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RESIDENTAVISOR : LUNIK Review

Frank Bretschneider's sprawling experimental discography conveys a lifelong fascination with sound design, but every so often his love of rhythm comes to the fore. Take 2007's aptly titled LP, Rhythm, or, more recently, Super.Trigger, which saw the Raster-Noton cofounder turn his hand to gnarly glitchtronica. If the preview EP for his forthcoming full-length, Lunik, is anything to go on, the new album also sits in this tougher, more accessible style. ...

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SPEX (Germany) : LUNIK Review

... Hier spricht Techno, durch einen alternden, aber wie es scheint alerten Körper. In stets minimalen, aber diversen Stücken erinnert sich Bretschneider an verschiedene Zustände und Epochen. Jeder Track endet mit einem scharfen deutschen k: so wie Kraftwerk im Namen anfangen und aufhören und als gesamtdeutsches Klischee von Technik auf der anderen Seite des Atlantiks gefeiert werden. Elektrik, Numerik, Logik, Kinetik. ...

spex.de/frank-bretschneider


NOMAMUZYKA (Poland) : LUNIK Review

... Aż trudno uwierzyć, że ten niemiecki producent tworzy od 1983 roku. Mieszkał wtedy w komunistycznym raju – w Karl-Marx-Stadt (dzisiaj Chemnitz) na terenie Niemieckiej Republiki Demokratycznej. Mimo, że tajna policja STASI skutecznie tłumiła tam wszelkie przejawy fascynacji „zgniłym Zachodem”, on uruchomił wytwórnię Klangfarbe i jej nakładem wydawał i dystrybuował kasety magnetofonowe. Znajdowały się na nich nagrania zarówno jego samego, jak i tworzonych przezeń z kolegami zespołów – AG Geige, Kriminelle Tanzkapelle czy Stein Im Brett. Była to eksperymentalna i minimalistyczna elektronika natchniona duchem Der Plan i The Residents. ...

nowamuzyka.pl/2018/frank-bretschneider


XLR8R (US) : LUNIK Review

The 11-track LP lands over 30 years after his first album, presenting a collection of hard-to-define cuts that touch influences such as San Francisco psychedelia, UK IDM, Cologne Krautrock, Berlin techno, and New York minimalism. According to the accompanying text, the album is about the "daily grind, the passing of time, the change of seasons, and relations. Reality and fiction and perception.

www.xlr8r.com/news/2018/02/frank-bretschneider


LIBERATIÓN (France) : LUNIK Review

... Ce vétéran méconnu de la musique électronique allemande revient avec «Lunik», album éclectique et épatant dans lequel il paye son tribut à la techno et aux maîtres de Kraftwerk. ...

next.liberation.fr/le-son-du-jour-236-influent-comme-frank-bretschneider


CLUBBINGSPAIN : LUNIK Review

"Representa la banda sonora de mi vida, mis influencias musicales: un poco de psicodelia de San Francisco, un poco de underground de Londres, otro de la escuela de Berlín (tanto vieja como nueva). Krautock de Colonia y milimalismo de New York. Un chupito de Detroit, un poco de polvo de Moscú, un toque del encanto de Paris? Quien sabe. Va sobre el agobio diario, el paso del tiempo, el cambio de las estaciones y de las relaciones. Realidad y ficcion y percepción".

clubbingspain.com/frank-bretschneider


THE NEW NOISE (Italy) : LUNIK Review

Frank Bretschneider, classe 1956, nato cresciuto nella DDR, è tra le altre cose uno dei tre fondatori della raster-noton. L’etichetta berlinese Shitkatapult pubblicherà il 16 febbraio 2018 un suo album (Lunik), preceduto da un ep con due tracce dello stesso (Plastik / Mechanik). Lunik sarebbe influenzato da “San Francisco psychedelia, London underground, Berlin school (old & new), Krautrock from Cologne & New York minimalism”, in pratica la colonna sonora della vita di Bretschneider.

thenewnoise.it/frank-bretschneider


Son Of Marketing (Italy) : LUNIK Announcement

Frank Bretschneider is a German musician, video artist & producer, co-founder of the prestigious Raster-Noton label & the founder of the East German underground band AG. Geige. Lunik is the new album that is out on Feburary 16th via Shitkatapult.

sonofmarketing.com/frank-bretschneider


NEVER STOP MUSIC (Mexico) : LUNIK Review

Frank Bretschneider el cofundador de Raster-Noton anunció 'Lunik'...

neverstopmusic.com/frank-bretschneider


MIXMAG RUSSIA : LUNIK Review

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SOUNDS OF A TIRED CITY : Interview w/ Frank Bretschneider

Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) is the Swedish centre for electroacoustic music and sound art. The research organization started in 1964 and is based in Stockholm with six studios and a library consisting of a large collection of books about electronic music and sound art. EMS also organizes courses, various events and artist in residence activities. Between 14-27 July, EMS hosted Frank Bretschneider who – after working more than 20 years with digital sounds – was eager to submerge into the analog technology of the legendary Buchla and Serge modular synthesizers. On this occasion, we’ve talked to the co-founder of Raster-Noton to find out more about what is so special about these machines, and his current plans to shift from digital towards analog directions. Frank explains why computer sounds made such a big impression on him when he was younger, and strolling down memory lane he also shares his experiences with mono turning to stereo, raising the question what else is out there which could make such an enormous difference within the limits of perceptible sound.

