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Various: DEGEM CD 14 – Escape

13. Oktober 2016 ·

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release date: 03.09.2016
artist:  various artists
title: DEGEM CD 14: Escape
order no.: ed05
Label code (LC): 27648
time: 76:15 min
packaged in full colour digipak with 6 panel fold booklet in german and english. curated by Monika Golla and designed by Marc Behrens. 1000 copies.

EDITION DEGEM

aufabwegen is proud to host EDITION DEGEM, the new label issuing the annual compilations of the German Association for Electrocaoustic Music / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik e.V. Each CD is curated by a sound artist and devoted to a specific theme/topic. The music covers a very wide range of electronic sounds, from sound art to post industrial cut ups, from field recordings and soundscapes to radiophonic composition.
The website for EDITION DEGEM is www.editiondegem.de

DEGEM CD 14: Escape

Escape is salvation.
Escape is the end of the game.
Escape renders undone.
Escape provides a second chance.
Escape saves time.
Escape is sudden and hasty.
Escape is silent and covert.
Escape does not always work out.

On the DEGEM CD 14, seventeen female and male composers turn their different perspectives onto the subject of “Escape” into sound: computer key or rubber boat – small flights or the one big escape… Most of the fifteen electroacoustic music pieces on this compilation were composed directly for this CD project and published here for the first time.
Monika Golla / Curator
With contributions from Ingo Morgenroth, Mehran Sherkat Naderi, STROM, Nikolaus Heyduck, Simon Vincent, Paul Hauptmeier & Martin Recker, Kirsten Reese, Sabine Schäfer, Arsalan Abedian, Felix Leuschner, Julia Mihaly, Hiromi Ishii, Kai Niggemann, Johannes S. Sistermanns and Claudia Robles-Angel.

www.editiondegem.de

Konrad Kraft – Quadrat LP

3. Oktober 2016 ·

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LP-audio/digital
release date: October 2016
artist:  KONRAD KRAFT
title: Quadrat
order no.: aatp51
Label code (LC): 01291
time: ca. 43 min
full-colour sleeve designed by KK. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl

price: 17 € plus postage
available from aufabwegen mailorder

There is also a limited 10 copies version of the album. Each copy includes an individual LP sized hand drawn line graph by Konrad Kraft, handnumbered and signed by the artist. The price for this edition is 90 € per copy.

Buy the digital album & listen via bandcamp.

On “Quadrat”:
Quadrat is the title of Konrad Kraft’s (aka Detlef Funder) newest album, this time released on 12“ vinyl.
In some ways this album constitutes a kind of continuation of his previous work, which started with Temporary Audiosculptures. A sound manifestation of imaginary, sculptural and graphic structures.
Like before, the production concentrates, in a more diffused way than in his previous album, on adding compositorial characteristics to graphic-geometric structures.
The result is a formal Grammatik of complex sound structures existing of wanted and indeed unwanted sounds and improvised moments.
Fragmentary passages join homogeneous ones, spatial agglomerations follow cut-ups, acoustic adhesion meets simmering hotspots.
Quadrat is clearly more poetical than his last album. Reduction and occasional use of minimalistic tonality and rhythm are in the forefront, and invite for sound excursions.
The dogmatic choice of electronic sound production as well as the extreme manipulation of field recordings, allows for the formation of an abstract electronic parallel world.
A limited edition of 10 albums containing line drawings by Detlef Funder in the format of a square LP is also available (Quadrat 1 – 10).
Text: Kirsch

Detlef Funder alias Konrad Kraft Bio:
1979 – Purchase of first semi-modular synthesiser.
1982 – Creation of experimental and avantgarde music project “Konrad Kraft“. Various tapes and CDs as well as compilation tracks are published.
1988 – 1994 Co-founder of the Düsseldorf based music label “SDV-Tonträger”. 1990 – 2011 Producer of electronic music (experimental, ambient, techno) and work as DJ and live-acts worldwide (“Konrad Kraft”, “Gilgamesch”, “D-Fundation”, “Detson Engineering” & “Four Carry Nuts”).
2004 – After a long break resumption of work as artist (fine arts and painting).
Releases:
1992 Dino Oon & Konrad Kraft – “Environmental Studies“ (SDV-Düsseldorf) CD
1996 Konrad Kraft – Alien Atmospheres (Elektro Smog-Frankfurt) CD
2011 Konrad Kraft – Temporary Audio Sculptures and Artefacts (aufabwegen) CD

www.konrad-kraft.eu

Various – aufabwegen50. ausgewählte geräusche 2xCD

26. Mai 2016 ·

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2xCD
release date: 21.06.2016
artist:  various artists
title: aufabwegen50. ausgewählte geräusche
order no.: aatp50
Label code (LC): 01291
time: CD1: 78:45; CD2: 78:52
price: 22,00 € plus postage

