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Artist: RENE HELL
Title: Lucifer Pt. II
Format: Cass
Label: Arbor
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Jeff Witschers Rene Hell has been steadily developing a hybrid form of digital synthesis; existing in a space of inquiry somewhere between science fiction futurism, baroque classicism, and minimal techno machination.  Almost as if an equal consideration has been placed on the past as the future; cancelling their effects, channeling both through the present.   Syncopated patterns interweave with a distinct precision; constantly developing, mutating.  Recorded Summer 2010 in Vienna, Austria.  In an edition of 150 copies with professionally duplicated/imprinted cassettes and cardstock covers designed by Witscher." -Arbor
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Artist: RENE HELL
Title: Vanilla
Format: LP
Label: Pan
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell is a notoriously unique artist and nomadic SoCal everyman. An avid chess player, he occupies the role of both trickster and aesthete, an embodied example of a time where experimental ideas and attitudes switched fluidly between the club and gallery. Travel is a central theme of his work, with the digital and minimalist palette on Vanilla Call Option built while on the move between airports, performance spaces and public libraries. In his own words, Witscher attempted to construct "vertical narratives" that at times evoke the musique concrète of Bernard Parmegiani and probing electronic experiments of Charles Dodge. Rejecting melody to form a new language of timbre, timing and flight, these crisp compositions oscillate between flux and grandeur, piercing synthesis and meditative piano, strings, and voice." - Pan.

Artist: RENE HELL
Title: The Terminal Symphony
Format: LP + CD
Label: Type
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
"Includes a 40-minute bonus CD, The Hilton, featuring previously-unreleased material. Since Porcelain Opera (TYPE 077CD), his debut for Type, U.S. noisenik Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell has put out a whole series of collaborations, 7"s, tapes and splits. Looking to his love of classical minimalism, Jeff took it as the starting point for this new record. The result is a deeply electronic rendition of a classical electronic formula; the digital and analog synthesizer and drum machine sounds that brought Porcelain Opera to life are reframed and transferred into a very different compositional structure. The Terminal Symphony is Jeffs attempt to write tighter, more composed pieces of music -- something of a reaction against the glut of long, often-flabby drone compositions that have become a mainstay in the scene. The pieces here are short, concise, and packed full of ideas that can take multiple listens to unravel, and the album as a whole is almost obsessively structured and complex. Each side of the record is composed very specifically with a beginning, middle and an end, and when we begin with the familiar grunt and grind of "Chamber Forte," it is only mere minutes before the track dissolves into the main theme of the album. An appropriate enough comparison might be arch-recluse Aphex Twin, but there is no pandering to dance music culture here. Rather, Jeff has used his enviable background in noise, punk and synthesizer music to come up with something totally removed from the current Kosmische revival. The album comes to a close with the hauntingly melancholy and purposefully referential "Adagio For String Portrait." The dancing synthetic blips that pirouette across Witschers mournful electronic waves not only re-enforce the decades-long love affair between electronic and classical music, but help to define it in 2011." -Type
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