New in our catalogue:
Asmus Tietchens / Frieder Butzmann – NNOI#2
(LP released by 90% Wasser, Berlin, 2020)
NNOI is an annual open air festival for experimental music in Großwoltersdorf, close to Berlin. Since 2016 the festival, organised by Column One’s Robert Schalinski, has seen line-ups of artists and musicians such as Limpe Fuchs, Christoph Heeman, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Felix Kubin, Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg (Uli Rehberg), Asmus Tietchens and Frieder Butzmann. The latter two composers have now been brought together on an LP, which was released on Robert Schalinski’s 90% Wasser label in September 2020. NNOI#2 is the second in a series of vinyl releases that not only documents but also elaborates the live performances of the festivals. Like the first NNOI release the gatefold sleeve is the result of a collaboration of Robert Schalinski himself, who took care of the design, and German master draughtsman Frank Diersch, who provided the artwork.
German composer, radio play and performance artist Frieder Butzmann (1954) took part in one of the NNOI festivals, where he staged his SinusToneSuite. This live recording has now been released on NNOI#2, where it is followed by his composition Da Capo, a vocal canon after J.S. Bach. On the other side of the record Stenogramme, erste Folge, by another renowned experimental German composer, Asmus Tietchens, can be heard. The composition was recorded in Audioplex Studio, Hamburg in 2020.
New archival compilation tape from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Various Artists – From the Archives Vol. 5
Fifth in a series of compiled recordigns dug up from CC’s and other archives. Vol. 5 contains:
• Ray Johnson and friends talk about throwing sixty one-foot long hotdogs from a helicopter in downtown Manhattan
• Jameson Paul Sweiger’s sound piece ‘Will the Darkness follow’ (2004)
• Sindre Bjerga’s dictaphone improvisations ‘Scrunge’, released on cassette in 2016
• Gary Snyder reading live in Hawaii, 2000
• Takehisa Kosugi – excerpt of ‘75 Letters and Improvisations’ (1993)
New from Moloko Plus:
Ziguri – Howgh Howgh Howgh
Ziguri’s history started in 1983 in West Berlin during the production of Antonin’s Artaud’s Le Théatre et son double by Theater 100Fleck. The word ziguri means peyote in Tarahumara and was mentioned by Artaud in his volume D’un voyage au Pays des Tarahumaras. The connection with the theatre has remained characteristic of this band since then. Originally conceived as the musical wing of the theatre group Ziguri Ego Zoo, the band started to operate independently as well under the moniker Ziguri in 1987. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 the band reached out to fellow musicians and actors from East Berlin, such as Ines Burdow, who features on some of the bonus tracks of this album. The core members of Ziguri are guitarist Günter Schickert, visual artist and filmmaker Udo Erdenreich and actor Dieter Kölsch. On the album Howgh Howgh Howgh the band is completed by percussionist Zam Johnson.
Howgh Howgh Howgh was released on vinyl by Adansonia Records in April 2020 while Moloko Plus released the album on CD with six bonus tracks. The uptempo music with its trance-like rhythms, chord schemes and chants has aptly been described as Zen Punk from Berlin-Kreutzberg. Howgh Howgh Howgh, give this CD a spin and your mind a twist or two.
New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Charlie Nothing – Dingulation
Charlie Nothing was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1941 as Charles Martin Simon. After having graduated from the Montclair Academy for Boys, Simon enrolled in Rutgers University, New Jersey, where he studied Agriculture and English Literature for a couple of years before dropping out in 1961. The death of Simon’s wife in 1965 left him shattered and ‘reduced to nothing’ and from that time on he focused on music, visual art and writing under the moniker Charlie Nothing. He called his homemade steel guitars, unique instruments constructed from the wrecks of American cars, ‘dingulators’. “It’s a sword-to-plowshare kind of thing,” Charlie Nothing explained, “cars to guitars.” During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s he formed a number of ‘dingulation bands’ and recorded two albums. Charlie Nothing moved to the West Coast in 1966 and lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, where he joined an organic farming community. Between 1984 and 2004 he stopped performing and focused on beekeeping and writing, which led to a dozen hand made and self-published books. Three years after having started performing again, Charlie Nothing died in Soquel, California in 2007.
The 70-minute Dingulation cassette released by Counter Culture Chronicles contains selections from the self-released cassettes The Fabulous Dingulators by The Charlie Nothing Dingulator Band (1982) and State of the Ding (1989) with fellow outsider musicians Jesse Ward Jr, John Kertis and Pat Bisconti.
A limited edition box set of this cassette has also been released by Counter Culture Chronicles. Besides the Dingulation cassette the hand numbered cardboard box contains the cassette Solo Ding and five laser printed inserts. Only 20 copies were produced of this handsome box set, which is retailed for €20,00.
New joint release from Slowscan and Counter Culture Chronicles:
Dennis Oppenheim – MOCA/FM Interview
Charles Amirkhanian talks to Tom Marioni, founder of the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco, and artist Dennis Oppenheim about the show Body Works which was to open at the museum shortly after the interview on 18 October 1970. The show was to include video works by Vito Acconci, Terry Fox, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Keith Sonnier and William Wegman, all of them sculptors involved in body art. Oppenheim describes his work Hair Piece which was to be exhibited in the show and talks about other body art pieces of his, such as Deformity. Furthermore, Oppenheim describes his artistic evolution from painting to sculpting and from there to conceptual art and video and film.