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HAFLER TRIO - The Name of Someone

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Korm Plastics 8paragraph 0.7, subsection 111]
Release Year: 2009
Note: final re-issue in the KP series, contains 3 previous H30 albums: BRAIN SONG (Touch 1986; for us this is a real CLASSIC of truly experimental atmospheric music!!), VARIOUS METHODS OF ATTAINING IMMORTALITY (came with Book Antarctica Brahma 1996), and KUKLOS (Touch 1988); again with very nice & artful cover
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Letzter Teil der Wiederverffentlichungs-Serie: die hchst geniale BRAIN SONG LP (Touch 1986), KUKLOS MC (Touch, 1988 oder 1990), und eine CD von 1996 die als Beilage zum Buch "Antarctica Brahma" erschien, die wahrscheinlich fast niemand kennt ! Wieder kunstvoll verpackt zum mehr als fairen Preis! Interessantere Geruschkunst gibt es fast nicht, und auch in 100 Jahren wird sie wohl noch niemand wirklich verstehen..

"15 minutes? more like fifteen lifetimes - and who's to deny it? certainly not YHN. did we laugh? possibly not. and here are the pieces of the orders that were left behind that weren't seen through a projector. well, what did you respect? featuring the soundtrack to various artists, this package sets the standard for documentation, and is a cautionary tale that perhaps no others can tell. famous names, lots of ice cream. our head is not half-price, and we will not be caught with our last wishes in the the downward position! so er...! ...um... yeah.. right. erm, yes. it took more than that to write. so CONSUME as if it was SOUP!
This double CD contains three previous Hafler Trio releases: "Brain Song", previously released by Touch (1986), 'Various methods of attaining immortality | three different kinds of seed', previously released as a CD with the book "(Antarctica) Brahma" (1995-1996) and 'Kuklos', previously released by Touch (1988). This is the final re-issue by The Hafler Trio on Korm Plastics." [label info]

"This double CD compiles three very different re-releases by The Hafler Trio; Kuklos, Brain Song and (Antarctica) Brahma. The first CD is dedicated to Kuklos, which was previously released in 1990 on Touch as a cassette. The music on this release was composed as soundtrack to the film The Graphic Language of Neville Brody, which was shown at the Twentieth Century Gallery of the Victoria and Albert museum and later travelled the world. It's just that you know. Here the cassette is edited in two pieces (side A and B of the original cassette), but seeing the full length is over 63 minutes, I do feel that somehow some reworking of the original material has taken place. As I don't have the original tape release I cannot compare both recordings. However, Kuklos is/remains a pretty straightforward piece featuring layers of noise with a lot of reverb. Luckily enough, the noise is not one-dimensional, but in a typical Hafler Trio sense, swirls in your brain in a subdued way. After a while you are sucked into the vortex of sound. Great to see this finally available again. The Brain Song is one of the most popular releases by The Hafler Trio and it's easy to see why. The five tracks were previously released on Touch in November 1986 as a 12 inch record. It's classic 80s H3O, refreshing and daring, like nothing you'd heard before. On Brain Song, McKenzie is still eager to explore and discover, yet his journey is highly listenable. There are sounds of water, sinus waves, strange interludes, voices, found and treated tapes, undecipherable sound (lots of that) you name it. As diverse as these sounds may seen, McKenzie, like the true master of sound he is, manages to combine them into a beautiful coherent mix with not a dull moment in sight. If you are interested in the H3O and you don't own Brain Song yet, you should go out and buy this 2CD immediately. The last two tracks (28 minutes) on this CD feature the much more reserved and restrained 'Various methods of attaining immortality/three different kinds of seed', which was previously released as a CD with the book "(Antarctica) Brahma" (1995-1996). This release is new to me. On these two tracks the sound is much more limited to less sources (or so it sounds), resulting in a more ambient, relaxed and even "refined" piece when compared to The Brain Song. The two long tracks (the second one adds a unobtrusive slow rhythm to the proceedings) make for ambient listening, but luckily not a series of heartless drones. Rather a series of sounds, treated and simplified. Great listening and a fine counterpoint to Brain Song's more fragmentic sound. Still, within the structure of this double CD, it is Brain Song that rules. Packed in the by now familiar book-pack, including a brilliant booklet featuring clear lettering on clear paper (deciphering the text will probably take you hours try and do this whilst listening to the music, highly recommended), postcard and, if you purchase directly from Korm Plastics, a badge. In all another important release in this series. It is therefore extremely sad that this series of re-issues will not continue. The Name Of Someone is the last Hafler Trio re-release on Korm Plastics. This does not do justice to both the music of Mr. McKenzie or the input and care of Korm Plastics." [FK, Vital Weekly]


"There was never a time when The Hafler Trio was an actual trio, although the group's founders Andrew McKenzie and Chris Watson (then of Cabaret Voltaire fame and now the world's preeminent field recordist) had constructed the identity of a third member Dr. Edward Moolenbeek back in the early '80s. This Moolenbeek character was supposedly interested in the physical and psychological effects of sound upon the human populace, with an emphasis on presenting sound as an obfuscated means of communication through his research to the point of gnostic cryptography. Throughout the career of the Hafler Trio, a steady stream of interlocking and heavily encrypted set of allusions and allegories were conjured and manifested, but then all but disappeared from the public realm. Now, McKenzie (the sole pilot of the project for many years now) is offering his music solely as individual commissions to collectors who can pay a premium for his work.
Fortunately, Korm Plastics have over the years reissued a good chunk of his back catalogue. The Name Of Someone stands as the last in Korm Plastics reissue series, collecting three records that had been very difficult to find --Brainsong (1986, originally an lp on Touch), Kuklos (1988, also released through Touch), and (Antarctica) Brahma (1996, which was the accompaniment to a book whose contents are suitably elusive). We'll not belabor the conceptual agendas to each of these works, but the sounds are wholly compelling and well worth investigating. Brainsong is an oblique collage that begins with an overlapping of water field recordings sloshing against undulating drones, that are consumed within a caustic synth pattern that is sterile and bleak. Through a series of jump-cut edits, additions, and subtractions (a technique which is a signature of The Hafler Trio's work in the '80s), McKenzie offers a slow descent of tonebent drones seemingly built from the sustained wails of a female choir rendered as disjointed ghosts of a Cornelius Cardew piece of minimalism. Antarctica finds Hafler Trio in his long form compositional style of the late '90s and early '00s, structured from heavily layered filters and alien frequencies shot from other dimensions and / or other parts of the universe. One could think of Thomas Koner as someone operating in a similar field of desolate sound design and impeccable production techniques. Kuklos was also a soundtrack to a film about the graphic designer Neville Brody, and is a smear of thick grey drones and ghostly residues. It's hardly an 'ambient' record, but Kuklos is far less of the shapeshifting collage work that McKenzie had been producing around that time. All of his work comes highly recommended, even as it can be a difficult to get into... perhaps because it can be difficult to get into.
Unfortunately, McKenzie does not allow anyone to post sound samples of his work, so you'll have to take our word for it: this is brilliant." [Aquarius Rec.]