Klangwart - Stadtlandfluss

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After an eight-year-long studio hiatus, "Stadtlandfluss" is the new album by the Cologne- and Berlin-based electronic duo Klangwart (Markus Detmer and Timo Reuber). Since 1999, Klangwart have been experimenting at their concerts with a limited pool of sounds and loops (developed and compiled by Timo). From this, the two generate the concert piece "Stadtlandfluss" in real time, which they have been (re-)creating as a continuous experiment for many years. Thus "Stadtlandfluss" is a "work in progress". Little of what's happening within the piece is determined. Dynamics range from "very quiet" (minimal, subtle, harmonious, finely honed) to "extremely loud" (harsh, raw, pure energy). The piece is in a state of permanent flux, it
changes from performance to performance - depending on the acoustics of the place, the physical and mental state of Klangwart and the audience. No two concerts sound the same. With this piece, Klangwart allowed themselves the luxury of a long gestation. In 2007, Markus and Timo decided to capture the piece in their Cologne-based Inkiek-Studio and release it on an album of the same title. Although the music is split into seven tracks, it is still one continuous piece.

A few notes on the titles of the tracks:
1. "Zwei Töne" ("Two Tones") - they meander and entwine; alone in space.
2. "IO" - meaning 1 and 0: a symbol for the binary code as the ultimate reduction of a manifestation of being - living in the industrial world.
3. "Radio" - Voices on air. A thousand truths flood billions.
4. "Hamanamah" - a technology mantra as a centre of calm. Energy is being accumulated and focussed.
5. "Telemann" - a multitude of violins condense into vibrant soundwaves. A voice soars and hovers briefly above the rapid pulse. Everything culminates in the big
6. "Strom" ("Stream"/"Electricity") - a wide current of pure electric energy, grim, rough and inexorable, all-consuming. It flows into the gentle certainty of your love -
7. "Mein Herz, mein Haus" ("My Heart, My Home").

Klangwart biography:
The electronic duo Klangwart was founded in 1996 by Markus Detmer (15.03.1972) and Timo Reuber (31.10.1970) in Cologne. 1992: Markus and Timo first meet in Cologne as students of musicology in a seminar on electronic music. Spontaneous mutual sympathy due to a shared interest in all kinds of new music (especially the minimal musics of Steve Reich and Terry Riley). The idea of making music together is put into action just four years later (due to irregular attendance of lectures). Starting point of their musical collaboration are intensive joint listening experiences. They discover the pioneering music of the "Krautrock" era - Can, Cluster, Faust, Neu! - while at the same time taking in the exciting developments and innovations within Cologne's electronic music scene of the 90s, which centred around Thomas Brinkmann, Bernd Friedmann, Mouse On Mars etc. During their initial improvisations, Markus and Timo quickly find common musical ground. In the ensuing all night recording-sessions they develop their own musical language as well an idiosyncratic working method. They see themselves as "music workers" and "sound explorers". In a dream, the idea of the "Klangstelle" ("sound station" in analogy to "petrol station") is born, with Markus and Timo as "sound station attendants", who "refuel" the curious listener with unusual sounds and acoustic environments. In 1997, the mini-cd "Inkiek" was the first Klangwart-release on their own "Klangstelle"-label. This was followed in 1998 by the electronic suites "immer weiter" and "Nirgendland" (issued as a limited tape edition only) and the first lp "Köln-Olpe". The latter was a musical discussion of migration between the poles of the rural and the urban living space. In 1999, the lp "Zwei" ("Two") followed, a study in sound based on only two sounds. It was divided into two parts: loud (dynamic, raw, fierce, aggressive) and quiet (calm, focussed, concentrated, well balanced). Between 1997 and 2007, Klangwart performed over a hundred concerts and established themselves as key players in the uncharted area between composed and improvised electronic music. Since 1998, Timo pursued a solo career in electronic music, which resulted in four much noted solo albums for the Staubgold label ("Anna", 2000; "ruhig blut", 2001; "Kintopp", 2005; "Südpol", 2007). In his solo-performances, he combines archaic singing techniques with rhythmic, delicate, ecstatic sound collages. Apart from his work as a musician, he continues to work for television, writing and developing screen-plays. In his spare time, he paints and permanently takes photos - mostly with substandard digital cameras. Markus founded the label Staubgold in Cologne in 1998. In the ensuing years, the label has become an acknowledged and acclaimed brand for experimental and electronic music around the world. Its roster can boastinternationally known names like Faust, To Rococo Rot, Mapstation, kkehard Ehlers, Rafael Toral or Oren Ambarchi. In 2003, the label shifted its base from Cologne to Berlin. As DJ, Detmer has presented his sensitive sound collages of Minimal Music, Avantgarde and Techno on festivals and in clubs around the world.

Klangwart discography:
1997 Inkiek (klangstelle 1 mcd)
1997 Immerland (klangstelle 2 mc)
1998 Köln-Olpe (klangstelle 3 lp)
1998 Amöbenruh (klangstelle 4 7")
1999/2008 Zwei (klangstelle 5 lp/staubgold 84 cd/lp)
2008 Stadtlandfluss (staubgold 80 cd/lp)

track listing:
01. Zwei Töne
02. I0
03. Radio
04. Hamanamah
05. Telemann
06. Strom
07. Mein Herz, mein Haus