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#1 14-03-2010 00:22:11

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[rb080] Diatribes/hkm+/piero Sk/sienknecht/rehnig


Resting Bell netlabel.
http://www.restingbell.net/releases/rb0 … sienknecht
http://raw.media.sonicsquirrel.net/rest … /rb080.zip
cdr edition

For a long time in my life I’ve had really problems to listen to jazz music, especially the very free, improvised forms. That changed when I discovered the Insubordinations netlabel from Switzerland, where you can find extra-ordinary releases on exactly this field. And of course my musical taste also changed in that period, so that all comes together.
Now I’m really happy to present you a very, very fine piece of improvised music, made by HKM+ and diatribes together with Piero SK, Robert Rehnig and Johannes Sienknecht. HKM+ is an ensemble for electroacoustic improvisation which consists of Ludger Hennig (software instruments), Christof Knoche (bass clarinet / electronics) and Markus Markowski (prepared guitar/ software instruments). diatribes were a trio in the beginning and changed now to a polymorphous formation, accuratly incomplete, extending its spectrum with guest musicians.
These eight people meet last year in an abandonned building in Leipzig and recorded a big bunch of material, which finally became this wonderful 50-minute release. It is raw, acoustic (even if there are software elements in it) and free. In my ears the acoustic, organic element is the best part in this release. You can always feel the instruments, the movement and the creative space, created by the whole group.

Ludger Hennig: laptop & software instruments
Christof Knoche: bass clarinet, live electronics
Markus Markowski: prepared guitar, laptop & software instruments
d’incise: laptop & treatements, objects, percussions
Cyril Bondi: drums, percussions
Piero SK: saxophones, metal clarinet
Robert Rehnig: laptop & software instruments
Johannes Sienknecht: laptop & software instruments

Recorded in an abandonned building in Leipzig, July 24 & 25, 2009.


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#2 30-04-2010 00:53:52

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Re : [rb080] Diatribes/hkm+/piero Sk/sienknecht/rehnig

If only there were a thin line between electronic music and European free improvisation. Instead, there’s more of thick, broad line — a gulf at times, really — between digitally processed music and the rich culture of abstract ensemble play. It’s a gulf occasionally, and increasingly, bridged by individuals like Ikue Mori and bands like Diatribes. The latter, consisting of d’incise (laptop & treatments, objects, percussions) and Cyril Bondi (drums, percussions), recently teamed up with the trio HKM+ (Ludger Hennig: laptop & software instruments; Christof Knoche: bass clarinet, live electronics; and Markus Markowski: prepared guitar, laptop & software instruments) and three other musicians: Piero SK (saxophones, metal clarinet), Robert Rehnig (laptop & software instruments), and Johannes Sienknecht (laptop & software instruments). The result is spectacular. At times, it’s spectacular simply because it’s exactly what such a teaming, what such a confluence, should sound like: hi-hats against droning synth tones, lightly brushed guitar chords against sharp textures, mouthy woodwind vibrations that seem to bleed into light static.
That’s the core of “1000 Bornes”, the second cut on the album that resulted from this collaboration (released by the netlabel restingbell.net). Despite the large number of players, it rarely sounds like more than two or three people are going at it at any given time, except perhaps in the densest, most roiling moments of “Randeisen”. The sound is almost aways hushed, but not reverential, chaotic, but at the lowest imaginable simmer.
The real highlights are when that simmer leads to evaporation, as on the vapor trail that is “Stromamt & Neige Improbable”, all glottal sax and cymbals that act like drone machines, and the opening track, “Luftfurche”, which somehow manages to be insectoid and elegiac, jittery and mournful, at once.
Marc Weidenbaum/disquiet


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