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Various – DEGEM CD 13: Grenzen

21. September 2015 ·

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cd-audio
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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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
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retail: 18,00 euro

Various – DEGEM CD 12: Seltene Erden CD

5. Dezember 2014 ·

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cd-audio
release date: 15.11.2014
artist:  various artists
title: DEGEM CD 12: Seltene Erden
order no.: ed03
Label code (LC): 27648
time: 73:56 min
packaged in full colour digipak with 4 panel fold booklet in german and english. curated by Denise Ritter 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 12: Seltene Erden

We define 17 metals as rare earth elements which, based on their specific characteristics, became indispensable raw materials for high tech products such as smartphones, notebooks and plasma displays. They are utilized in motors and generators for electric and hybrid vehicles, in wind turbines, catalytic converters, energy saving lamps, photo cameras, and last but not least in loudspeakers. Their extraction is expensive, costly, and has devastating ecological consequences. Apart from the destruction of landscapes, the metals, which appear always amalgamated with other ores or minerals, need to be extracted with huge chemical efforts and generate radioactive waste. Global economic interdependencies are added to that. Presently 90% of the rare earth elements extracted worldwide come from China, which thus rules the market and can dictate the prices. Closely related to this questions about human rights and democracy are raised.
The DEGEM CD 12 Seltene Erden reflects very different approaches in electroacoustic reaction to this range of topics and thereby mirrors the participating artists’ varied reception of the set of problems. It features unreleased tracks by Johannes S. Sistermanns, Marc Behrens, Gerald Fiebig, Gerriet K. Sharma, Michael Harenberg and more.

Price: 13,00 euro
Available from www.editiondegem.de

Asmus Tietchens – Humoresken und Vektoren CD

23. Juli 2014 ·

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cd-audio
release date: 08.07.2014
artist:  ASMUS TIETCHENS
title: Humoresken und Vektoren
order no.: aatp45
Label code (LC): 01291
time: ca. 48:00 min
Retail price: 13,00 €, available from aufabwegen-mailorder

CD in full colour digipak with photos by Okko Bekker and Asmus Tietchens. Production: Okko Bekker. Recorded at Audiplex Studios Hamburg in 2012. 16 tracks of new material. 500 copies.

On „Humoresken und Vektoren“
„Humoresken und Vekotren“ takes up a work that was started upon the invitation of Francisco Lopez for the spanish Störung label. The task was to deliver thirteen 2-minute original compositions for a compilation release. “Humoresken und Vektoren” recycles these miniatures from 2010 and undfolds it into eight new works having no resemblance with the original sourcings whatsoever. These eight tracks are bound together by eight short pieces entitled “Tristia” that function as bridges between the longer pieces. “Humoresken und Vektoren” is a combination of very dynamic and detailed sounds and a range of delicate layers and abstract textures. The CD features very surprising artwork unlike most recent Tietchens releases.

Asmus Tietchens writes:
Vier Humoresken, vier Vektoren und alle Stücke getrennt durch jeweils eine kleine Traurigkeit: Tristia, Die allerdings in gleich acht Varianten. Im 19. Jahrhundert wurden ohne Ende Humoresken komponiert.
Ich habe nie begriffen, was an diesen Stücken lustig sein sollte. Im 20. Jahrhundert gab es eh nichts mehr zu lachen, also wurden auch keine Humoresken mehr komponiert. Das 21. Jahrhundert scheint zum Schreien komisch zu werden, also habe ich vier Humoresken komponiert.
Wahrscheinlich wird kaum jemand heraushören, was an ihnen lustig ist.
Vier Vektoren geben zwar definierte Richtungen an, aber solange die Koordinaten nicht bekannt sind, zielen sie ins Nichts. Solche Vektoren zu betrachten, ist ebenso ergiebig, wie den Bereich zwischen Null und Eins zu untersuchen. Und vielleicht sind die acht kurzen Tristia- Stücke ja die eigentlichen Humoresken? Und die Vektoren ein wenig traurig? Und die Humoresken führen nirgendwohin?

www.tietchens.de

Various – DEGEM CD 11 wandlungen unplump CD

6. Juli 2014 · Kommentare deaktiviert

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cd-audio
release date: 08.07.2014
artist:  various artists
title: DEGEM CD 11: wandlungen unplump
order no.: ed02
Label code (LC): 27648
time: 55:52 min
packaged in full colour digipak with 4 panel fold booklet in german and english. curated by Michael Hoeldke and designed by Marc Behrens. 1000 copies.

