Ambient and free improvisation are a great match. Purists of each of these genres may disagree But the label programme of attenuation circuit has proven time and again that deeply atmospheric music can be co-created in spontaneous interaction. The work of label head Sascha Stadlmeier aka EMERGE is a case in point. His extensive touring in the past decade has led to numerous live collaborations that have also found their way into the label’s releases.
This new album, too, consists of two live sets in which EMERGE was involved, recorded a few months apart in 2018. The first of the two tracks is a collaboration with Polish project Limited Liability Sounds, recorded in Paris. The second, recorded in Bochum (Germany), is a collaboration with Gerald Fiebig, with whom EMERGE already played some of his earliest collaborative shows years ago in the early 2010s. A comparison with EMERGE and Fiebig’s earlier collaborative releases such as “compound”, recorded in 2011, shows what a long way they have come in terms of both their individual musical strategies and their approach to instant composition.
Both tracks on this album are remarkably consistent – rather than just two live recordings packaged together, this is an album with a common compositional “theme”. Both tracks explore the merging and contrasting of extended, laminar, harmonic sounds and rhythmic samples. Found sounds and field recordings play a role in the compositions, but not as referents of the “real”. Instead, they are given a rather psychedelic treatment, opening up dreamscapes that are sometimes (perhaps deceptively?) tranquil, sometimes ominous – but never monotonous. This mix makes for stimulating music that might open its listeners‘ minds to the diversity, and ambiguity, of the world.
Remembering the October Revolution, the Munich soviet republics & DADA – we had opportunities.
Live performance at Kulturhaus abraxas (Augsburg / Germany), February 2019
released January 11, 2020
Little instruments, effects, voices, tapes etc. by Studio KO-OP / EMERGE / Gerald Fiebig
recording by EMERGE
editing by EMERGE & PAAK
cover by PAAK
Live concert at villa, Augsburg, 2019-08-31 – record release concert for fiction circuit LP
„Gasworks“ versammelt die Klanginstallationen, Radiostücke und Live-Performances, die Gerald Fiebig zum ehemaligen Gaswerk in Augsburg-Oberhausen realisiert hat. Sie entstanden zwischen 2010 und 2016, teilweise zusammen mit EMERGE und Christian Z. Müller. In den Kompositionen finden bearbeitete Aufnahmen von Gas und Industriemaschinen Verwendung, aber auch die Erzählungen eines ehemaligen Gaswerksmitarbeiters sowie Live-Improvisationen in der Echokammer des großen Scheibengasbehälters. Gestaltung: Martina Vodermayer.
In Augsburg ist die CD erhältlich bei Tonträger, Kätchens, der Buchhandlung am Obstmarkt, Bücher Pustet, der Schlosserschen Buchhandlung, den Museumsshops im Schaezlerpalais und im H2 sowie in der Bücherinsel Pfersee.
„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
by ARTIFICIAL MEMORY TRACE / GERALD FIEBIG / EMERGE / PBK
Artificial Memory Trace aka Slavek Kwi and PBK aka Phillip B. Klingler have been pillars of the global DIY experimental music culture for decades. Both of them have released work on attenuation circuit before. Here, they team up with label owner EMERGE aka Sascha Stadlmeier and his colleague Gerald Fiebig. Each one of the four artists contributes one track of about 10 minutes to the album. But while the four-way split LP is a common format in the global sound culture scene, “fiction circuit” is more than just a compilation.
All of the artists on this album share a love of creating electroacoustic music from field recordings or found sounds. Therefore, label manager Stadlmeier invited Artificial Memory Trace (AMT) and PBK to supply source sounds from their archives. These were then used as the basis for the compositions. Leaving the source material identifiable was not the task – it was to be used as raw material to be sculpted, very much in the spirit of acousmatic musique concrète. On the AMT side, we find the tracks by PBK and Gerald Fiebig. They both used AMT’s source material to create their tracks. PBK delivers a dense, rather rhythmic track with a decidedly “industrial” feel. Fiebig’s track, on the contrary, uses the front cover artwork – a digital collage by EMERGE of visual works by Kwi and Klingler, with other works by them reproduced on the lavishly printed LP insert – as a graphic score for realising a rather harmonic ambient piece. On the PBK side, Artificial Memory Trace and EMERGE “play” the source sounds supplied by PBK. The piece by Artificial Memory Trace qualifies as exuberant rhythm noise, while EMERGE goes all the way into rather meditative laminar lower-case drone minimalism. Therefore, regardless of which side of the record one plays first (“AMT” and “PBK” are engraved on the vinyl itself to guide the listener), one will experience, thoroughout the whole album, a change between very different sonic textures and temperaments that showcase the wide range of expressive possibilities of electroacoustic music. This is not the product of good luck, but of planned collective composition: AMT and PBK, as the “guests” on the label, were invited to create whatever they liked without any formal restrictions. As it turned out, both of their works were rather intense and direct in character. Therefore, EMERGE and Fiebig both made an effort to complement each side with a more subdued, quiet piece.
File under: Electroacoustic music, musique concrète
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.
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
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