Voigt & Voigt: Die Zauberhafte Welt Der Anderen (Kompakt, 2013)

February 11, 2013 at 12:07 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Voigt & Voigt: Die Zauberhafte Welt Der Anderen

Voigt & Voigt: Die Zauberhafte Welt Der Anderen

Long-awaited debut LP from Voigt & Voigt, the duo of Kompakt demigod Wolfgang Voigt in collaboration with his brother Reinhard. The duo’s collaborative output has so far been limited to Speicher 12″s and a few compilations, but last year they started releasing 12″s on a new label called Erdingertrax, and here’s a full-length on Kompakt (which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, counting the opening of its original record store in 1993 as year zero). Musically, this album should sound familiar to fans of either Voigt, from projects such as Wolfgang’s Gas and All to Reinhard’s Sturm, among dozens (maybe hundreds) of other names. Which is to say, lots of staying-in-place loops fading in and out, and subliminal sounds and textures. “Intro Konig” fades a beat in after two minutes of foggy atmospherics, and uses sounds that approximate barking dogs and chirping insects, along with guitar loops which reverse and retract. “Der Este Zug” shuffles some xylophone loops with more mutating, shifting synth textures, along with another insistent groove which seems to endlessly pogo in place. “Der Keil NRW” starts with live-sounding drums looped at a higher BPM, fooling you into thinking some sort of rock’n’roll song might be developing. But then we’re thrown for a loop with minimal, eerie synth atmospherics, disembodied vocal samples and some dramatic orchestral samples. “Tja Mama, Sandra Maisehberger” is where things get really haunted, starting with creepy horror-movie piano, shuddering footsteps, and spoken female vocals, all of which get reversed and re-looped. More disembodied male vocals loop (basically the same sample as the previous track, pitched down), along with a sliding bassline and measured beats. “Sozial” is a surprise downtempo track, with jazzy brushed drums, hints of sax, and plenty of billowing flutes. Sounds like it could get a little too laid back, but some softly arpeggiating synths underpin the track, giving it just a little bit of tack so that it doesn’t float away completely. “Die Glocke (Endstation Wiener Platz)” is kind of a deconstructed cousin of “Tja Mama”, with the same sliding bass and disembodied vocals, and horror strings. “Hotel Noki” builds up more horror-movie atmospherics with haunted pianos, shifting, reversing strings, and another stay-in-place groove. “Akira” is a monotonous looping string drone, and then “Triptychon Number 7” is maybe the most straightforward dance track on the album. It still has a stiff, singular groove, but a consistent beat, more straightforward building structure, and some neat arpeggiated synth lines. Not that this track would ever be mistaken for any of the Kompakt label’s more poppy artists, like Gui Boratto or Superpitcher, there’s still the type of creepiness present in the rest of the album, but this is definitely the track to go to if you want to hear something more accessible on this album, I guess. “Der Letzte Zug” ends the album with a Burial-like dark atmospheric 2 minutes sounding a bit like a train drifting through late-night foggy mist. The album ends with “Akira” again, but instead of 2 and a half minutes of monotonous string looping, it’s extended to 26 and a half, without much perceptible variation. I guess they must have been really feeling that loop in the studio, but I can’t say I am, at least not for nearly a half hour’s worth. Overall, the album’s a little bit of a mixed bag, but it still holds a few surprises, even for longtime Kompakt fans.

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Show #180 – 2/9/13

February 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

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3:02 AM grouper ~ vital ~ the man who died in his boat ~ kranky
3:06 AM birds of passage ~ the monster inside you ~ winter lady ~ denovali records
3:11 AM darkstar ~ you don’t need a weatherman ~ news from nowhere ~ warp
3:16 AM voigt & voigt ~ der keil NRW ~ die zauberhafte welt der anderen ~ kompakt
3:30 AM ducktails ~ international date line ~ the flower lane ~ domino
3:32 AM lust for youth ~ behind curtains ~ growing seeds ~ sacred bones
3:36 AM smersh ~ the great vegetable breakdown ~ cassette pets ~ dark entries
3:41 AM german army ~ human limbs ~ extract character flaw ~ family time records
3:45 AM panda riot ~ northern automatic music ~ northern automatic music ~ saint marie records
3:50 AM shells ~ track 6 ~ 12/12/12 ~ ginkgo
3:53 AM father murphy ~ diggin’ the bottom of the hollow (philippe petit rmx) ~ 7″ ~ aagoo
4:04 AM ergo phizmiz ~ fingerwings ~ eleven songs ~ care in the community
4:09 AM frank zappa & the mothers of invention ~ invocation & ritual dance of the young pumpkin ~ absolutely free ~ rykodisc
4:16 AM miles davis ~ black satin ~ the complete on the corner sessions ~ columbia
4:21 AM the sounds of tomorrow ~ yakety musitron ~ the sounds of tomorrow ~ rpm
4:23 AM three legged race ~ budgeting air ~ persuasive barrier ~ spectrum spools
4:38 AM bjork ~ dark matter (alva noto remodel) ~ bastards ~ one little indian
4:43 AM sidsel endresen & stian westerhus ~ drawing an arc ~ didymoi dreams ~ rune grammofon
4:49 AM agf ~ digital yoik ~ source voice ~ line
5:03 AM espen eriksen trio ~ could it be magic ~ what took you so long ~ rune grammofon
5:06 AM andrzej korzynski ~ rosa rosa (with arp life) ~ secret enigma ~ finders keepers
5:10 AM broadcast ~ the dormitory window ~ berberian sound studio ~ warp
5:11 AM net shaker ~ outsides/up ~ i’m so cold ~ kill shaman
5:15 AM smalts ~ bronze age nursery rhyme ~ bronze age nursery rhyme ~ kill shaman
5:18 AM io ~ sobre mineras no. 4 ~ flamenco abstractions ~ elegua records
5:22 AM mountains ~ living lens ~ centralia ~ thrill jockey
5:27 AM ivor cutler and linda hirst ~ women of the world ~ privilege ~ rough trade
5:38 AM faltyDL ~ for karme ~ hardcourage ~ ninja tune
5:42 AM brokeback ~ who is bozo texino? ~ brokeback and the black rock ~ thrill jockey
5:47 AM pantha du prince & the bell laboratory ~ particle ~ elements of light ~ rough trade

