This 10" EP spinning at 45 rpm puts together two more tracks from the "Teilmenge" sessions that yielded the albums Alpha-Merge, Beta Merge, and Gamma-Menge (Ritornell, 2000-2002). Upon hearing the first seconds of "Tot 5" (five minutes and 37 seconds), one understands why it wasn't included on the full-length albums. Produced with what appears to be the same setup of tone generators and electronic filters, it pulsates and clicks at a much faster pace, taking it close to the techno-glitch dancefloor -- quite different from the dark ambient, minimal tracks on the CDs. "Tot 3" (eight minutes and 21 seconds) is more sedate but still rhythmical in essence. More haunting, it includes eerie synth drones and phasing. A nice item aimed at the completist, Leuchtidioten was released by Die Stadt to attract attention to its reissue program of early Tietchens vinyl albums.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture