New and Recent Mikroton Releases

Source: TON.

MKM: Norbert Möslang, Jason Kahn, Günter Müller / Bangalore / Mikroton 92 / LP

Bangalore marks MKM’s fifth release for Mikroton. Recorded in concert on February 2, 2019 in Bangalore during a tour of India, this LP documents the group’s plunge in the ebb and flow of India’s intense energy. In visiting India the group found a social space which mirrored their own approach to music. Or in the words of David Tudor: Resonance is the condition whereby a tiny input autonomously cascades into a much larger output. It occurs when a small vibration interacts with the internal structure of a material and greatly increases in intensity, threatening to destroy the object if pushed beyond a certain limit. Chaos is the point at which order breaks down, when elements in an organized system start acting randomly and autonomously, creating a situation where it is impossible to predict exactly what will happen next or in what order. Both involve limits and thresholds that have been crossed, organization that breaks down, actions that go out of control, systems that collapse—creating something new and unexpected in the process.

PERIFERIYA: Christian Kobi, Tomas Korber, Kurt Liedwart, Christian Müller, Mikhail Myasoedov, Boris Shershenkov / Boundary Scan / Mikroton 93 / 2LP

How secluded can contemporaneity be? Is every art aimed at an inherent center? Are sound waves soft boundaries? Pack a bag, a sky and a bonfire log to join six exceptional musicians on their expedition to the rough and mellow edges of electronic sound. Periferiya is a Russian-swiss collaboration between Boris Shershenkov (St. Petersburg), Kurt Liedwart and Mikhail Myasoedov (Moscow), Thomas Korber (Zürich), Christian Kobi (Berne) and Christian Müller (Biel) which took place in the remote Vallée de Joux, on the border between Switzerland and France. An encounter of six related yet distinctly different approaches to music, sharing mutual roots in their appreciation for the first generation’s electronic music in Russia and Switzerland. Curated by Christian Müller, the project’s aim was to create querulent and contrasting resonances where the nothing meets the something, where the murmurs range the woods. Recorded during the Hors Normes Festival 2019, Periferiya is an ever playful and surprising sextet that takes you with a minimalistic approach through acoustic layers, through crisp sediments of electronic experiments, microsounds, improv and pop ambient, through full color sound landscapes at last.

SCHNEE: Christof Kurzmann, Burkhard Stangl / Снег / Mikroton 94 / LP

“I love plainness in colour, monotony, snow is rather a monotonous tune. Why should colour not give an impression of singing? White is like a murmur, a whisper, a prayer.” (Robert Walser). The first Schnee record appeared in 2000. 20 years later their fourth album, the first coming on vinyl (!), on Mikroton. In between these years, the laptop player, saxophonist and singer Christof Kurzmann and guitarist Burkhard Stangl went different ways, but met again and again in projects such as Schnee, together with the American spoken word recording artist Ursula Rucker or in the context of Bernhard Fleischmann’s “The Year Of”.