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ARTIST
TITLE
Déformation Professionnelle
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STAUB 071CD STAUB 071CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/24/2006

This is Polish drummer and electronic musician Paul Wirkus' fourth solo release, and first for Staubgold. When his previous album Inteletto D'Amore came out on the Quecksilber label two years ago, for The Wire magazine it was the most engaging and fully-formed work in the field of glitchology to that date. "What makes Wirkus such a master is his ability to show enough of the source material to allow the listener to follow the narrative journey of its processing, and to fit the digital shards and splinters which result into the music's total perspective," Keith Moliné wrote. "He never once falls into the trap of believing that it's only in this digi-scree that the art happens." All this can also easily be said about the Cologne resident's new work, Déformation Professionnelle, but that's just half the truth. Wirkus has gone a big step further. The glitch still forms the basis, but the result is much more song-structured than before, further emphasizing this sound artist's unique narrative qualities. There's hardly any programming here, with most of the tracks directly recorded live onto DAT without overdubs. Melody has become the main focus. Wirkus' background as an improvising percussionist still informs the pointillistic perfection of his output, developed through a series of serious and studied solo albums and extremely varied collaborations.