Wednesday, August 19, 2009

KONTAKTA-S/T, CD, 1992, GERMANY


Featuring a line-up that some 17 years on reads like a who's who of the Cologne experimental electronic and electronica scene, this early aggregate featured the combined talents of Markus Schmickler (Pluramon, Wabi Sabi etc.), Sonig label avant gardists Hajsch and C-Schulz, Entenpfuhl label experimental electronic meisters Frank Dommert and Monika Westphal (who records as PFN) and A-Musik label/distribution head Georg Odijk. But what about the music? Drop dead stunning, and a clear roadmap for where this mob would be sonically heading in the coming years, perhaps most specifically for Schmickler. Comprising one vast and amorphous slab of approximately 38 minutes, the profoundly transportive and eerie ambience engendered stealthily evolves through veils of occult atmospherics ala Japanese psychedelic improv mystery movers Toho Sara before wandering into a fathoms deep tidal pool of isolationist atmospherics. Essential.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

PFN were Hajsch (hans jurgen schmidt) and monika westphal, and they ran the label quiet artworks. Frank Dommert, who ran Entenpfuhl, was a aux. member of HNAS and designed all the microstoria records...not trying to be a picky annoyance (sorry!), it's a tangled history! this cd was put out by odd size, which was a parisian record store that had previously put out hnas and illusion of safety (???)

miss pittypat said...

anonymous is correct on all counts...and so are you Eric for posting this odd masterpiece. I got one on ebay for a very reasonable price last year & had a difficult time removing it from my CD player...it's THAT good.

Michael said...

This is great stuff. Thanks.

Joshua Dunn said...

Great listening experience. Dark.

Toxik Boys said...

Thanks a lot for this!

PHSStudiosRJ said...

Many Thanks...

Anonymous said...

This is really interesting.Thanks

Audiozobe said...

I know C-Schulz, but the rest of the participants are completely unknown to me. Rather interesting album, though.
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