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former available as CD-R / SOLD OUT !

arranged and mixed by Zan Hoffman
featuring audio sources by Minoy/Zannoy, Swinebolt 45
orginally released in 1988 by ZH27
modern photos: Andrew Vititoe
original art: Zan Hoffman
design: Sascha Stadlmeier


released September 28, 2013

KRYNGE, the multi-collaborative international supergroup, was the brainchild of Zan Hoffman in 1987-88 and features recordings of his home taping friends reimagined. Acknowledging the debt the contemporary experimental music scene owes to the pioneering work of the tape-trading and mail art scenes, Attenuation Circuit celebrates the 25th anniversary of KRYNGE by re-releasing the original cassettes on CD in bi-monthly instalments. The Krynge series comes in a dedicated new design while also containing reproductions of the original cassette cover art.

“Bavarian Umläut Cönnection”, the fourth 30-minute instalment of the KRYNGE series, fittingly reissued on a label based in Bavaria, features audio sources by Minoy/Zannoy and Swinebolt 45, “arranged & mixed”, as always, by Zan Hoffman. With lots of repetitive beats beeping through the digitised tape hiss, this release makes it more evident than any of the previous KRYNGE reissues that what Zan did here with cassettes was a predecessor of what DJs did in the 90s with vinyl and what mash-up artists did in the 2000s with files: combining existing music to create new music. A varied and colourful release with almost-pop appeal, this release is a worthy testament to the freedom of expression the (4-track) cassette recorder brought from elitist experimental studios to bedrooms around the world, with even the unavoidable tape hiss artfully channelled into sound effects.




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