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DUNCAN, JOHN & C.M. VON HAUSSWOLFF - Our Telluric Conversation

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: 23five Incorporated 23five 008
Release Year: 2006
Note: comes with 40p. booklet & cardboard box
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €17.00


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„John Duncan und Carl Michael von Hausswolff sind bestens bekannt für ihre Erkundungen auf dem Gebiet der minimalen Klangbereitung. Schon für sich allein vermeiden beide den Überfluss und das Geplapper. Zusammen nun sind sie der reduzierten Form noch ein großes Stück näher gekommen. Ihre zweite Kollaboration beweist den brillianten Umgang mit hohen und tiefen Klangfrequenzen und Geräuschelementen, die sie dem Kurzwellenempfang, Oszillatoren und mikrofonbestückten Drähten entlocken. Auf dieser CD sind drei entsprechende, langförmig gestrickte Dronekonstruktionen zu hören. Auf spürbar tiefem Grundraunen werden Geschichten geflüstert. Ströme unterschiedlicher Qualitäten, zwischen weissem Rauschen und scharf peitschenden bis hoch tönenden Wellen oszillierend, spielen zusammen, überlagern sich und sind doch fein abgesetzt voneinander. Während man damit beschäftigt ist, verirrte Digitalsplitter abzuwehren, drückt der Stereoeffekt einen, alle Materie unmerklich deformierenden, schleppenden Brei aus dicker Watte in den Raum. Diese Form der Meditation ähnelt dem ersticktem Schreien. Doch kann man in den Minuten, in denen man subtil auf Herz und Nieren geprüft wird, wunderbar im 40seiten Booklet nachblättern, warum Unterhaltung auch Schmerz bedeuten kann. Eine gummiartige Ummantelung, der ein Titel in Brailleschrift eingeprägt wurde, hält Booklet und CD zusammen.
_Duncan and Hausswolff are wellknown for their explorations in the fields of minimal sound settings. Both names are standing for an almost minimal musical gesture.Together they have found their way to reduce it yet again. Their second collaboration shows a brilliant handling of deep and high frequencies and noise elements from shortwave, data streams, oscillators and wire tapping microphones. Three pieces of long-form drone constructions are assembled on that CD. Deep background noises, controlled white noise and streams of sharp high tone waves are growing slowly up from the nowhere. A hypnotical continuum of sound forces the listeners full attention, nudging him into airless space through sudden breaks in it. There is also a quiet interesting 40 page booklet with an interview between Duncan and Hausswolff about their histories, ideas, and methodologies, explaining also their accurate purity. It is a very good completion to a music which is composed from the point of psychology research and visual art. All together in a card board embossed with braille and covered with a rubbery coating.” [Peter Schlewinski for Drone Records]

”23five Incorporated proudly presents Our Telluric Conversation -- the second collaborative album from John Duncan and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. This is an album which Duncan describes as having been galvanized by magnetism. In a semantic sleight of hand, Duncan and Hausswolff reveal magnetism through a duality of meanings. One on hand, they speak of the physical phenomenon of charged objects that exert an attraction or repulsion upon other objects; yet on the other, magnetism can be defined the psychological influence wielded by charismatic individuals. Our Telluric Conversation maps out the complexities that emerged through the collaborative pursuits of these venerated sound artists.
The tools that the two employed for Our Telluric Conversation are common to their respective catalogues of recordings, with Duncan bringing his shortwave, data streams, and uncanny use of the human voice while Hausswolff employed oscillators, sonar, and wire tapping microphones. The album opens with the mechanical rotation of modulated sonar, providing a hypnotic pulse which slowly submits to an obstinate surge of rumbling noise, that in turn collapses into focused white-noise turbulence and tone-bent SSB transmissions. All of this abruptly detours with a protracted spoken narrative from Hausswolff who whispers a Pynchonesque text about a maggot-infested individual who seeks to remedy his affliction by communing with cobras and geckoes. Afterwards, Duncan and Hausswolff entertain the seduction of the long-form drone constructions; however, their sublime minimalism is so brilliant in its beauty as to be piercingly acute through the purity of honed sinewaves. The final entry from their Conversation is the perfect marriage of the established Duncan and Hausswolff aesthetics, with a spare low-frequency hum deadening the sonic architecture before a static charge of crackled ether supplements the auditory smoldering.
Our Telluric Conversation stands as a bold, expressive piece of sound art, confident in its multiplicity of perspectives caught in a constant flux of attraction and repulsion. The recording comes with a 40 page booklet with an interview between Duncan and Hausswolff about their histories, ideas, and methodologies; furthermore, the packaging is completed by a curiously tactile O-card, which has been embossed with braille and covered with a rubbery coating.....” [press release]