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TIETCHENS, ASMUS - Schatten ohne Licht

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Black Rose Recordings BRCD 21-1019
Release Year: 2022
Note: "Es ist Endlich Still" - this new work is inspired by the radical theory of ULRICH HORSTMANN, who propagates the self-elimination of the human mankind, in order to come back to a peaceful mineral un-organic life... - "There is something profound about the music. It can be slow and is certainly contemplative. Maybe the music is a sign of the state of our times?"
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"Black Rose Recordings are proud to present the exceptional new album by Asmus Tietchens. E.M. Cioran plays a very important role in most of Tietchen's work and this release is no different. For this release Cioran has a fellow anthropofugal thinker: Ulrich Horstmann. The theme of this release deals with a return to a mineral world without any organic species, and therefore uninhabitable for human beings. This very radical dystopia serves as a foil to the six chapters of "Schatten ohne Licht". There is something profound about the music. It can be slow and is certainly contemplative. Maybe the music is a sign of the state of our times? As a pioneer of electronic composition his work spans over four decades and doesn't fit easily into any one category. Early recordings ranged from experiments with tape machines and electronic sound through to experimental pop. Later works were a more sculptural blend of abstract microelectronics, industrial sounds and musique concrete. Never straightforward or obvious, always unpredictable and innovative. His ground-breaking music influences many working in today's electronic music scene. He has worked almost exclusively as a solo artist, but other releases have seen him collaborate with well-known and diverse artists such as Dieter Moebius (Cluster & Harmonia), Thomas Koener, Richard Chartier, and Merzbow." [press release]

"The previous CD by Asmus Tietchens for Black Rose Recordings was 'Fast Ohne Titel, Korrosion' (Vital Weekly 907), which was quite a diversion from his usual quiet music. For 'Schatten Ohne Licht' (shadows without light), there is no such diversion, and Tietchens stays firmly in his silent world. Next to the usual E.M. Cioran quote, the information tells us that Tietchens takes inspiration from the works of Ulrich Horstmann and that the theme for this release is about "a return to a mineral world without any organic species, and there inhabitable for human beings". Also no ray of sunshine in this thinking, but considering the sorry state of the world, one could say it's not the worst idea. With this information in the back of my mind, I started this release and saw images of an empty world; no life at all, just rocks, caves, and minerals; is there a sea? Can it exist without life in it? My knowledge of the natural world is pretty limited, so I don't know. But Tietchens' music here sounds like stale wind over barren land. Wind rustling... well, not leaves and branches, probably, but there is a strong feeling of desolation within this music. As always, I have no idea what kind of sounds Tietchens uses in his music, as the level of processing is quite high, but it works very well. There is a bit of industrial droning in 'Anthroposaurus', which is not something I heard this strong in his other recent releases. In other pieces, this is less evident, so this new release is not a most radical break. It is, however, an excellent release, on par with almost all of Tietchens' releases, but safe to say, as a fanboy, I am probably quite biased. Towards the end of the final piece, 'Kolosse', the volume increases considerable and ends with silence; I believe that is quite a sign, but for what?" [FdW/Vital Weekly]

"Fast jedes Album des Hamburgers wird geziert von einem Zitat des groen Pessimisten und Misanthropen E.M. Cioran. Schatten ohne Licht verweist zustzlich auf den inzwischen emeritierten Anglisten Ulrich Horstamnn, der Anfang der 80er mit seinem anthropofugalen Traktat Das Untier Optimisten und andere Verblendete vor den Kopf stie: Vermonden wir unseren stoffwechselsiechen Planeten! Denn nicht bevor sich die Sichel des Trabanten hienieden in tausend Kraterseen spiegelt, nicht bevor Vor- und Nachbild, Mond und Welt, ununterscheidbar geworden sind und Quarzkristalle ber den Abgrund einander zublinzeln im Sternenlicht, nicht bevor die letzte Oase verdet, der letzte Seufzer verklungen, der letzte Keim verdorrt ist, wird wieder Eden sein auf Erden.

Tietchens sprach noch anlsslich seines (auch hier besprochenen) Albums Bleiche Brunnen passenderweise von [m]enschenferne[n] Klnge[n]." [African Paper]