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DVD Digibook with 82 pp booklet featuring extensive artist info and essays on sound by Johannes Ullmaier and Till Kniola (all in german and english), designed by Robert Schalinski. CDs mastered by Marcus Schmickler, edition of 1000 copies.
29 unreleased or rare tracks by AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF, ARS MORIENDI, MARC BEHRENS, FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER, GREGORY BÜTTNER, COLUMN ONE, CORE, CRANIOCLAST, EVAPORI, FETISCH PARK, LIMPE FUCHS, CHRISTOPH HEEMANN, HITHLAHABUTH, KALLABRIS, THOMAS KÖNER, KONTAKTA, KONRAD KRAFT, licht-ung, MAEROR TRI, MØHR, N(33), RLW, SCHACHTANLAGE GEGENORT, DAS SYNTHETISCHE MISCHGEWEBE, ASMUS TIETCHENS, DIE TÖDLICHE DORIS, WERKBUND, ACHIM WOLLSCHEID, XYRAMAT.

About “aufabwegen50. ausgewählte geräusche”:
The 50th release by the aufabwegen label is also part of the edition elektronik of the Deutscher Musikrat. The extensive double CD compilation comes with a detailed booklet. The release links up the history of the aufabwegen label with a personal take on the evolution of noise music in Germany. It traces the developments from the early cathartic powers of pure noise via bruitistic sound researches up to the formation of an aesthetic of noises themselves; a self conscious sound culture. This movement is illustrated for the listener in 29 subjectively selected tracks. The sounds range from subtle ambient via dense collages and concrete sound landscapes on to rhythmic pieces. It comprises almost exclusively of unreleased or very rare to find material by all participating artists. The collection features pieces by some of the founding projects of noise music as well as newer projects and younger musicians thereby showcasing a wide range of contemporary artistic positions in noise music. It is hoped that this broad scope will draw new audiences to the magic of noise music.

www.musikrat.de/elektronik

Kallabris – Schön geht anders

3. Dezember 2015 ·

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CD / digital
release date: 15.12.2015
artist:  KALLABRIS
title: Schön geht anders
order no.: aatp30
Label code (LC): 01291
time: ca. 50 mins
hand-stamped eco-sleeve, designed by Kallabris. Mastered by Jac Beloeil.
Ltd. to 300 copies

price: 12,00 € plus postage
available from aufabwegen mailorder.

On “Schön geht anders”:
29 tracks of sheer joie de vivre form this manifesto of musical positivism.
Reductionist on their acoustic surface, constructivist in their compositional core, the tracks themselves and in their sequence point to a sociological base: a sociology of sound or a sound sociology driven by the rough necessities of political acoustics. Advanced 4-track tape recording techniques struggle with primitive digital technology, thus forming a class of sound which contains itself as an element and attribute. The sublation of music reveals the revolutionary nature of movement in which its end becomes the condition of its beginning. Yes, beauty may really work differently – but it is necessity that elevates the sound to a static sculpture of dynamics.

Biography:
Kallabris is a musical project that was begun in the mid 1980ies out of the scene around Coitra’s Clan. Since ist inception Kallabris has persistently neglected any usage of advanced recording technology. Ever since not technical or compositonal innovation is at the core of the group’s work but, the active engagement with the limitations and the objects of every day life. This sound positivism can result in stylistically varied outputs ranging from chanson or country blues to musique concrète – while all musics live by their surfaces. Save the surface and you save all.
www.kallabris.de

Peinemann | Tietchens – Harvestehude 2xCD

6. November 2015 ·

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2x cd-audio
release date: 25.10.2015
artist:  ASMUS TIETCHENS/MARTIN PEINEMANN
title: Harvestehude
order no.: aatp53
Label code (LC): 01291
time: CD 1: ca. 53:00 mins., CD 2:  ca. 39:00 mins.
price: 18,00 € plus postage

2 CDs in printed paper sleeves housed in carton slip case. Designed by Asmus Tietchens.
500 copies. Dedicated to C.V. Liquidsky.

