No.178 : Q re Neubauten solo recordings
- DEAR KIND PEOPLES:
as long as the subject came up:
anyone out there care to comment on the solo recording projects released by
various Neubauten members in the past 5-10 years?
I'm more interested in moody sounds made by pieces of metal being struck,
hit, and strummed, and somewhat less interested in Teutonic rage per se.
- GNOP! Kilroy wrote:
>anyone out there care to comment on the solo recording projects released byWhile I can't comment on many of them, I've been inclined to pick up a
>various Neubauten members in the past 5-10 years?
handful of FM Einheit's almost-solo outings during the past couple of
years, and they're surprisingly short in the banging-on-metal bit.
_Merry Christmas_, a duet with Caspar Brotzmann, is basically a long
disc-sander-and-tablesaw roarfest that reminds me an awful lot of the
sounds from _Patienten O.T._ (think "Wasserturm" with the addition of power
tools and feedback)... it isn't exactly everyday listening material, but
after two years, I still haven't been able to convince myself to sell it.
Of the lot that I've heard, it's probably the easiest of the bunch to
compare with early Neubauten. (I've got it on right now, actually, and the
scrap metal bit takes over for a while towards the end... it's more
Unruh-style pushing-pots-around-with-a-lead-pipe clattering that rhythmic
pounding, though, and there's a lovely treated bass warbling along over top
_Deutsch Krieger_ is another duet, this one with Andreas Ammer, and is
apparently a radio play of some sort that draws parallels between Kaiser
Wilhelm, Adolf Hitler, and Ulrike Meinhof. Very slow, very quiet, and
subtly menacing... also very rarely in the CD player, probably because I
don't speak German and consequently get very little out of the radio and
newsreel snippets that form the bulk of the sampling library upon which the
composition is based. If you're into the sounds of old victrola recordings
gradually wearing away under a blunted needle, it might be worth checking
out... the mail-order place that I ordered my copy from last year billed it
as "quasi-Nazi cabaret-techno". I'm not sure.
_Sensation Death_ (not spelled that way) is the most uncharacteristic of
the bunch, mainly because you could almost dance to some of it. Metronomic
clicking, Bee-Gees-gone-synthpunk falsetto vocals, and samples from '60s TV
shows (Batman, Mission: Impossible, etc.) round out the soundtrack to an
"interactive dance program" that involved letting the audience control
dancers and gymnasts who were suspended from the ceiling by steel cables at
some point... the "plot" of the show, such as it was, apparently involved a
gameshow that isn't terribly different from the idea behind Rollerball.
It's very, very, very odd, but strangely listenable.
If you're interested, I'm fairly sure that there are a couple of brief
RealAudio samples of the last two titles (as well as _Radio Inferno_ and
the more recent _Odysseus 7_) at the Invisible Web site
(http://www.invisiblerecords.com); Gnat was supposed to have updated the
Einheit section a month or two ago.
Also, if anybody just *happens* to have a copy of Meret Becker's Ego
release, _Noctambule_, lying around and they're really keen to get rid of
it, let me know... I've been half-heartedly looking for a copy for a while,
and digging through my tiny pile of Einheit albums has me curious about how
it turned out once again.