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Catalog ID: FORCD1344
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Recorded at Festival Controindicazioni, Roma, Italy 15.10.2000, and at vii. szünetjel festival, Budapest, Hungary 01.12.2000
Andy Guhl-cracked everyday electronics
Norbert Moslang-cracked everyday electronics
Gunter Muller-selected percussion, MD's, electronics
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"Although the duo Voice Crack has performed with percussionist Gunter Muller before, this is the first time they have recorded together without additional musicians. The results are mixed, in part because of the limited palette. Voice Crack is, of course, Norbert Moslang and Andy Guhl, who have perfected the art of using twisted "everyday electronics" for musical effects. While their concept is theoretically sound, sometimes they appear surprisingly lame, with repetitive rhythms and ambient tones. Often, though, they hit the mark with crackles and snaps that subvert the landscape. You might understandably misconstrue them for battle-scarred bombs that fill the air with unabashedly bombastic platitudinous airs. Yet there is a simple charm, too, an endearing restlessness that relentlessly pursues the cracks and valleys, filling them with strange noises and oppressively radical spurts and clusters. It is impossible to tell who's who, but the finished product is best heard as acollective outreach, one that dispenses with traditional notions and embraces the short-wave radio on the loose. Nothing is sacred, as static, silence, noise, and irritating scratches take the forefront. For those who like chili in their coffee, this is the perfect fix, with scratch-like precision and industrial effrontery subduing conservative harmony."-Steve Loewy, allmusic.com
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"Norbert Möslang (born October 6, 1952 in St. Gallen ) is a Swiss improvisational musician (soprano saxophone, double bass clarinet, live electronics) and violin maker.
Möslang had piano lessons. He then learned autodidactically soprano saxophone and double bass clarinet. From 1972 worked for 30 years with Andy Guhl in a duo; Since 1984 they went on the road as a voice crack. With Erik M and Günter Müller, the duo expanded into the ensemble poire_z.
Möslang increasingly used "cracked" everyday electronics in his improvisations; He intervenes in the circuitry of everyday objects, re-connects them, "cracks their code" as he calls it, and converts them into musical instruments. He also played with Barbetomagus, Jim O'Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, Carlos Zingaro, Irene Schweizer, Kurt Liedwart and Jason Kahn. He also composes film music. For his work on Peter Liechti's documentary The Humours of Insects, he won the Swiss film prize in 2010.
Möslang also works as a photographer."-Wikipedia translated by Google (and assisted by Squidco) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norbert_Mslang)
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"Born München, Germany, 1954; drums and electronics. Though born in Germany, Günter Müller has lived in Switzerland since 1966. From 1981 he has been playing a unique drum set with a mobile pick-up and microphone system of his own invention which allows hand-generated sounds on drums and percussion to be modulated electronically. Since 1998 minidiscs, and since 2002 an ipod, have been included in his electronic set. Nowadays he often plays ipod and electronics only.
Müller was a founding member of the trio Nachtluft, with Andres Bosshard and Jacques Widmer, a group that have created sound-installations and sound-architecture, and of the electronic quartet POIRE_Z with Erik M and Voice Crack. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts: solo; in ad-hoc groupings; and often in duo with, among others, Taku Sugimoto, Jason Kahn, Steinbrüchel, Norbert Möslang, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tomas Korber, Lê Quan Ninh, Keith Rowe, Erikm, Carlos Zingaro, Sachiko M, Michel Doneda and Fabrice Charles. Günter Müller runs the record label For 4 Ears.-European Free Improv (EFI) (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mmuller.html)
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