On „Harvestehude“
After more than 10 years of enthusiastic experiences and encounters with so-called „Difficult Music“ throughout the 1980ies Martin Peinemann and Asmus Tietchens deemed their somewhat differing approaches to making music compatible and agreed upon a loose collaboration in the year 1992. For various reasons (organizational and others) the work was not to take place at Audiplex studios but at Peinemann’s home studio. This modest lab featured all the necessary technical equipment needed to realize noise music meeting the standards of the day. This included an analogue 4-track-tape deck (9,5 cm/sec, Dolby noise reduction, integrated 6-channel mixer), soon after a digital 8 channel multitrack, a powerful periphery and sound producing devices of all kinds. For „Hochallee“, their first collaboration, Peinemann and Tietchens set trhemselves no definite deadline. The working sessions took place in an atmosphere of relaxation, usually on Saturday afternoons. By 1996 Peinemann and Tietchens finally had amassed a series of pieces they considered to be complete. At this time Peinemann began working on computer generated solo works and Tietchens moved on towards a more reductionist sound work.

„Klosterallee“, their second collaboration, was realized under completely different circumstances. In the years gone by since their last work Peinemann had deeply immersed himself into the field of extreme digital sound manipulation that he often discussed with Tietchens. From this collection of sound structures Peinemann offered some to Tietchens as sourcings for further treatments. The following expanding of these structures was not done in the form of sessions but executed by Tietchens alone over a period of three months. Peinemann then authorised the final results.

Unlike Asmus Tietchens Peinemann never released any music until now. He always valued the working process higher than the working result. The reason for this collaboration to finally come out as a double CD follows a noble motif that can be roughly translated as such: „A warning to the Old, an instruction to the Young.“ (Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, „Pädagogische Ergetzungen“, 1802).

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Carl Michael von Hausswolff – Squared CD

21. September 2015 ·

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CD / digital
release date: 26.09.2015
artist:  CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF
title: Squared
order no.: aatp52
Label code (LC): 01291
time: ca. 46 mins
digipak designed by Richard Francis. Ltd. to 300 copies
price: 13,00 € plus postage

On “Squared”:
Squared consists of two longer pieces.
a) is a recording of a live performance executed at ZKM in Karlsruhe. It is an abstract piece of music that has evolved during the time the composer has performed live – since 1980. For the composer, generally, a live performance is always the “same thing”, but listening to the early recordings it occurs that the music has changed drastically – only the format is still there. This is analogue to life in general – Earth looks the same like always, but, of course, it isn’t. This piece won the Karl Sczuka Price Price in 2014. The piece is a co-production with ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe and Südwestrundfunk (SWR).
b) is a piece using the sound generated from the soil in the German cemetery in Montevideo, Uruguay. With a technique called emission spectroscopy the composer has experimented with the frequencies that emits from the actual material in the ground and by pulling out samples from these recordings, organising them and looping some this piece became the soundtrack for the film “North Cemetery, Montevideo, Uruguay” directed by Jan Håfström, CM von Hausswolff and Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena.

Biography:
Carl Michael von Hausswolff
lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden
Since the end of the 70s, von Hausswolff has worked as a composer using recording technology as his main instrument and as a visual artist using video and still photography as well as other media.
He currently curates the sound-installation FREQ_OUT (including artists like Jana Winderen, JG Thirlwell, Finnbogi Petursson, Anna Ceeh and others) and collaborates with artist Leif Elggren, film-maker Thomas Nordanstad, EVP re-searcher Michael Esposito and author Leslie Winer.
He has exhibited in documenta, Kassel, the biennials in Venice, Moscow, Liverpool, Istanbul, Sarajevo etc and in Rijeka, Stockholm, Nicosia, Tokyo, London, New York etc. His music has been played in festivals such as Sonar (Barcelona), Red Bull Adademy, CTM (Berlin), L’audible (Paris), el niche Aural (Mexico City) etc. and released on record by labels alike RasterNoton (Berlin), Touch (London), Laton (Wien), auf abwegen (Cologne), iDeal (Göteborg) and MonoType (Warszaw).
www.cmvonhausswolff.net

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Various – DEGEM CD 13: Grenzen

21. September 2015 ·

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release date: 26.09.2015
artist:  various artists
title: DEGEM CD 13: Grenzen
order no.: ed04
Label code (LC): 27648
time: 73:56 min
price: 13,00 €
packaged in full colour digipak with 4 panel fold booklet in german and english. curated by Florian Hartlieb and designed by Marc Behrens. 1000 copies.

