Geert De Decker at Sztuka Fabryka:
Both CD's comes in a beautiful metal box with well printed information on the covers. On "Rubbed + Blown" there are 9
pieces of music, while
"Bowed + Popped" contains 12 tracks. Inside both boxes you find graphical explanation about the tracks of the 5 participating
artists on this experimental music. We are going to introduce you the participating artists one by one.
"Bowed + Popped"
Michael Vorfeld contributes with one track that last at least 10 minutes. Again it is the combination of several
stroke and beat instruments that makes the music. The music goes towards ambient. The same with 7 tracks of Stephan Froleyks,
mostly of the instruments are from wood and that creates rhythmical music with a japanese touch. Each track he uses one
specific material as an instrument such as wood, a knive, knives and even two hands and a crowd, combined from time to
time with samples. Very fresh and fine music, one of the highlights on this CD.
Hans Tammen contributes 4 tracks called styrofoam 1 - 4. At these tracks only one material has been used as instrument
and that is styrofoam ofcourse. The idea to use styrofoam as an single instrument is if I know new, only the result is
rather disappointed, no rhythm, no soft ambient music. Not of this all only continuesly sounds of pieces styrofoam that
gets rubbed at each other in several ways. When you listen carefully after a while the sound transforms as a combination
of several sounds, but when there are to long high tones you need to have strong nerves.
"Rubbed + Blown"
First you hear music from Claus Van Bebber and RoN Schmidt, who celebrates their 25th year of friendship with 6 tracks.
It must be a very good friendship, as it are one of the best pieces of music on both CD's. In these tracks both artists
sounds the same as the best industrial music that has been made in the mid eighties. Besides classical instruments and
found objects, they use also synthesizers and electric guitar. The result is monotone aranged distortian combined with
more common sounds, that creates a hell of an atmosphere. With this music they leave the paths of rational music, but
enters the fields of music that can hits somebody's feelings. The tracks from Paul Hubweber acts about the theme blown.
So are there two tracks with a composition for 8 till 5 trombones. They do not play tunes, it is just the creation of
sounds, the combination of all these sounds creates a kind of extreme form of free- or improvisation-jazz. While at a
second track the only instrument is the human voice that blows constantly but by use of water and the tension of the
upperlip various variety of sounds are created.
"Rubbed + Blown" (Bebber/Schmidt, Hubweber); CD - 57 min., in metal box; 1999;
NURNICHTNUR 199 04 21
"Bowed + Popped" (Froleyks, Tammen, Vorfeld); CD - 69 min., in metal box; 1999;
NURNICHTNUR 199 02 23
Richard Cochrane at Musings: