Nichts (als) Noise unter der Sonne?


Utopien und Aporien des Noise. In: Testcard # 26. Utopie

Drawing mainly on the work of Paul Hegarty, David Novak, Kai Ginkel, and Mattin, this paper (in German) considers harsh noise music as a utopian practice aimed at transgressing the limits of language and subjecthood, offering an ‚antidote‘ to the information overload in today’s industrialised societies. Similarly, the DIY ethos and anti-commodities (cassettes) of the noise subculture are discussed as symbolic acts of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market, their trade being a parody of sorts of ‚properly‘ profit-oriented markets practices.



fiction circuit (LP)


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

„Mayonaise“ live in Wuppertal

CONNEX auf Radio Orange 94.0, Wien
Dienstag, 31. Juli 2018 um 22:00 Uhr
Mayonaise ist das gemeinsame Noise-Poetry-Projekt von Gerald Fiebig (Text & Sampler) und Thorsten Krämer (Text & Loops). Ursprünglich als Hommage an Richard Brautigan und dessen überbordende Metaphorik geplant, entwickelte Mayonaise bald ein Eigenleben. Im Wuppertaler LOCH präsentierten Fiebig und Krämer ihr Projekt im Februar 2018 zum ersten Mal live vor Publikum.
Gerald Fiebig ist Autor und Musiker. Zuletzt erschienen der Gedichtband „nach dem nachkrieg“ (parasitenpresse 2017) und, mit der Band Jesus Jackson und die grenzlandreiter, die CD „Wall of Sound“ (gebrauchtemusik 2017).
Thorsten Krämer ist Autor und Gestalttherapeut. Zuletzt erschienen der Universal-Reiseführer „How to … travel“ (Strzelecki Books 2017) und das Download-Album „Faunakustika“ ( 2017).


Auch du, SchusterhAUS – Filmsoundtrack

Auch du, SchusterhAUS from Martina Vodermayer on Vimeo.

„Der Bagger geht um im Augsburger Textilviertel: Nach dem GärtnerhAUS muss das SchusterhAUS einem Neubau weichen. Ende 2016 wird das historische Färbereigebäude von der Bäckerei Schuster aufgegeben und im Frühjahr 2017 in knapp drei Wochen dem Erdboden gleichgemacht. Einen Eintrag in die Denkmalliste gab es für das Schusterhaus nicht. Dafür sind seine letzten Wochen gut dokumentiert und nun im knapp 7-minütigen Stop-Motion-Video mit kurzen Live-Sequenzen zu sehen. Bild + Schnitt (c) 2018 Martina Vodermayer ( – Soundtrack (c) 2018 Gerald Fiebig“

Gerald Fiebig feat. Re-Drum: Live @ K15, Augsburg, 2017-05-27

Gerald Fiebig (poetry, voice) and Re-Drum aka Pavel Aleshin (electronics) meeting in a live improvisation.
Poems (in German) by Gerald Fiebig are from the books geräuschpegel and normalzeit, quotes are from Samuel Beckett, Phil Ochs and Martyn Schmidt.