Kontakt der Jünglinge


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The last part of a CD triptych released by Die Stadt, -1 captures Kontakt der Jünglinge back at the Lagerhaus in Bremen (Germany) where 1 was recorded close to two years earlier. Thomas Köner and Asmus Tietchens follow the same format, delivering a single 46-minute piece in which their individual contributions are lost in the name of the Greater Good: the improvisation itself. Electronic drones, field recordings of cavernous places (subways?), whispered words, and unidentifiable processed sounds provide the building blocks for this sparse yet captivating piece. These two have quite a talent to build drama and the promises 1 and 0 held come to full realization in this third outing. They tell a story of change and status quo: The squeaking hinges and recurring sounds imply a certain immutability, while sounds evoking forms of transportation indicate the opposite. The listener is left to find the meaning of it all on his or her own (the key thought for the cover design of this series was "less is less," so no details are given), and it works perfectly that way. 0 sounded a bit uninvolved, but -1 solves its interaction issues and avoids its overall coldness. Köner and Tietchens once again show listeners how tenuous the distinction between sound art, electro-acoustics, and live electronic music can be. Recommended.

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