Archiv für den Monat: November 2022

out on november 4th: zeitkratzer – James Tenney

zeitkratzer – James Tenney

Format: 180gr LP

Release date: november 4th 2022

By zkr director REINHOLD FRIEDL’s personal request now available on vinyl for the first time: zeitkratzer’s critically acclaimed interpretations of groundbreaking compositions by JAMES TENNEY.

JAMES TENNEY (1934 – 2006) was a composer, music theorist and pioneer especially in the field of microtonal music, being an influential part of the so-called New York avantgarde scene (CAGE, FELDMAN). Besides his compositonal work, TENNY was teacher at various universities with students like CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE, CARL STONE or CATHERINE LAMB, and a close friend with ELIANE RADIGUE.
This album by zeitkratzer presents three compostions by TENNEY whose music has been part of zeitkratzer’s repertoire since their beginning:

# „Critical Band“ – TENNEY’s late classic – with maximum clarity and precision of bearing tone rhythms and microtonal tuning as light effect.

# the first recording of „Harmonium #2“.

Both works demonstrate the remarkable power and resplendent sharpness which TENNEY achieved with his microtonal settings.

# „Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion“ (incl. in the download) is an orgiastic listening experience in the form of a huge crescendo on a tam-tam – from whispering to singing, culminating in shrill roaring and blustering – and it’s dark decay.
zeitkratzer’s approach to TENNEY’s music as a sensual sound adventure, finally available on vinyl!

A. Critical Band,
B. Harmonium #2,
DL only track: Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion

Frank Gratkowski clarinet
Hayden Chisholm alto saxophone
Matt Davis trumpet
Hilary Jeffery trombone
Reinhold Friedl piano, e-bow
Maurice De Martin bowed marimba, tam-tam
Burkhard Schlothauer violin
Anton Lukoszevieze cello
Ulrich Phillipp double bass
Ralf Meinz sound

recorded live at Philharmonie Luxembourg, October 3rd 2009
mixed and mastered by Ralf Meinz and Reinhold Friedl
produced by Burkhard Schlothauer
executive producer: Reinhold Friedl
vinyl cut by Kassian Troyer at D&M, Berlin

out on october 14th: GIULIO ALDINUCCI – Real


Format: 180gr LP / limited edition tape, 50 handnumbered items /download

Release date: october 14th 2022

Italian sound artist GIULIO ALDINUCCI returns with his 4th album on KARL: “Real” 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), “Disappearing In A Mirror” (2018) and “Shards Of Distant Times” which all made it onto several year’s best lists.

With now his 4th album for Karl, the sound artist from Siena / IT has proved a steady and prolific artist on the label roster. And each time, GIULIO ALDINUCCI delivers a new ambient masterpiece that clearly carries his signature as composer / producer and yet reveals a slightly different approach to his modus operandi. ALDINUCCI’s massive layers of sound, built from field recordings and an array of electronic gear, blend droney ambient with heavenly voices / sacred music that create an atmosphere of a consolatory melancholy – alien, but with a graspable presence of human souls. And each album deals with a topic that ALDINUCCI came across in his observations of and reflections about today’s society.
In the words of GIULIO himself:
“The digital media we live with shape and define reality by filtering it, letting us run the risk of living without our personal and unique one. My new album expresses a need of something unmediated and authentic. “Real” is a reflection on the endless possibility of sonic transformation, the ability we have to create new realities transmuting the soundscape around us and the inner soundscape inside us, even only by imagining it. A (deep) real experience permeated by dreamy lyricism.”

A1. Deep Space Shelter
A2. Come In Un Respiro
A3. As The Horizon Disappears
A4. Smoke Over The River
B1. Mythological Void
B2. Every Word, In Summer
B3. Hyperobject A
B4. Asymptotic Embrace

all tracks composed and produced by Giulio Aldinucci
mastered & vinyl cut by Kassian Troyer at D&M, Berlin
artwork concept by Thomas Herbst
layout & design by kaidoh
cover photography by Giulio Aldinucci