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RLW - Tonlose Lieder

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Para Disc PACD013
Release Year: 2004
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00

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22 Stcke aus der Zeit von 1990 & 1991, kurz bevor das erste RLW-Album Acht erschien.
Brilliante (De)Konstruktionen von instrumentellen & Alltags-Soundquellen (z.B. Piano, Gongs, MIDI-Keyboard & Rhythmen, Staubsauger) vermischt mit Sample-Technik, gescratchten Platten, & obskuren Feldaufnahmen. Eine unglaubliche Flle von Ideen wird hier schonungslos umgesetzt - meist sehr dynamisches und vitales Material, zwischen Atonalitt und Geruschimprovisation, no easy listening guaranteered !

After the recent re-issues of the old PD work, it's now time to fast forward in music history and take a closer look at the missing link of disbanding P16.D4 and the first solo works of RLW. Fast forward to 1990. This is the time when the old techniques of tape-splicing,
cheap four track records and such like was replaced by cheap samplers and computer interfaces (midi to control sequences), being an option for everyone. Before this all settled down into RLW's first CD 'Acht' (1992), he experimented with a lot of ideas, using the newly acquired techniques. The abrassive side of P16.D4 became more subtle, more dynamic and at the same time it was also reduced in sound and approach. No less than twenty-two pieces from the sketchbook are to be found on this CD, and each of them is described in the booklet.
Scratching records is for instance a main feature, like was done on the SLP project, but it involves also organ like sounds, sterile factory settings found inside the sampler and much more. In some cases we get the raw version of a piece that ended up on 'Acht', but the majority is unheard. Whereas on the later solo records by RLW it's hard to recognize the original input, we can hear on this CD him freely improvising around with instruments, sampling them etc. Of course not every fragment is great, but it would not be right to say that this album is only for those with a keen ear on history. It bears the collage-like style of P16.D4 with the latter RLW style, but in all its fragmented style it sounds, still after all these years, like a fresh album. Only to be compared, I think, with P16.D4's
'Tionchor' album. A collection of nice short pieces, that make more sense when heard they are groupep together. [FdW / Vital Weekly]

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