die ANGEL, the duo project of ILPO VÄISÄNEN (ex-PAN SONIC) & DIRK DRESSELHAUS aka SCHNEIDER TM, starts its 3rd decade of sonic explorations with the release of album #10 which bears the programmatic title “Utopien I”.180g LP and DL on KARL.
die ANGEL (or just ANGEL in the early days) was born in 1999 during a joint European tour of PAN SONIC and SCHNEIDER TM with the aim to use electronics, string instruments and effect loops to develop a sonic world that goes beyond fixed structures and clearly defined genres. Coming from different musical backgrounds proved quite an advantage for the duo as it meant that ILPO VÄISÄNEN (ex-PAN SONIC) & DIRK DRESSELHAUS (SCHNEIDER TM) had to find their particular modus operandi: communication through noise and action, instant composition, spirit. Over the course of over 2 decades now, die ANGEL crafted a catalogue of 9 albums released on labels like EDITIONS MEGO or EDITION TELEMARK that were recordings of either the core duo or featured like-minded artists like cellist HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR, OREN AMBARCHI, LUCIO CAPECE or BJ NILSEN. die ANGEL delve deep into the microcosms of tones, shaping nuanced layers of abstract sound that integrate elements of Musique Concrète, Minimal Music, Industrial, Noise, Blues and Psychedelia, and yet bear the unmistakable die ANGEL signature. “Utopien I” is not only the duo’s latest effort (feat. OREN AMBARCHI) but also a clear political call: in a world of a general decline, we need new ideas and approaches to design the future.
All tracks performed & recorded December 2015 – January 2016
by Ilpo Väisänen & Dirk Dresselhaus at ZONE, Berlin
Overdubs on ‚Cargo Cult’ by Oren Ambarchi (Milano, Italy) April – May 2016
Edited & mixed by Dirk Dresselhaus May 2016 at ZONE, Berlin
Mastered by Helmut Erler at D&M, Berlin, December 2019
Ilpo Väisänen : electronics & effects
Dirk Dresselhaus : electric guitar & effects
Oren Ambarchi : electric guitar & effects
Italian sound artist GIULIO ALDINUCCI returns with his 3rd album on KARL: “Shards Of Distant Times” is again a truly masterfully composed and sound-designed ambient masterpiece and a more than worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Borders And Ruins” (2017) and “Disappearing In A Mirror” (2018) which both made it onto several year’s best lists.
Over the course of six solo albums on labels like DRONARIVM plus EPs and collaborative albums (a.o. with IAN HAWGOOD), GIULIO ALDINUCCI successively has been refining his skills as composer and sound designer. His elegant style which blends ambient and field recordings came to full impact on his previous KARL albums “Borders And Ruins” and “Disappearing In A Mirror” which gained the Italian sound artist a lot of critical praise and made it onto several year’s best lists, a.o. Acloserlisten.com. ALDINUCCI’s latest effort is again not only a musical masterpiece of sublime beauty and sacral majesty, it also deals with philosophical concerns. Where “Borders …” was a reflection on the instability of borders and “Disappearing In A Mirror” raised the very personal question of identity, “Shards Of Distant Times explores the liminal areas of the contemporary soundscape that are characterized by the presence of human voice coming from old and timeworn recordings. Like in the auditory pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon in which the mind hears indistinct voices in random noise where none exist, voices and music emerge from the everyday soundscape through the omnipresent internet connected devices, creating glitches between time and space” (ALDINUCCI).
AIDAN BAKER (NADJA, B/B/S) and bass clarinetist GARETH DAVIS
continue their fruitful collaboration with „Invisible Cities II“ – five
new tracks of finest ambient / chamber jazz / subtle drones of a
highly meditative quality. Available as 180gr LP and download.
2 years ago, the Canadian guitar player AIDAN BAKER and clarinetist
GARETH DAVIS from Belgium released their duo debut „Invisible Cities“
that surprised many by its quiet, even meditative quality. DAVIS had
made himself a name in a wide range of fields, from the postrock of
A-SUN AMISSA or OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE, new music (PETER ABLINGER, BERNHARD
LANG), or experimentation with the likes of ELLIOTT SHARP, MERZBOW or
SCANNER, while BAKER is mostly known for his drone / postmetal duo
NADJA, but that‘s just one out of several steady projects (e.g.B/B/S
with ANDREA BELFI and ERIK SKODVIN aka SVARTE GREINER) and a multitude
of solo albums. On „Invisible Cities“ the duo explored the calmer
side of things – from chamber jazz to ambient / drone and back, giving
much space and air to breathe to their respective instrument. Subtle
guitar drones, sonore clarinet sounds, a sonic scenery of peacefullness
and meditative introspection – all this you‘ll also find on the new
album „Invisible Cities II“ which is an accomplished continuation and
refinement of the duo‘s first collaborative effort from 2018.
