Wyrd Question Daze: GALÁN / VOGT

GALÁN / VOGT is a collaboration between Spanish composer Pepo Galán and France based Australian dream pop vocalist/musician Karen Vogt. They met online early in the pandemic and worked remotely to record an album together. Their debut album “The Sweet Wait” was released in November 2022. The album drifts through ambient, drone, shoegaze, experimental, neoclassical and some slight pop territory.

The duo asked a selection of artists to remix all tracks from their debut album. The frst remix single comes from American composer Akira Rabelais. Remixes from Markus Guentner, Alpha and more will be released in 2023 with the remix album to follow.

Akira Rabelais has made two stunning remixes of the track Panacea in his signature style. The frst remix is accompanied by a video that also feature’s Rabelais’ animations. The second remix is a mammoth 18 minutes long and together they form the frst digital single for the remix album that is entitled “All The Time In The World”.


Where do you come from and where are you going?

Pepo: I grew up in a hard-working family and had a difcult childhood, so it’s maybe why I am always looking forward. I am determined to work hard so that my family does not lack anything. But I would like to leave something more permanent behind when I am gone, and I feel like music is a place where I can somehow do that.

Karen: I come from having spent over 20 years being in a band (Heligoland) and I know how important it is to feel connected to our creative heart. Our ability to express ourselves and communicate through music and art is something that can get us through the most difcult situations. So I’ll just keep following the signposts that point this way and lead me to keep creating.

What worries you these days?

Pepo: I worry about the lack of basic good manners and sociability in today’s society. Especially among teenagers and young adults who seem to be less grateful and engaged than previous generations. I feel like technology and very little face to face interaction has a negative impact on them.

Karen: I get worried that life is becoming more complicated and our energy is used up on entering 10 passcodes and doing a handstand before we can even have breakfast. Every day life is becoming more and more complex and being a consumer is tiring. Also, there is not much space to be bored anymore. We allow ourselves to be exposed to so much advertising that is targeted and it leaves no room for organic discoveries or spontanaeity.

Name a favorite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell.

Pepo: taste – tripe (typical Andalusian food) / touch – skin / sound – the sea / sight – oh, the sea / smell – the sea, again!

Karen: taste – sweet things, bakery goods, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and desserts / touch – soft, warm and fufy cat fur / sound – the tone of people’s voices when they talk about their feelings / sight – the sky, a sunset, trees, rivers, oceans, animals and nature / smell – a woodfre/freplace burning

Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares

Pepo: I dream a lot about my late father… I don’t remember my nightmares…

Karen: I feel like dreams are so incredibly personal and layered with such deep levels of meaning that it’s futile to even attempt to explain/describe to others.

Have you ever had a strange experience?

Pepo: Sometimes I will see someone on the street and I’m sure I’ve seen or talked to them before – maybe even up to 20 years ago. It’s weird that feeling when you know someone, but you can’t remember until maybe days or weeks later until you fgure it out!

Karen: When covid started I also began to have insomnia. It feels like there is no clear boundary anymore between being awake and being asleep. It’s so strange and I am still not sure how I feel about it.

How does your sense of place afect the way you express yourself?

Pepo: Most of the time it afects me in a positive way. I am very observant and I also tend to be quite sensitive. So, the way I express myself and how I I feel is often directly related to my surroundings.

Karen: As soon as I am somewhere else, I respond diferently. Being somewhere new tends to stimulate my senses and instantly gives me a diferent perspective.

What has touched or inspired you particularly recently?

Pepo: I must confess that it has been one of the hardest years of my life yet. That has meant that it has stolen all my time, and I have barely had time to even get inspired. But I know everything happens for a reason, and everything has its moment.

Karen: This year a friend had a gruelling surgery that was one of many that she has had during her life. I am in awe of her courage and also the great beauty that she continues to see in life. It’s always the difcult things that seem to move us the most and inspire us. Strange how it works like this.

Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke.

