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ACMV Radio

Actual Colors May Vary has a new feature: an online radio, which you can find at the bottom of the page!
Just hit play and a playlist will start automatically. You can find the tracklist by clicking the ♪ note icon at the bottom right side of the page.

ACMV’s radio features an eclectic mix of contemporary electronic & psychedelic music from all over the world from 1966 to 1976. Continue Reading →

Project Mooncircle – Eclipse

As the soundtrack for the lunar eclipse during the night of the 25th of April, Project: Mooncricle has selected some exclusive and unreleased songs from Robot Koch, Submerse, Rain Dog, Sieren, Daisuke Tanabe, Lomovolokno, KRTS, and Daixie on this mini-compilation. Even though ACMV missed the eclipse and the right timing to feature this compilation, we still love the music waiting to have a prefect soundtrack for the next eclipse. Listen, enjoy and download it for free (how amazing is that?). Thanks Project: Mooncircle.

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ACMVs Electronic Psychedelica, Part 2

ACMV started tripping through electronically enhanced psychedelic pop music last week with very early electronic music by Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan, Raymond Scott and Joe Meek’s Tornados. We continue with music from the beginning of the psychedelic era from 1966 and 1967. I decided to include obvious representatives like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd because their influences were just too big to be ignored even though it might be boring for connoisseurs. There were still not so many people in 1966 and 67 who actually could afford the to that time very expensive electronic equipment, but starting 1969/70 the scene had become more diverse.

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ACMVs Electronic Psychedelica, Part 1

ACMV is starting a new series about psychedelic music that was recorded with the help various early electronic instruments, self-made effect gear and the skills of outstanding producers of experimental psychedelic pop music. Starting in the year 1957 this odyssey will take you through the multicolored psychedelic scene of the late 1960s and early Seventies, guiding you further through the rise of early Prog-Rock, electronic “Kraut-Rock”, Proto-Disco, Almost-New-Wave and Pre-Electronica from Germany, France, UK, USA, Canada, Turkey, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Iran and Pakistan. Continue Reading →

Actual colors may vary’s “Best of 2011″ Post-Dubstep | Skweee | Electronic Pop

Even though we’re aware most people are following “Actual colors may vary” because of our photography features, we would like to share some of our favorite music in 2011 (although some tracks are from late 2010 and early 2012).

We would like to introduce you to a wide spectrum of electronic music that could be filed mostly under “Dubstep” even though this categorisation would be too general and ignore the fact that this postmodern genre mixes so many influences apart from Dub und 2-Step that it would better be called “Post-Dubstep” and even that would be misleading. Listen to young producers from Norway, Finland, USA, Belgium, Russia, Japan, Romania, UK, Brasil, Lithuania and Germany experimenting with new sound aesthetics that could be blueprints for future pop music.

In case you’re interested please follow Oliver’s and ACMV’s profile on Soundcloud and listen to even more of our favorites.

If you are annoyed that you have to start each track manually you can listen to an automatically playing list here.

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Mouse on Mars 1995

Selected photographs ACMV Co-Editor Oliver Schneider took of the electronic band “Mouse on Mars” in 1995 for the fanzine “Subraum“, published by Frank Geber, Carsten La Tendresse and Oliver Schneider from 1995 to 1997. Continue Reading →