elektrojudas/Gerald Fiebig: FCK AFD

Der 2018 veröffentlichte Track „fck a f d“ von elektrojudas inspirierte Gerald Fiebig zu seinem eigenen Anti-AfD- (und FDP-) Sück „Chords of Shame“, das 2020 veröffentlicht wurde.

Für diese EP haben elektrojudas und Gerald Fiebig ihre Stücke gegenseitig remixt.

Die EP ist nur als Bandcamp-Download erhältlich. Alle Einnahmen aus dem Verkauf gehen als Spende an die Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes/Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten (VVN/BdA).

Gerald Fiebig: Chords of Shame

Am 5. Februar 2020 ließ sich der FDP-Politiker Thomas Kemmerich mit Stimmen der AfD zum Ministerpräsidenten von Thüringen wählen. Während Georg Katzer in seiner Radiokomposition „Mein 1989“ (1990) des demokratischen Aufbruchs in der DDR musikalisch gedenkt, gemahnt mein Stück an einen Tiefpunkt der Demokratie im wiedervereinigten Deutschland. Die im Titel benannten „Akkorde der Schande“ (der Titel ist eine Anleihe bei dem Song „Chords of Fame“ von Phil Ochs) bestehen aus einem beim Umbau meines Studios versehentlich entstandenen Störgeräusch, das mit Resonatoren auf Basis der Töne A, F, D sowie auf Basis der Töne F und D in einer anderen Tonlage gefiltert wurde. Das „P“ von „FDP“ wird durch einen anderen Teil des Noise-Artefakts repräsentiert. Ursprünglich sollten die Akkorde mit besonders geschmacklosen Synthesizer-Presets eingespielt werden, doch der elektroakustische Glitch erwies sich dann als konzeptionell noch besser geeignet, um einen sogenannten „Betriebsunfall“ des Parlamentarismus musikalisch zu thematisieren. Die kompositorische Kernidee des Vertonens von Parteinamen verdanke ich dem Stück „fck a f d“ von elektrojudas (https://elektrojudas.bandcamp.com/track/fck-a-f-d). Die Anregung zu der für viele meiner Arbeiten grundlegenden Methode, Bedeutung tragende Buchstaben und abstrakte Notenwerte in symbolische Bezüge zu setzen, verdanke ich dem Essay „Schrift und Klang in experimenteller Musik und Literatur“ (Zeitschrift für experimentelle Musik, Heft 2, März 1985) von Hans Rudolf Zeller, der wie Georg Katzer 2019 verstorben ist.

Thomas Kemmerich, a politician of the German Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), was elected prime minister of Thuringia with the help of votes from the right-wing populist AfD party. While Georg Katzer remembers the democratic departure of the GDR in his radio composition „Mein 1989“ (1990), my piece is a memorial for the rock bottom of democracy in reunited Germany. The „Chords of Shame“ mentioned in its title (borrowed from the song „Chords of Fame“ by Phil Ochs) consist of a disturbing noise, generated by mistake while renovating my studio, and filtered with resonators based on the tones A, F, D and F and D as well at a different register. The P of FDP is represented by a different part of the noise artefact. Originally, the chords were to be played with synthesizer presets of rather bad taste, but the electroacoustic glitch proved to be better suited to focus on an „operational accident“ of parlamentarianism. The compositional core idea of scoring the names of political parties I owe ro the piece „fck a f d“ by elektrojudas (https://elektrojudas.bandcamp.com/track/fck-a-f-d). The motivation for constructing symbolic connections between abstract note values and letters full of meaning I owe to the essay „Schrift und Klang in experimenteller Musik und Literatur“ (in: Zeitschrift für experimentelle Musik, vol. 2, March 1985) by Hans Rudolf Zeller, who died in 2019, like Georg Katzer.

title: DEGEM CD 18: 20_20
release date: 30.09.2020
artist: various artists
order no.: ed09
time: 76:01 min
full colour digipak with 6-panel fold out booklet in german and english. Curated by Stefan Fricke, produced and designed by Marc Behrens. 1000 copies.

