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MAEROR TRI's archaic music
The very best are recordings of sounds within nature which can be detected and thus heard by the human ear. Such sounds seem to be deeply rooted in a universal language which can be understood by the entire spectrum of living beings. Natural sounds have the advantage of being the closest to music which shows a certain kind of unity (Psychologie Heute, 6/94)
Evolution of our mind... And sound, as a way of development and evolution, helping listener to make an evolution of his own consciousness, and, simultaneously, a breakout into unconscious - imaginative, visual, observed on the deepest levels. "We believe in changing consciousness through the music - our music means communication, and we emerge as its reflecting way".
STEFAN KNAPPE: About the meaning of Maeror Tri : Well "maeror" is latin and means GRIEF, but also TO BE ABSORBED. "Maeror tri" is grammatically wrong, but it sounded better than the right version, for us it was something like "the absorbed three", "the suspended three", although through the meaning of GRIEF it is clear that this emotions have their basis on sadness and despair.
The atmospheric aesthetics of MAEROR TRI started in Germany in the april of 1988. Using their own sound sources, during a period of 1988-1992 they have released some 7 albums on different cassette labels; part of the early material, now forever lost, was later used on their album "Meditamentum" and compilations "Ultime Time" and "Ambiguitas". Using industrial music in the unusual ambient key, spherical objects and claustrophobia, in 1993 they have released material, recorded at a period from january till july of 1991, on their debut CD being the first in the right before started on Staalplaat series - "Korm Plastic", with excess of borders of mind being central theme for the album "Multiple Personality Disorder"; "express the four basic characters which appear nearly to all MPR-patients that known as... the most extreme form of schizophrenia". In the deep study of absolutely different frontier conditions of the mind through the music and confrontation with extreme forms of disease, the album presented a certain gloomy anatomical temple, closed on isolationism, industrial meditation and droning underground (subterranean) sounds on higher levels of utopian consciousness. Four parts of "MPD" - "the Administrator", "the Anaesthetizer", "the Revenger" and "the Protector" - presented an internal intuitive approach to subconsciousness, where the balance of existance was changing by intoxication and sinking into the world of subreality, getting through selfdestruction, hidden psychic mechanisms and operated pulses, reaching euphoria of safety at the end.
Hypnotising walls of sound drone you to a sick of industrial meditation. Unconsciousness in virtual spaces of silence, mental metaphysical drones and dark-noisy resonances were continued on the following album "Meditamentum", which included the material of their earlier experiments from the first six tape albums by Maeror Tri. Transcedental, highly hypnotising and meditating, evolving on our eyes, "concrete" sounding of their following works - such as their splendid "Myein", and released by that time "Mystagogus/Ousia" and "Physis/Phyein" singles - reminded more of a powerful orchestral sound, deeply drowned in reverberation.
"... this mansize slab of ground zero Ambient hints (aptly) at cancealment and secrecy and shadow and exclusion, the sweep of sandstorms around silos and the rumble of underground detonations, to the extent that even the tentative melodic phrases and halfheard rhythmic patterns which start to appear in track two assume a threatening aspect. Stylish and sumptuous, yes, but beware: with just three tracks in a patience-testing 74 minutes,this is strictly buff stuff for only the most monomaniacal minimalist" (The Wire, UK)
Following the way paved earlier by such legends as Illusion of Safety, Hafler Trio, PGR, using simultaneously the poles of mild guitar tones of industrial music - bright and light notwithstanding the nature, and rough severe ambient with absolutely heavy severe machine rhythmic scapes and guitar droning, obtruding possessions of the dark mind, Maeror Tri, harmonious and perfect, continued their study of influence of sound and its effect on the human perception, as a leading purpose of todays experimental music, formed by the leader of project Stefan Knappe in his manifesto "Archaic music" on the pages of american industrial magazine "Audio Drudge" in 1995: "last years nor one determination of any musical style did not dispense with the sector "industrial music" (sufficiently commercial and categorical now) or so called "noise-culture"... But where to refer a style, containing monotonous drones, gloomy thunderous peals of sounding, atmospheric relapses, repetitiveness, using "concrete" elements like the volcanic lava?.. In the cartridge clip with harmonious fragments and ambient sounding, there also possible some elements of so called death-industrial, and gothic and harsh-noise could be met "...
"If you are a newcomer to this: Maeror Tri produce music for the creative part of the brain. Hugh walls of droning sounds, processed guitar and gongs, never getting below the audible range (like other gong players sometimes did), drenched in a bath of effects. This music which similates you while working through your day. This music is like a drug: it will have a great impact on the mind. But in a much more positive way. Cherrisch the Maeror Tri's available. And don't be sad" (Frans de Waard, Vital # 99).
The last in discography of the quickly ascendant stars of industrial music became recorded in may 1996 live-sessions on dutch VPRO in the well-known program "De Avonden" (ex-"Grand Disco Classic"), released by Staalplaat in their "Mort Aux Vaches" series. Album carried a name "Hypnos/Trance" and as always in deep transformed reverberations, drowning in factory noises, mental spacelikeness, cascades of guitar droning "space rock" and shattering waves of progressing technology, this beautiful german trio showed as a possession the wholesome psychedelic suite in three parts, highly close by structure and sounding, as the most notorized trance repetitive music for dark mind. Guitar again, bouquets of tapes and samples, arsenal of hidden effects and prolongued rhythmic fluctuations...
