released August 1, 2011
On the two 10-minute pieces that make up this release, EMERGE uses samples from bass guitar (track 1) and prepared electric guitar (track 2) to create reverberating sonic environments that combine his characteristic dark drones with chords and melodic fragments that lend these compositions an unusually warm, acoustic sound.
EMERGE aka Sascha Stadlmeier is the founder and curator of the Attenuation Circuit label. Underlining the label’s collaborative spirit, EMERGE has invited label artists Eazy and Gerhard Zander, with whom he also collaborates in live improvisations (see “Betrachtung”, ACC 1001), to contribute snippets of their playing the bass guitar and prepared electric guitar. While most of EMERGE’s earlier works process their source materials way beyond any possibility of recognition, the two compositions on this disc are markedly different. Not only does the processing sometimes enhance the acoustic, analogue, and rather delicate feel of the source instruments, instead of sculpting the source materials into massive, bass-heavy blocks of sound. What also adds a new dimension to EMERGE’s catalogue of austere, abstract dronescapes is the fact that the two pieces, especially track 2, use a varied palette of seemingly rather referential sounds, conjuring up associations that range from the zoomorphic to the oriental.
German sound artist Sascha Stadlmeier aka Emerge is based in Augsburg who is one of the founder members of Attenuation Circuit imprint which is dedicated to artists who are involved in the electronic, musique concrète and electroacoustic music scene.
On “Contrition” find the collaborations of Gerhard Zander on bass guitar and prepared electric guitar and consists in two tracks of 18 minutes long. The series is released in a 3” CD-R and comes in mini DVD case.
Stadlmeier explores the boundaries of sampling using in track one the sources of the bass guitar and on track two he used the source of the prepared guitar, adding organic and clang sounds.
Sascha Stadlmeier improvises and delivers unexpected sounds and drones unfolding images of a dark and complex world.