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by Max Kuiper and Thorsten Soltau

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Mikrophagie is a concept around the importance of carefully placed acoustic movements and sonic room.

The term “mikro” is not only applied to the use of detailed and rich sound palettes but also referring to minimal movements and development over time. The power of single sources combined is the basic stone for these compositions.

The recordings are limited to a few selected loops taken from Max Kuipers raw material plus my own sounds recorded from empty record surfaces and run out-grooves.The first part centers around emotion and faith- in worn out images. The sonic movements are marked by decay and instability. A chant overlaid on the synthesized reel spools creates a hallucinogenic but also isolated feeling- despair on a double binded theory: faith and despair and the wish of mankind to keep memories away from decay and fragmentation.

The second part is more stripped, using elements from Zwölftonmusik as a chord with influences of an artificial nature created by oscillations and filter chains. Sadness is the overall theme, depicted in three tape loops running on various speeds layered on top of each other. They unspool over the time and create Reichian shifts and harmonic layers of varying degrees in frequency and loudness.

Special thanks to Max Kuiper (for sources and work), Praveer Baijal (for building the connection and belief), Rainier Lericolais & Olivier Prieur (for inspiration and feedback) and Mihkel Kleis (who kindly gave me access to the sermons of a long lost age)!

Source material from Max Kuiper and Thorsten Soltau
Recorded February-March 2014 at Lichter Raum, Grafschaft.
Additional sounds programmed by Marina Stewart on the ESE system.
Pre-mastering by Marina Stewart.

Text by T.Soltau


released April 16, 2014


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