Centrozoon’s “boner” is another dive into unexplored territory and impossible combinations of references, where dozens of hours of music are distilled into an endlessly deep texture of frightening as well as captivating moods.
Taking their “instant composition” approach a step further, the trio has radically re-composed the initial recording sessions using a rule-based procedure to distribute the material within predetermined structures. With additional overdubbing and arranging, the resulting music is exceptionally dense in all musical dimensions, but nonetheless rendered lucid and transparent in the mix.
This new approach of compression and consolidation has also already carried over into centrozoon’s live activity as showcased on the recent “We Will Tongue You Tour 2011/2012”. Night after night, the audiences in this run of 13 concerts throughout Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria saw the band improvise highly structured compositions.
The music featured on the group’s previous album releases include the electronica soundscapes of “blast” (2000), the disturbing free-form mayhem of “the cult of: bibbiboo” (2002), “angel liquor” (2006) or the reduced chamber electronics of “lovefield” (2007).
“boner” is centrozoon’s first studio release with the second trio configuration in the band’s history of 20 years. Whereas the first trio release, 2004’s “Never Trust The Way You Are” with No-Man singer Tim Bowness, showcased the group’s abilities to apply their unique compositional approach to pop music, “boner” goes to another extreme and, having added Tobias Reber to the classic line up of Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Markus Reuter in 2008, delivers instrumental music of a radical kind that is bound to challenge even dedicated fans of experimental musics.
Another important aspect of the concept was to give the recordings to several producers to have a series of different interpretations of the same material.
In the end, two producers have met the challenge, Marziano Fontana from Italy and Adrian Benavides from Texas.
centrozoon boner II
mixed and sequenced by marziano fontana, lucca, italy, spring 2011
centrozoon boner II
mixed and sequenced by adrian benavides for unsung productions, austin tx, usa, spring 2011
bernhard wöstheinrich – synths, programming, vocals
markus reuter – touch guitar, electronics
tobias reber – electronics, field recordings, programming, touch guitar (on “cervus”), synths, misheard lyrics
recorded in gütersloh, germany, november 5 and 6, 2009
composed, overdubbed and arranged in herzebrock, germany; innsbruck, austria and biel, switzerland, april – november 2010
mixed and sequenced by adrian benavides and marziano fontana
mastered by lee fletcher
album artwork and design by bernhard wöstheinrich
produced by centrozoon, adrian benavides and marziano fontana for unsung productions