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