Zeitkratzer – Lou Reed „Metal Machine Music“
Format: 2LP (180gr, gatefold sleeve, download code, 500 items)
(CD version available on zeitkratzer records)
Release date: september 5th 2014
About 10 years after their first, critically acclaimed performances of Lou Reed’s adventurous album, zeitkratzer presents an audacious new interpretation of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Here, for the first time ever, all four parts of Metal Machine Musicplayed by zeitkratzer on one recording! Seriously “clangorous”!
This new version of Metal Machine Musicis even more transparent, instrumentally pure and radical than the shortened 2007 release; live recordings from concerts in Rome and Reggio Emilia, Italy, mixed and mastered by Rashad Becker. A real sound experience!
After their first performances in 2002 (documented on the 2007 CD release on Asphodel) zeitkratzer gave Reed’s album a new thorough listen and transcribed the sounds to create an acoustic score for the ensemble to play live. Those familiar with the oft-criticized two-disc album might wonder how they pulled this off, but they did and their interpretation of the work brought it to the attention of a wideraudience. It is therefore partly thanks to the zeitkratzer version that Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Musichas been rediscovered as a classic of the Twentieth Century. It was at the live performance with zeitkratzer in Berlin, that Lou Reed spoke for the first time in public about the musical details of his composition, in an interview with Diedrich Diedrichsen.
zeitkratzer was clearly ready for the challenges of performing Metal Machine Musiclive, and drew packed houses for their presentation of the work. This confirmed their assertion that rock’n’roll as serious contemporary music has been ignored for too long, in too arrogant a way. The relentless sound forces the mind to put aside its preconceptions about what music is supposed to sound like, or feel like, or look like. The brain starts to implode, or explode, or dissolve Zen-like into the controlled chaos of the performance, discovering a strange exhilaration, accepting an invitation to explore the outer reaches of texture and timbre, to experience a sonic freedom that’s rare in any art form. These recordings from the
Metal Machine Music has become even more intense and worked out during the ten years of zeitkratzer playing it live at numerous international festivals – contemporary music festivals, noise festivals, improvisation festivals, – it’s impossible to limit this music to one genre. Metal Machine Musichas gained a new quality of clarity, sound transparence and musical intensity. Real radical contemporary chamber noise music! These recordings from the FestivalRomaeuropa in Rome and the Festival Aperto in Reggio Emilia (2012) presentzeitkratzer not only at their very best, the splendid mix by Rashad Becker also reveals new aspects of this 20th century avant-garde classic!
zeitkratzer directed by Reinhold Friedl
FrankGratkowski, clarinets | Matt David, trumpet | Hilary Jeffery, trombone | Reinhold Friedl, piano | Marc Weiser, guitar | Maurice de Martin, percussion | Burkhard Schlothauer, violin | Anton Lukoszevieze, cello | Uli Phillipp, doublebass
Press quotes on the 2007 version of “Metal Machine Music”:
Played by a live group, “Metal Machine Music” sounds even wilder and more frenetic, and zeitkratzer’s act of fandom moves “Metal Machine Music” into a context where, perhaps, it always belonged: as an avant-garde piece of bristling minimalism rather than a rock musician’s bizarre experiment. New York Times, USA
Thank goodness for ensembles like zeitkratzer. The Wire Magazine, UK
Few records investigate the concept of “noise” more intelligently than this one. The Sunday Times, UK
zeitkratzer gave “Metal Machine Music” back its importance … Spex, GER
In all honesty, I can say that you’ve probably never seen or heard anything quite like this. Take a step into the new and dangerous by listening to Metal Machine Music as performed by the zeitkratzer ensemble live. BBC London, UK
MORTON SUBOTNICK – The Wild Bull
Format: LP (180gr, 500 items)
Release date: september 12th 2014
Re-issued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1968 release! Based on an ancient Sumerian poem, MORTON SUBOTNICK’s follow-up to his highly influential milestone “Silver Apples Of The Moon” is no less an adventurous sonic trip on the Buchla synthesizer. Limited edition (500 items) audiophile 180gr LP, especially mastered for vinyl.
Born 1933, MORTON SUBOTNICK is a key figure in the progress of electronic music: along with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender he co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1961 and from 1963 on he worked with DON BUCHLA on the development of the early synthesizer “Buchla Series 100”. In 1967 the composer and musician released his debut “Silver Apples Of The Moon”, which proved to be one of the most influential albums and an undoubted milestone in electronic music (which was even selected for the Library Of Congress in 2009). A year laterMORTON SUBOTNICK presented his adventurous follow-up “The Wild Bull”. Loosely based on / inspired by an ancient Sumerian poem of the same name – a lament about loss and death caused by war – the two parts embark on further explorations into the hitherto unimagined creative possibilities of the synthesizer. 46 years after its initial release, “The Wild Bull” has not lost a single bit of its visionary magnitude and is still an adventurous sonic trip, finally available on vinyl again as audiophile 180gr LP that was cautiously remastered for vinyl. Limited to 500 items worldwide!
… a dark work that relies on deep, lowing tones, harsh attacks, and metallic sonorities to convey its tragic mood. Allmusic.com
“Silver Apples” is the electronic breakthrough, but “The Wild Bull” refines and even perfects the alien tones of the Buchla. Psychedelicobscurities.blogspot.de