Steinbrüchel – Mit Ohne – 8CM CD – 12K

Swiss ultra –minimalist micro-tonal genius, Steinbrüchel delivers once again on a brief 18 minute outing on 12k’s newly formed “Limited” series, in which artists are given the chance to release, or re-release rare and unheard gems from their archives, “under the radar”, an edition of only 500 copies. Steinbrüchel digs deep into his recent history to unravel the beauty of Mit Ohne, originally billed as a collaborative audio visual installation in 2003, with visual materialisations courtesy of Yves Netzhammer, whose visual stills also come attached to the beautifully restrained pouch housing this little CD. There are five separate movements or segments to this piece, each overlapping the next, to form a singular sound trail.

Steinbrüchel’s now trademark cleanliness and precision are here demonstrated in their early stages, and Mit Ohne perhaps represents a developmental stage prior to his first large scale release, <<circa>> , released on L-NE in 2003 also.

Steinbrüchel masterfully invokes gently simmering atmospheres with tone clusters and textural filaments that swell and bubble beneath a surface of rich tonalism, and cross-phased patterns of sound that warble and fizz, adding a measured glitch element to his warm tonalisms.

At 18 minutes, Mit Ohne is of course, way too short, but these are the precious moments that we have learned to savour when offered up by such an accomplished artist – add to that, one of 12K’s very fine grey T-shirts worn on the occasion of the first listening, designed by the man himself, and I find myself swept up in a sea of immersive minimalism. Absolutely essential. BGN


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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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