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Artist: BUTZMANN, FRIEDER
Title: Vertrauensmann Des Volkes
Format: LP
Label: 90% Wasser
Country: Germany
Price: $18.50
"limited edition of 333, re-release of the (rare) 1981 LP, featuring: GENESIS P-ORRIDGE (first recording of "Just Drifting"/"Tales of Death"), Axel Hacke (EinstŸrzende Neubauten), Angelika Maisch, Hideto, Christian Kneisel Christian Bohn wrote (1982): "ZIVILISATION" is his record«s centrepiece, a perfect example of his dismantling process (to re-build): a bleak electronic storm blows barely discernibly in the distance, and, to the remorseless swing of hammer on steel, Butzmann sourly declaims against the cheapening and decay of the human spirit. The mood is taken up on the final track«s collaboration with Genesis P-Orridge, who recites in a resigned monotone the self-explanatory "JUST DRIFTING / TALES OF DEATH" - "Every time you feel a little joy / Somebody stamps on it" - to a shrivelling mix of grey atmospherics and a nervous tic... ...and that same mood is more localised on the most cutting song, " SADISMUS UND KONKURRENZ", which pinpoints the source of the spiritual malaise, when Butzmann duets with composer Angelika Maisch (in a fabulously uneven croon) such lines as: "Competition and sadism / That is the german mechanism". Butzmann«s points are made with both bitterness and concern, through methods guaranteed to unsettle listeners without alienating to the point of turning off. Although his materials are often nagging noises, occasionally clumsily arranged, the dramas he constructs from them are conventionally approachable, if for no other reason than that they«re fired by his humanist spirit. Don«t hold back." - 90% Wasser. Highly Recommended!
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Artist: BUTZMANN, FRIEDER
Title: Wie Zeit Vergeht
Format: LP
Label: Pan
Country: UK
Price: $32.00
"The Berserker of Berlins uninterrupted stream of timbre-changing and alternating sounds takes influence from aspects of Stockhausens work, albeit certainly far from Serielle Komposition methods. Using an entirely different array of equipment and caring less for technical finesse, a raw and sometimes absurd quality emerges. In spite of the dramatic character of the compositions, FRIEDER BUTZMANN works with the same joy and intuition as when he first heard them almost 40 years ago. Manipulating analogue sounds culled from old electronic recordings that he made at STEIM in Amsterdam back in 1995 (using the infamous Black Box modular system), a dadaistic influence shines through in the semi-naive use of electronics, vocals and undefined sound sources. For Butzmannm the basic idea is always more important than the perfect realization. The lyrics are excerpts of ... Wie Die Zeit Vergeht ..., Telemusik and Kurzwellen by Stockhausen plus re-writings of lyrics used in the first section of the composers concrete and electronic composition Hymnen. 140-gram vinyl, color jacket, silkscreened PVC sleeve. Edition of 500." - Pan.
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Artist: BUTZMANN, FRIEDER
Title: Wunderschöne Rückkopplungen
Format: LP
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $22.00
"Early experimental recordings from 1968-1972 released for the first time.." - Vinyl-On-Demand. Highly recommended!
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