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TIETCHENS, ASMUS - Abfleischung

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Die Stadt DS108
Release Year: 2008
Note: re-issue of album from 1989 (Hamster Records), incl. 2 bonus-tracks. 12th part in the re-release series, edition of 600 copies
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Auch "Abfleischung" gehrt zu den "irgendwie legendren" TIETCHENS-Alben (1989). Das tolle Cover, die Titel, das unglaubliche CIORAN-Zitat, das alles ist "klassisch Tietchens" und noch immer gibt es wenig Musik die sich daran messen kann, noch immer klingen diese 20 Skizzen (zum ersten Mal recyclete TIETCHENS altes Material seiner selbst) so rtselhaft nicht-menschlich wie von einer gnzlich fremden Welt stammend. Collagige Cut-ups, teils flchig unterwandert, elektronisch verfremdet bis ins Deformierendste hinein und doch mit Blick fr jedes kleinste Detail des Klangs, dabei sind die Tracks so kurz dass die Aufmerksamkeit nie versiegt, der Geist hat keine Chance zur Routine, nur zur Fokussierung....

"12th part in the ongoing re-release series of all early Tietchens albums between 1980-1991. ABFLEISCHUNG is based on material recorded by Tietchens as early as 1967-1970. These recyclings made in 1989 became the 20 short tracks on this album which was originally released in edition of 500 copies on Hamster Records in 1989. The CD includes two previously unreleased tracks and comes in a jewel case with full color artwork and poster booklet also feat. the original front and back cover. First edition of 600 copies. Total playing time: 49:18 min." [label info]

"....It was released in 1989 on Hamster Records as part of a four record series: 'Watching The Burning Bride', by Asmus Tietchens and Terry Burrows (owner of Hamster), then 'Abfleischung' by Asmus solo, then 'Whispering Scale' by Terry solo and the fourth one 'Burning The Watching Bride' (by the two of them again) was released in 1998, on Disaster Area. On 'Abfleischung' Tietchens goes back to his old reel to reel tapes from the period 1967 to 1970. Not a remix where one particular sound is remixed but the track in its entirety is reworked. Asmus calls this 'recycling', a much more appropriate word for what he does. He uses the techniques of 1989 to recycle the sounds of twenty years before. No less then twenty pieces are presented on this album (plus two bonus pieces) which last from forty-eight seconds to almost five minutes, but mostly between one and two minutes. Short pieces which were change for Tietchens too. Different methods of treating of the basic material, lead to a variety of similarly titled pieces, such as Mineral 1 to 4 and Modal 1 to 5. This album shows Tietchens at his peak of musique concrete, working with a limited set of sound in a limited frame of time. A fascinating journey of sound with the crackling of tooth combs, metallic rusty sounds and many more highly obscured sound sources. The only thing that makes this a bit dated is the sometimes excessive use of reverb, which perhaps in those days made a lot of sense, but not these days - at least not with me. But throughout a very well needed re-issue on CD." [FdW, Vital Weekly]