Here is something I have been working on since spring, the score to the play “Königsdramen”, opening 3.10.2014 in Bonn, Germany. This is a little teaser featuring a snippet of me going mad on my grandfather’s violin.
I picked up this lovely Marantz PMD222 tape recorder and turned into a tape delay by putting it on the aux of my mixer and its output into an extra channel. This way I can eq the echo and create feedback, which can be tamed by the internal limiter. Of course, you are limited to two delay times, slow and normal, but still a rather nice and organic echo. Watch your speakers, it gets loud!
This Saturday, my dear wife Nikoletta will open her space “König Otto" at the Sudhaus of the KINDL in Neukölln for one night of debauchery and sound. Be there at 18H to witness the surprising installation in the Kesselhaus by Roman Signer and stay for the DJ set by Falco Teichmann. Even if you don’t like art or music, dance to stunning architecture in a cathedral of beer.
You know you have a good job when it requires you to have two circuit bent Early Learning Centers. Both bends by Bogus Noise, whom I can heartily reccommend.
The cover of my new record Collision / Contact. First time in ages I did the artwork myself, but I like how this turned out. I can get lost in it.
It got dark quicker than usual tonight. The moon is glowing faintly over the railway, illuminating the yellow chalk circles on the street that mark the early morning shoot-out. A “P” stands for pistol, “H1, H2, H3, H4, H5” for bullet casings. Very efficient yet almost childlike in the way it is scrawled on the pavement.
Today we dine at the gallery, its a birthday, or an opening night. We are not sure. “We’ve got flowers, but better bring some oscillators, you never know”, my wife said as she was putting on a touch of lipstick. I nodded and packed an echo, too.
Collisions / Contact was commisioned for an exhibition that never happenend. But there was a cake, so that’s allright.
Vintage audio gear from Switzerland, the GDR and Texas/Japan.
A collection of the strange and beautiful, for use in theatre plays.
My live setup 2014.
Glorious Machine of Audio Doom: a Glitterbox circuit bent keyboard by Errormachines. Sound terrible mostly, but has two amazing sounds in it: a glittering string and shiny organ from the digital swamps of the Yellow River.
Finally got a “grotbox” studio monitor, an original Auratone 5C. Listening to Todd Terje in mono through it is an education.
My new band’s debut release.
Es ist, als wenn sich aus dem Nebel des finalen Atomschlags, den dann womöglich Godspeed You Black Emperor vertont hätten, eine Gruppe staubbetauter Freaks herausschält und mit ein paar verwaisten Geräten Musik macht, die der Endzeit erste Szenen und Melodien abringt. Alles ist noch kaputt und diesig, aber hier sind die Reste der Party von vorgestern und übermorgen, und die Laune ist nicht schlecht. Riffs aus einer fernen Nähe lassen den Zuhörer aufhorchen und dranbleiben, die Echos hallen tief aus einer Zeitlosigkeit herüber, die wir alle teilen. Man wippt mit, in trocken beschwipster Melancholie, bei Sinnen und wohlgestimmt. Ja, denkt es in einem, so kann es weitergehen, in unserem Western ohne Ort: letzte Töne, erste Feier.
- Thomas Melle
From the fog of the final nuclear strike, which was possibly scored by Godspeed You Black Emperor, a group of dusty freaks emerges. On a handful of orphaned instruments they create music that wrests first scenes and melodies from the endgame. Everything is still broken and murky, but here are the remains of a party from days ago or days to come, and the mood is not bad at all. Riffs from a distant near make you listen up and keep on listening, as echoes reverberate from a timeless time. Your head starts bobbing along, in dry drunk melancholy happiness. Yes, you think to yourself, it can go on like this, in this western film without a place. Last sounds, first celebration.
Some funk with the modular and D-1000 drum machine. Live jam, edited to candybar size.