Recorded between 2018 and 2019 in Berlin and Amsterdam, mastered and cut at D&M Berlin by KASSIAN TROYER.
ULF STOLTERFOHT / IRIS DRÖGEKAMP / THOMAS WEBER & KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF – Ein Strumpf Wächst Durch Den Tisch
Format: 180gr LP
Release date: 25.10.2019
An engaging and intriguing radio drama by the German poet ULF STOLTERFOHT (directed by IRIS DRÖGEKAMP and THOMAS WEBER) with music by the KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF.
Based on secret messages exchanged by imprisoned Red Army Faction (RAF) members like Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and the rest of the gang, through this radio drama by ULF STOLTERFOHT (winner of several literary prizes), the authors explore the power of names and denominations. Guests making surprise appearances are among others, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Herman Melville, and maybe even Rumpelstiltskin. The play unfolds in a highly unusual setting, weaving a tapestry of references.
The music for this radio play was created by KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF, in their unique and uncategorizable blend of sound drawing inspiration from jazz, folk and electronics.
music by Kammerflimmer Kollektief (Heike Aumüller – harmonium, Christopher Brunner – drums, Johannes Frisch – double bass, Thomas Weber – electric guitar) directed by Iris Drögekamp & Thomas Weber cover photo by Heike Aumüller mastered & cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin
G.A.M.S. feat. Felix Kubin – Lalaland Symbiose + UNPROFESSIONAL RMX
Format: 7inch / download
Release date: september 27th 2019
2 exclusive tracks not contained on the self-titled G.A.M.S. album: The Dadaist no-wave track „Lalaland Symbiose“ featuring FELIX KUBIN on vocals + a RMX by the Berlin based Italian producer UNPROFESSIONAL.
Cover by ANDREAS DIEFENBACH Mastered & cut by RASHAD BECKER at D&M Berlin.
The first album of the new duo G.A.M.S. (ANDI STECHER /
drums and GUIDO MÖBIUS / feedback) with special appearances by MICK
HARRIS (EX NAPALM DEATH, PAINKILLER, SCORN a.o.) and YUKO MATSUYAMA
(HULA HUT & THE SEVEN SEAS).
Feedback leads a
life of it’s own. It is an uncontrollable sonic accident, usually
ear-numbingly loud but sometimes also delicately ethereal. The essence
of feedback is being released from bonds, its path is always one of
intensification and escape. Its a physical phenomenon and hard to
predict. The duo G.A.M.S. makes music on the edge of losing
control. A restless drummer works his way through waves of feedback,
which span the full spectrum of frequencies from pumping bass to the
highest tones. With the pulse of the feedback ANDI STECHER’s drumming,
at times feverish and driven, then distanced and abstract, creates
polyrhythmic structures. What comes into being is a maelstrom of sound
and rhythm – music beyond every style, the power of which lies in its
rawness. STECHER and MÖBIUS switch the roles of desired and
undesired sound and thereby create pieces like archaic sculptures.
Their music is raw and powerful, but can also be soft and etheric.
Sometimes it feels like a delicate organic painting. But here’s one
thing that G.A.M.S. music certainly isn’t – predictable. The duo uses
freely improvised spaces and reacts to unplanned sonic events. And
despite all it’s seeming randomness, G.A.M.S. still manage to compose
clearly structured pieces and to reconstruct these in their live
program. Through a cut-up technique patterns of feedback sound
fragments are juxtaposed and interlocked in varied combinations. These
hypnotic loops move between rhythm and melodies, a web that is carried
along by a driving drum set, accents of sub-bass and layers of feedback
drones. The playful drum style of ANDI STECHER is far from
conventional rock drumming. Instead he experiments with various
materials – for instance by preparing his cymbals with chains or
putting different objects on the skin of his drums. He makes offbeat
meters and complicated grooves sound easy and light. The same goes for
changes in timing or dense textures comprising ghost notes. On the
other hand he plays straight forward beats dynamically and with power.
STECHER’s partner in G.A.M.S. is GUIDO MÖBIUS who (with the help
of a guitar amp, a microphone and effects) creates live feedbacks which
can be massive and noisy but also fragile and gentle. Fleeting and
concrete sounds join into dense textures. Feedback is never static
rather always in a process of change. Musical guests on the album
are ex-NAPALM DEATH drummer and eletronic producer MICK HARRIS (SCORN,
FRET) contributing drones and field recordings and the versatile singer
YUKO MATSUYAMA (HULA HUT & THE SEVEN SEAS).
all music played, produced and mixed by G.A.M.S.
