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Doc Wör Mirran - Sparse

Performed by Adrian Gormley, Stefan Schweiger, Michael Wurzer and Joseph B. Raimond

Recorded December 2021 to January 2022 at Two Car Garage Studios, Fürth Germany

This is DWM release # 192

Dedicated to Michael Lang

As always, in loving memory of Frank Abendroth and Tom Murphy

Doc Wör Mirran
c/o Joseph B. Raimond
Spitzwiesenstr. 50, 90765 Fürth, Germany

www.dwmirran.de
empty@empty.de


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Felix Mayer - Archived Love

In my piece archived love I mainly use recordings of three projects I realized in 2021: the participative sound installation lover’s phone, as well as two performances that took place at Radioinsel and the Radiophonischer Kongress (organized by the “radioPOL” collective)
in Hamburg.
Both lover’s phone and the collective radio happening Radioinsel took place at “hinterconti” gallery and feature the voices of my friends and colleagues Elena Victoria Pastor, Leonid Kharlamov, Sebastian Bauhof, Dickes B., combined with materials I secretly captured from passengers, an unknown cop and other creatures.
The main instruments I worked with are tin can telephones, prepared zither, bontempi organ, rice, ibuprofen and pingpong balls.

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released July 10, 2022

With this album, the labels attenuation circuit, run by EMERGE, and Grubenwehr Freiburg, run by Grodock, continue their new GFAC series of split tapes, all using recycled tapes. They are aimed at pairing new or lesser known artists with already more widely connected practitioners in the experimental underground scene.

In this case, Doc Wör Mirran are certainly the more established act, with more than three decades of recording (and occasionally performing live) in the international experimental DIY underground. On this recording, the Fürth-based 'core group' of the recent years in DWM's long history - mastermind Joseph B. Raimond, Michael Wurzer, and Stefan Schweiger – team up with Adrian Gormley, whose sax has become an increasingly regular component of recent DWM releases now that he's based on the same side of the Atlantic as his bandmates (namely, in Berlin). Their side-long track “Sparse” is aptly named in that it is based on very minimalistic ideas: play a limited number of sounds, use both lots of silence and lots of repetition. A completely different approach from the more 'krautrock-style' harmonic meandering by DWM in recent years, this fascinating track kind of feels like Steve Reich meets The Fall. However, instead of misanthropic rants you get wonderfully lush sax lines – so it's also a nice reflexion on the old music vs. noise game.

Improvising trombonist and sound artist Felix Mayer hails from Hamburg and offers a montage of parts from his performance 'archived love' for zither, objects, electronics and participating listeners, during the collective radio happening 'Radioinsel' at 'Hinterconti' gallery. The mix of harmonium-style drones and apparently phoned-in voices of people arguing with the police and commenting on their (magic?) mushroom dishes has all the trappings of a séance in which living people are turned into “paranormal tape voices”. Aren't we all ghosts, or at least going to be ghosts eventually? Fits perfectly between Laurie Anderson's “O Superman” (the album) and Asmus Tietchens' “Das Fest ist zu Ende. Aus.”

