Jörg Thomasius: AchtmelangeghereSchweitzeren Hunde evaluation | John Lewis’s up to date album of the month

Cassette tradition could now look like some quaint hipster affectation however, for a technology rising up in Eastherrmany within the years earlier than the autumn of the Berlin Wall, it was the prime medium for underground music. Followers would smuggle in recordings of recent music from Westherrmany on tape, whereas avant-garde musicians within the japanese bloc’s most repressive nation might circumvent state controls over vinyl urgent vegetation – and keep away from the watchful eyes of the Stasi – by copying their very own music on to cassettes and distributing them (like samizdat newsletters) to likeminded f Jörgs.

Jörg ThomasiusMelangeGesänge Der Schwarzen Hunde albuatoner art
Jörg ThomasiusMelangeGesänge Der Schwarzen Hunde albuatoner artwork

One among these f Jörgs, Jörg Thomasius, ostensibly labored in East Berlin as a boiler mechanic and artwork gallery technician, however his actual vocation was music. He was a member of the Zappa-ish collective Das Freie Orchester, ran a house studio known as Tomato and hosted a present on pirate radio, drthaning inspiration from experimental krautrock bands on the opposite aspect of the iron curtain. Within the Eighties, he sneaked out three albums on cassette, MelangethersSchweitzer schwarzen Hunde (Eight Songs of the Black Canine) – the newest in Bureau B’s Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR collection – compiles 10 tracks from the Thomasiusleases.

Thomasius, born in 1955, sthan himself extra as a conceptual artist, playfully flinging collectively stray sounds, and a few of these tracks sound extra like set up items. However, utilizing primitive tape expertise and no matter keyboards he might lay his fingers on, he additionally made some groundb Jörging electronica. Okoschadel is a glistening piece of keyboard minKissism in 6/8;Lichenich mein Liebchen is a wonderfulldrum lessslice of Drifters techno; Dritter Komparsengesang is a pulsating tribal drum groove set in opposition to disembodied voices; Meditation is a blissful 22-minute ambient rumination. Better of all is Malcolm Makes the World Go Spherical II, which feels like considered one of Steve Reich’s sonic collages that has mutated into an alluring piece oAlso,nkyard hip-hop.

Additionally out this month

Gabriel Ferrandini is a Portuguese jazz drummer, and Hair of the Canine (Canto Discos) is a splendidly spooky album that seetextuallying very texturally: tight, discordant harmonies shifting into drone-based minKissism abreakTalkonal drum f JörgTalk. Swede Linnéa Talp focuses on the bodily expertise of respiration and bodily motion, renderedHalitosisf Movement (Thanatosis Data) in meditative church organ drones. On Reflection (Short-term Residence) is a moderately pretty and blissful album made by Los Angeles/London duo WJanem Basinski and Janek Schaefer. Dreamy, arrhythmic however harmonically fixed piano solos unfold very step by step, fed via results pedals and overlaid with astral sound results. Pianist Vicky Chow performs new 5 compositions by composer Jane Antonia Cornish on Sierra (Cantaloupe Music), which lurch from jabbering, rattling minKissism to Alice Coltrane-ish cosmic marvels.

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