academy. After releasing singles with labels such as Running Back, Permanent Vacation and his own collaborative Uncanny Valley; winning Dresden’s Advancement Award Förderpreis; and operating kinetic technology workshops with children, today he releases his first album under his own name, titled You & Me. (You can stream the entire album viaResident Advisor.) Philip Sherburne gets the full story. As electronic dance music has metastasised recently, particularly in the United States, many have noted the irony that there seems very little actual dancing happening at the…read more