[Igor Vaganov / Achtung Baby 1997]
|Album||Format||Label & Cat. Number||Description||Year||Price (incl. 19% VAT)|
|Saltatrix (SOLD OUT)||7inch||Drone Records DR-01||first vinyl-release by MAEROR TRI an the first Drone EP, came in hand-sprayed "wheel" covers||1993||€|
|Hypnotikum I||LP||Soleilmoon SOLV008||first part of two Hypnotikum releases, using trance-inducing backing tapes from live performances as basis. Lim. 800 copies.||1998||€12.00|
|Language of Flames and Sound||CD||Old Europa Cafe OECD008||re-issue of the "power for the right brain hemisphere" album from 1996, maybe the most powerful MT-work, comes in original brainshape-cover, numbered ed. 544 copies!||2008||€13.00|
|Multiple Personality Disorder||CD||Purplesoil PULSE ZERO: SIX||finally an official re-issue of MAEROR TRIs debut album from 1993 (recorded 1991) ! Comes with beautiful new cover & new liner notes by FRANS DE WAARD & BARAKAH||2009||€13.00|
|Yearning for the Secret(s) of Nature||CD||EE Tapes EE13||second re-issue of the MC from 1993 (this time as "fabric-pressed" CD), remastered by ANDERS PETERSON (ex OBJEKT 4) with new great mandala-like 7" artwork from ALAN MC CLELLAND (silverprint on black cardboard), edition of 300||2009||€13.00|
|Hypnotikum I||CD||Nefryt N 018||re-issue of the LP from 1998 (Soleilmoon) - five long tracks created 1996 & 1997 based on loops used live in 1996; the mellow & harmonic side of HYPNOTIKUM. For the first time on CD, lim. & numbered ed 300, comes in nice oversized gatefold / cardboard cover||2010||€12.50|
|Hypnotikum II||CD||Nefryt N 019||re-issue of the LP from 2000 (Absurd / Poeta Negra) - four long tracks created 1996 & 1997 based on loops used live in 1996; the powerful & noisy side of HYPNOTIKUM. For the first time on CD, lim. & numbered ed 300, comes in nice oversized gatefold / cardboard cover||2010||€12.50|
|The A.V.E.-Tapes / Live in Nevers||CD||Zhelezobeton ZHB-XXX||finally out, four extracts from the (almost) legendary 12 hour performance MT gave in Arnhem, Netherlands, on the 11. Nov..1995, plus another extract recorded at the "Musique Ultimes" festival in Nevers, France, 14th May 1995; feat. intimate liner notes by MARS WELLINK who recorded the 12hour gig; artwork by SERGEY ILCHUK (VETVEI), comes with re-production of original "A.V.E."flyer "Explosions of Silence"; numb. ed. 500 copies, these are the last unpublished recordings by MT !!||2010||€13.00|
|Emotional Engramm||CD||Zoharum ZOHAR 034-2||re-issue of MT's last (5th) CD with recordings made 1993-1996, released by IRIS LIGHT in 1997; showing their deeply droning spheric & harmonic side, mainly based on field recordings & guitar-sounds... unavailable for a long time, this lovely re-edition comes in a 6-panel digipack with excellent new artwork by MARCIN LOJEK||2012||€12.00|
|Meditamentum (I & II)||do-CD||Zoharum ZOHAR 046-2||re-mastered re-issue of MEDITAMENTUM I and MEDITAMENTUM II - both were collections of favourite tracks from the MC-only releases (originally released 1994 & 1999); lim. 500 special oversized gatefold cover design, comes with 2 bonus-tracks and the original liner notes by LUTZ SCHRIDDE. May the Noise be with you!||2013||€18.00|
|Peak Experience||CD||Infinite Fog IF-32||remastered re-issue of the very first official MT cassette-release from 1989, lim. 250 heavy 'digibook'-design with great new cover-artwork! UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE WHEEL !||2013||€15.00|
|Ambiguitas||CD||Teta-Morphosis tm01||"dedicated to the never understandable Ambiguity of Life" - first ever re-issue of the 12th (and last) full-length tape of MT from 1996 (released originally on a sublabel of Nuit et Brouillard) with recordings done 1989-1992, forming two completely different sounding (harsh/dark & ambient/light ) sides; now re-mastered & with new cover art resembling the original design, ed. of 500 copies||2014||€12.00|
|Subliminal Forces||CD||Teta-Morphosis tm02||"like a Waterfall in your mind"... re-issue of the fourth full-length tape of MT from 1991 (Tonspur Tapes), all recorded on analogue 4-track 1990/1991 => the effort to create sounds to stimulate the sub-consciousness; now re-mastered & with new cover art resembling the original, ed. of 500 copies||2014||€12.00|
|Hypnobasia||CD||Zoharum ZOHAR 112-2||first ever CD re-issue of this early cassette from 1992, showing their more ritualistic & noisier side... now with three additional bonus tracks from rare compilations, + re-mastered by LUKASZ MIERNIK, lim. 350 copies||2016||€12.50|
|MYEIN||CD||Infinite Fog IF-56||21 years after its original release, here comes another re-issue of M.T.'s maybe most favoured and "classic" album, three epic tracks incl. the 47 min. long title track, all recorded on 4-track analogue machines in 1992/1993..."It’s like an endless journey through forgotten catacombs that eventually leads to you own soul" [Björn Mascher]; deluxe "digi-book" design, edition of 300 copies||2016||€15.00|
|Sensuum Mendacia / Somnia||CD||Zoharum ZOHAR 113-2||re-issue of the third full length tape (C-45) from 1991, still regarded as one of their best releases by the group members; plus the five more lighter tracks from the split MC "Somnia et Expergisci" (1989!) with NOSTALGIE ETERNELLE (this material has never been re-issued before except one track); lim. 350 with new artwork, + careful re-mastering by LUKASZ MIERNIK||2016||€12.50|
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