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5th Elephant

Lutz Glandien Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rer Megacorp
  • ASIN: B00005UPQY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Show Tools
2. Outside Locators
3. Find Original of Alias
4. Recall Zoom 3
5. The Windows Horizontally
6. Close Song Without Save
7. MIDI Machine Control
8. Punch On the Fly
9. Independent Grace
10. White Background No. 5
11. Nudge Event Position By SMPTE Frame
12. Post Changes

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BBC Review

Those of us not intimately familiar with modern recording studio techniques can only shake our heads in wonderment at the origin, evolution and ultimate result of Glandien's work on this CD.

Raw material for Glandien's manipulations comes 90% from a failed 1997 studio session with Chris Cutler (drums) and Michael Vogt (tuba), with Glandien supplying additional percussion, electronics and Midi guitar at the time. The participants judged the results a failure, and while the live concert the next day was pronounced a success, it was not recorded.

The 5th Elephant offers precious few clues as to what the group actually sounded like, because Glandien's subsequent deconstruction and reconstruction of the tapes over an ensuing three year period leaves virtually nothing intact. The music has become almost completely electroacoustic, with drums, guitar, and tuba sonically distorted to such an extent that no recognizable timbres remain save for an occasional touch of conventional percussion and something that sounds a bass trombone on one later track (obviously the tuba).

The other 10% of the source material comes from some processed voices, low frequency rumbles and "atmospherics" supplied by Glandien after the fact.

Although not exactly a household name outside of Germany, Glandien has had success in a wide variety of musical forms, from experimental electroacoustic to symphonic, and from rock to ambient. Such experience serves him well on this CD, as he uses ambient and techno forms as a springboard for something more complex and challenging, mixing in elements of electroacoustic, industrial and trance.

On several tracks, including the startlingly visceral opener, "Show Tools," Glandien produces rhythms by interrupting steady streams of noise (white, pink and otherwise), producing the disorienting effect of rhythm struggling to escape from sonic chaos rather than being imposed upon silence.

Glandien's use of rhythm is pronounced but slippery throughout; it stutters, stops and starts, and mutates, never settling into a predictable groove. The rhythmic elements are mixed adroitly with other ear candy - eerie reversed voices, a single chanted syllable, electronic murmurs and howls.

Influences and references are almost too numerous to mention, but Glandien is clearly well-schooled in the work of the pioneering French electroacoustic school - Bernard Parmigiani, Guy Reibel, Pierre Henry, Luc Ferarri, Pierre Schaeffer, Francois Bayle, and so on. But some of the more accessible music on the CD could just as easily have been rendered by Klaus Schulze, Autechere or Meat Beat Manifesto.

Glandien really occupies the best of both worlds, and he's able to inject some complexity and individuality into techno without divesting it of its emotive power. In other words, he's a popularizer who isn't slumming, and who doesn't talk down to his audience. Recommended. --Bill Tilland

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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 27 April 2012
By egm
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I do not know anything about the main figure (lutz glandian) he is described as an avantgarde composer. But do not get frightened, this album is in a strange way easy to come by. The drumset and percussive elements are mastered by Chris Cutler (Henry Cow and Pere Ubu). The album is inventive, the sound and production impressive. The main impression is an electronic work, not in the IDM - tradition or the boring bedroom laptop style, but in an organic way with lots of rythmic drive.
In my humble opinion you could call this an overseen masterpiece, not like anything else.
By the way Chris Cutler is alway a pleasure to listen to, fabulous drive and down to earth inventive, if such an expression is possible.
Check it out you will get a surprise.
I'm glad to say that I can't think of anything you could compare this album to, highly original.
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