Pepo: A funny thing that happened recently was when I was shopping at a local supermarket. I lost myself as I was buying sausages and good wines. I continued shopping and putting things into my shopping cart. But when I got to the cashier to pay, I realized that I had been putting my groceries into someone else’s shopping cart without realising! It was very frustrating to have to set aside a lots of creams and compresses that I had not chosen. But I have to laugh at how single minded I am when I am shopping for food and wines!

Karen: A couple of years ago I was organising my music things a bit better and wanted to use the domain name Karen Vogt for my website. However, it had been taken about a year or so before by a woman whose name is also Karen Vogt. Bizarrely, she lives in Paris too. What are the chances! She is a handbag designer and has a company that makes bags and purses with the name Karen Vogt on them. So strange to see my name on this product!

Disco Rd : 23 pages 23 minutes

Introducing Disco Rd, a Discordian zine & podcast
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Wyrd Question Daze: Steve Hadfield

Chess Music at Wharf Chambers from a recent Leeds Electronic Music Open Mic event (photo by Dave Walker)

I’m Steve Hadfield and I’m based in Leeds. I produce electronic music ranging from gentle ambience to frenetic drill & bass with releases on various labels including Disintegration State, which I co-run. I play live around the north of England – my current set-up is generative chess music where the moves of a live game of chess are converted into midi data which drives various virtual synths on my laptop.

Outside of music, I love getting out rock climbing around Yorkshire and have two wonderful daughters. I sampled our eldest extensively in the first 18 months of her life and used her ever-changing voice as the base for my Silly Baby LP album, which I dubbed to cassettes and packaged up in paintings she’d done. We’re currently adapting to life as a four with our now 8 week old baby and I’m wondering how to honour her equally in my music!

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Where did you come from and where are you going? 

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, I spent 8 years in London after university before moving up to Leeds for a change of pace and house prices. I dabbled in music production for a few years in London but rediscovered my love for it in a lovely attic space up in Leeds. I don’t have hopes of fame or fortune – what has been special about my musical journey has been the folks I’ve met in ‘the scene’ both locally and online. I guess my main ambition at the moment is to keep developing the chess music as a live project – it’s probably the thing I’ve done which has felt most unique and exciting rather than my putting my own twist on well trodden routes.

What preoccupies your mind these days?

Finding balance around parenting, being a good partner, climbing, music and, of course, work. We achieved that with one kid, and I’m sure we’ll get there with two, but it’s a huge shift again!

Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell

Taste: Good coffee, preferably in the form of a flat white
Touch: The rough feel of a small, friction-dependent hand-hold on a Yorkshire gritstone boulder
Sound: Our 3 year old’s voice as she sings along to songs I love is magical. I’ve been to a few gigs recently where her favourites have been played live and it knocks me for six every time!
Sight: Windswept barren landscapes hold a real beauty for me, whether it’s the middle of nowhere in Iceland or the Yorkshire Dales. There’s something about it which takes me completely away from everyday life. Smell: Freshly ground coffee beans, to loop back to taste… I work for a company which processes tea and coffee and on roasting days the air is filled for miles around with this rich coffee aroma. Can’t beat it!

Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares

It’s such a cliche but I know I’m stressed when I have yet another unsettling dream about heading out to some event or other wearing nothing from the waist down again…

Cassettes and packaging for The Silly Baby LP

Have you ever had an uncanny experience?

Honestly, not that I can think of. My inclination is to rationalise anything vaguely odd – like there has to be some physical cause-and-effect explanation. I do remember when I was 10 one of my pals had a ouija board which three of us collectively made ourselves think was very real, asking questions only one of us knew the answer to and convincing ourselves it was sending us the answers from beyond.

How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself? 

