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Album Review

The Menge series has found itself a new home, thankfully rescued by Richard Chartier after the closing of the Mille Plateaux/Ritornell/Force Inc. empire in the early part of the 2000s. This latest installment is probably the most challenging listening not only in the series, but in Tietchens' entire output. Largely relying on space and dynamics, Tietchens takes cues from colleagues William Basinski and Line co-mastermind Taylor Deupree and concentrates on eerie atmospherics and washes throughout the four "Teilmenge" pieces, layering sharp electronic glitches and melodies on top and giving the otherwise easy-flowing pieces a sharp shot in the arm.


Born: 03 February 1947 in Hamburg, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Active since the mid-'60s, synthesizer experimentalist and musique concrète producer Asmus Tietchens has been a major influence on several generations of avant-garde electronic musicians and sound artists. Heavily inspired by Karlheinz Stockhausen, he has pursued "absolute music" through rigid formal exercises. His music is often harsh, alien, and abstract, but he's also recorded several albums of strangely playful material, including a handful of early-'80s Sky Records releases as well as later...
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