released November 3, 2012
Wolfgang Wilholm’s trademark as a DJ and producer is his ability to combine highly danceable beats with experimental sound worlds, which may result in a fusion of 80s-style electro-funk with sawtooth noise or, as in the live performance captured on this album, pumping techno/house clashing with jazz, pop, and opera tunes captured in real-time from the airwaves using a radio transmitter. The resulting cut-up is hilarious proof that conceptual audio art does not necessarily have to be brainy and austere.
The core of this musical project is formed by an old radio being able to receive not only the FM and AM frequency ranges, but also shortwave and longwave. The radio is connected to a digital, laptop-based audio system. The crucial point is that neither the audience nor the performer can know in advance which interesting sounds may be ‘caught’ in the ether. The title of the performance translates as “Catching orbital muses from the ether”, with ‘muses’ being a metaphor for the noises and signals that are sampled from the airwaves and used as the basis for improvisation or instant composing, using effects and additional loops. Elektrojudas manages to create music with chance elements in a playful and accessible way without drifting off into noise. The album is a live document from the performance at the LAB30 festival for media art in Augsburg, Germany, on 27 October, 2011 (www.lab30.de