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for this recording suspicion breeds confidence was
tobias schmitt - music and design
buck precious - mastering - buck-precious.com

former available as CD-R (ltd.ed. 50 copies) / SOLD OUT !

video of "Although his leadership was brutal his death was deeply mourned"

video of "Teflonfleisch"

video of "Operation Hundsfott"


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released July 1, 2015

Suspicion Breeds Confidence has been a massive presence in the international experimental music underground since the 1990s. Frankfurt-based composer and producer Tobias Schmitt has developed a trademark style of blending glitchy sounds with harmonic textures.
The album “Tand” is exemplary of the variety he achieves with his approach in that it features tracks that are pure ambient, but also surprisingly rhythmic tracks – almost danceable, but not quite. The spirit of experimentation is present in the use of extreme frequencies rather not found on dancefloors. The sarcastic humour of track titles such as “The rather surprising dishonesty of the opium mining company” or “The gentrification of Babylon” also helps to place him outside the confines of conventional musical pigeonholes.

File under: Ambient, sound art



Named after one of the bizarre slogan of the likewise bizarre dictatorship in Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil - inspired by Orwell's "1984" -, Suspicion Breeds Confidence is the alias that Frankfurt-based sound artist Tobias Schmitt gave to his electronic artifacts. Its title "Tand", an obsolete German word to mean little nice but useless objects (generally referred to basic toys for children or junk jewelry), as well as the sarcastic titles of its tracks could be both deceiptful and meaningful, if you carefully listen to the flotsam and jetsam that he let float in his sonic pond: my favorite titles are "Although His Leadership Was Brutal His Death Was Deeply Mourned" that he gave to a track where he matched the session of an hypnotist to singed interferences, corrugated metallic sounds, which reminds the act of descaling a toilet tank -!- and one of those fluffy carpet-like pad-synth that your eardrum could meet in those therapy music gimcrack cd in the office of an osteopath or in a massage parlour before the whole track become more and more "claustrophobic", "The Rather Surprising Dishonesty of The Opium Mining Company", the abstract collage of ghostly whispering, soughing background noises, metallic hits that could surmise the noises from the water pipes - it makes sense if you saw the above-mentioned movie Brazil -, or "The Gentrification Of Babylon", the title he matched to one of the spookiest moment of this album, where a set of vanishing voices resurfaces from an expanding foggy sound as if they are clues of stifling or confused memories that some advertiser inoculated into subconscious world in order to generate shell-shocks. Likewise Gilliam, it will sound clear while listening to the sonic stuff that poured into "Tand" that Tobias seems to have penchant for grotesque deformation and a certain surreal hypertrophy of his sonic collages could sound more "extant" than any other unmeaningful info-particles that chaotically float around and flood our senses.




Mit "We Devoured The Patina Of Ages" (2010) vor Augen und wenn ich die Titel überfliege, die Tobias Schmitt als SUSPICION BREEDS CONFIDENCE seinen Stücken gibt, die seit 1999 nicht nur auf dem eigenen Label Acrylnimbus in Frankfurt erschienen sind, ist es offensichtlich, dass wir da einen erfahrenen Triathleten der Disziplinen Antischlaf, Kunstrasenschach und Eulentennis vor uns haben. Auch der Witz der Überschriften bei Tand (ACLE 1016, CD-R) ist wieder mit Krötensaft gesalbt und mit Pferdefedern gefedert: 'Operation Hundsfott', ha! Aber los geht's erst mal bei den vogelschrägen 'Notizen zum Feindbild' mit Keyboardsgequalle, Tickelbeat und verkorksten Tierlauten, gefolgt von den Echolotimpulsen und dem Unterwassergesumme von 'Teflonfleisch', das in zischendem Bratenfett zu joggen beginnt. Einer Überichschwäche wird gegengesteuert mit der Synapsenakupunktur und der mikroperkussiven Massage der Meditationsübung 'Although his leadership was brutal his death was deeply mourned'. 'In der Peripherie des Polyptychons' wird man mit Impulsen umtrillert und angepfiffen, wispernde Stimmen und im Zweifingerstil geklopftes Tamtam umschnorcheln und umsirren 'The rather surprising dishonesty of the opium mining company'. Abgerissene Stimmfitzel in einem sanften Dröhnfluidum suggerieren 'The Gentrification of Babylon', ein Paragraphenreiter begegnet immer wieder einer Operndiva, die Luft wird dünn und kristallin, die Loops ziehen die Kreise enger, zuletzt flattrig und metalloid. 'Operation Hundsfott' hörspielt zuletzt noch einen Mini-Krimi, mit Screams, Sirene, hoppeligem Beat und verhackstückter Stimme. Tatort ist ein Hühnerhof.




Suspicion Breeds Confidence is a German electronic music project consisting of Tobias Schmitt. Tomislav Bucalic and Aidan Mark appear frequently on the recordings and join the live performances. They derive their name from one of the totalitarian slogans from Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil. Suspicion Breeds Confidance is one of the longstanding German projects with over twenty years of recording and playing. ”Tand” is their sixth album if I am correct and it’s published by hyperprogressive Attenuation Circuit records, German record label which publishes new albums on almost daily basis. The albums consists of seven well produced tracks with nearly 50 minutes of material in total. All the tracks possess beautiful structures with couple styles involved. You can hear beautiful mixure of electronica, IDM, industrial, glitch, ambient, spoken word and other experimentations consisting of wide spectrum of musical genres, wisely incorporated into one high quality album which will perfectly suit to anyone who’s into experimental music.





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