NachtLuft (Red Night) is comprised of illustrious avant drummer Günter Müller, computer whiz and Tascam cassette operator Andres Bosshard, and drummer/percussionist Jacques Widmer. This is an attempt to freely improvise the construction of different textural elements into a cohesive, though not necessary static, whole. The four pieces here are speculatively arranged, insofar as sound collage and sonic manipulation occurs, through the process of making the actual sounds in real time. When drums are treated with massively distorted effects, it is because they are played in a massively distorted way. Bits and pieces of television themes and movie soundtracks haunt the background, as drums either whisper quietly or align themselves with chaos theory and smash away at all forms of stillness. Where statements are made, like "National Heritage Three," from some disembodied voice and anthemic music emanates from somewhere, drums play a rock & roll beat and then double and triple time themselves while keeping time before they dissolve into a fury of physical resistance to whatever was said. All four works are of a piece meant to be performed together without a respite, and taken as such they are a powerful statement on dislocation, flux, decentered meanings, and the absolute relativity of the time/space continuum. That this is attempted is ambitious and impressive; that it is all pulled off so communicatively and purposefully is an accolade in itself.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek