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    CROUTON NEWS: DECEMBER 2006 - Brainwaves review - RM74/RLW CD - Keith Berry unpackaged edition - Recent Releases - Forthcoming Editions
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2006

      - Brainwaves review
      - RM74/RLW CD
      - Keith Berry unpackaged edition
      - Recent Releases
      - Forthcoming Editions



      Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at this festival. It was great to meet so many people who I've only known through email over the years. Thanks to Jon Whitney for all his hard work in putting it together.

      TJ Norris has written a nice overview of the three days of music for Igloo Magazine and can be read here:




      PIROUETTEN was started in September 2003, when Reto Mäder a.k.a. RM74 wanted to visit Ralf Wehowsky a.k.a. RLW in his solid green middle-class garden. On his way to RLW's single-family-house, RM74 became a victim of the german control paranoia, as embodied by a sturdy female Karlsruhe tram-warden. Influenced by the folkloristic stubbornness of present-day control authorities, a sustained penance resulted in mutual musical pieces. Early results of the RM74/RLW collaboration can be found on the "Epitaph For John" CD ("Seeking Perfection - Somewhere Else" on Korm Plastics KP3016), the Wire's website ("Zungenschlitz & Spontane Deflagration" www.thewire.co.uk ) and on the "Fireproof In 8 Parts" CD by RM74 ("Scharlach In Saldo" on Hinterzimmer hint02). PIROUETTEN exploits the authors' long-lasting dedication to the unpure tradition of centurial folkways. The 8 pieces were developed by juxtaposing crude instrumental raw materials under strict electro-acoustic control. They are songs of songs about loyalty to the grey area between music and noise, Lacan and Freud, stubbornness and penance, grey burgundy and Rolf Benz. Recorded March 2004 - May 2006 in Bern/Switzerland and Eggenstein/Germany.

      RM74: organ, accordeon, piano, cello, (bass-) guitar, harmonica, transformations, composition.
      RLW: gamelan, sitar, paper, guitar, trombone, chimes, recordings of populated fields, transformations, composition.

      Released in an edition of 300 with 8 photographic printed cards housed inside an oversized clear plastic display box.

      Reto Mäder lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. As RM74 he has been actively involved in electro-acoustic music for over 10 years, some results of which are 4 solo-albums as well as 4 releases with the actionist project OHNE. After "Exkursion" issued on the dOc-label in 2005, his latest body of work called "Fireproof In 8 Parts", with guests such as Dave Phillips, Alexei Borisov, Roger Ziegler (of Herpes Ö DeLuxe) or Ralf Wehowsky, has been released on his own and Roger Ziegler's imprint HINTERZIMMER. More info at www.rm74.ch or www.hinterzimmer-records.com

      Ralf Wehowsky co-founded the German group P.D./P16.D4 in 1980, and also the arts organization Selektion in 1982. Both outlets addressed sound, film, and literature from anti-mainstream perspectives. Since 1992 he does solo and collaborative work under the moniker rlw. he has worked with Kevin Drumm, Lionel Marchetti, Andrew Chalk, Bruce Russell, Johannes Frisch, Bhob Rainey and many others. www.selektion.com

      Purchase online directly from us here: http://www.croutonmusic.com/cr33.htm


      CD (unpackaged edition)

      Unpackaged second edition. 100 unpackaged copies of this CD remain, and are now offered to those that simply would like to have this music at a special cost. No liner notes, no deluxe packaging, just the disc in a paper sleeve. Consider it like downloading the record, without all the compression. Once these are gone - it's gone.

      Purchase online directly from us here: http://www.croutonmusic.com/cr28.htm




      "Creatures of Cadence" finds Menche in full exploratory mode; excavating well-concealed networks of sonorous information through a systematic deconstruction of drone and pulse. In the process, he further erases any perceived division between hearing / feeling and performer / instrument. The result, if consumed at the appropriate amplitude, is nothing less than a sixty minute journey through a voluptuous and pristine mania. His ongoing dialogue between body and mind has found sympathetic resonators in a myriad of instruments (percussion, cello, horns, and zither) that have proven through the ages of being capable of channeling both our most ecstatic joy and profoundest grief.

      "Creatures of Cadence" is an impressive, well-varied and imaginatively structured new release...pulsating like a power plant on the verge of blowing."
      - Brian Olewnick, Bagatellen, USA

      "Creatures of Cadence...Absolutely pleasantly surprising music from someone who is always keen to set new standards."
      - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly, Netherlands

      Purchase online directly from us here:

      CD: http://www.croutonmusic.com/cr32.htm
      Poster: http://www.croutonmusic.com/cr32poster.htm



      Hal Rammel: "Like Water Tightly Wound" 10"
      Alessandro Bosetti: "Her Name" CD
      Raymond Dijkstra: "Maskenstilleben" LP
      The Hafler Trio + Robert Haigh: CD


      Limited quantities in stock:

      crou026: Jon Mueller: What's Lost Is Something Important. What's Found Is
      Something Not Revealed. CD
      crou025: Die Enttauschung: S/T LP
      crou024: Richard Chartier: Archival1991 CD
      crou023: Mueller/Rainey/Schoenecker: S/T CD
      crou022: Jason Kahn/Jon Mueller: Papercuts CD
      crou021: irr.app.(ext.): Dust Pincher Appliances CD
      crou018: Jon Mueller/Kaveh Soofi: Endings book


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