DEGEM presents their eleventh CD, “wandlungen unplump”, after a certain process of maturation. The title insuates the content, a theme which the curator, Michael Hoeldke has held dear to his heart for some time: new, often young members have been given the opportunity to present their work. The versatility of the contributors is especially delectable, who produce more than “just” electroacoustic music. All are committed to an undogmatic – anything but “plump”  (translation: loutish, crude, ungainly, clownish) – change.

Michael Hoeldke, an advocator of artistic fusion, would have preferred to have at least one piece that contains “beats”, a prevalent taboo in electroacoustic music. This was suggested to the contributors, but was not acted on. Despite, or perhaps because of this autonomy, the curator is extremely satisfied with the result.

The wonderful appearance of the CD is a Marc Behrens original, whose blueprint has ended up on the cover in a manner of speaking “unfiltered”. The collaboration with Till Kniola’s “Edition DEGEM”, that began with the last CD, has been continued.  “wandlungen unplump” contains 7 tracks and was made possible with kind support from the Deutsche Musikrat.
Text: Michael Hoeldke, translation: Annesley Black.

price: 13,00 € plus postage
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The Haters/Hal Hutchinson Split LP

25. Januar 2014 ·

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LP blue vinyl 33 rpm
release date: 27.01.2014
artists:  THE HATERS / HAL HUTCHINSON
title: Split LP
order no.: aatp43
Label code (LC): 01291
time: ca. 38 min
sleeve designed by Richard Francis, using original artwork by GX Jupitter-Larsen. Ltd. 300 copies.

On the project:
The self-titled split cassette, The Haters / Hal Hutchinson, was originally released on Der Bünker Records in 2010. Now, by popular demand, aufabwegen re-releases on both blue vinyl, and as digital download, this first meeting of this noisy deuce.
There is a special limited handnumbered 10 copies issue available that features a small painting signed by GX Jupitter Larsen. Price: 35 EUR.

THE HATERS
The Haters are a noise and conceptual art troupe from the United States. Founded in 1979, they are one of the earliest and best-known acts in the modern noise scene. The group is primarily the work of the Hollywood, California-based artist, writer, and filmmaker GX Jupitter-Larsen, accompanied by a constantly changing lineup of other members.
www.jupitter-larsen.com

HAL HUTCINSON
Hal Hutchinson has previously released several of his scrap metal sound recordings on labels such as ‘Freak Animal Records, Unrest Productions and many others.In the last couple of years,he has moved to incorporate analogue synthesizers, field recordings and other elements into his work, collaborating with projects such as Mania and Shift amongst others. The recordings on this vinyl were originally released on Hal’s Der Bünker label in 2010 on a limited edition cassette. Here, Hal presents a recording made entirely of scrap metal and concrete wreckage,with a very primitive sounding end result.

Price: 18,00 euro plus postage
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KLANK – KLANK CD

27. September 2013 · 1 Kommentar

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CD Audio
release date: 28.9.2013
artist: KLANK
title: KLANK
order no: KLANK01
label code (LC): 01291
time: 77:45
jewelcase in jacket sleeve designed by NBK. Mastered by Renate Wolter-Seevers. 500 copies.

13,00 € plus postage

On KLANK (the CD):
Two years in the making, aufabwegen presents the first ever studio album of Bremen-based MusikAktionsEnsemble KLANK. Co-produced by Radio Bremen’s contemporary music department and featuring singer Friederike Menz on various tracks, KLANK left its accustomed territory of energetic yet intimate performative stage action to enter the fine historic recording arena of Sendesaal Bremen.
For this release the four members of KLANK focused on acoustic spaces and auditive situations recording hours and hours of material.
While the opener RÅE N presents an almost architectural approach to the dense microtonal logics of noise and drone the three piece set of CONTAMINECHNO is a neat and surprising exploration of radioplayeske atmospheres and contemporary electronic music alike. The mono-ridden Der PRODUKTIVE KONSUMENT links the bobostertaglike assembling of ensembles at the computer with thoughts about various fields of consumerist homerecording while DIE MECHANISCHE CD for a moment neglects the data sound carriers and storage systems usually are used for, perceiving CDs, MDs and the like as sonic objects with their own musical quality. Closed by a brief passage through possible constellations within an improvising quartet, ÄÇEX, the release is, after all, linked to KLANK’s musical – live – practice.

