The music on this CD is the best example of what is impossible to categorize
with the standard approach. The whole conception is based on contradictions
and confusion, so the whole impression is very distracted. It's the first
release of Archegon label (which owner is also member of Négligé) and,
despite the band exists since 1986, we can't trace neither roots nor
current points of musicians. But this is common feeling about any debut
album. Further, the only detail concerning album music definition is
marked in the booklet as "live computer music, no overdubs". Well, live
and computer music seems to sound very contradictory? Atonal and non-rhythmic,
but I would like to avoid to call it improvisational, just because I see
improvisation as reflection of spontaneous senses, and here all is very
straight and barely emotional. The large variety of found sounds, colours
and textures makes this record technically amazing, but rather artificial,
deformed and non-vivente. And again, the lack of inner structure is
confronting with its technogenic matter, so the links with industrial music are
incorrect too. The same tendency you can see (hear) in the early experimental
electronic music (Kraftwerk or some early United Dairies releases).
The lineup was formed from three Germans: Guenter Schroth, Karl F.Gerber and
Wolfgang Foag - more recently they all joined Six And More, but also each one
is known for his solo works. So, now is the time to end with this one,
and if you like the non-adequate vision of the physical world around you,
just take it.
Phil Niblock is american composer-minimalist, creating the music for
traditional instruments, but not in traditional way. The musicians listening
to a plain tone generated by computer, and trying to play exactly the same
note during the long period of time. Various shifting microtonal deviations
caused by human factor, the sounds are resonating and producing unpredictable
interference effects. Slowly changing sound affects the mutation of composition,
but the listener still ask himself: can the sound change? This double CD consists
of only 7 pieces, monotonous and meditative, each one about 20 minutes long.
It is the music mainly for wind instruments (flute, didjeridoo, tenor-sax and
posaune. Unlike such composers as Glass and Penderecki, Niblock dissociate himself
from the traditional rules of classical music performing. The only performer of
his music is the sound itself, or, more exact to say, the model of sound,
which is created by composer step by step. The album is on sound and nothing else.
In a few minutes after beginning of the Niblock piece, the acoustic space
(of the hall or other listening room) become a sort of the gel, adsorbing every
foreign matter noise. A stark sound shroud appearing very static, but react on a
single little motion, for example, when you slightly turn your head.
Speaking shortly, Niblock is more interested in perception than performing
technique and scores. This double CD is the identical reissue of "A Young
Person's Guide to Phill Niblock", released in 1995 by Blast First label.
Pure digital sound, organized into cycled structures, symbolizing automatic
processes. Musically it has found place somewhere between noise music and
minimal techno. Notstandskomitee is a solo project by Malte Steiner,
the mastermind behind Das Kombinat.
It was born in 1991 and originally was not supposed to exist on the regular
basis. But the unexpected resonance after few live performances submitted
to Malte additional inspiration, so this is already fourth full-length album,
after some cassettes released by Block 4. Being the real technohead multimedia
artist, Malte uses all possible ways to create virtual world: from VRML-scripts
to VST-plugins. His field of activity in music is also very wide: from
solo project to various collaborative projects, for example, within Six and More
live crew. "Automatenmusik" takes a further step over the past albums, where
the melodies and vocals had occurances, it focuses the listener on very monochrome
and alienated world, full of primitive, disharmonic, raw and cold pulses,
sequences, queues and cycles, completely excluding the human presence in the
music creation. Algoritms instead compositions, programs instead instruments,
automats instead musicians... the future is already here.
Russian album of our all time faves - still hardly to believe that it's
true! Well, Novy Svet earned many credits due to their honest and instant
music vision - a bizarre inner world, full of boldness, adventurism and frankness.
They do not afraid to appear ridiculous or misunderstanded when lost in thoughts
about most important things. Novy Svet always have their own unique view of
any single thing, and I doubt whether there are people who can escape their
music touch. There's always a kind of mystery around this band - you can expatiate
on it hours by hours, but no one will understand you exactly. But who cares?
Well, let's listen better what they have for us - sad clowns who had found their fun
among the last celebration of life. This CD was conceived for a long time - first
as compilation of best tracks from old albums, unavailable for russian audience
for a reason of very slow communication (when Novy Svet was already a cult for
Europe, it was completely unknown in Russia). There was also plans for re-releasing
regular CD-albums in low-budget form, specially priced for Russia. But, as fate has
willed, we got all at once (thanks to Igor Vaganov for his exclusive help)! New album
with retrospective parts, dedication and collaboration of many enthusiastic people
here and there. The album itself look like a Palekh-souvenir - when you take this
three-panel digipak, it feels like there is a space inside, so when you open it,
treasure will appear... but isn't it really so? Music is the absolute treasure,
it combines the best feelings like deep sadness and elational passion - if it
is life, I'll be happy to fly there from my dream.