(The recordings which Frank Bretschneider did at EMS resulted in his release in 2015: Sinn + Form)

soundsofatiredcity.com/frank-bretschneider


Frank Bretschneider - Sinn + Form - Raster-Noton (Text Peter Geburt)

Wir begeben uns nach Stockholm. Seit wenigen Jahren erlaubt das dortige EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) Künstlern unkomplizierten Zugang zu seinen Buchla- und Serge-Systemen. Labelkollegin Kyoka war schon das zweite Mal dort, um sich an den Modularmonstern zu messen, Mark Fells Resultate vaporisieren zur Stunde im Sammlermarkt. Frank Bretschneider aber, wie immer, macht Musik für uns. Das Navigieren ohne Netz eines rhythmischen Rasters im Unwägbaren des Klangstroms, das die Improvisation mit Knöpfen und Kabeln ausmacht: Sinnbild der Zeitläufte zwischen »Free Market« und »Data Mining«.

hhv-mag.com/de/rfrank-bretschneider-sinn-form


Frank Bretschneider - Sinn + Form - Raster-Noton (boomkat review)

Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between alien cluster-f**k tones, the sort of stuff you'd expect to hear in an early Subotnick side, Florian Hecker's 'Acid In The Style of David Tudor', or the sounds of a burning hopi ear candle; a fizzing, complex chain reaction that practically never repeats the same musical phrase or parameters - pitch, note length, volume, tone - twice in a row. As you're probably aware, a lot of artists are turning to this process right now, but we can confidently say that few of them are producing stuff with such lucid definition, angularity and variation as Bretschneider does here. Highly recommended.

boomkat.com/sinn-form

Frank Bretschneider - Sinn + Form - Raster-Noton (bleep)

Frank Bretschneider presents this impressive full-length on Raster Noton entitled Sinn+Form, which translates to 'meaning and form.' Recorded using Buchla and Serge analog synthesizer systems at the EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Bretschneider explores the idea of a fundamentally chaotic world. This shapeless cosmos can be heard of the opening buffering noises of Crisis? What Crisis? and the computerised stochastic formulas that shape offerings like Wave Of The Week. It’s the indefinite nature of this LP that makes it such a sonic triumph; a decidedly unsystematic collection of frequencies forming a kind of odyssey of disorder.

bleep.com/rfrank-bretschneider-sinn-form

Frank Bretschneider - Sinn + Form - Raster-Noton (faze mag)

Das ist sie also: Die chaotische Welt des Frank Brettschneider. Modulare Synthies ebnen den Weg durch elektronischen Welten, die geprägt sind von Klängen, Tönen, Sequenzen, die nahezu zusammenhanglos in ein Gefüge gebracht werden (“Pattern Recognition“). Man fühlt sich an das spielerische Treiben eines Kindes erinnert, das Freude am Bedienen unterschiedlicher Tasten hat und das Maximum an Möglichkeiten und Freiheitsgraden austestet. Hierfür muss man schon Nehmerqualitäten aufweisen, um der gesamten Strecke folgen zu können. Welchen praktischen Nutzwert diese Scheibe hat und wo potentielle Einsatzbereiche definiert sind, vermag ich nicht zu beurteilen. Das ist krass, häufig zu krass.

fazemag.de/frank-brettschneider-sinn-form

Frank Bretschneider - Isolation (line)

Isolation was initially composed in 2012 as part of the installation "Zwei Zellen/Hörgang Bautzen II" by Moritz von Rappard and Thomas Ritschel at the former Stasi prison Bautzen II, in Bautzen, Germany. This notorious prison, actively used from 1956 to 1989, held political prisoners under severe incommunicado incarceration conditions.
Isolation undertakes an auditive journey along the narrow edges between the inner and outer acoustic world. This work attempts to explore and interpret the impact of longtime sensory deprivation and how this environment changes the auditory perception of prisoners as well as such effects as perceptual disorders and tinnitus.

lineimprint.bandcamp./isolation

Frank Bretschneider - Isolation (igloo magazine)

High frequencies, white noise, and sustained sub bass tones have softened over time, neutralized for most listeners of underground music. The initial audience may have found the unsteady sine waves of “Oscillation Feedback” to carry an unsettling menace, home listeners may find an ascetic comfort. While the extra-musical information suggests a working method attuned to harsh isolation, intended harshness can be easily subsumed by the contemporary listener’s ear.

igloomag.com/frank-bretschneider-isolation

Frank Bretschneider - Isolation (brainwashed)

Composed as part of a 2012 installation at a former East German prison, it should come as no surprise that Isolation is at times an intentionally off-putting, disturbing, and unpleasant piece of music. The prison, housing political prisoners and using more than questionable methods of interrogation, was in operation from 1956 to 1989, and stands as a testament to the darkness that pervaded Eastern Germany during the Cold War. Bretschneider’s work is an attempt to capture the sense of isolation and disorientation caused by the prison in audio form, and it is a resounding success.

brainwashed.com/frank-bretschneider-isolation

Frank Bretschneider - Super.Trigger (Groove)

In 14 Jahren Labelgeschichte ist Super.Trigger das gerade mal dritte Album des Raster-Noton-Mitgründers Frank Bretschneider für seine Heimatplattform. Aber Bretschneider probiert auch viel zu gern rum, als dass er sich ausschließlich Kader und Ästhetik des Labels unterwerfen könnte. Und so ist er eher so etwas wie das frei laufende Kernmitglied von Raster-Noton. Dabei ist Super.Trigger, nach Ausflügen zum Washingtoner Label Line und zu, ausgerechnet, den Krawallelektronikern Shitkatapult, zugleich die gradlinigste, juvenilste und drängendste Arbeit des 1956 geborenen Chemnitzers: auf granuliertem Hip-Hop basierende Beats, vollgeladen mit Mikromelodien, Springfedersounds und rockenden Quäkesynthesizern.

groove.de/frank-bretschneider-super-trigger



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