Helmut Lemke

Tubulare Tänze

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The EP Tubuläre Tänze (Tubular Dances) was released as a 3" CD on Helmut Lemke's own label, Edition El C. Tubuläre Tänze is a six-part suite involving voice, saxophone, bass clarinet, sampled sounds, assorted percussion, and miscellaneous instruments, all performed by Helmut Lemke (or so it seems). There is very little dancing in these strange and haunted short pieces. From the light percussion work of "Tänze 1" to the loud string scratching of "Tänze 3," the listener experiences a surreal "tour de chant." Take "Tänze 3" for instance: metal (guitar?) strings are scratched while someone sings in a self-mocking crooner voice and a jazzy saxophone is heard in the distance. "Tänze 4" is built on a quasi-rhythmical loop and is the closest the music gets to a "dance," while "Tänze 5" is a free improvisation with all the aforementioned elements. Although it is not a striking work, Tubuläre Tänze (and the fact that printed information is minimal) raises many questions as to the how and why of this recording. Inquisitive minds will find it enjoyably puzzling.

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