DEGEM CD 13: Grenzen
Border – it can define the edge of a room, it can be a dividing line or a dividing area. Borders can occur between people, nations, states, thoughts, traditions, lands, and cultures. A border can be a delimitation or exclusion between outside and inside. It can define one’s own limits or the limits to another. Borders can be cut, crossed, opened, overcome, ignored, or moved. A border can also be completely insurmountable.
Borders – this is a central theme of our time. While borders in many parts of Europe were taken down some time ago, on the edges of the continent there is a border that has become deadly for many people in the past few months. Religions and cultures are perceived as borders. Being involved with the current political situation has motivated me to create this edition of a DEGEM CD with Borders as the overreaching theme.
Borders – The composers whose work appears on this CD have been completely free to interpret the theme. Ten new and high-quality pieces of music have thus been written which all address the theme in a wide-ranging, experimental, and highly differentiated manner.
Florian Hartlieb / Curator

The DEGEM CD 13 Grenzen reflects very different approaches in electroacoustic reaction to this range of topics and thereby mirrors the participating artists’ varied reception of the theme. It features unreleased tracks by Kai Niggemann, Brian Smith, Denise Ritter, Marc Behrens, Gerald Fiebig and more.

EDITION DEGEM
aufabwegen is proud to host EDITION DEGEM, the new label issuing the annual compilations of the German Association for Electrocaoustic Music / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik e.V. Each CD is curated by a sound artist and devoted to a specific theme/topic. The music covers a very wide range of electronic sounds, from sound art to post industrial cut ups, from field recordings and soundscapes to radiophonic composition.
The website for EDITION DEGEM is www.editiondegem.de

toy.bizarre – kdi dctb 257 [A] 3″CD

9. Juli 2015 · 2 Kommentare

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MCD audio / digital
release date: 08.07.2015
artists:  TOY.BIZARRE
title: kdi dctb 257 [A]
order no.: aatp37
Label code (LC): 01291
time: 18:45 mins
full colour paper sleeve designed by Cedric Peyronnet. Limited to 500 copies

In 2010-2011 I was invited to work with 2 groups of students within the frame of « Territoires sonores, portée art’ur , réseau d’action culturelle des
lycées agricoles publics des Pays de La Loire », in the cities of Saint-Herblain and La Roche-sur-Yon.
We worked for a few months listening, recording, and composing with their sound environment.
I was particularly interested by one the recording session they made in the Conservatoire de Musique : hearing instruments through walls, stairs and corridors… It sounded really great… a basis for a a real maze. So it became my basis to what I call “my first ever pop music piece”, which is a real maze, a glance through the building at first, and then it goes deeper and deeper.

Bio
Cédric Peyronnet (aka toy.bizarre / ingeos) is a sound artist working since the ’90 around phonography (Field recordings, “sound hunting”…), soundscapes, using the principles of concrete, acousmatic, electroacoustic music.
His work, whose main theme is the exploration of places by sound recording, listening and sound sculpting, take form of compositions and sound pieces (CD, Vinyl … more than fifty references published since the ‘90), concerts, sound screenings and sound installations.
Photo: Cedric Peyronnet

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Audio excerpt:

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MØHR/Maeror Tri – Hafenstadt CD

18. Januar 2015 · 1 Kommentar

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CD audio / digital
release date: 27.01.2015
artists:  MØHR / MAEROR TRI
title: Hafenstadt
order no.: aatp19
Label code (LC): 01291
time: 56:25 mins
digipak designed by Tilmann Benninghaus. Limited to 500 copies

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On “Hafenstadt”:
This music was originally planned to form a part of the third tape box in the MØHR interpretation series of ZNS TAPES. In this series different artists got an individual 30-minutes-piece of basic material by MØHR to be interpreted it in any way: Using it as a backing tape and adding some more tracks, getting inspired and doing something unique in the spirit of the basic material, deconstruct and arrange it anew. The invited artists had any opportunity to re-work the source material. For the actual release the basic material was placed on side A and the interpretation on side B, enabling the listener to compare the basic and the final sound. Three tapes were compiled as one tape box linked by a loose theme. The first box, Bürokratie, contained works by DAS KONZENTRAT, BESTATTUNGSINSTITUT and SUICIDE COMMANDO (released in 1990), the second, Kulturschock, contained works by ANDREW CHALK/DARREN TATE, ECTOPLASMIC EMBRYO EXPERIENCE and FLAGRANTs D’ELI (released in 1991). The third one, which was to contain Hafenstadt by MAEROR TRI (as well as material of PBK and THE HATERS), has never been released due to the sudden end of ZNS TAPES. We’re convinced that this combination of basic stuff plus musical reworking is still an interesting and exciting experience for the audience, maybe especially after more than 20 years in the archives. (Andreaz Vogel)

