On April 15, 2022, Bernhard and Wolfgang Seidel met for a recording session in Wolfgang’s studio that is situated in a former printing press manufacturing plant in Berlin’s Wedding district.
Wolfgang’s studio is not only equipped with a wide range of electronic musical instruments, but also various acoustic percussion instruments and all kinds of sound sources are ready miked and prepared for recordings at any time. And so, the recording session took place in a very focussed mood, and it then resulted into something that has quite a narrational and heteromorphic flow.
The recordings were mixed by Wolfgang. For the second piece he later overdubbed additional drums. Also, the length of the two tracks is intentionally set to suggest a vinyl release.
Christine Kriegerowski depicted the musicians as stylites or pillar-saints. Stylites are a type of Christian ascetic who lives on pillars, they believe that the mortification of their bodies would help ensure the salvation of their souls. This image of the two musicians as pillar-saints is of course not without self-irony and alludes to how much musicians of this genre are on a lost cause.
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboards and Electronics Wolgang Seidel: Buchla Music Easel, EMS VCS 3, electronics, drums and percussions
We had just finished all preparations for the release of ULTIMA RATIO, when we received the news of the sudden death of Klaus Schulze.
Full of sadness we would like to dedicate to him the piece “Mundane” as a farewell greeting from us to his new cosmic address.
What if a handful of specific genre-defining releases seemed to have already said everything that could have been said? What if a strong suspicion remained that there must be more to be found and more to be explored in depth? Bernhard Wöstheinrich (TaboTago, centrozoon) and Stephen Parsick ([‘ramp]) were facing this very question when they joined forces to cross the Rubycon once more and embark on a journey deep into the still uncharted territories of floating synth ostinatos and mellow choirs, as vague as a mirage.
Having known each other for more than twenty years, Stephen and Bernhard eventually decided it was about time to collaborate. In their own right, either of them has a profound background and reputation in what is commonly called Berlin School. Yet, they have never felt quite satisfied with creating yet another interpretation of this style but, instead, they have been striving for nothing less than a bravura piece.
As much as this release clearly is a treat for die-hard fans of the eerie and krautily spooky sound of 1970s Berlin, it is also a statement of current creative musicianship and of an advanced level of knowledge of how to create music that, on the one hand, is firmly rooted in tradition and, on the other, still has validity and purpose in our very time
Composed and performed by Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Berlin, and by Stephen Parsick at Dachgeschoss Borgholzhausen.
Mixed, engineered, and produced by Stephen Parsick between January and December 2021.
Mastered by Markus Reuter
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboards, Virtual Synthesizer, Sequencer
Stephen Parsick: Mellotron, ARP Odyssey MK. 1, ARP Pro DGX, Elka String Ensemble, Compact Phasing A, Roland PH 830 Phase Shifter, Solton and Roland Tape Delays, AKG and Klark Teknik Spring Reverbs.
“Creatures In Haunting Cities” is a very personal take by Volker Lankow on the release & graphic short story “Undesirable Creatures” For the Live Stream performance that was set for the release of this project the music were broken down into individual tracks and elements so that Volker could play around re-arrange and re-mix the whole music in his very personal ambient style.
“Undesirable Creatures”, the initial release to “Creatures In Haunting Cities”, is a graphic short story of a magician stranded in a post-war Moscow, accompanied by a music soundtrack that embraces, enhances and underscores the eerie mood of the chapters much like a movie score.
Tracks 1 – 3: Volker Lankow: Soundscapes, Drones & Samples Fragements and indivudual tracks composed by Bernhard Wöstheinrich. Track 4: Electronics by Volker Lankow and Bernhard Wöstheinrich