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vitalweekly review über “Ein Abend am Modularen Synthesizer”

(Quelle: http://www.vitalweekly.net/1062.html, Review von Frans de Waard)

The cassette was in the 80s quite popular for the release of music by home-tapers, as they were called back then. But one of the downfalls of the medium was what some people saw  the flood of releases of people just ‘fiddling with their synthesizer for an hour, and release that’, and some musicians openly admitted just doing that. That made that the cassette underground, and it still is. I am not sure if Kai Niggeman and Nils Quak thought of that when they decided to call their release ‘an evening playing the modular synthesizer’. Niggeman uses a Buchla 200e Electric Music Box and Quak an Eurorack Modular System, a Ciat Lombarde Plumbutter and Native Instruments Reaktor. They played separately on a night in May 2016 so I assume side A is by Niggeman and the other side is by Quak. Obviously with modular systems things are much more complex than with a model available in the 80s for home use, and thereof results these days a much more enjoyable as stand alone releases. In that respect the situation is not the same. What happens in this hour of music is quite interesting to hear, and each has his own approach.

In general Niggeman has a somewhat loose approach in using a variety of sounds that can be colourful drones, imitating dripping water and warm oscillations. He moves from piece to piece, bit to part, part to bit, with considerable ease, and is on a big journey through ideas and motives. Nils Quak on the other hand is someone who likes to things slowly and has entered drone land a lot more. On his side one can distinguish two or three parts, of which the first is a long slow enveloping drone piece, and the second, short one, a logical extension of the first one and the third part starts out drone like but ends on a broken down, single click. Two different approaches on this tape and they both very
well. The cassette is definitely not the landfill of unwanted sounds here. (Frans de Waard)
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