File under: ambient, sound art

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BAD ALCHEMY

Der zweite Split (GFAC 1002, recycled C-90) dieser AC + Grubenwehr-Reihe platziert die allgegenwärtigen DOC WÖR MIRRAN Rücken an Rücken mit FELIX MAYER in Hamburg. Der präsentiert sich mit 'Archived Love', der Aufbereitung seiner Performance bei einem der 14-täglich ausgestrahlten 'Radioinsel'-Happenings im White Cube des hinterconti e.V. Und ist dabei doch der gleiche Mayer, der als posaunistischer Partner mit Birgit Ulher Magnetic Tongues bildet und auch in den Quartetten Double Bird und EMN die Backen aufbläst. So dass er einem zugleich auf der DAMN!-Freistil-Samplerin #6 und DEGEM CD 20 zuwinken und als Spielgefährte von Grodock begegnen kann. Seinen Auftritt in der Balduinstr. 24 bestritt er mit Zither (?), Krimskrams, brummenden Electronics. Und mit zugespielten Telefonanrufen. Einer wird von der Polizei abgewimmelt, das löst Dissonanzen aus. Felix ist auch nicht da, die Pilzpfanne schmort, nicht nur die Vögel zwitschern. Gebrodel schwillt an und ab, minutenlang tut sich wenig bis nichts. Eine Maschine springt an, setzt aus, ein Harmonium dröhnt ein langes Weilchen. Auch das verstummt irgendwann, für eine aufsteigende Dröhnwelle, die etwas Verzerrtes und Sirrendes mitführt und glissan­dierend durch die Decke geht. Man möchte dem Kaiser wenigstens das Nachthemd reichen, auf das selbst Ge­spenster ungern verzichten. DMW anderer-, sprich a-seits zeigt sich in der inzwischen eingespielten Besetzung Adrian Gormley, Stefan Schweiger, Michael Wurzer and Joseph B. Raimond so ungewöhnlich 'Sparse', wie es der Titel andeutet. Mit einer Widmung an Michael Lang, den Woodstock-Mitorganisator, der 2022 für immer auf das Feld seiner Träume übergewechselt ist, spinnen sie Dröhnfäden und lassen Sounds kaskadieren. Am Gegen­pol zu Progressive Punk nehmen sie einen mit in ambiente Gefilde, mit pulsenden Klangtropfen, Synthieklängen und dann auch gradual eingreifender Gitarre. Aber ein mono­tones Pochen und verhallende Gitarrensounds führen einen weiter auf der dark ambienten Schattenseite des psychedelischen Spektrums, in hinkendem, schleppen­dem Duktus. Das mögen sonnige Gemüter nach einer Weile tröge finden, Melancholiker jedoch erkennen da den steten Tropfen des unguten Immer-so-weiter, das Unken der Kröten, die man jeden Tag schlucken muss. Metall beginnt zu klappern, als würde Kaspar Hauser damit spielen. Gerade als die Musik stillzustehen droht, tritt mitten in der ¾-Std. Gormleys Saxofon in Erscheinung, als Spielgefährte des einsamen Eisenhänschens. Und kann doch völlige Stille nicht abwehren. Ein kleines Feuerwerk an Noiseimpulsen und Eisengeklapper halten die Saxpoe­sie im Spiel und bringen für die dritte Viertelsunde auch das dröhnende, unkende Mahlwerk zurück. Gormley ver­sucht umsonst den Gang zu beschleunigen, lässt sich aber nicht die Spiellaune und seine Lyrismen nehmen, und wenn es noch so sirrt und zischt. Soll keiner sagen, DWM könne niemanden mehr überraschen.

badalchemy.de

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VITAL WEEKLY

The second split tape on the new split label/recycled tape contains music from Doc Wör Mirran and Felix Mayer. Both have one forty-five-minute piece of music. Doc Wör Mirran is the core quartet of recent years, Joseph B. Raimond, Michael Würzer, Stefan Schweiger and Adrian Gormley. This time they wanted to do something with "a limited number of sounds, use both lots of silence and lots of repetition". Doc Wör Mirran is not the sort of music group to have one particular sound. You may know this from the many reviews of their work on these pages. The piece's title is 'Sparse', and it indeed is. The guitar repeats a noisy strum while Schweiger plays metallic percussion, it seems, rather than drums. Maybe there is some kind of loop at work? It takes a while before Gormely adds his saxophone, and he does this in a somewhat subdued way. In some of the recent DWM releases, his playing is quite dominant, but he, too, keeps within the sparseness of the piece. It all evolves slowly but naturally—a most surprising piece of music from the living legends.
I don't think I heard of Felix Mayer before. he is from Hamburg and plays the trombone and is a sound artist. He performed 'Archived Love', in which he uses zither, objects, electronics and participating listeners; the latter is mainly phoned-in voices of people arguing with the police, among other voice material. Quite an interesting, certainly, when it hits upon drones in the second half. In the first half, there are the voices, sometimes processed in the well-known Asmus Tietchens of recent years, along with drones. Yet, no as refined, so Mayer has a more personal voice in this. Throughout the forty-five minutes, there is quite a bit of variation in the various sections this piece goes through, and it all works very fine.

www.vitalweekly.net/1345.html

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