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Mäßig bewegt
Die Barentssee


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Asmus Tietchens is a sound artist and composer from Hamburg, Germany. He got interested in Musique Concrete by listening to a German radio programme when he was 10 years old. In 1965, at the age of 18, Asmus started experimenting with tape loops and turned them into musical collages. Soon, the use of synthesizers was added. In 1980 his debut album Nachtstücke was released, produced by Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream. This was soon followed by a series of albums of electronic pop music for the Sky label, home of many Krautrock bands. Tietchens often uses special source materials for his compositions such as water (Seuchengebiete), human voices (Von Mund zu Mund), paper (Papier ist geduldig). He is associated with the Industrial music scene through his collaborations and releases on labels such as United Dairies, Esplendor Geometrico or Dom Records. Tietchens never studied composition, he has no academic background, everything he does is self taught or learnign by doing. Nevertheless, he was professor for sound design in Hamburg in recent years. The album Eisgang was originally released on Dutch Korm Plastics label in 1995 as a limited edition vinyl LP only. It was later reissued as a double CD with Dämmerattacke. For this latest edition, we have added another bonus track making the CD 20 minutes longer than the LP. Full track list: 1. Rasch und mäßig bewegt 2. Nahezu unbewegt 3. Mäßig bewegt 4. Die Barentssee. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping. Very low stock.

Venerable German sound artist and composer, Asmus Tietchens, sees the re-release of his 1995 piece Eisgang on Klanggalerie this year, with the addition of a bonus track, Die Barentssee. Residing on the more experimental end of the ambient spectrum, Eisgang is an interesting, fairly brooding piece that churns with reverbed fervor. Easy to get into, but hard to shake, Eisgang is a record that will fill the listeners ears, heart, and mind. Comprising three, long, well composed tracks, Eisgang makes no bones about its pace, and uses its minutes to move, evolve, and fill the air with exactly what it wants. Klanggaleries re-release of Asmus Tietchens Eisgang is a lovely, contemplative piece that works due to its etherealness.
(Musique Machine, October 2017)

This is the tail end of the industrial sound as used by Tietchens in some excellent long form pieces on Eisgang, especially exemplified by his new bonus piece Die Barentssee, a chilling piece of music. If the post 2000 Tietchens music is too quiet for your taste, but you like his more ambient approach then these two are certainly something you should check out.
(Vital Weekly, April 2018)