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Artist: KONER, THOMAS
Title: Nunatak
Format: LP
Label: Type
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"The Type label reissues German music producer Thomas Köners debut album, the first in a set of three, on vinyl for the very first time. Originally introduced to the world in 1990, Nunatak (then named Nunatak Gongamur) was shockingly ahead of its time, and it is hard to believe that it has been out of print and difficult to obtain for so long. Köner created the album with mood in mind; he has since been described as a "media" artist, and its easy to see why. While the music can be described as "dark ambient," these soundscapes elicit a widescreen collection of images. Through careful and measured use of gongs (recorded in different rooms and underwater) as well as homemade wind instruments, Köner created an album that would become a cornerstone of the genre and part of a triptych of records which have seldom been bettered. While the album is 20 years old at this point, it still sounds totally alien and totally unique. In these 11 brief, unnamed tracks, Köner guides us among battered lands, barren ice plains and damaged caves. Through the low-end resonance of his percussion, we are dragged into a hallowed chasm of doom-laden drone. There have been many tries at this style since Nunatak was first birthed, and many attempts to draw the genre into fresh and re-imagined territory, but few have come even close to the shadowy exclusion of Thomas Köner. Cut at Berlins Dubplates & Mastering." -Type
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Artist: KONER, THOMAS
Title: Permafrost
Format: LP
Label: Type
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Vinyl release. Permafrost was originally issued in 1993 and marked the conclusion of Thomas Köners epic and influential trilogy which included Nunatak (TYPE 069LP) and Teimo (TYPE 070LP). Darker and even more subdued and minimal than its predecessors, Permafrost was the album which saw Köner truly strip the sound back to the bare essentials; gone were the hints of harmony found in Teimo and the discernable gong sounds of Nunatak. All that remained were the deep, shadowy resonances, roomy ambience and gaseous drones that would become Köners calling card in the "dark ambient" genre. Listening to the record almost 20 years after its original release, the most shocking thing is how little it has aged. Its sound is so otherworldly -- the creeping low-end rumbles, distant icy tonal blasts and croaking occidental winds -- that it contextualizes the record with little else composed. The restraint Köner shows marks him out from his contemporaries and imitators -- there are few other records that have used silence (or near silence) so effectively. Quieter passages are employed to enhance the terrifying thrill of the more abrasive, rumbling peaks and the result is a narrative of unfaltering power. For instrumental music, ambient or otherwise, Permafrost is a foundational album. The word "classic" is bandied about all too often these days, but 20 years after it was first released, Permafrost is just as powerful as it ever was, and still absolutely unmatched in the genre. Cut at Berlins Dubplates and Mastering. Strictly limited copies only." -Type
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Artist: KONER, THOMAS
Title: Teimo
Format: LP
Label: Type
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"The Type label releases a very special 2010 issue of this seminal album, the second in a series of three from Thomas Köner. Originally released in 1992 and never previously available on vinyl, Teimo is probably the most "tuneful" of Köners legendary triptych (Nunatak, Teimo and Permafrost). The submerged drones that became his signature are tempered slightly on this album, to give a hallowed, mournful edge which has been echoed on so much of todays darker ambient music. Indeed, at times throughout this cavernous album, there are hints at something orchestral in the layers of reverb and dense clouds of harrowing sound. It is hard to believe that Köner pieced this record together using recordings of gongs -- close miced to reveal their subtle overtones and resonance. At times, the resulting sound is so gloriously alien and so synthetic, that you would be forgiven for thinking it is a trick of synthesis, but the textures are always organic. Teimo is music which, like its companion pieces, inspires a rich, visual world; and if Nunatak suggested human ice exploration, then this record is set somewhere deep, deep underwater. The low-end resonance, which was later co-opted by so many drone and dark ambient practitioners, places us on the sea bed, muffled and disoriented, as sounds bubble and wash overhead. The distant sounds are almost dream-like, yet through the water, cracks of light and solace appear in the powerful harmonic elements." - Type.
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