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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: TAL - TAL23
Release Year: 2021
Note: first ever collab by TIETCHENS with Düsseldorf based Japanese artist MIKI YUI who worked with ROLF JULIUS and others before... > a true "recycling" of mutual sound sources with no added own sounds, a sensitive balance of somehow natural and somehow electronic acoustics occurs and catches the listeners full attention... masterful abstract microtonal ambience... vinyl version lim. 300 copies
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TAL presents the first musical collaboration between Hamburg based Asmus Tietchens and Japanese artist Miki Yui, operating out of Düsseldorf for almost 20 years now. Highly respected and hugely influential artist Asmus Tietchens first made his mark on the electronic music scene in the late 1970s, whereas Miki Yui debuted her sonic settings in 1999.

Their first joint album NEUES BOOT envelops the listener with a poetic sound sensibility and a conceptual clarity which was processed and passed back and forth between their individual studios in Hamburg and Düsseldorf.

Asmus Tietchens: After Stefan Schneider suggested to release a Yui-Tietchens album on his TAL imprint Miki and I quickly developed some ideas towards our eventual collaboration.
We agreed upon an ongoing mutual exchange of material. We have both been very familiar with each other's music for a long time and we found our individual approach towards sound design to be uniquely compatible. We do not use our electronic tools in order to merely achieve the maximum of technical possibilities, but to illustrate aesthetic necessities. This entails a deliberate reduction and refined perception of the sonic characteristics of the material. Only this approach enabled us to fully realise the complete spectrum of the sounds and noises we were working with in order to construct this New Boat. Each and everyone of my treatments is e x c l u s i v e l y based on a track supplied by Miki. I added no new sound sources. Naturally the spatial and temporal dimensions of the source material were thus altered. These transformations are exactly what makes our collaboration special and unique. Very early on we had agreed on New Boat as a working title and a guiding light . Of course in the beginning we had no idea where this New Boat might take us. Now we do know. After several months of ship-building the boat has now set sails for new sonic horizons. Ahoi!

Miki Yui: The title of the album as well as the individual tracks have been inspired by conversations with Asmus. When we had a chat after one of his concerts, he told me about Kōdō, the Art or the Way of the Scent. It is a 8th century Japanese incense ceremony. Very frequently the names of Japanese incense sticks are derived from natural themes, e.g. Bairin is the plum grove, the scent of the first blossom heralding the end of winter.
This poetry, the ephemeral nature of the world reminded me of Kigo, words from a Haiku (a form of Japanese poetry), which reference a particular season or a natural phenomenon. So I chose the names of the individual pieces from Kigo as if The Boat was exploring nature whilst sailing through the seasons. Only in retrospect I realised that the titles combined create this poem:

Early spring a hazy view in the night (Oboro)
Plum groves (Bairin)
Over a Dayfly (Kagerou)
A Milkyway (Amanogawa)
Dawn (Akatsuki)
Art of fragrance (Kōdō)
On fragile thin ice (Usurai)


"Exquisite electronic subtleties from two generations of explorative artists, pairing the tactile sensitivities of cult Hamburg based Asmus Tietchens with Düsseldorf resident Miki Yui for the first time with marked success.

Mutual spirits, Tietchens and Yui have long operated in pursuit of a lower case, spectral muse, and now at the behest of TAL’s Stefan Schneider they present a beautifully insoluble sound that transcends the sum of their parts. Incredibly delicate, and full of nanoscopic movement, the seven tracks unfurl between passages of burbling pastoralism and oneiric drowse, with particular highlights in the hypnotic timbral artefacts of ‘Kagerou’ or ‘Usurai’, and their 10’ of lush scenery inhabited by peacocks and a canopy of phosphorescing animaliculae and atmospheres in ‘Akatsuki’ recalling aspects of Mark Fell & Rian Treanor’s tape for our Documenting Sound series." [Boomkat]

"It’s a sad, hard fact that circulating music by means of physical objects is becoming the exception and not the rule. So, if you’re going to do it, might as well do it right and make it special. Future Audio Graphics makes LPs that bind interdisciplinary collaborations within gatefold LPs. Each combines a text by one artist, images by another and a record of sounds by a third. Ironically on Sculpture Gardens the efforts of writer Franēois Bonnet (aka Kassel Jaeger), sculptor Virginia Overton and sound artist Anne Guthrie cohere into a consideration of impermanence.

Through his efforts to reissue works of electronic music on vinyl, Bonnet, a published author and the artistic director of Groupe de Recherche Musicales in Paris, has had plenty of opportunity to think about how ready-made vinyl objects can concentrate attention upon work, as well as how rapidly records become items to be hunted rather than merely purchased. Even when one fixes one’s work within an object, other peoples’ perceptions of the object and the work cut into it aren’t fixed. Neither is the object’s availability; LPs sooner or later drift into the collector’s realm. Bonnet doesn’t waste words on the peculiar circumstances of vinyl records in his essay, but a reader might think about his efforts to present them while reading his discussion of the relationships between art objects, ready-made objects and time. Time and the changes that accompany its passage are, he suggests, part of the artist’s material. Virginia Overton’s images depict aluminum pans that she installed at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She used them as containers of small gardens; when the plants died, she flipped them over and used them as sound resonators. Inside one of the museum’s galleries, Overton had placed cast-off pieces of metal and wood, which she repurposed as sculptures. Nothing stays the same, but in change new phenomena emerge.

Anne Guthrie’s portion of the work uses sounds collected from Overton’s exhibits as a starting point. She collected field recordings of the gallery interior, the outdoor area where the gardens were installed, weather, distant machinery and close-up captures of herself moving objects and deploying microphones. The magnified sounds of precise work and plants living and dying, sometimes straight and sometimes processed to draw out particular timbres, loom over distant jets and HVAC units, and into this mix Guthrie weaves the distant parping of her French horn. Across four discrete tracks, one can hear different moments and environments fixed for a moment in one representative configuration, which is now an object that can be bought and displayed and played in other times and places. Guthrie’s decisions and actions use Overton’s work as a starting point to illustrate Bonnet’s words."
[Bill Meyer /DUSTED]