Additional information: www.klank.cc/cd/

On KLANK (the Artist):
KLANK is a music/performance ensemble based in Bremen, Germany. Founded by improvisers Reinhart Hammerschmidt and Hainer Wörmann, sound-performer Tim Schomacker and composer / instrumentalist Christoph Ogiermann in 2008, KLANK’s sonic universe combines various musical experiences, influences and approaches.
KLANK soon found common ground in both, the complex and dense logic of the interaction in playing improvised music and in researching the musical potential of various materials from everyday life. Be it kitchen utensils, office equipment, children’s toys or tools from whatever workplace – KLANK is able and willing to declare almost everything a musical instrument to expand the range of its sonic creations.
KLANK immediately realized that its music doesn’t just sound – but that it “looks like”, also. So the quartet started to focus on performative and site-specific concepts, establishing a unique brand of Klang-Aktionen (music- or sound-based performances) involving the use of body, voice, video and various theatrical elements.
Improvisations and conceptual pieces for quartet remaining the core of KLANK-Arbeit, the ensemble conceived and produced a series of music/theater-pieces and performances for larger ensembles. Collaborating with visual artists like painter/video artist Dina Koper or filmmaker Jan van Hasselt KLANK presented performance pieces like ANUNDFUERSICH (2011) and films like UND BEFREIEN SIE VON WAS (2012).
December 2013 will see a tour d’allemagne with french saxophonist Bertrand Denzler as the third installment of the bilateral THE FRENCH KONNEKTION program, an ongoing collaboration with Institut français de Brême.

For further information: www.klank.cc

Audio Example: CONTAMINECHNO

Artificial Memory Trace: Tidal CD

15. Juli 2013 · 2 Kommentare

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CD audio
release date: 08.07.2013
artist:  ARTIFICIAL MEMORY TRACE
title: Tidal
order no.: aatp40
Label code (LC): 01291
running time: 4 tracks, 77:28
full colour digipak designed by Slavek Kwi. Limited to 300 copies
Price: 12 € plus postage
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On “Tidal”
Tidal zone is a fluid line between land and sea, a site of perpetual motion
and metamorphoses.
During 2008 – 2010 I collected a variety of sounds in coastal areas of
Western and Southern Ireland and on the other side of Atlantic Ocean in
Newfoundland, Canada: the remote fishing village of Conche, the ghost
settlement of Crouse, and the St.Georges peninsula. I recorded underwater:
crackles of decapods, dolphins, mink-whales, a breaking iceberg, a sea-otter
fishing in the harbor.  And on land: a wooden church crackling in the wind,
engines of boats, pebble-surf, sea-gulls …
All sounds and individual sequences used in the composition were recorded
as-it-is. There is no other transformation than editing and mixing. Though
sounds are organized in groups by the location of recordings, there is no
intention to re-create an acoustic representation of the location itself.
Sounds are chosen solely by morphologic associations and treated as
abstractions. Recorded and composed by Slavek Kwi in July 2010 (1,2) and
April/May 2011 (3,4) in Tentacles-Of-Perception Studio, Ireland.

Biography Artificial Memory Trace / Slavek Kwi
Slavek Kwi is a sound-artist, composer and researcher inter­ested in the
phenomena of perception as the fundamental determinant of relations with
reality. He has a longstanding fascination with sound-environments,
developing what he terms ‘electro-acoustic sound-paintings’ that oscillate
between sound only works and interdisciplinary works exploring social,
spatial and temporal processes. These complex audio-based situa­tions are
created mainly from site specific recordings, resulting in subjective
reports for radio broadcast, ‘cinema for ears’ for multi-channel playback,
sound installations integrated into the environment and performances. From
the early nineties Slavek has operated under the name Artificial Memory
Trace.
Collaboration piece realised with Eric La Casa “Vibratility.Mozaik” received
Prize of the Electroacoustic Sonic Art Category in the 29th International
Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art, Bourges 2002 in France.
He facilitates experimental sound workshops with autistic children and those
with learning disabilities. The workshop technique emphasises extensive
listening and the stimulation of creativ­ity through observation and the
support of natural tendencies. Slavek was born in former Czechoslovakia,
lived 14 years in Belgium and has been based in Ireland since 2000.
www.artificialmemorytrace.com

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