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|ideologic organ (france) #soma 008 lp|
norbert möslang “indoor_outdoor” long playing record
- indoor_outdoor (19:26)
- hot_cold_shield (18:46)
|december 2012 release ; ... very nice to see this, a solo record from 1/2 of legendary “cracked everyday electronics” duo voice crack pop up on stephen o’malley’s (increasingly inspired) ideologic organ campaign ...|
... two pieces ; a noisy musique concrète affair (impeccable electronic interference laced with field-recorded events) & a side-length transcription of a duo concert w/ toshi nakamura recorded earlier in the year in montréal ...
|ideologic organ press release...|
|soma008 / norbert möslang|
recording and processing by norbert möslang.
mixed by norbert möslang at zackstudio .
mastered by pierre bendel at zackstudio.
toshimaru nakamura: no-input mixing board
norbert möslang: cracked everyday-electronics
recorded by eric mattson at “manif d’art” at espace 400e bell, québec 12 may 2012.
mastered by toshimaru nakamura.
vinyl cut by rashad becker at dubplates & mastering, berlin october 2012.
portrait photo by georg gatsas.
back cover photo courtesy nasa / jpl-caltech.
norbert möslang and the infinite chain reaction
|« all of life consists of vibrations, and all of these relate to particular resonances… »|
- norbert möslang
absolute deep electric-rain-forest sound atmosphere that the listener will hear on this record is the tip of the iceberg of a same rich and elaborate work process. for over 30 years, norbert möslang is making the world sounding. he does not play with things, but he allows things’ sounding. his art installations, sound performances and music records are deeply involved in the hidden world of vibrations to convert them into loud sounds and thick textures. living simultaneously in spheres of inside / outside, micro-vibrations, spacial structures, underground music venues, art galleries, underwater, glass windows, body movement, precise equalizers, insects microcosm and electronic devices; möslang constructs fascinating untrammeled worlds of both philosophical and physical power.
möslang’s music meet clearly brian eno’s words about :
|« the idea of music as a highly physical, sensual entity – music free of narrative and literary structures, free to be pure sonic experience. and the idea of music as a highly intellectual, spiritual experience»|
but this does not mean to be earnest.
the “everyday cracked-electronics” are a kind of poetry, a celebration of the banality in all of his greatness, which link voice crack to the other amazing swiss duo fischli / weiss. in the movie “the way the things go”, also made in the mid-80s, you see a chain reaction of every day objects that activate each others in a kind of huge fresco of absurdity. the film was shot without sound. the sound track was added in post production by a foley artist. thus again the sound was made by the use of other everyday objects. in the mid 80s, without knowing each others, both voice crack and fischli / weiss made the banality meeting with the marvelous.
instead of having historically unified art and musical movements, switzerland generated very idiosyncratic bands or individuals as key figures. think of celtic frost, the young gods, samael, günter müller, grauzone, yello, lilliput, les reines prochaines, christian marclay or brainticket, among others. voice crack are certainly part of this dream list!
this country is like an fractured and exploded megapolis scattered in many small parts. here you find as many underground venues and music festivals in industrial buildings of urban areas as ancient castles basements and old vineyard cellars of peripheries of urban cities.
in this context, i attempted to a voice crack gig when i was 21 in a city of 35000; in the middle ages bulwark of the city of fribourg existed the annual experimental arts festival. the concert was a path-clearing musical experience. möslang and voice crack opened to me both the ways to experimental noise music as well as sound art performance. these doors never closed and allowed to drift again and again into a continually larger and deeper endlessness; worlds of sounds and noises. but the swissness stops here. voice crack and möslang belong to a international underground current.
when looking through the rear-view mirror it’s clear that in late 70s and early 80s there weren’t many artists working with harsh noise, a list which now read as “classics” : the new blockaders, whitehouse and throbbing gristle in uk; hijokaidan, merzbow, incapacitants in japan; non, the haters in the states, among only few others.
since the break up of voice crack in 2002, norbert möslang enlarged his practice to cover all noise and experimental practices, from lo-fi “everyday-cracked-electronics”, saturation/overdrive work, performance and improvisation, field recordings and multi layered ambient-noise composition. through interconnecting heterogeneous everyday objects; linking the outside sound environment into a quiet art museum by fixing microphones to its windows; filming the underwater venice’s canal in order to set off never ending imagery flux; allowing a movie to play its own sound track by triggering photo-sensors; möslang proves to our entire nervous system that the world we inhabit is no more than infinite continuum.
to talk about “indoor_outdoor” specifically, again möslang music drives us from nothing to everything. a field recording in the water of a swiss harbour close from his house is then processed and composed these files in a studio.
the second track “hot_cold_shield” is a collaborative duo with toshimaru nakamura, the influential member of the onkyokei scene in japan, a brutal live improvisation recorded at “manif d’art” in québec this year.
- balthazar lovay. deborence, september 2012