Crush Collision 2/7/13

February 8, 2013 at 11:27 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

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Crush Collision 2/7/13
10:03 PM Theo Parrish ~ Pop Off
10:05 PM Lumigraph ~ Lunar Luup
10:11 PM J Velez ~ Floo
10:14 PM KH (aka Four Tet) ~ The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About And That Joy Used In His RA Mix And Daphni Played On Boiler Room
10:18 PM Moire ~ Into
10:21 PM Octo Octa ~ Smooth West
10:23 PM Offshore ~ Fraser
10:25 PM Pimilk ~ Oxygen
10:27 PM Profligate ~ Conditioning Trench
10:34 PM Space Dimension Controller ~ VCOcation
10:37 PM Smallpeople ~ When it’s There
10:41 PM Applescal ~ Spring and Life
10:48 PM Ian Pooley ~ Swing Mode
10:49 PM Danuel Tate ~ Populatio
10:53 PM Hound Scales ~ Case (Nabis) (Ghosts on Tape Rmx)
10:56 PM Pantha du Prince and the Bell Laboratory ~ Photon

Show #179 – 2/2/13

February 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:02 AM negativland ~ hell car ~ over the edge vol. 2: pastor dick: muriel’s purse fund ~ seeland
3:07 AM three legged race ~ magnetic bride ~ persuasive barrier ~ spectrum spools
3:16 AM eventless plot ~ recon ~ recon ~ aural terrains
3:20 AM clawed ~ crumple at the knees ~ one ~ self-released
3:23 AM charlatan ~ codex ~ isolatarium ~ type
3:26 AM the north sea ~ petty delinquents ~ grandeur & weakness ~ rubber city noise
3:32 AM altar eagle ~ fledgling (ghibli rmx) ~ nightrunners remixes ~ digitalis
3:34 AM fluorescent heights ~ blue island ~ tidal motions ~ constellation tatsu
3:40 AM hvywtr ~ the other side ~ 4evr ~ healing power
3:43 AM marie davidson ~ esthetique privee ~ marie davidson ~ bandcamp
3:47 AM dongoldman ~ 21 ~ menlo gc 99 ~ slf tapes
3:49 AM james matthew ~ tell you (luv u) ~ 1993 ~ slf tapes
3:51 AM first dog to visit the center of the earth ~ a different country on another planet ~ feeble in the biome ~ bandcamp
3:53 AM lauren bousfield ~ locked into phantasy ~ locked into phantasy ~ vale
3:55 AM nathan michel ~ she’s a territory ~ consequences ep ~ bandcamp
Hour 2
4:00 AM io ~ track 6 ~ flamenco abstractions ~ elegua records
4:03 AM jordan piper philips ~ wasting my time ~ back to sleep ~ singapore sling tapes
4:05 AM lust for youth ~ we got lust ~ growing seeds ~ sacred bones
4:08 AM german army ~ ox cart ~ extract character flaw ~ family time records
4:12 AM net shaker ~ clear thing ~ i’m so cold ~ kill shaman
4:16 AM smalts ~ twee keer in de week ~ bronze age nursery rhyme ~ kill shaman
4:19 AM einsturzende neubauten ~ schwindel ~ haus der luge ~ potomak
4:22 AM poison dwarfs ~ skid row ~ labil ~ timezone
4:28 AM william basinski + richard chartier ~ aurora liminalis (excerpt) ~ aurora liminalis ~ line
4:35 AM tangerine dream ~ dominion ~ logos – tangerine dream live 1982 ~ virgin
4:40 AM master/slave relationship ~ missing the mark again ~ throwing it to the wind ~ cause and effect
4:43 AM smersh ~ the fuse burns ~ cassette pets ~ dark entries
4:48 AM drexciya ~ flying fish ~ journey of the deep sea dweller iii ~ clone
4:50 AM suburban knight ~ cargo cult (last days) ~ interstellar fugitives 2: destruction of order ~ underground resistance
4:53 AM bill van loo ~ mutant ~ live @ leopold bros ~ chromedecay
Hour 5
5:01 AM robert hampson ~ antarctica ends here ~ repercussions ~ editions mego
5:06 AM ergo phizmiz ~ celandine ~ eleven songs ~ care in the community
5:09 AM shells ~ track 9 ~ 12/12/12 ~ ginkgo
5:14 AM sad souls ~ in a wooded valley, in a flurry of snow ~ form in the fog beside ~ bandcamp
5:19 AM keith canisius ~ home by five ~ beautiful sharks ~ saint marie records
5:23 AM brokeback ~ the wire, the rag, and the payoff ~ brokeback and the black rock ~ thrill jockey
5:28 AM daniel bachman ~ sita ram (who is god) ~ oh be joyful ~ debacle
5:39 AM mountains ~ identical ship ~ centralia ~ thrill jockey
5:42 AM sun ra ~ the alter destiny ~ monorails and satellites ~ evidence
5:45 AM broadcast ~ the equestrian library ~ berberian sound studio ~ warp
5:46 AM discoverer ~ materialize ~ tunnels ~ digitalis
5:49 AM faltyDL ~ karben dallas ~ hardcourage ~ ninja tune
5:55 AM pantha du prince & the bell laboratory ~ quantum ~ elements of light ~ rough trade

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