MØHR biography
MØHR existed between 1986 and 1994 as the solo project of Andreaz Vogel. Previously he had been active as a bass player and drummer in various post punk and noise rock groups.Since its inception the main aim with MØHR  was to create a dense and energetic sound without the use of conventional instruemnts. With this wall of sound the listeners were almost under attack and forced into a dark and brooding listening environment, both on the recordings and in the live situation. Andreaz also ran the important tape label ZNS TAPES.

MAEROR TRI biography
MAEROR TRI existed from April 1988 to the end of 1996, coming from the very north-western part of Germany. The three members were influenced by (post) industrial, noise rock and experimental ambient and found a way to establish their very own drone based style, using often guitars but also other instruments plus all kinds of (self build) objects and masses of sound effects. Their symbol, the triangle “Wheel” stood for ‘consciousness’, moving & shining in different colours and speed. The sound was meant as a tool for the listener to open the mind for transcension & sensitization: ‘We want to transmit a total openness, the bursting and overcoming of all mental barriers, the breaking out of the enforced subject “Tunnel-Reality” of modern society. ‘ Out of MAEROR TRI evolved the projects TROUM and 1000SCHOEN that are still very active.

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Seth Nehil – Bounds LP

9. Dezember 2014 · 1 Kommentar

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LP vinyl / digital
release date: 05.12.2014
artist:  SETH NEHIL
title: Bounds
order no.: aatp47
Label code (LC): 01291
time: ca. 42 mins
full colour cover, plus insert. Limited to 300 copies
price: 18,00 €
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On “Bounds”:
„Bounds“ consists of 11 electro-acoustic compositions, whose first versions were constructed by Seth Nehil for the “Concerts in the Dark” series at Moers Festival 2012 curated by aufabwegen. In 2013 Seth did the final versions and added some new pieces. “Bounds” is an exciting trip through sound manipulation, treated drums and very detailed textures. The overall atmosphere is dark but the way the sounds are arranged and connected speaks of an almost scientific clarity.

Bounds is a new, more synthetic direction for Seth Nehil.  Originally composed for a festival of music in complete darkness, these pieces treat recorded sound as infinitely malleable and transformable.  Starting with acoustic percussive sources (drums, gongs, cymbals, vibraphones, etc.), recordings were warped beyond recognition, exploring the juncture between rhythm and pitch.  Sonic impulses were subjected to micro-editing techniques to produce new, alien forms which were then fragmented into grains, pulses and tones or built up into rhythms, loops and cycles.  Convolution reverb was used extensively to color timbres and place sounds into unusual spaces.  These eleven short tracks are full of expanses, interruptions and repetitions.  These are dynamic compositions that sound like nothing else.
Seth Nehil – Biography 2014

Seth Nehil (b. 1973) is a sound and video artist making concerts, performances and installations. Nehil meshes manipulated acoustic recordings, voices, instruments, granular synthesis and field recordings into richly detailed spaces. His compositions draw equally from classic musique concréte, film sound design, hip hop production and noise to form a uniquely hybrid sonic world, full of off-kilter rhythms, sudden junctures and explosive bursts. “…A shapliness that’s unusual in abstract music… hugely satisfying.” – Brian Marley, The Wire

In addition to recorded and live-mixed sound, Seth Nehil has collaborated with dance and video artists, choreographers, and theater companies to produce original sound scores, multimedia performances and video installations. He has created his own original performance pieces, bringing together multi-screen video, multi-channel recorded sound and live performers to explore quasi-narrative spaces between cinema and dance. He is currently conducting research for an experimental documentary on the use of “attack therapy” and the historical roots of child behavior modification.

Seth Nehil has released over 15 albums of experimental sound on international labels, including Sonoris (France) and Senufo Editions (Italy). He has given concerts across Europe, Japan and the US. Nehil received an MFA in Music/Sound from Bard College. He teaches sound design, sound art and video at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Washington State University and Portland State University.
www.sethnehil.artdocuments.org
www.aufabwegen.com

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