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NEW RELEASE: Captive Portal // They Went Shopping (Single)


Release Date: December 23, 2016

Label: Petroglyph Music / CPM

Catalog #: Petroglyph507 / 0015.CP010


“The X-mas Compilation 2016 is here
124 tracks!
Big thanks to all the artists that made this possible” – Petroglyph Music

01. They Went Shopping


Produced, Mixed & Mastered by: Zach Bridier


All sounds are original. No software synths and no audio from third parties were used in this recording.

NEW RELEASE: Captive Portal // In The Air (The Remixes)



Release Date: July 14, 2016

Catalog #: mhrk175

Label: Mahorka


“Just as in the first Netlabel Day ever (2015) Mahorka is participating in the second Netlabel Day (2016) with a very special release of reworked and exclusive tracks from a very special project. This time the original works come from Captive Portal (Zach Bridier)’s debut EP “Throwing” and his follow-up “Catching”, both on Mahorka. “In The Air (The Remixes)” was in the works for a period of more than this one year from the last 14th of July and, as the album title suggests, manages to fill all the space and time in between and around “Throwing” and “Catching”, featuring reworks from dear Mahorka regulars, Captive Portal collaborators and invited artists, including Fire To The Stars, the band that we reworked last year, and also Zach on its own, delivering the awesome intro and outro tracks of the album – a live remix of his “Magic Bubbles Underwater” and the brand new track “In The Air”.” – Mahorka

01 Magic Bubbles Underwater (Live Remix)
02 Don’t Tickle Me (Mas&Delayer Remix)
03 This Minus Five (Fire To The Stars Rework)
04 Beautiful Reciprocal (Vatska! Remix)
05 Mister Really Loves You (Kevin Bryce Remix)
06 Oak Bloke (Josh Buche Remix)
07 Пееща телеграма (Yantra Bottom Mix by Tranzistor)
08 This Minus Five (Protuberance Darkstep Remix)
09 Don’t Tickle Me (Knot Limcedet Remix by Rės)
10 Internally Grateful (Mas&Delayer Remix)
11 Not Locrian (Rise 1969 Remix)
12 Pause Zit If IV Shadow (JAD Remix)
13 This Minus Five (Kanalen Pluh Mutation)
14 Beautiful Reciprocal (Half Mix)
15 In The Air

Produced & Compiled by: Ivo Petrov & Zach Bridier
Mastered by: Zach Bridier
Photography, Design & Illustration: Taylor Likes

I Made A New Website: Netlabel Archive


A website dedicated to preserving inactive netlabels that no longer have a home online.

As you may know, I’m a big fan of netlabels and the netlabel community, so much so that I release my music only on netlabels. I’m also a netlabel collector and have been for many years.

The unfortunate thing about netlabels is that a lot of them don’t last long…

While collecting all of these inactive netlabels, I noticed that most of them no longer have a proper home online. If you don’t know the right places to search for them, they’re not easy to find. Some of the netlabels only hosted their content on their website, so when the sites disappear, all the hard work gets lost. Luckily, the Internet Archive has the Wayback Machine where you can access various webpages from different points in time. So, we still have access to the old sites, however, most of the actual content from these releases have not been saved. So it seems that all these inactive netlabels have been lost and forgotten about, and I was getting fed up with them disappearing.

So, last fall, I decided to do something about this. I started to gather a handful of inactive netlabels together, getting everything nice and organized, and making sure I wasn’t missing anything. I was also trying to save every piece of information I could find for each release keeping everything in its original form. Also, there were a lot of releases during the 90s and early 00s that were module/tracker files. These releases were converted to CD quality and MP3 audio files for easier consumption. Then, I started uploading everything to the Internet Archive.

Thus, the Netlabel Archive was born, a website dedicated to preserving inactive netlabels that no longer have a home online. The site was officially launched on April 13 with Monotonik, and Voodoo being the first netlabels to be archived on the site. Since the launch, five more netlabels have been added to the archive, and there are A LOT more to come. I’ve already had some nice feedback from some of the original netlabel owners. I’m super excited to share this with you all and I hope you enjoy the music that you discover. 🙂

*Side Note*
I have new tunes in the works. I hope to have some releases out within the coming months, hopefully a couple will land on Netlabel Day. 😀

-Zach (5/3/16)

2016 Update


Happy 2016 everyone!!! It’s now been three years since I started the Captive Portal project and what a journey it’s been so far! I’m super excited to see what the future brings. I have lots of things planned for this year and I hope to release a lot more music!

I’ve always been interested in sound design and making all my own sounds for my music. This was the premise for the Captive Portal project. However, I didn’t start only using my own sounds for my music right away. Most were my own sounds, but about a third of them were either from third parties or soft synths. It wasn’t until after the “Somethign Abbadat” EP where I decided that every single sound in my tracks would be my own original sounds and recordings.

However, there were a good chunk of songs that I made before this rule was set in place, but they weren’t released yet. So, I went through all the ones that I liked and released them all before the end of 2015 so I can start fresh in 2016.

So, from this point forward, every single track that I’ll release will not contain any software synths and no sounds from third parties will be used. I get more enjoyment when I make music this way and I can’t wait to share with you guys what I’m working on!

New Music On The Way.


After a month long break, I'm back to making new music! I have two different releases called "Laughing Turkeys" and "Lecture Tomb" that will be coming out really soon. More details coming soon. #music #localmusic #electronic #electronicmusic #experimental #experimentalmusic #synth #synths #modplug #modplugtracker #nature #outside #evening #lake #recording #beautiful #chicago #chicagomusicAfter a month long break, I’m back to making new music! I have two different releases called “Laughing Turkeys” and “Lecture Tomb” that will be coming out really soon. More details coming soon.

I’ll be posting of what I’ve been up to during my month of online absence soon. But for now, enjoy this photo of me last fall working on track for the upcoming Laughing Turkeys EP.

New Video Series Starting Next Week


Starting a video series on YouTube called Captive Portal Recording Sessions. Subscribe to my Newsletter at #music #record #recording #recordingsession #recordingsessions #youtube #video #videoseries #synth #synths #drum #drums #subscribe #cable #cables #noise #experiment #experimental #experimentalmusicHey everyone! I’ve got some big news! The first episode of a new YouTube series called “Captive Portal Recording Sessions” will be posted this coming Monday. A lot of randomness happens when I record my tracks and I want to share it with you all. I will do my best to post videos regularly. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to never miss a video. Also, subscribe to my Newsletter to the left of this page to make sure you never miss an update!


Watch the preview here!