Dachte Musik belongs to that 0.5% of albums that could be considered of the most demanding music. Trumpeter Franz Hautzinger already demonstrated his esthetics on his 2000 solo CD Gomberg: music without patterns or tones, made of valve and mouth noises. This project showcases him along with three like-minded friends, trombonist Radu Malfatti, and guitarists Gunter Schneider and Burkhard Stangl. Dachte Musik is a two-CD set, each disc presenting one 68-minute improvisation. No notes, no structures, no sequences of tones, no solos. Only sounds -- short, strange, as-remote-to-music-as-possible sounds. The musicians' devices are used as artistic objects instead of what one usually understands by the words "musical instruments." Sound events are sparse, almost impossible to trace back to its origin, and silence plays as much a vital part here as non-silence. The improvisations remain fragile, always on the verge of collapsing over their own entropy. The listener must spend tremendous amounts of concentration to keep his mind focused on the music. But is the experience rewarding? It probably depends on one's frame of mind, but rewards are few. Overall, "Dachte Musik 02" is more eventful, especially during the first minutes. Even experimental diehards are going to find Dachte Musik difficult to swallow. It pushes the boundaries of acoustic experimentation over the hill and very far away. If you think improvisers like John Stevens and Derek Bailey are dry and cerebral, wait until you hear this.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture