Thomas Lehn

Bart

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Analog synthesizer wizard Thomas Lehn meets studio producer/digital synth improviser Marcus Schmickler. Both played together within MIMEO, a 12-piece electronic orchestra, but this was their first recording session as a duo. The two musicians first improvised freely, then the material was transformed in postproduction. The resulting music, full of chirps, beeps, and tweeps, is a strange mixture of free improvisation (see Lehn's CD Tom & Gerry with drummer Gerry Hemingway or his trio Konk Pack with Tim Hodgkinson and Roger Turner) and electroacoustics. Actually, it sounds like a piece of musique concrète that has lost its chart -- the plan being electroacoustics without the "cinema for the ear" (except maybe for the half-hour long "De Funktion," which feels more organized). Quite exciting and destabilizing, Bart will surprise even the most hardcore Lehn fan; intertwined with Schmickler's, his art never sounded this rich. On the other hand, it partly lacks an organic quality (usually reflected or enhanced by the presence of more acoustic instruments). If anything, Bart takes electronic improvisation one step further.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
9:35
2
7:03
3
7:04
4
30:12
5
5:24
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