Absolute Relative Music/Incredible Familiar Music


Die Taubnessel presents Incredible Familiar Music and Absolute Relative Music, two LPs by ex-Faust drummer Arnulf Meifert & Family, issued in an edition of 150 copies. Also includes a large 60-page book of drawings by the controversial artist Klaus Holzmann. "Silence and deliberateness are luxuries today. Most relevant music now is speedy and noisy, fuel and gas for the rot-machine called modern civilization. All has become a style and is designed for a special audience. Recording our musical pieces was just 'fun,' we had no intention, we will not repeat it. We had and have no ambition to be avant or post or what else. In fact I can't play violin or piano, I cannot read any notes. As a drummer, I'm an old-fashioned self-taught person and have no intention to change that at age 69. Same thing with my wife Franziska, playing guitar and flute quite a little... Our music has no concept, no plan, no composition, it's all improvised and a form of communication and, as far as that, 'primitivistic,' Music is communication, with others or oneself: You whistle in the woods or in a street at night when you're afraid, you shout with joy or squeak in your orgasm. Of course my few months with Faust in 1971 were a good apprenticeship after my drumming in the '60s with all kinds of jazz and soul music. Then for 35 years I had other things to do, with the exception of 'Panisches Liederbuch' in 1988 for the 50th birthday of Günter Brus. On that afternoon in spring 2008, some years after we did Incredible Familiar Music, we had only a few hours before going to the movies. We put a very old recording machine on the table of our living-room, a tape-recorder so technically simple that you had to press the trigger all the time for moving 'fast forward' or 'rewind'... We began to play our first piece, then I had the idea to counterpoint it with a machine piece on a Tilo Ettls apparatus and just went on with the a/b alternation of mechanical sound and unplugged music on several instruments, toys etc., until it was time to go." --Meifert, Hohengebraching, 2012