I remember coming up to being 30 and having this sense of dread that I was never going to be as good as I could have been at climbing. I could still improve, but I was going to be battling against my body more with each passing year. It was kinda fine, and then I had that same sense around becoming a dad, not just with climbing but with music as well. In the end it recontextualised those passions in a way which has felt quite healthy – they’re something to share with my kids rather than being just for me. And now I’m working that all out again with our recent arrival – ultimately it’s a battle with my own ego… So I guess it’s less a sense of physical place and more a mental one.

What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?
Not really to do with music, and another instance of seeing life through my parenting lens, but watching our eldest embrace the upheaval of having a baby sister is hugely inspirational. Her resilience and adaptability is humbling.

Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke

Just asked our 3 year old for a joke:

What do you call Mordoofus (Mordu from Disney’s ‘Brave’) when he’s on the toilet?


Ghosts & Goblins 3: WereGnome Records

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The WereGnomes

Greetings my friend. The name I was given is Nicholas and I have been called a multitude of names, some of which shall remain unmentioned. You may refer to me however you prefer. I was born in the great wasteland that is Flint, Michigan. Where the winter snows soak up the industrial remnants and remind you that the opportunity shall never be there. A place that is known for its undrinkable water. More so a place that is known for nothing special. From an early age heavy metal and video games became an easy outlet and welcoming form of escapism. That path led to not only the creation of multiple musical projects (most of which have been lost to time) and WereGnome Records. Well enough rambling, let’s get to the questions.

What inspired you to start WereGnome Records?

It was born from a combination of restless creativity alongside the Covid shutdown. Like almost every other human on this Earth, we found ourselves sitting inside of our home and reflecting on what we were doing with our lives. The appeal of releasing on tape cassettes and making small little batches of the weirdo music I wanted to create was irresistible. Like a call to destiny, everything made sense and the pieces seemed to fall in perfectly.

What have you learned since first starting the label?

Oodles. I’ve learned how to properly ship things via USPS to other countries. I’ve learned that hand cutting j-cards is not only rewarding but also incredibly time consuming. In fact, running a label is all consuming. All free time is spent either preparing releases, packing orders or just promoting anything. Most of the time it’s a thankless venture. You find yourself locked away from the world and those you love as all available energy is focused primarily on it. Yet, as the hours and days mush together and time keeps it’s constant marching, I love it beyond words. Final note for American labels, sign up for Pirate Ship if you haven’t.

What is it about the DIY method that appeals to you?

Just having the ability to have complete control over a vision. From start to finish, you are in the captain’s chair. While resources and finances can be a weakness, you find how to make it work. Finding clever ways to make the rusted pile of trash you create shine and sparkle by using your hands and heart. The label itself can only take part in a limited amount of DIY things anymore, due to our volume and limited time, but when we can it’s rewarding beyond comprehension.

Tell us the story/themes/world building behind your project

Hermit Knight is simply an outlet for my bipolar. Having suffered from this from a young age, I’ve often found putting how it feels to words impossible. The music translates exactly how I feel in my ups and downs. With minor victories that really can just be getting out of bed in the morning or taking a shower. Just making it in general is a feat itself. As I envision the project this is the best I can give as an example:

The Hermit Knight wanders the wilds alone in the forests, forever dedicated to simply surviving in a harsh and lonely world. No giant epic quests, no tales sung at pubs in their honour. Just a person keeps pushing on against the battle that is life.

Hermit Knight

Art & design associated with my project

As it began, the first two EPs I went for a childish and simple design. Black and white with nothing spectacular. But as Hermit has been evolving, so has the aesthetics. The latest album I’m working on at the moment will continue that. With each step, it takes upon a new form and represents the mindset I am currently in. The latest will take a darker overall vibe, where I’ve been struggling in the depths of my depression for months, but not too dark. It’ll still have that lightness that is known with Hermit Knight.

What are my influences musical and otherwise?

In the synth realm, Hole Dweller & Fief dominate. Followed shortly after emotional projects such as Precious and Wych Elm. The music I love has a ton of heart and depth to it. Beyond that, I’m all across the spectrum. With a few examples here of my recent driving playlist: Belle & Sebastian, Orville Peck, White Ward, The Pogues & The Prowlers. So I really bounce about depending on the mood I’m in.

