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Anchor and Burden – Kosmonautik Pilgrimage

“Monster killer album!!“
– Leonardo Pavkovic

“Anchor and Burden” goes into the 2nd round. In 2021, the “supergroup” that Markus Reuter put together to set an example of what a contemporary band can actually be, recorded five albums of cutting-edge music that was improvised live in the studio.

In 2022, now with new Germany-based drummer Asaf Sirkis (Shawn Crowder moved back to the US), the group recorded another set of breathtakingly performed pieces. The first album of the second incarnation of the band called KOSMONAUTIK PILGRIMAGE is getting released as a CD and download on Leonardo Pavkovic’s MoonJune Records in January 2023.

Markus Reuter tells us about the background and development of the band over the last year and a half:

“In 1996, Bernhard Wöstheinrich and I started working together as centrozoon and over the years we developed our very own style of uncompromising instant composition. There has been the vision to expand centrozoon to include drums and bass for over two decades, and Anchor and Burden is the embodiment of that idea. My choice to include another touch guitarist (rather than „just“ a bass player) was obvious to me, especially since this was going to be the first band to feature two accomplished players of this versatile instrument. Alexander Dowerk was my first call, as my master-student and friend. Shawn Crowder played with us during the initial sessions that produced the first five albums, which we self-released in late 2021 and early 2022.

Asaf Sirkis, with whom I have recorded many albums since 2016, joined us for the 2022 sessions, and we now have the album KOSMONAUTIK PILGRIMAGE, which to me shows the current pinnacle of achievement that this band originally set out to reach. The music is most intense and the listening and collective composition that is happening in the moment is nothing short of miraculous, even to us as the originators. This certainly isn’t easy music to consume at all, but it should satisfy the hunger of those who are in love with exceptional music. I’m glad and honored that Leonardo Pavkovic is supporting the band, and this first physical release of our music is an important event for us.

This is also the first time that the multichannel Touch Guitars® S8 instrument has been used extensively. Alexander is playing it throughout this album. Each string is being recorded and processed separately, which leads to just Alex on his own already sounding like several people playing. We’ve kept the separation of parts intact in the wonderful mix that our friend Stefano Castagna made in his Ritmo&Blu studio in Italy.

Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, we had the opportunity to capture the whole process of the musical creation on camera, and this footage is going to be made available as promotional material as well as full video performances over the next few months.”

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Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars AU8 and S8, Soundscapes
Alexander Paul Dowerk: Touch Guitars S8
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboards and Electronics
Asaf Sirkis: Drums and Percussion

All music written and performed by Anchor and Burden
Recorded by Arno Jordan at Castle Studios, Röhrsdorf, Germany
Mixed by Stefano Castagna at Ritmo&Blu Studio
Mastered by Lee Fletcher

Produced by Markus Reuter and Alexander Paul Dowerk

Artwork by Ruben Pang, www.rubenpangstudio.com
Graphic Design by Alexander Paul Dowerk

© & ℗ 2022 Reuter, Dowerk, Wöstheinrich, Sirkis

www.anchorandburden.com
www.moonjune.com

More videos:
https://www.youtube.com/@anchorandburden

Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Letterpress Soundscapes

Materiaal Series, Part 059

Music for the opening of the exhibition titled “Weil es wirklich wichtig ist” (“Because it really matters”) by Manfred Makowski, which took place at the house of the county council Gütersloh, October 27, 2022.

The main subject of this exhibition were historical methods of printing. Manfred has made it his duty to preserve these techniques and to work creatively with them. Hence this present music session includes sounds and noises from various letterpress machines and other ambient sounds from printing plants and the like.

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Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Keyboards, Samplers, Synthesizers and Sequencers

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

Thank you to Kerstin & Wolfgang Hein, Sarah & Manfred Makowski.

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Elsewhere Project – Performing Undesirable Creatures – The Live Stream Event

On the occasion of the release of “Undesirable Creatures”; a collaboration with comic artist Matt Howarth, at February 26, 2022 there was a live stream event with a performance by the Elsewhere Project.

This release documents the entire performance, split into eight parts.

The originally arranged songs from “Undesirable Creatures” were broken down into individual tracks and elements and then remixed and re-arranged live during the performance.
Images and motifs from Matt Howarth’s graphic short story on which the initial music is based on were presented in the backdrop.

Undesirable Creatures –
the Music, Movie and Comic

– the initially composed and arranged music together with the whole comic by Matt Howarth plus the full version of the animated short movie:

bernhardwoestheinrich.bandcamp.com/album/undesirable-creatures-comic-music-animation

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Music based on the Release „Undesirable Creatures“ by Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Matt Howarth

ELSEWHERE PROJECT:
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Video- and Stage Direction; Video Edit
Volker Lankow: Sampler, Drones & Percussions
Lukas Radiomodul: Live-Arrangement & Sampler

Music by Bernhard Wöstheinrich

Comic-Strip Backdrops: Matt Howarth

Mastering: Markus Reuter

www.matthowarth.com

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Elsewhere Project – Performing Undesirable Creatures – Rehearsal


On the occasion of the release of “Undesirable Creatures“; a collaboration with comic artist Matt Howarth, at February 26, 2022 there was a live stream event with a performance by the Elsewhere Project.

The main release includes the originial comic by Matt Howarth as a PDF file and the full version of the animated short movie

In this live stream event performance, the music from “Undesirable Creatures” was broken down into individual tracks & elements and then remixed and re-arranged live. Images and motifs from Matt Howarth’s graphic short story on which the initial music is based on were presented in the backdrop.

Before the actual event, the elaborate video and audio rigging had to be set up and the performance rehearsed. In this release the recordings and the footage of the dress rehearsal is presented.

In a soon to be following release all material of actual performance will be made available.


credits

Music based on the Release „Undesirable Creatures“ by Bernhard Wöstheinrich Matt Howarth

ELSEWHERE PROJECT:
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Video- and Stage Direction; Video Edit
Volker Lankow: Sampler, Drones & Percussions
Lukas Radiomodul: Live-Arrangement & Sampler

Music by Bernhard Wöstheinrich

Comic-Strip Backdrops: Matt Howarth

Mastering: Markus Reuter

www.matthowarth.com