Thorsten Soltau (1-5,7): piano, electroacoustics and electronics recorded in January and February 2016 commissioned by Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) additional processing, using concrete sound sources by EMERGE, in October and November 2017
EMERGE (1-5,7): field recordings and electronics additional processing, using sounds by Thorsten Soltau, and final mix in November 2017
RLW (6): electronics transformation and re-composition of the contributions by Thorsten Soltau and EMERGE, realised in 2017/18 overall album concept created in 2020
* Bu.d.d.A. & N_M # as Hellmut Neidhardt & Chris Sigdell & Sascha Stadlmeier ~ collab-set
Bund des Dritten Auges is a fairly new project by Sascha Stadlmeier (EMERGE) and Chris Sigdell (B°TONG). It is dedicated to meditative ambient drone music and uses mainly guitar, violin and voice. Since its conception in Barcelona, the duo has released a couple of EPs, and – despite the 2020 pandemic – completed a sold-out German tour. At the moment the two are working on completing their first Album – with special guests Common Eider/King Eider, Drekka and Bebawinigi.For those who need names: Bu.d.d.A. may sound like Troum meets Earth together with Brian Eno. But in reality the duo builds on the legacy of NID (1995-2005), who Chris was a member of, and which released a post-humous CD on Auf Abwegen.
“the music of N is like a mirror of the moment. regardless how much thinking and planning went before, the sound captured by a „live“-recording setting comes directly from the inside. amps + guitar are the instruments used, there is no cut and paste afterwards nor any overdub… all N-work is counted by numbers that reflect the timeline of recording and / or the moment of the conclusion to go for the certain concept. all N-recordings (with the possible exception of single-tracks) deal with a real place and so the title of any album does.”the roots of this concept go back to 1997 when N aka hellmut neidhardt started the project [MULTER] together with thomas geiter and mal hoeschen, entering the territory of experimental music. while this project is still going on, having released 14 records on different labels, including the homebase genesungswerk and important german ambient / drone / experimental labels as dronerecords and auf abwegen, N also detected the certain challenges of solo-works. in difference to his work with [MULTER], where analogue and digital techniques melt and the recording may just be the source for the later digitally improved work, N decided to focus on the freshness that can only be achieved by recording-while-playing-the-first-time and went for that concept on all solo-recordings since then, using a one guitar / two amplifiers setup with a chain of pedal-effects in between. with this it is possible to record exactly what happened in the moment of the inspiration, creating an aesthetic in sound that is based on a certain warm deepness, being highly attractable both for player and listener.since 2001, the release of the first 7” “karnap”, a collaboration with segment aka mal hoeschen of genesungswerk, N has released 11 records from single to double-album on the belgian label consoulingsounds and the german labels denovali, droehnhaus, ex ovo and genesungswerk and the french label les anomalies anonymes, nearly any of those as vinyl edition with a certain, sequel-like cover artwork, trying to transport visually the atmosphere and the mood of the musical content. during live-performance, N does not use any backing tapes nor prefabricated loops.
attenuation effect ° 1028 ° 2021 recording, mastering, photos and design by EMERGE original sounds by AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF originally released by Verato Project in 2005 remastered in 2021 thanks to Mirko Uhlig and Claudius Fischer attenuationcircuit.de°email@example.com
Ambient and free improvisation are a great match. Purists of each of these genres may disagree But the label programme of attenuation circuit has proven time and again that deeply atmospheric music can be co-created in spontaneous interaction. The work of label head Sascha Stadlmeier aka EMERGE is a case in point. His extensive touring in the past decade has led to numerous live collaborations that have also found their way into the label’s releases.
This new album, too, consists of two live sets in which EMERGE was involved, recorded a few months apart in 2018. The first of the two tracks is a collaboration with Polish project Limited Liability Sounds, recorded in Paris. The second, recorded in Bochum (Germany), is a collaboration with Gerald Fiebig, with whom EMERGE already played some of his earliest collaborative shows years ago in the early 2010s. A comparison with EMERGE and Fiebig’s earlier collaborative releases such as “compound”, recorded in 2011, shows what a long way they have come in terms of both their individual musical strategies and their approach to instant composition.
Both tracks on this album are remarkably consistent – rather than just two live recordings packaged together, this is an album with a common compositional “theme”. Both tracks explore the merging and contrasting of extended, laminar, harmonic sounds and rhythmic samples. Found sounds and field recordings play a role in the compositions, but not as referents of the “real”. Instead, they are given a rather psychedelic treatment, opening up dreamscapes that are sometimes (perhaps deceptively?) tranquil, sometimes ominous – but never monotonous. This mix makes for stimulating music that might open its listeners‘ minds to the diversity, and ambiguity, of the world.