Anton Mobin, Kris Limbach & Pierce Warnecke
Co-production Middle Eight Recordings / Emitter Micro, 2017
AABA#10 / Em009, 300 copies
Available at Staalplaat, Berlin
A few Sundays ago (actually about 278), three friends met up at a small city-studio with the intent of recording an album. They squeezed three tables into a triangle shape inside a square room, in a disposition that would let everyone see and hear each other equally well.
Then appeared, bit by bit, a very elegant chaos of machines and motors, objects and effects, software and noise boxes, cables and microphones, tapes and toys, and mixers and speakers which were expertly placed and/or randomly strewn across the wooden and glass tabletops, creating a kind of pawn-shop medical-research laboratory specialized in generating all things audio. More importantly, aside from the assortment of sound-related devices, were the hands, eyes and ears of the three participants. They began.
Improvisation is an elusive beast. Sometimes what should amount to an interesting result just doesn’t live up to expectations. Sometimes there is an explanation: weather, mood, health, astral alignments, kiwis. Sometimes there is none. Upon listening back multiple times to the sessions, the friends were unanimous: while there were excellent moments and interesting materials, the whole of the session was missing something. The project was abandoned.
Some Sundays later, it was proposed by one of them to take the existing materials and divide them in three, each person reworking the recordings into compositions, in the hopes that they might have a little more cohesion to them. The idea was ratified, the friends went to work and thus the present pieces were born.
More Sundays pass, more individual projects come and go. The friends stay in touch, but go their own ways. The music remains. Here it is.
Anton Mobin : prepared chamber, tapes
Kris Limbach : drums, tapes, rotors
Pierce Warnecke : laptop, electronics, microphones
Sound materials played live and multitrack recorded at emitter19 studios in Berlin, February 2012.
The sessions presented three parts that each musician took care and process/edit/mixed separately.
Mastered by Kris Limbach at e-19 studios in 2016.
Emitter Micro is a reduced label of sound and more.
Releases are generally commissioned and artists are encouraged to produce a piece that is outside of their usual practices and habits. Special attention is given to the medium and packaging. Releases are preferably unique or extremely limited objects.
About the Festival:
Emitter Micro 2015 featured Frank Bretschneider, Jakob Kirkegaard, Jim Haynes, Niko LFO and others and took place at NK, Ausland and the Taborkirche Berlin.
Emitter Micro Festival 2013 was held in three different locations in Berlin and featured artists like Phill Niblock, Thomas Ankersmit, Kim Cascone, Peter Cusack, and more. More info on the Festival page.
Emitter Micro Festival’s first edition was in 2011, and featured performances by Andy Moor+Anne-James Chaton, Tony Buck+Magda Mayas, Rinus Van Alebeek and more.
About the Curators:
Emitter Micro Label and Festival run by Kris Limbach and Pierce Warnecke from Emitter19 Studios in Berlin (Kiefholz Str. 19 Alt-Treptow).
Kris Limbach (de)
Kris Limbach (born in 1978) is a sound and visual artist residing in Berlin. Although his focus is on sound, he is also exploring constantly formats and aesthetics of cinema. In his sound art work he uses film-editing techniques, prepared drums, tape manipulation, no input mixing and a vast amount of raw and processed fieldrecordings. His performances for film and tape involves live super8 manipulation and scoring, an arte povera approach to expanded cinema. His experimental feature film project “The Lost Color” recently premiered at IBAFF Spain.
He released on labels such as Richard Garet’s Contour Editions, Staaltape, Modisti, Framework Radio, Agxivatein and collaborated with artists like Pierce Warnecke, Hopek Quirin, Anton Mobin, Jochen Arbeit, Rinus van Alebeek, Miguel A. Garcia, Juan Antonio Nieto aka Pangea, Lisa Müller-Trede and more. He curates, together with Pierce Warnecke, the emitter micro label and emitter micro festival, a biennial experimental sound Festival in Berlin. He is part of the artist collective Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur (AADK).
Pierce Warnecke (usa)
He's a human being, he makes electronic music and video as transmedia artist. His work explores combinations of synthetic sounds, electronic interference and object manipulation. He presents it in different places. He was born somewhere during the last century, and will die somewhere else during this century. He lives in a city in a country that's not his with three people he loves.
Review on The Sound Projector; by Ed Pinsent :
Latest missive of baffling electronic minimalism from the very good Berlin label Emitter Micro – for a change this one is packaged as an ordinary CD in a digipak (they have been known in the oast for their attention-getting packaging strategies). AKP [AABA#10] (EMITTER MICRO 008 / MIDDLE EIGHT RECORDINGS 010), jointly released by Middle Eight Recordings, features two tracks by Kris Limbach, two by Anton Mobin, and one by Pierce Warnecke, every one of them faceless and brilliantly anonymised stretches of sound, full of puzzling gaps, every footprint erased as they drag their steel equipment through snow on a sledge. Even the titles make plain – or rather do their best to conceal – the inner state of their mental processes, alluding to voids, time, rifts, and sleep. These are heavy abstractions best left to ultra-advanced scientific institutions, speculative mathematicians, or crazy avant-garde painters who execute gigantic grey canvasses 20 feet wide.
For those who enjoy dark unseen rumblings, blocks of metal served for breakfast, unexpected shocks of abrasive noise rubbed into your tissue, and everything wrapped up in packages with little contextual explanation, then AKP is the album for you. If indeed that is the title, as the front cover does its best to confuse us even further with its typography printed in different colours, letters printed backwards or sideways, layered on top of each other. It suggests to me that these three Germans have gone so far in their daring experiments that they have surgically grafted their own bodies together, and now stalk the earth as a six-legged monster with three heads. This is to say nothing of the foreboding black background of the CD artwork which might be the detail from the pixels of a horrifying bitmap, one which if seen can kill a man. (Yes, I’ve been reading a stupid sci-fi novel called Snow Crash). Well, we can just about make out some of the printed information inside, which indicates that the music/sound here was created with “prepared chamber”, taps, drums, rotors, laptop, electronics and computers, was done both live and with multi-tracking, and the threesome may have been involved in processing and editing each other’s emissions. Great stuff. That “prepared chamber” worries me though…we’ll be lucky to come out alive. (From 08/01/2018)
released January 12, 2018
Artwork : Anton Mobin
Produced by Anton Mobin (for Middle Eight Recordings) and Kris Limbach & Pierce Warnecke (for Emitter Micro)