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Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Wolfgang Seidel – Materiaal 054︱exRotaprint Sessions 20220415

Materiaal Series, Vol. 054

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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.

credits

Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboards and Electronics
Wolgang Seidel: Buchla Music Easel, EMS VCS 3, electronics, drums and percussions

Mixing and editing: Wolfgang Seidel

Mastering: Markus Reuter

Artwork: Christine Kriegerowski (kriegerowski.org)

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Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Stephen Parsick – Ultima Ratio

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

credits

  • 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.

Artwork “The Procession” by Wolfgang Barkowski
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Volker Lankow & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Creatures In Haunting Cities

“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

Artwork by Matt Howarth
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TaboTago – Sessions 009 – 20211217 Corroding Modernism

A studio session recorded on December 17, 2021, Berlin, Germany.
The session was recorded in one go, with no overdubs and no pre-arrangements.

With this release we are referring to “Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin” (abbreviated ICC Berlin), one of the largest conference centres in the world. It is 320 metres long, 80 metres wide and 40 metres high. It opened in 1979 as sort of a counterpart to another iconic futuristic building in Berlin, the Palace of the Republic, which had opened only three years before.

The ICC Berlin is a landmark of German post-war architecture, in which the spirit of an optimistic modernism is very present.

But if you look at the building up close now, the corrosion is already pretty obvious. In addition to that, the whole building is contaminated with asbestos. It seems that it became a symbol of decay of the promises for a better future that we were once given.


ABOUT TABOTAGO SESSIONS SERIES

TaboTago is all about experimenting, playing and performing electronic music together. A lot of material has been created during live concerts and recording sessions over the past years, still ongoing in the present.
We are making this material available to our audience in a TaboTago Sessions Series. The music presented here was played mostly under live conditions or similar.

We sincerely hope you will enjoy the time listening to our musical diary… or more timely put, to TaboTago’s audio blog!



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Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sequencer
Leander Reininghaus – Guitar, Synthesizer, Electronics
Andreas von Garnier – Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sequencer

Mixed and edited by Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Mastered by Markus Reuter

Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Alexander Paul Dowerk – Materiaal 053︱Vault Amusement 20220212

Materiaal Series, Vol. 053

On February 12, 2022, Alexander Paul Dowerk, a Berlin-based music producer, composer and touch guitarist, was invited to a Materiaal recording session at the Secret Vault Studio in Kreuzberg, Berlin.
The recordings resulted in a complex and powerful interplay between Bernhard and Alexander, rich in variety. Alexander brought a strong sense of detail and groove with complex rhythmical structures to Bernhard’s impromtu electronica madness.

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credits

Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboards and Electronics
Alexander Paul Dowerk: Touch Guitars U8 Deluxe

Mixing and mastering: Markus Reuter

Video production: Alexander Paul Dowerk
Camera: Yuliia Dowerk

Artwork: Christine Kriegerowski

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