Asmus Tietchens

Repetitive Movements

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This collaboration between two pioneers of the industrial music scene is a highly experimental project where Achim Wollscheid -- formerly of S.B.O.T.H.I., P16.D4, and later a renowned visual artist -- provided recordings of resonant frequencies derived from objects such as chairs and teacups. Asmus Tietchens -- an avant-garde composer active since the mid-'60s -- then took these sources to the studio and treated and processed the sound beyond recognition. The results are a simple, monochromatic series of drones and glitches that expand the harmonic textures of everyday noise into a bubbling miasma of minimal electronica. This release on Mille Plateaux's experimental label Ritornell fits nicely into the '90s experimentalist canon alongside Oval, RLW, Shifts, and others working in the gray area between avant-garde, electronica, and industrial.

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