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Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Dirk Schlömer – ORNMTL 20220712

Materiaal Series, Part 057

ORNMNTL is an offspring from the organic groove music project Ornah-Mental by Dirk Schlömer. I joined Dirk in 2018 to work on the release „Strong and Stable“ and play a few live gigs.

Dirk Schlömer is no stranger to the German music scene. Born in Cologne, he was guitarist in the german band “Ton Steine Scherben“; one of the first and most influential German language rock bands of the 1970s and early 1980s, a musical mouthpiece of a new left movement during that time and in their hometown of West Berlin in particular. Schlömer also worked closely with Rio Reiser, the front man of that same band, but who later started to work as a solo artist. Furthermore Schlömer was the Mastermind of “Das Zeichen“, a german gothic-ethno project, to name just those out of many others bands and projects worth mentioning.

When we were working on Ornah-Mental’s current release „Strong and Stable“ I had the idea create music in the same manner, but with a more playful approach, also with having potential live performances in mind.


credits
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: synthesizers, keyboards, live sequencing and live arrangement
Dirk Schlömer: Guitars & Vocals

Editing & mixing: Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Mastering: Markus Reuter
Cover drawing: Christine Kriegerowski

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Wöstheinrich, Lankow & von Garnier – Materiaal 056︱The Wilhelmshagen Sessions 20220617

Materiaal Series, Vol. 056

Recording of a studio session at Andreas von Garnier’s Synthasis Studio in Wilhelmshagen, Berlin, June 17, 2022.

The Wilhelmshagen sessions, taking place on a non-regular basis at Andreas’s studio, are a opportunity to experiment, play around, try out various new settings and combinations and eventually go completely bonkers.


The current Wilhelmshagen Session is themed by three potatoes already that overdue to sprout shoots.
The German potato is greatly underestimated in its improvisational talent. But if one only thinks of its origins in the Americas, its changeful history, and the potato’s ability to form these astonishingly baroque shoots, the term “şişko patates” (thick potato) which is commonly used in Turkey for “tubby fat dumb,” does not really apply and it should be understood rather as flattery.

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volkerlankow.bandcamp.com


credits

Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Keyboards, Synthesizers and Sequencers
Volker Lankow – Percussions, Loops and Drones
Andreas von Garnier – Keyboards, Synthesizers and Sequencers

Editing & mixing: Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Mastering: Markus Reuter
Cover drawing: Christine Kriegerowski

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Wöstheinrich, Spahn & Lankow – Materiaal 055︱The Wedding Sessions 20220129

Materiaal Series, Vol. 055

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Recording of the third session together with artist Wolfgang Spahn and his large, self-built modular system in Wolfgang’s studio in the Gerichtshöfe, January 29, 2022; Wedding district in Berlin.

This release is themed op-art, as Christine Kriegerowski has contributed her takes on Vasarely’s “Reech”.

Wolfgang Spahn is an Austrian-German visual artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations and performances of light & sound. His art explores the field of analogue and digital media and focuses on both their contradiction and their correlation. That’s why he is also specialized in re-appropriated and re-purposed electronic technologies.

For his creations he explores the abilities of hardware, constantly pushing its limitations in order to make it serve his artistic concept. Recently he developed analogue synthesizers as well as analogue computers and analog neuron networks and uses them to create abstract light-and-sound-sculptures.

wolfgang-spahn.de

credits

Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboards and virtual synthesizers, Live-Sequencing
Wolfgang Spahn: self-built analog synthesizers and neuron networks
Volker Lankow: drones and samples

Mastering: Markus Reuter

Artwork: Christine Kriegerowski (kriegerowski.org)

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

Materiaal Series, Vol. 054

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 & 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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