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Various – Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989 / Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik Düsseldorf 1982-1989

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Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989

Various – Magnetband Experimenteller Elektronik Underground DDR 1984-1987Like Play Loud!‘s excellent Ende Vom Lied, this collection from those bastions of Germanic goodness Bureau B gives you another whistle-stop tour of the DDR’s vibrant underground tape culture. Magnetband is a fourteen-track compilation from the mid- to late Eighties salvaged from a load of brave documenters

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Frank Bretschneider – Super.trigger

Raster-Noton

Frank Bretschneider - Super.triggerThe mechanics of funk

On this newest offering from Raster-Noton head Frank Bretschneider, the man behind Komet, sets aside amorphous drones and textures to explore the basic principles of dance music: rhythm.

Super.trigger is essentially a collection of studio improvisations made between 2012-2013, then edited and re-configured into nine tracks of taut, sparse machine rhythms. This is the sound of an artist at work, struggling to get to know his machines, striving towards mastery. Bretschneider has been making music since 1984, so he has come a long way towards that goal. Super.Trigger is like a catalog of beats, a database of swing and groove. Bretschneider is trying to get all the possibilities, all the combinations, with the serious steadfastness of a biologist studying a new continent.

His music has been described as “abstract analogue pointilism,” “hypnotic

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