Asmus Tietchens: Ornamente (zwischen Null und Eins) (Line, 2015)

October 3, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Asmus Tietchens: Ornamente (zwischen Null und Eins)

Asmus Tietchens: Ornamente (zwischen Null und Eins)

The latest album from legendary German experimental artist Asmus Tietchens consists of glacial, minimalist drones, as do many of his albums (particularly ones released on Richard Chartier’s Line label), but the first track features subtly shifting textures which at least faintly bring to mind some of his older, more industrial-ish works. Other tracks feel like icicles melting into strange noxious gases and dissipating. “Ornament 4” consists of a cluster of fluttery sounds mingling and whistling eerily, occasionally settling on an ominous hiss. “Ornament 5” is the album’s most serene moment, but there’s still a strange, haunted feeling to it, it’s hard to tell if that’s a voice buried underneath the rumbling bass drone. Transportive and otherwordly, as always.

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