G.A.M.S. are Andi Stecher (drums / percussion) & Guido Möbius (feedbacks)
cover artwork by Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva
layout & design by kaidoh
drums recorded by Dirk Dresselhaus at ZONE, Berlin
mastered & cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin
Turkish free jazzers KONSTRUKT continue their series of exciting collaborations with KEN VANDERMARK, one of the key figures of Chicago’s vivid jazz scene.
After 2 critically acclaimed albums with the Japanese avantgarde / noise icon KEIJI HAINO, KONSTRUKT return with a new inspiring collaborative mind: KEN VANDERMARK, who for three decades now has been a highly prolific musician in contemporary jazz and free improvisation. With various groups like NRG ENSEMBLE, SPACEWAYS INC., THE VANDERMARK 5, MADE TO BREAK and his latest project MARKER or the PETER BRÖTZMANN CHICAGO TENTET (to name just a few) and various spontaneous collaborations the saxophone / clarinet player has created an impressive catalogue and performed / recorded with the who-is-who of today’s jazz / improv scene: PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE, HAMID DRAKE, FRED ANDERSON, PAUL LYTTON, JOE MORRIS THE EX, AXEL DÖRNER, MATS GUSTAFSSON, JOE MCPHEE, ZU, PETER BRÖTZMANN, PAUL LOVENS, LASSE MARHAUG, YAKUZA, KEVIN DRUMM, and many more. VANDERMARK’s enduring exploration and development of new paths in (free) jazz and improvisation not only made him a key figure of the vivid Chicago scene (since the days of AACM a hotspot for musical creativity), but also gained the him the reputated MAC ARTHUR FELLOWSHIP in 1999. In november 2018, KONSTRUKT (who themselves can look back on a long list of class A collaborators like JOE McPHEE, WILLIAM PARKER, AKIRA SAKATA, MARSHALL ALLEN, EVAN PARKER, THURSTON MOORE or ALEXANDER HAWKINS) met VANDERMARK in their homebase ISTANBUL for a recording session – a match made in heaven that all musicians involved are extremely happy with. The resulting album „Kozmik Bazaar“ starts with a reference to Ornette COLEMAN before turning more and more into a psychedelic trip that gpes way beyond the „jazz idiom“. But what else to expect from such a stellar constellation?
Credits: Korhan Futacı: alto saxophone, instant loops, vocal Umut Çağlar: electric guitar, synthesizer, gralla, guimbri Apostolos Sideris: double bass Berkan Tilavel: drums, electronic percussion + Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone, clarinet Recorded by Ozan Öner at Pür Recording Studio, Istanbul Mixed by Korhan Futacı and Umut Çağlar Mastered & cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin Cover painting “Explosion” by Artur Trojanowski
zeitkratzer – zeitkratzer performs songs from „Kraftwerk 2“ and „Kraftwerk“
Format: 180gr LP incl. insert
Release date: july 19th 2019
2nd volume of „modern composition supergroup“ (The Wire) ZEITKRATZER’s re-interpretations of early compositions by electronic pioneers KRAFTWERK.
In more than two decades ZEITKRATZER has created an astonishing broad catalogue from the obligatory (20th century avant-garde composers like CAGE or STOCKHAUSEN) to the unexpected (electronic artists such as CARSTEN NICOLAI, TERRE THAEMLITZ or underground experimentalists like THROBBING GRISTLE and KEIJI HAINO) – but hardly anyone was prepared for the ensemble’s choice of early KRAFTWERK pieces! When volume 1 was released in 2017, ZEITKRATZER founder and director REINHOLD FRIEDL announced that there’ll be a volume 2 of course – and here it is:: from the opening drony horns of „Harmonika“ to the subtle guitar of the album closer „Wellenlänge“, the 4 tracks own all the interpretatory and aesthetic acerbity the ensemble is known and praised for. The first album made it immediately into “The Wire office ambience” playlist and to the “Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical Releases”: “ZEITKRATZER’s interpretations are bouncy, horn-driven motorik grooves, static explorations of pointillistic overtones, breathy Zen-like meditations, and rollicking rhythms.” The Spanish Rockdelux concluded: “Keep close and be happy to get more!” Sonic Seducer attested ZEITKRATZER to “uncover unexpected potential. It’s a blessing that the next KRAFTWERK is already announced!”
And here it is! Now you can listen to all the music of the first two KRAFTWERK albums “as gloriously played as one could ever desire” (Vital Weekly). Recorded live at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden in january 2019, „zeitkratzer performs songs from the albums „Kraftwerk 2“ and „Kraftwerk“ “ delivers the compositions that were still missing to complete zeitkratzer’s stunning take on the early, hybrid kraut-esque electronic avantgarde albums “Kraftwerk” and “Kraftwerk 2”. Mission accomplished! A must-have. As German radio SWR agreed: “ZEITKRATZER is serious music turned from stiff to joy!”