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MONOTONE

Now streamable at all platforms. Go to Phtalo’s bandcamp if you wanna DL and support.




MUSIC VIDEO FOR STRIVE

Premiering the music video for Strive. Look at the movements of these stunning individuals.
Pre-order the new album Monotone and get Strive for immediate DL and Stream.




NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT

Monotone is releasing July 1st on Cristian Vogel’s imprint Endless Process.

The new record is a sonic exploration into the meeting of modern and vintage sound and music production techniques, where processed vocals are a minimalist art form, in a carefully selected machine park of synth and glitch. Phtalo distills an experimental approach of dynamic sound and versatile composition into stunning works suspended between detailed sonic tapestries and gestural electronica. Touching upon styles and genres like IDM, avantgarde and ambient, the record testifies an experienced knowledge of a wide spanned electronic music history, wired into a new and contemporary sound.




ECHOLALIA MIXTAPE

My last official mixtape was in 2017, so time was ripe to make a new one. Well here it is, named after a curious behavior with which I've become acquainted for the past 10 years. Sometimes it's entertaining, other times it's simply reflective. Echolalia is the repetition of words or sounds spoken by others. In some cases, echolalia seems completely out of context. In many cases, echolalia is an attempt to learn or practice language. Echolalia is reflective of how the speaker process information.

Greetings from the woods, heidi / phtalo




MY HOUSE IN YOUR HAUS

Let me take you to the 90s dance floor. House shall be played and house shall be shared! My name is Heidi Mortenson aka Phtalo and I’m gonna delve into the magic of discovering dance music from back when synths and drum machines became available for the youngies with bedroom studios and turntables, and draw a line of electronic inspiration through the decades. We’ll talk about the tracks played, nerd out a little on the music production and bizarre details. At times I’ll be joined by fellow musicians and audio producers who pick a track that has influenced them and kindly tell us a personal story about it. Mostly I’ll fill up your haus with house and hopefully you’ll have a dance in the kitchen, fire up your mood while working, or just cool & calm nod your head while on the U-bahn. Welcome to a place for music lovers of all genders & colors, and listeners alike. Mi casa es tu casa!

-Phtalo

Streaming on Apple Podcast, Mixcloud and The Lake Radio.
Live on Reboot FM Berlin and Radio Blau Leipzig.




HELLIGDAG

Lyrics with translation available on bandcamp. Streaming links




RIOT ATHLETE

Happy 303 day! I must admit that I just recently discovered the power and joy of working with the 303. I always admired it's sound in minimal techno and songs of the 80s. For those of you new to this instrument, it is a small Roland synthesizer made in the early 80s. It was intended to replace a bass guitar, and meant for pianists to practise with. It was promoted with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, who had the 303 and 606 sitting on top of his Roland Piano Plus. The 303 sucked at replacing a bass guitar. Instead it ended up in the rooms of young aspiring music interested youngsters as the price was quite affordable. The 303 was then explored and experimented with as the youth was interested in this new thing called house music. After all the 80s was the decade that got digital. Today we know the 303 from electronic music. So much music was made with the 303, variating from quiet and spacey to dancefloor madness. My track Riot Athlete is the spacing out type. Streaming links






MUSIC CATALOGUE ON BANDCAMP