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A concept record from Gaudenz Badrutt (electronics & synth) and Christian Muller (electronics & contrabass clarinet), starting with an improvised piece which is then resampled live into 6 new pieces, changing the character with each pass, and presented in reverse order.
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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: 48
Squidco Product Code: 21974
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Biel/ Bienne Switzerland in 2014 and 2015 by the artists.
Gaudenz Badrutt-electronics, sunthesizer
Christian Muller-electronics, contrabass clarinet
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1. Rimese 10:16
2. Erisem 5:33
3. Merise 11:42
4. Iserme 6:54
5. Xermi 3:38
6. Emries 6:14
7. Semeri 5:50
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"X as the unknown, X as a reference to time. X as a definite position between possibility and contingency. The album X by the Swiss band Strøm works with remix as a method, explores the potential of the origin. Or the result's? The work on the concept album started with an improvised piece by Gaudenz Badrutt (analog synthesizer) and Christian Müller (contra bass clarinet and live effects). In a process of intense live sampling by Badrutt and Müller the starting material was used again, was turned, played, twisted, cut. The result were two different pieces which were respectively remixed twice. One original, six times reworked in layers. What unfolds on the album X is the excitement of the beginning, of exploring the traces, of returning to the unknown. Its structure reflects the process of thinking forwards and backwards at the same time: it starts with the last remixes and ends with the first piece.
X frames different levels of abstraction, of focus, of examining the duo's wide range of musical languages - noise, drone, deconstruction, analog electronics and digital potential, acoustic and processed sound material. Despite the conceptual rigor, X is a playful and improvised, light and subtle re-interpretation and re-flection of the band's musical universe. With their 11th album, the two musicians behind Strøm propose their very own axis to map the possibilities of immediate play and the consistency of instant composing.
In 2016, Gaudenz Badrutt and Christian Müller are working together as Strøm for 15 years. Founded in 2001, the band has played numerous concerts all over Europe and realized many musical and interdisciplinary projects."-Mikroton
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"Christian Müller, born in 1971 near Basel, Switzerland, is clarinettist and electronic-musician. He completed his classical studies at the Conservatory for Music & Theater Berne in 1996 with a teacher's diploma and in 1998 with a Reifediplom (Master).
During the last fifteen years Christian Müller worked mainly as improvising electronic-musician, electro-acoustic bass-clarinettist and composer with a conceptual approach. He realized numerous works with the duo strøm (with Gaudenz Badrutt, electronics, since 2000) and also in national and international projects. As member of strøm and as a solo musician he created several sound installations and audiovisual pieces and also worked in multimedia-based contexts with dancers and performers. Since 2010 he works with the writer Regina Dürig as Butterland, an interdisciplinary project that combines text and sound. Furthermore he works continously in various contexts and in various bands like DEER, IMO, Convulsif or Infest.
He collaborates and has collaborated in diverse constallations for concerts and multimedia-based works, a. o. with the musicians Martin Schütz, Hans Koch, Tomas Korber, Diatribes, Jonas Kocher, Burkhard Beins, Clayton Thomas, Oren Ambarchi, Bertrand Gauguet, Michel Doneda, Flo Götte, Norbert Möslang, Günter Müller, FM Einheit, toktek, Simon Berz, Nicole Johänntgen, Peter Conradin Zumthor, Lionel Friedli, Lê Ninh Quan, Mitsuaki Matsumoto, Strotter Inst., dieb13, Susanna Gartmayer, Patricia Bosshard, Loïc Grobéty, Yan Jun, Yan Yulong, Cristián Alvear, Sergio Merce, Loenel Kaplan, Federico Barabino, Fernando Perales...
Solo and as member of Strøm, DEER and Convulsif he toured through northern, central and Eastern Europe, China, Chile and Argentina.
He was invited to play at serveral festivals a.o. at Spinafest St.Petersburg 2016, Festival Les Nuits du Beau Tas Bruxelles 2016, Zasavje Noisefest International Trbovlje 2016, "Drei Tage Strom" (IGNM & Musikpodium) Zürich 2015, IOIC-MARATHON 2015, Neue Musik Markt Bern 2015, Akouphène Genf 2014, Sonic Mountains - Swiss Noise & Sound Culture Bern 2014, Noches de los Muertos Wien 2012, Remake Belgrad 2012, "Zwei Tage Zeit" (IGNM ZH, WIM & Musikpodium) Zürich 2012, IOIC-MARATHON 2012, 'Lange Nacht der elektronischen Musik' (Dampfzentrale Bern) 2011, Transmediale Berlin 2009, Zoom-In Bern 2008, Rue du Nord Lausanne 2008, Schweizer Tonkünstlerfest Zürich 2007, Taktlos/Tonart Bern 2006, Norberg Festival (Schweden) 2006, Ear We Are Biel 1999 & 2001.
As Member of the IOIC-Impro-Collective he was 2012 on tour in China and 2013 guest in the supporting program of Art Basel, Hongkong.
Since 2002 he composes regularly music for theater/dance productions a. o. for the Vienna based compagnie NadaProductions ("WAR" & "Dance & Resistance") and in the team of the director Barbara-David Brüesch at Staatstheater Stuttgart (D), Schauspielhaus Wien (A), Staatsschauspiel Dresden (D), Staatstheater Mainz (D), Schauspielhaus Graz (A), Stadttheater Bern (CH), Basler Theater (CH), Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zürich (CH).
He has collaborated with non-musical-artists (performancers, dancers, authors, visual artists) like Daniel Zimmermann, Amanda Piña, Alexandra Mabes, Nicolás Spencer, Haus am Gern, Verena Lafargue, Katharina Vogel, Heike Fiedler, Philipp Boë ...
Several grants, residencies & prices, a.o. 2015 a residency for composition by STV/ASM in Casa Pantrova Carona, 2015 residency with Butterland in Halka Art Projekt Istanbul, 2016 & 2013 residency with Butterland in herhusid in Siglufjördur Iceland, 2014 "Childhood Stories" by Butterland wins the prize of the jury for the best experimental piece at sonOhr Hörfestival, 2010 commission for composition "Musik & Tanz" by Pro Helvetia, 2009 grant for composition by SSA, 2006 residency with Strøm on Lofoten Islands, 2004 with Strøm first price at the concours de reding by STV, 2002 reward 'coup de coeur' by the committee for music of the kanton bern.
Several substantial financial supports by the city of biel and the kanton of bern for works by as solo musician, by Strøm and by Butterland. Several financial supports by Pro Helvetia for tours and concerts as solo musician, the duo Btterland and for his bands Strøm, DEER and Convulsif.
Additionally to his music, Christian Müller regularly organizes concerts and festivals, among them the festival Ear We Are, an international festival for improvised music in Biel, Switzerland. He also curates the label deszpot, a place for outer limits and experimental works.
Christian Müller lives as a freelance musician in Biel, Switzerland."-Christian Muller Website (http://www.christianmueller.me/biography.html)
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