also available as cassette (ltd.ed. 50 copies)
domestic desasters is based upon lecture performances with texts taken from german safety dictionaries for private households published in the late 1960s - human safety that also ran out of control again on march 11th in 2011.
and obviously did not come back.
all tracks were recorded and mixed in march 2011 at studio st. gertrude
herr penschuck: sampler, wavedrum
released June 18, 2016
YEAH I KNOW IT SUCKS
Herr Penschuck has this very nice ear pleasing release out with tracks of reasonable lengths to get your self all tickled up with. It starts with the pleasant super minimal scene of a track named ‘gefühlsecht’ in which you will be covered and kindly greeted by sweet crackles of cozy dust. It’s like the dusty layers of old vinyl had removed themselves from the record and are just there as a stand-alone to give you there prominent good loving. But it takes two to tango, and Herr Penschuck sweetly plays a stringed instrument just as soft and pleasant as these dusty crackles; how nice, the sound of a true gentleman!
These crackles will be staying with you when you go to hear ‘bedenklich’ but now they will be colored up with serene pretty lo-fi sounding synth pads. They might sound not too complex, but that’s the beauty of it; it’s soothing in its understandability. When I heard this I felt like being bathed in the middle of a super friendly forest, lying on the moss, being cuddled by sounds that would make sleeping a pleasure.
It also reminded me of an old alarm clock, you know the ones with batteries in it and that you would hit every morning with a hammer; but here the sound of this ticking clock doesn’t ring the alarm as it is kind and calm enough to just walk on and let us solidly relax in peace. It’s the bringer of rhythm and that’s also very elegant of Herr Penschuck to insert into this pleasure dome of alternative sound exploration.
The cozy dust sparkles will always be by our side it seems, and in ‘Katastrofal’ it’s a true pleasure to know that they are close to find shelter under. The music here seems to showcase electronic material of experimental kinds that feels on one side like bad weather performed by scratching full balloons with a microphone. But there is also the sound of a mysterious storm with rainfall; it’s a mix match thing making it not clear what is field recording and what is done electronically (or analogue; in case it is indeed done with the help of balloons…)
Last bit of this very nice sounding release by the gentleman named Herr Penschuck surprisingly had left us with pure beauty. The dusty crackles that had comforted the listener on all the other tracks seems to have gone on a holiday, but as this is already a track of intensive experimental prettiness in a mental way; Safe journey friendly dust crackles! There are some voices here saying ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ (as you do!), strange flubbing pretty sounds wiggling like a electronic alien duck and pretty synthetic synth material. If you like experimental material that is also pretty and nice for the ears than I really suggest listening to Herr Penschuck’s release...
Herr Penscchuck plays sampler and wavedrum on his 'Unfälle Im Haushalt/Domestic Desasters' and that is not my mistake (this time) but it says so on the cover. I read on the cover that this is 'based upon lecture performances with texts taken from German safety dictionaries for private households published in the late 1960s - human safety that also ran out of control again on march 11th in 2011.' I was thinking of Die Tödliche Doris who had a 7" with more or less the same title, but there is no relation I think. Throughout we hear crackles of what could come from an old record, or an Ableton Live plug in, and on top of that Penschuck plays a string instrument in 'Gefühlsecht', a bit of synth and what could be a clock in 'Bedenklich'. In 'Katastrofal' everything goes down the sewer, with lots of low-end sound, a rumble, a rainstorm or a cart down the street. The final piece is a 'song', with voices and sounds that are hard to define. It all sounded to me like a 80s home taper release, which is of course isn't a bad thing, but it also didn't blow me away either.
BAD ALCHEMY #92
Unfälle im Haushalt (ACT 1035, C-22), das sind vier Beiträge zu diesem oder jedem anderen Thema von HERR PENSCHUCK aus Oldenburg. Bei 'Gefühlsecht' tickt zu gezupfter Pipa ein Geigerzähler. Als 'Bedenklich' wird ein umeinander kurvendes helles Dröhnen bezeichnet, das weiterhin auch radioaktiv prickelt, bevor ein Beat zu stapfen anfängt wie ein halbsekündiges Uhrwerk. Als 'Katastrofal' folgen Schnittmuster aus dunklem Wummern und Knattern, überschwemmt von brodelnd und brausend anschwallender Sturmflut. Auch der Geigenzähler findet wieder was zum zählen. 'Tragisch' setzt dazu sich selbst als Schlusspunkt, mit wieder verzerrt heulendem Gedröhn, schleudernden und eiernden Loops und pumpenden Wellen (Wavedrum?), dazu unartikuliertes Rufen. Aber hat je ein "No!" was genutzt, wenn alles zu spät ist? Zuletzt knattert wieder der Geigerzähler zu von der Decke platschenden Tropfen und während Wind durch die Fensterlöcher pfeift, pickt auch noch einmal ein chinesischer Stoiker die Pipa. Halt, das ist wieder der Anfang, aber als Reprise macht sich das richtig gut. Zur Einschätzung darf nicht unerwähnt bleiben, dass Penschucks Kreativität auch für das Erste Internationale Eierschneider-Orchester E|S|O verantwortlich zeichnet und für die Dada-Wanderausstellung "Kunst für Hunde", mit Polaroids des ai_wei_weiten, pollockisierten, vermalewitschten, bekieferten Alltags aus der Perspektive eines Labrador-Mischlings (zuletzt im Juni 2016 in der Walpodenakademie in Mainz).