Available from aufabwegen mailorder.
Price: 13,00 euro

DEGEM CD 18: 20_20
2020 is (was) a dramatic year. This is (was) evident already in its first few weeks. Fears, worries, hardships everywhere, even panic, utter helplessness, but also disgraceful ignorance and arrogance towards the perceiveable dangers around us, which continue to increase and diversify steadily, having already taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. This number, which increases daily, this number, which cannot describe the suffering and death of each single human being, this alarming number draws perpetually closer. Much has been (is being) consumed by this, been (is being) laid idle, much (leads) has lead to great existential afflictions. 20_20 – subject and title of the DEGEM CD 18 – records, documents, abstracts (and intervenes against) this situation, these situations, this network of situations, which is, of course, far more extensive and detailed than music could ever encompass. Nevertheless: The CD collects a many-voiced selection of aesthetic statements as hindsights, as previsions, dystopian / utopian / resigning / courageous / protesting / alarming / optimistic / comforting /… /… that react to incidents, experiences, and the severe events in the still ongoing calendar year 2020: Beethoven 250, the continuous destruction of environment and democratic values, the pandemic. This CD is dedicated to the memory of Georg Katzer, pioneer of electroacoustic music in the German Democratic Republic and long-time honorary member of DEGEM, who died on 7 May 2019 at the age of 84 years. In his radio pieces Mon 1789 (1989) and Mein 1989 (1990), the illumination and scrutiny of two important revolutionary years in contemporary history is both impressive and riveting.
With contributions from Marc Behrens, Gerald Fiebig, KedArY, Jörg Lindenmaier, Nicola L. Hein/Joshua Weitzel, Clemens von Reusner, Maximilian Marcoll, Wolfgang Motz, Monika Golla, Peter Kiefer, Klarenz Barlow, Julia Mihály, Ralf Hoyer and Johannes S. Sistermanns.

elektrojudas/EMERGE/Gerald Fiebig/If,Bwana: LIGHT – SOUND – LIGHT

LIGHT - SOUND - LIGHT

Durch die Elektrotechnik sind Licht und Schall als Grundlage der wichtigsten menschlichen Sinne ineinander übersetzbar geworden. Diese Performance verbindet den Klang von Feuer (der ersten künstlichen Lichtquelle) mit hörbar gemachten elektrischen Lichtquellen. Der Sound der Performance bzw. dessen elektrisches Ausgangssignal werden mittels eines Oszilloskops wieder in Lichtsignale gewandelt: der Transformationsprozess LICHT – KLANG – LICHT schließt sich zum (Strom-) Kreis.

Samstag, 20. Juni 2015
22:00 Uhr / 22:45 Uhr
Soho Stage, Ludwigstr. 34, 86150 Augsburg

Im Rahmen der Langen Nacht des Lichts

If, Bwana / Sustained Development / elektrojudas / EMERGE: Crossgrained

The three solo tracks performed by If, Bwana on this live recording are based on sounds played on the bassoon, flute, and guitar and make a wonderful introduction to his work with layered, pitch-shifted acoustic instruments. This stuff is among the best you can get in contemporary drone music – rich in texture, sensuous, emotional, and still abstract enough to “clear the mind.” On another two tracks, If, Bwana is joined by his local support group at this July 2012 gig in Germany for an unlikely but happy marriage of his layered sound textures, 50 Hz hum, and lots of electroacoustic sound gadgetry.

Supporting If, Bwana at his concert in Augsburg, Germany on 4 July 2012, local artists Sustained Development aka Gerald Fiebig, elektrojudas, and EMERGE teamed up for a free improvised set using sampled bass guitars, miked-up wave drums and induction coils, monotrons, and smartphone apps, also documented on this 2 CD set. Another two tracks resulted from the trio joining If, Bwana for a demonstration of the possibilities of experimental music, which are endless provided they are approached in an open-minded way. In this case, two very distinct idioms – calm, contemplative drones and fidgety, highly interactive glitch/noise improvisation – fuse perfectly thanks to the alertness of the players.

Knark Esion: Disturbed Communication

„When it works, it’s great – what sounds like hell’s vibraslap plays in time with a martial beat. Ominous, immense organ heralds the coming of a pissed demon.“ – Luke Martin, Cyclic Defrost