New limited edition tape

recording, release

I’m wrapping up this sickening year with a new release. |​|​| || | |​|​| is the second in the ’skull series‘ of tapes, containing two tracks recorded in 2020. On the A-side there’s Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair. The title is taken from Patty Water’s 1965 version of the song. It’s not a cover by any means but listening to her song is highly recommended. The high pitched sounds on this track were generated by plucking human hair attatched to a contact microphone (taken from a very special person with black hair). The B-side contains Year Of The Plague which sums up some of my impressions of the last 12 months. The limited edition of 20 tapes with individual covers and/or a digital download is now available through my bandcamp account.

INCONVENIENT by David Wallraf

review

Here’s a write-up for the Inconvenient tape by ANTI : Music Review. Very happy abou this…

A n t i : Music Review

Spanning nearly a decade in ambient-noise music – and with a flux of ingenious releases, being the most recent a split-tape with Jeans Beast, and a ’no audience participation‘ double-CD with 5-live recordings, all in October – David Wallraf courses his noisy, musical journey into wild experimental releases, mainly cassette’s. But, one exceeds his work, above all others, as getting to writing this review has been racking in my head for a while.
Terrain blossoms worlds tempered only in conflict and unease. Atmosphere is made applicable to the iconic, harsh noise architecture, blending into unity and chaos occupying the presence of laden strength. David Wallraf accomplishes an album intriguing but never-lasting, so I set this album to repeat as much I can, as it’s a perfect force of contemplation. 
Inconvenient was released through Industrial Coast, premiering only the first song on July 25, 2020, and self-releasing in full-length July 17…

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Wilted Valid Space – Let It Burn A Million Times

event, installation, recording, video

Wilted Valid Space Let It Burn A Million Times is the title of a video installation by Rosh Zeeba, exhibited at Galerie 21/Vorwerkstift in Hamburg on September 5th 2020. The three channel installation was accompanied by sounds specifically assembled for this event. The resulting audio piece consists mainly of loops edited from 1970s Iranian popsongs that were suggested by Rosh Zeeba. These loops were played through a modular synthesizer, creating a ‚hauntological‘ soundscape – the aim of the work being to create an uncanny atmosphere that functions like an anachronistic radio broadcast from pre-revolutionary Iran. The exhibition and accompanying performance by Joscha X Ende (aptly titled Noise Reduction) lasted for four hours. Below you can find a recording of the soundscape, edited down to 48 minutes, videoclips showing the installation and a foto of the performance.

blurred edges: Jan Jelinek & Wallraf/Jetzmann

live

Fr. 23.10.20, 20:00 in der Hörbar/B-Movie, Brigittenstr. 5. 20359 Hamburg

Im Rahmen des Blurred Edges Festivals. Einlass nur mit Kartenvorbestellung an csh44[at]gmx.de

Jan Jelinek

Jelineks Arbeiten befassen sich mit der Transformation von Klang bzw. mit der Übersetzung von populären Musikquellen in abstrakte und reduzierte Texturen. Dabei kommen keine traditionellen Musikinstrumente zum Einsatz, vielmehr werden Collagen aus winzigen Klangsamples konstruiert. Diese Samples kommen aus den unterschiedlichsten Aufzeichnungsgeräten wie Tonbandmaschinen, digitale Sampler, Mediaplayer.
Die Aufnahmen werden zu repetitiven Loops verarbeitet, reduziert auf die wesentlichste klangliche Eigenschaft des Originalmaterials, wobei das Ausgangsmaterial in den meisten Fällen nicht mehr dechiffrierbar ist.

Jetzmann / Wallraf

Jetzmann, bei diesem Konzert mit Mikrofon für Texte und Sampler für Sounds, macht sonst Radioarbeit und Bühnenmusik. An diesem Abend interessiert an den Möglichkeiten von Text und Noise.

David Wallraf forscht seit 2010 zur Theorie und Praxis von Noise. Besonderes Interesse für die verdrängte und unheimliche Akustik des Alltagslebens, an diesem Abend in Relation zu Jetzmanns Texten.

A Model of Infection at Gallery ONKAF

recording, release

New Delhi’s gallery ONKAF comissioned international sound artists and musicians to produce works for their Life Inbetween series, running 03-12 October. My contribution, the 09:30 min. track Psyche – A Model of Infection is now available on ONKAFs website and on YouTube.

The Greek word psyche, analogous to the Latin spiritus, originally meant breath as well as soul or spirit. The invisible and ephemeral phenomenon of inhalation and exhalation connects the inside and outside of the body, it is both a carrier substance of language and of airborne diseases and also a sign for the liveliness of bodies.
Breath is the starting point of this work: a single and solitary breath, recorded with a throat microphone. The inside corresponds to the body of the individual in a symbolic isolation, which becomes a social reality through the distancing measures against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This isolated sound, a reference to the desire for interaction with others, is linked to field recordings. These sounds were recorded during the recent years in places that are no longer accessible or difficult to visit due to travel restrictions (a collage of street sounds from Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Tokyo and Warsaw). Due to the currently unbridgeable distance, the acoustic reminiscences of these places are charged with nostalgia.
On a further level of the work, an interplay of four different waveforms produced by analog oscillators unfolds in the stereo image – sine wave (left channel), triangular wave (right channel), square wave (half left) and sawtooth wave (half right) appear in a fixed frequency ratio and form a chord. At minute 03:45 a noise signal begins to modulate the first oscillator, the random voltage distribution ‘infecting’ the homogeneous sine wave. The resulting ‘symptoms’ are fluctuations in frequency, a distraction from the normal or ‘healthy’ state. This audio infection is passed on to the next oscillator, while maintaining the characteristics of the sinusoidal oscillation – it is no longer the same noise signal, but a ‘mutation’. This process is repeated until all four oscillations are infected. At the end of the cycle, the output of the last oscillator is fed back to the first – an exponential growth of modulations/infections that changes the characteristics of the whole system.
What remains is the sound of breathing, but no longer as an isolated sound event. By using a vocoder, the sound of breathing becomes the envelope for the collected field recordings, a hybrid sound event that refers to the singularly plural dynamics of the social.

Double CD released on Econore

release

Now available is the 2x CDr No Audience Participation on Econore records. The 5 tracks were originally released as a series of downloads under the title Culture’s Cancelled in March/April. It’s a documentation of concerts I played pre-COVID 19 in late 2019 and early 2020.

Econore turned my collection of recordings and collages into this amazing thing with lots of goodies like show flyers, a 12 page booklet and a button. Limited edition of 20.