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Diese Anmut von Troph​ä​en

by Bu.d.d.A.

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entenei 06:07
featherlike 20:56


this is a joint-release by


attenuation circuit ° ACU 1041 ° 2022


EMERGE: violin, electronics, field-recordings, voice
B°TONG: electric guitar, bowed guitar, synthesizer, vocals, samples

Bees (Common Eider/King Eider): voice: (2)
Drekka: piano, rain (3)
Bebawinigi: voice (4)

written, arranged and produced by Bu.d.d.A.
recorded at ac hq & The Loft 2020 - 2021
mixed by Sascha Stadlmeier & Chris Sigdell
final edit & mastering by Chris Sigdell at The Loft

logo & design by Chris Sigdell

Bu.d.d.A. would like to thank Buddha, Rob Fisk, Michael Anderson, Virginia Quaranta, and Zhelezobeton


Bu.d.d.A. (Bund des dritten Auges) was born accidentally – in a dark room in Barcelona. It evolved quietly until Sascha Stadlmeier (EMERGE) and Chris Sigdell (B°TONG) took Bu.d.d.A. on the road and started to take the project seriously. This resulted not only in various EPs, split releases and compilation tracks, but also in a bona fide album which you can hold in your hand and put in your player. What's inside? Mesmerising ambient music!

Bu.d.d.A. is Sascha Stadlmeier and Chris Sigdell doing the unexpected... playing real instruments! "Diese Anmut von Trophäen" ("This grace of trophies" in German) features not only trademark Bu.d.d.A. tracks, but also guest appearances by such illustrious figures as Bees from COMMON EIDER KING EIDER, DREKKA and BEBAWINIGI. Think of Earth meets Troum together with Brian Eno on LSD...

"Diese Anmut von Trophäen" is released by the joint efforts of Zhelezobeton Distribution Division (Russia) and attenuation circuit (Germany). Available on cassette, CD and in digital formats.


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Дуэт Bu.d.d.A. (Bund des dritten Auges) родился случайно – в тёмной комнате в Барселоне. Его развитие поначалу шло незаметно, а потом Саша Штадльмайер (EMERGE) и Крис Зигделл (B°TONG) решили отнестись к проекту более серьёзно и даже отправились в тур. В результате появились первые записи: несколько миньонов, сплит-релизы и треки на сборниках, а теперь и полноценный альбом, который можно подержать в руках и поставить в проигрыватель. Что мы найдём внутри? Эмбиент, да не простой!

В рамках Bu.d.d.A. Штадльмайер и Зигделл творят нечто странное... они играют на нормальных инструментах! На "Diese Anmut von Trophäen" (нем. "Это обаяние трофеев") можно услышать не только традиционные для Bu.d.d.A. треки, но и участие таких интересных фигур, как Bees из COMMON EIDER KING EIDER, DREKKA и BEBAWINIGI. На ум приходит некая условная смесь Earth и Troum вместе с Брайаном Ино под кислотой...

"Diese Anmut von Trophäen" выпущен совместными усилиями лейблов Zhelezobeton Distribution Division (Россия) и Attenuation Circuit (Германия). Альбом доступен на кассете, компакт-диске и в цифровых форматах.



released July 12, 2022

For this album, co-released by attenuation circuit and Zhelezobeton, Bu.d.d.A. (Chris Sigdell aka b°tong and Sascha Stadlmeier aka EMERGE) have invited a number of international guests, including Bebawinigi from Italy as well as Drekka and Bees (Common Elder and King Elder) from the USA.

Rooted in the core duo of b°tong on guitar (this time more plucked than bowed) and synthesizers and EMERGE on violin, plus effects and field recordings, this release gains additional dimensions by adding the mournful piano work of Drekka – who is also credited with 'rain', and anyone who's ever seen Blade Runner will testify to the fact how much the sound of rain can contribute to an atmosphere. Vocals, too, are a new addition to Bu.d.d.A.'s sonic palette. Both the contributions of Bees and Bebawinigi avoid lyrics and traditional melodies, yet while the humming chant of Bees supports the drone structure of the piece, highly expressive female vocalist Bebawinigi turns loose one of her energetic multi-tracked outbursts and gently, but decidedly sets the atmosphere on fire, supported by guitarist b°tong, whose experience as a stoner rock guitarist in the band Leaden Fumes comes in handy at this point. All in all, Bu.d.d.A. on this album refine their common musical language and at the same time depart in several exciting new directions at once. The final piece by the duo alone, more rhythmic than any Bu.d.d.A. piece so far, even takes b°tong and EMERGE into some sort of free rock territory, a great promise of things to come.

