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TIETCHENS, ASMUS - Ornamente (zwischen Null und Eins)

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Line LINE_073
Release Year: 2015
Note: excellent new album of micro tonal TIETCHENS drones; a more 'ambient' and floating work with 5 movements, incredible strange but somehow fluid sounds not from this earth!! ed. of 400 copies
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.50

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"(….) Wenn alles dich anwidert, wird das Mittagessen zum Fest. Die Lebensmittel ersetzen die Ideen. Vom letzten Bauern bis zum verfeinertsten Intellektuellen ist die Essenszeit die tägliche Liturgie der seelischen Leere. Die Umwandlung eines unmittelbaren Bedürfnisses in ein Zivilisationsphänomen ist ein gefährliches Fortschreiten und ein schwerwiegendes Symptom. (….)
— E.M. Cioran „Über Frankreich“

Ornament 1 (05:18)
Ornament 2 (11:11)
Ornament 3 (08:44)
Ornament 4 (11:14)
Ornament 5 (11:14)

Aufgenommen und von Okko Bekker produziert im Audiplex Studio E, Hamburg Druckvorlage: Karajew.

Asmus Tietchens (b. 1947, Hamburg, Germany)

1965: First experiments with tape recorders and electronic sound devices (sine wave generator, rhythm machines) and concrete sound material.

1971: Minimoog and 8-track tape recorders

1980: First LP release Nachtstück in France, produced by Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream

1982: begins Industrial music stage

1984: LP Formen letzter Hausmusik released by the Nurse with Wound’s label United Dairies.

1984-1989: several LPs on international industrial music labels including Esplendor Geometrico, Hamster Records, A-Mission, Multimood and others.

1985: Experiments with computerized keyboard Fairlight CMI

1986: First journey commissioned by the Goethe-Institut with concerts in Brazil

1989 – 2010: Teaching Sound Design and Sound Research at the University for Applied Sciences in Hamburg

1991: Second journey commissioned by the Goethe-Institut with concerts in the Argentine, Chile and Uruguay

Since 1991: numerous CD releases on international labels (LINE, Staalplaat, Soleilmoon, Selektion, Mille Plateaux, and more)

2003: Karl Sczuka Award for Acoustic Art

2006: Karl Sczuka Award for Acoustic Art

2010-2013: Teaching Sound Design at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg

tietchens.de " [label info / credits / biography]

"A new album by Asmus Tietchens can be quite an intimidating prospect. The Hamburg-based acoustics professor has been investigating the inner and outer realms of electronic sound production since the mid-sixties. He makes no concessions to mass marketing: the 'press release' for this disc simply features a quote, in German, from everyone's favourite Romanian misanthropist philosopher, Emile Cioran, taken from a withering critique of French culture and high gastronomy. But you can forget about all that once you put the disc on and immerse yourself in the delicate, ethereal sounds that unfurl like wisps of light-reflecting dust. The otherworldy tones and subtle dynamics here are rich in detail and complexity, but the drama is on a microscopic scale, giving that sense of being opened up to a new dimension of musical experience. Some of the weird tonal characteristics Tietchens favours remind me of Alvin Lucier's 'I'Am Sitting In A Room' - where a narration is gradually blotted out by the resonant feedback of the room through a process of replaying and re-recording. Tietchens manipulates and arranges his strange resonances to open up a haunting sound world of tones that float eerily amidst watery, metallic glints. The disc's final track builds into the most expansive composition with a melodic arc surging through the deceptive stillness, suggesting more cosmic dimensions that I can imagine gracing an intense, introspective sci-fi film that's probably impossible to make." [normanrecords.com]