A U F A B W E G E N / DIE STADT RELEASE INFO
release date: 01.09.2012
artist: ASMUS TIETCHENS
title: STUPOR MUNDI
order no.: aatp41 / DS 114
Label code (LC): 01291
time: 51:15 min
part 14 in the TIETCHENS reissue series
jewel case with full colour poster booklet, reproducing the original artwork plus new photograph and liner notes by Asmus Tietchens, 4 bonus tracks from the period
600 copies / co-released by Die Stadt +aufabwegen
Asmus Tietchens about the album:
The opener of the album cites: ‚Gitarren spielen kann ich leider noch nicht…‘ (‚Unfortunately I can’t play any guitars yet…‘). Today, 23 years later, I could reveal the name of the person confessing this, but nothing would be more unfair, even two and a half decades later. Only this: It’s not the voice of a Punk (a Punk would have omitted the ‚yet‘), and it’s also not my own voice, even though I can’t play guitar either. Maybe it was this flaw though that was responsible for the general construction of all the tracks here, which consist of short looped samples and further adaptions of the same.
In the end ‚Stupor Mundi‘ was my last LP on the label Esplendor Geometrico and also my last solo LP until 1995. The very next release of mine was already a CD. At lot changed at the time. Esplendor Geometrico wasn’t doing well financially, a fate, many more small enthusiastic Labels shared with them, as the real Independents were always in danger of facing financial ruin. As a result EG was looking for someone to co finance ‚Stupor Mundi‘.
The person who helped out is a colleague of mine with a well known name today, but only just started his first musical attempts back then at the end of the 80’s. He asked not be mentioned in the credits of the album cover, but requested to have the schematic diagram of an insect placed in the lower right hand corner of the cover.
There’s yet another, third name, I won’t reveal. The final words on the LP are: ‚My friends‘. For piety reasons I won’t explain the original context of the voice, nor reveal the identity of the woman, who speaks these words. Besides, it’s a damn long time ago anyway, and mystifications were no longer a part of my repertoire after ‚Stupor Mundi‘.
Asmus Tietchens 2012