Markus, well done! Interesting to read how much my favorite track Fear discomforts you. All tracks are great, thus it needed a complete run through if the compilation has its own character. Indeed it has, get it released for the "Duo Cz" !!!!
Favorite track: Fear (from 'Angel Liquor').
Intricate melodies layered between compelling percussion makes for a perfect backdrop for meditation or relaxation. I'm sitting in the car listening while parked on a busy road and the interplay of the music and the traffic sounds of the trucks and trolleys is just amazing.
Favorite track: Sense (from 'Blast').
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A retrospective compilation of tracks from the first 10 years (1996 - 2006) of duo work by Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Markus Reuter. With this I'm focusing on "studio" recordings exclusively, that means these pieces were still created live, but without an audience.
It was hard for me to put this together. I love all of this music as much as I "hate" it. I combined pieces of quite varied harmonic and rhythmic textures.
This compilation does not include any of the work we did with Tim Bowness (between 2002 and 2005) and none of the music we started to play and record in a trio format with Tobias Reber. However, Tobias is present as a contributor on the piece Field 1.
SENSE (from "Blast")
A suspenseful "minimal" piece, which has mostly been overlooked, I find, but it's certainly one of my favorites because of its unique atmosphere.
HARVEST GIRLS (from "Sun Lounge Debris")
This one is a real exception in the centrozoon canon as it is harmonically simple and features one of my first (released) long melodic solos.
THE CULT OF: BIBBIBOO (from the album of the same title)
This longform improvisation is still way over the top for me, and that's why it's included here.
FIELD 1 (from "Lovefield")
Played entirely by hand, without loopers or sequencers. Tobias made treatments of our performances that were mixed in with the originals.
FEAR (from "Angel Liquor")
Another rather intense piece that I mostly find annoying. Its unsettling mood is super unique, though, and that's why I chose this track.
POWER (from the "Blast" definitive edition re-release)
The beats on this track were a part of the early centrozoon sound that was not represented on our debut album Blast. Since its release this piece has become a fan favorite.
released February 3, 2020
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Synths and Sequencers
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitar and Live Looping
Original album tracks slightly remastered by Markus Reuter, January 2020.
Photograph by Christine Kriegerowski
Artwork by Bernhard Wöstheinrich
This is a unique work of art, a different musical language than any preceeding string quartet. It has all the contemporary classical qualities that a demanding listener should expect, and it is also infused by what music brought us in the second half of the last century and the 21st century, that is rock'n'roll with all its fourth world rhythmic and melodic richness. JP Rossi