File under: drone, ambient, free rock



Bund Des Dritten Auges is what the acronym Bu.d.d.A. stands for. It is the duo of Sascha Stadlmeier (also known as Emerge) and Chris Sigdell (B*Tong). I only heard their debut release (Vital Weekly 1203), but there have been some releases since then. So, it's not a one-off collaboration, but an ongoing concern, and the two are regular on the road. Instead of their solo work, which relies heavily on electronics, they play instruments here. Stadlmeier plays the violin, electronics, field recordings and voice, and Sigdell, electric guitar, bowed guitar, synthesizer, vocals and samples. This duo has a selling point: "Think of Earth meets Troum with Brian Eno on LSD..." That is something I can relate to. Of course, the music is not exactly like those musicians, but it is possible to see where it all comes from. The guitar as a starting point, but soon covered with sound effects and samples so that a psychedelic sound appears. That is a vastness that we also know from Troum. I think that Bu.d.d.A. shares most with Troum, especially in the two long pieces that bookend this release. The addition of guest players, Bees from Common Eider King Eider, Drekka and Bebawinigi on various tracks deliver some exciting extras. Especially the voice of Bebawinigi on 'Entenei' is quite haunting. This piece is a jam festival of voices, violin and chaos; you won't see this on the next Brian Eno record. Massive music here, all dark and heavy, but it never collapses under this weight.




Bu.d.d.A., der Bund des dritten Auges, ist als Kontakt der beiden 'Jünglinge' Sascha Stadl­meier [Emerge] & Chris Sigdell [B°tong] zu einer Konstante der Sound Art geworden. Diese Anmut von Trophäen (ACU 1041 / Zhelezobeton, ZHBO-23, CD/C-65, mit drei umbradunklen Inserts) vereint Sigdell an Synthie und Gitarre (die ihm als Stoner-/Doomrockgitarrero & -sänger in Phased vertraut in der Hand liegt) mit Emerges Bowing, Fx und Fieldrecordings. Dazu mischt sich aber noch zwischen den ausgedehnten Ecksätzen 'The Mourning of the Midnight Diner Fading' und 'Featherlike' Michael Anderson aka Drekka in Bloomington, In­diana, mit melancholisch monotonem, leicht windschiefem Pianoklang und Regenmacher zu 'Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm der Entrückung', das sturmschwanger aufquillt. Die geisterhaft schweifende Vokalisation bei 'Mit einem lasziven Lächeln entmystifizierte sie den Eros', das ist Rob Fisk (Deerhoof, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle), der sich da Bees nennt. Bei 'Entenei' hört man zu giallogelb Wooshes und girrender Gitarre träumerisch gedehnten Singsang von Beba­winigi (Virginia Quaranta), einer Italienerin, die zwischen kindlich skurril („MAO“) und Riot-Girl mit blankem Busen und gezücktem Dolch („Stupor“) ziemlich tongue-in-cheek unter­wegs ist, und auch hier mit hexenhafter Exaltation ein Alien aus dem Ei beschwört. Diese Einschlüsse geben dem Klangkontinuum eine unheimliche und gothische Tönung, wobei die dunklen Kaskaden und lichten Wellen der Gitarre und die Dröhnloops in ihrem zeitverges­senen Wallen – denkt an Aidan Baker, N... - an sich schon nicht vor Frohsinn strotzen. Mit dem Motto ihrer Herbsttournee nennen die beiden ihren brütenden Blick auf den metal­loiden River of No Return und das Treibgut, das er mitschwemmt, 'Haunted Meditation'. Der Blick auf die drei viktorianischen Kinder auf dem schattentrüben Cover verstärkt diese Anmutung. Die Mantras, die Sidgell dazu raunt, hören sich eher nach Menetekal an, als dass es beruhigt. Der gitarrenraue Flow hält dennoch eine tapfere Balance aus Fatalität und Sisyphos-Trotz. Mag er rollen und grollen, der Stein. Kommt nicht das Oberste vom Un­tersten, und das Unterste vom Obersten? Dem, den der Wind in seinem Bauch getragen hat, sei's getrommelt, gedröhnt und geflötet.



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