Gasworks (CD)

GASWORKS_Cover„Gasworks“ by sonic artist Gerald Fiebig collects his sound installations, radiophonic compositions, and live performances relating to the former gasworks in Augsburg-Oberhausen. They were created between 2010 and 2016, some in collaboration with colleagues EMERGE and Christian Z. Müller. Among the compositional materials of the album are processed recordings of the sounds of gas and industrial machinery, stories told by a former gasworks employee, and live improvisations in the echo chamber of the large gas tank. Artwork: Martina Vodermayer

Deutsche Übersetzung des Booklets


Orientalism: „Ali’s Riot Men“

Orientalism was a conceptual collaboration project of Sustained Development (Gerald Fiebig) and EMERGE (Sascha Stadlmeier).

Field recordings from China
Processed by EMERGE
Stereotyped by Orientalism
Deconstructed by Sustained Development

cover image by Michael Herbst
released April 14, 2013

This side project of Sustained Development processes field recordings from the Far East (with some help from label mate EMERGE) to such an extent that they become hissing, granular sheets of sound resembling, for example, abstract Mille-Plateaux-style electronica rather than anything „concrete“. Reverb and time-stretching make the so-called „real“ sounds recorded during a trip through China into something very different, calm yet faintly ominous, far from the pseudo-documentary pose that is common in “field recordings” as a genre.

To quote Edward Said, who invented the term, “Orientalism is a Western style for dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient” by creating stereotypical images of “the East.” This release by Orientalism (the title of the album and all tracks being anagrams of the word to hint at the ideological limitations of orientalist clichés) aims to subvert the stereotyping that is latent in a lot of field recordings of more or less “exotic” places because they tend to fix a limited sound image of what “the” Orient (or India, Kyoto, etc.) sounds like. In a certain way, the compositional treatment applied to the Chinese field recordings on this album insists on the right of every sound to become (abstract) music instead of just standing in as a tourist snapshot.

elektrojudas/EMERGE/Gerald Fiebig/If,Bwana: 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


Duo Recordronik

20.03.2015 / Freitag / 20.00 Uhr / abraxas Theater, Augsburg

real time slow motion

Das DUO RECORDRONIK spielt Blockflöten seit 2002 auf buchstäblich un-erhörte Weise. Dazu lassen Elisabeth Haselberger und Petra Wurz durch elektronische Veränderung der Blockflötenklänge spannende Klangwelten entstehen, die zwischen Echtzeit-Action und Zeitlupe wechseln. Das Rauschen des Windes, das Knistern alter Schallplatten, ein Dominospiel und ein Kochrezept: All diese Dinge finden Platz auf den stimmungsvollen Sound-Landkarten, die Christoph Cech, Dorothée Hahne, Klaus Hollinetz, Periklis Liakakis, Fabrizio de Rossi Re und Agostino Di Scipio für das DUO RECORDRONIK komponiert oder mit dem DUO erarbeitet haben.

EMERGE & Gerald Fiebig

Ferner sind zwei elektroakustische Stücke der Augsburger Komponisten EMERGE und Gerald Fiebig zu hören. Sie basieren auf der Blockflöten-Klangforschung von SchülerInnen der Grundschule Augsburg Vor dem Roten Tor unter Leitung von Elisabeth Haselberger im Rahmen des Projekts MEHR MUSIK!


20.03.2015 / Freitag / 20.00 Uhr / abraxas Theater
Eintritt: € 15,- / € 10,- (ermäßigt) an der Abendkasse

Kartenvorverkauf und -reservierung: abraxas Büro, Tel. (0821) 324 63 55
Vorverkauf auch über: Theatergemeinde Augsburg, Tel. (0821) 455 79 00


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.