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ARTIST
TITLE
Aus Freude Am Elend
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
DIESTADT 105CD DIESTADT 105CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/5/2008

Eleventh part in the ongoing re-release series of all early Tietchens albums between 1980-1991. Aus Freude Am Elend is based on the human voice as a primary sound source and was originally released in an edition of 500 copies on Dom America in 1988. The CD includes two previously-unreleased tracks and comes in a jewel case with full color artwork and poster booklet also featuring the original front and back cover. First edition of 600 copies. "Following my research of piano and water sounds, it didn't come as a surprise that my next project was about the human voice as a sound source. The great masters of Plunderphonics already showed the way in the early '80s, when they plundered the gigantic junk-shops packed full of already recorded material, which was stolen by them to use it for their own aesthetic targets. This album only consists of such stolen goods. Each track (with the exception of 'In Memoriam P.F.') was based on voices of people who I naturally didn't ask their permission to use these recordings in the first place. So you can hear the voices of ecstatic religious people as well as other people making love. You'll also hear someone singing to Annette and Peggy out of the trash bin of a publishing company. Even the screams of furious teachers came in handy while I made loops from them. Especially loops: rarely before this album and only once after it did I made use of the structural means of loops to such an extent. I was fascinated by the rhythmical and harmonic permanence, in the same way as many of my musical colleagues at the time. The aspect of the 'ritual' was a self-evident common formulation in difficult music during the '80s, so loops and tape voices, monotonous rhythms and LoFi became obvious means to shape the music. Aus Freude Am Elend too was strongly spiced with these ingredients and therefore can be seen as a prototype album of this specific view of music during the time. This tendency was supported -- even partly inspired -- by a new generation of sound machines, which also made it possible for new aesthetic goals to appear at the horizon. The '90s were near at hand and sound art music would develop drastically in many ways in the years to follow. Samplers, digital editing, hard-disc recording and the first PCs opened new doorways. Half of the material on Aus Freude Am Elend was already created with these digital tools. I never quite understood how the labels Dom America (run by Jon Carlson) and Dom here in Germany were connected. Was Carlson a fan of Dom which was founded by Christoph Heemann and Achim Flaam? Did he simply like the release politics of this label? And what became of Dom America? Actually I don't know. I guess it was one of the small enthusiastic independent labels which released a handful of titles and which disappeared after being active for a couple of years during the '80s. However ,Aus Freude Am Elend had vanished shortly after its release. I only used 'stolen' voices twice again after this album, by the way."