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Artist: BRINKMANN, THOMAS
Title: A 1000 Keys
Format: CD
Label: Editions Mego
Country: Austria
Price: $16.00
"How many can get a personal sound out of a fucking piano?!" - Lee Konitz. Thomas Brinkmann takes his seductive reductionism to the next level with A 1000 Keys, a harsh meditation on the expressive qualities of digital sound production. In translating the timbre of a grand piano into binary codes, thus rebuilding its corpus with "0 and 1s", Brinkmann subverts the sensual qualities of this proto-romantic instrument in a sardonic way. Replacing the musician with a mathematically precise series of frenetic repetition and intriguingly dissonant difference, the result sounds at times like a violent ride through the brains of Schönberg or Webern, drained in amphetamines, at others like Feldmans ephemeral sketches or Russolos futurist outburst. Brinkmanns conceptual framework is resonating in the track titles. Using shortcuts of international airports, he refers to non-places that establish their own space-and-time continuum, while lacking individual identity and history. These functional scenarios are sterile passages for anonymous, objectified masses, at the same time theres hardly a better place to grasp the very subjective character of time. A 1000 Keys is a fatal homage to minimalism and a consequent denial of virtuosity and the idea of creative genius. Paraphrasing the romantic idea of human perfection, Brinkmann found a way to create sonic algorithms of tenderness and brutality, establishing dramatic expressiveness in his constructivist analytics. The result is of radical beauty. Dedicated to Conlon Nancarrow." - Editions Mego.

Artist: BRINKMANN, THOMAS
Title: What You Hear (Is What You Hear)
Format: Dbl LP
Label: Editions Mego
Country: Austria
Price: $31.00
"Thomas Brinkmann is renowned for audio works that hover among forms such as techno, minimalism, and ambient. Alongside such pioneering works as Klick (2000), Studio 1 - Variationen (1997), and 2012s duo with Oren Ambarchi, The Mortimer Trap (BT 006CD), with What You Hear (Is What You Hear) Brinkmann moves further to separate his art, not only from descriptive musical terms that oppress creative output, but also from the notion of an author in the act of creation. The 11 tracks on display form a series of self-perpetuating rhythms that exist more as sound structures than as any kind of traditional sound forms. Any associations, emotions, and reactions are purely in the reasoning of the listener as the artist makes a strong and deliberate move away from intent. This is a strident development in the conceptual thinking of Brinkmanns solid career, one that places the listener simultaneously inside and outside objective parameters. Dedicated to Zbigniew Karwkowski. Design by Stephen OMalley. Gatefold double LP." - Editions Mego.

Artist: BRINKMANN, THOMAS
Title: A Certain Degree of Stasis
Format: Double CD
Label: Frozen Reeds
Country: Finland
Price: $21.00
Double CD set in slim card package. Edition of 350. No repress.
"Often associated with sparse electronic music, A Certain Degree of Stasis sees Thomas Brinkmann in command of a maximalists palette. A sonic counterpart to Agnes Luxs visual work, featured on the sleeve, the piece explores both fiercely distorted textures and sustained crystalline calm. A new work in two parts, to be played individually, together or with previous Frozen Reeds releases. The music will be available in no other form, physical or digital. "I respect the old. I love it and I deal with it, but I use it to come to a new conclusion. Searching in transitions." -- Thomas Brinkmann.

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