Tell us about your creative process:

Since the project reflects largely on the mental state I’m in, I tend to just try and transfer the feeling. Usually with myself playing on the Midi keyboards with various sounds and layering little riffs I find of interest. When it comes to writing, I just take my time with no worry to finishing an album. Just alone in the office, spending hours and layering drums and tweaking the smallest thing that no one will ever notice. I want it to be right. I want it to be true to myself and not hurry up and cut corners or rush the album.

A lot of the main writing is free association and letting the music create itself. The hours spent after is just cleaning it up and adding a bit of flavour to the whole song.

I also am a huge fan of layering melodies. If you sit and take apart the most epic points of my songs, there are usually at least 3-4 opposing leads that work against each other and somehow fit. Isolated they hold no substance but combined they form into something magical (at least to myself and honestly if you aren’t writing for yourself, you should be).

How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself?

It depends completely on what project is being focused on, or even the label. Hermit Knight I tend to need a tidy and cleaned space, leaving all of my energy placed on the music itself. Other projects the chaos around really helps drive the music. Finally, WereGnome is run so chaotically as I am working on at least 17 things at once, it only makes sense to have so many things haphazardly tossed about. Always taking the time at the end to fully clean and organise the office and it feels so great after a job is done.

What does Dungeon Synth (and/or related genres) mean to you?

For myself, it’s the ultimate escapism. It’s a chance to dive head first into another’s story and find yourself on an adventure. My taste, for the most part, takes more root in the “fantasy ambient” fields. I found myself into Dungeon Synth and its perspective subgenres from finding DnD again. As I was seeking more music to play for the games I had planned, I found myself more often than not stumbling into this genre. So, the transformative nature and exploratory concepts found themselves deep in my brain. Simply put, I suppose, it is the freedom of imagination. It means I can dream again. Whether that dream is light with some comfy synth or a brooding dark set piece that can constitute a nightmare with the trve.

How would you describe the Dungeon Synth community?

In any microcosm of a community such as this, you would expect the gates to be held firm and the majority to be ultimately defensive against outside efforts and influences. While it can be found, my total experience has been a positive one. I have legit made friends with folks all across the world, meeting some in person (and look forward to hopefully more at the next dungeon siege). I have found a large group of like-minded adventurous folks who are just like myself. I love it here. I am not leaving anytime soon. There can be those who don’t agree with you, but you just find your little corner where your friends reside and many others. Whether it be specific FB groups, Discord chats or on other forms of social media.

But I would put that the community itself is a group of wondrous, highly talented and huge hearted creatures. They never stop creating nor do they ever stop dreaming.

Tell us about your gaming habits?

I have played video games as far back as I remember. I began my journey on the NES with such wonderful titles as: Zelda, Crystalis, Final Fantasy and Uninvited. Finding comfort in RPGs and their freedom to play how I want in a not so linear fashion. My real heart lies with the best console in my opinion, the SNES. With games like Secret of Mana, Link’s Awakening and the best game ever: Earthbound.

From the years spent gaming, I continued my journey and found myself loving either turn-based RPGs or world builders such as CIV. I had dabbled in MTG as a youth and recently just played it again for the first time in about 20 years. Finally, I love DnD. Now I just need to add more hours to the clock to make more time for these. Between the label, full time work and school, not often I get to play as much as I like.

If you could step through a portal to any realm of fantasy, what would it be?

This is a difficult thing to answer. For easily I would choose Middle-Earth, as I am just a little chubby Hobbit anyhow. Yet, it’s rife with danger for a halfling. I could choose Thra, but honestly it is only because I want a pet like Fizzdig. Lets just go with Discworld. Get weird and goofy with it all. Because much like Rincewind, I have no magic, no real skills nor need for heroics. Yet, the burden always falls upon those who want it least, correct?

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