aatp35 — CD — Marc Behrens/20 Zonen


release date: 01.10.2011
title: 20 Zonen
order no.: aatp35
Label code (LC): 01291
time: ca. 40 mins.
full colour printed sleevecard and booklet housed in clear plastic slipcase; designed by Marc Behrens.
limited to 300 copies
price: 13 € plus postage

On „20 Zonen“

Produced in 2010 for a radio broadcast on Germany’s hr2-kultur radio, „20 Zonen“ (20 Zones) is Marc Behrens‘ homage to Darmstadt, Germany, his hometown, and in particular the city’s Kranichstein district, where he grew up and learned to listen. Behrens made recordings in such locations like an equestrian club, a heavy ion research unit, a railway museum, and of trains and airplanes noisily cutting through the supposed serenity of the industrially planted forests around Darmstadt. From time to time the subjective microphone goes underwater and dips into the area’s various ponds, among them the world famous Messel Pit Fossil site, which used to be a rainforest millions of years ago, not unlike the Amazon still is today. The intricately edited material is arranged into zones that „form themselves into cells, into blocks, into a topophonic cross vein“ (Stefan Fricke, hr2-Kultur), set in a grey area between musique concrète and phonography.

Marc Behrens

Born in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1970.
Marc Behrens works on several cerebral and physical levels.
His works mainly consist of concrete electronic music, installations, the occasional photograph or video. Recent activities include field recording trips to remote western China and the Amazon rainforest, founding an incorporated company as a social art work, and staging a rite of passage for an investment banker.
Behrens has performed and exhibited extensively across six continents, and developed collaborations with Jeremy Bernstein, Ana Carvalho, Bernhard Günter, Nikolaus Heyduck, Francisco López, Paulo Raposo, Achim Wollscheid, among others.
2006–2010 Marc Behrens was a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken, Germany (HBKSaar), and 2007–2009 at the University of Applied Arts Darmstadt-Dieburg, Germany.
He is a member of the Frankfurt Association for Contemporary Music (FGNM), the German Association for Electroacoustic Music (DEGEM), Granular (Lisbon), subscriber to the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF), and a citizen of The Kingdoms of Elgaland~Vargaland. 2003–2007 he was co-director of the Portuguese music label Sirr.