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Marhaug, Lasse / Jerome Noetinger: Top (erstwhile)

A tribute to late experimental sound artist Peter Rehberg (Pita) from collaborators and friends Lasse Marhaug and Jérôme Noetinger, ten recordings of wildly creative, slippery electronics, crunching sound bunts, rapid fire electronic turmoil and tapehead jamming, ending with a beautifully drifting tribute to an artist who widely influenced modern sound culture.

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: Erstwhile 093
Squidco Product Code: 32048

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded Sortland/Rives September-November 2021


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Jerome Noetinger-Revox, modular synth, CD player

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"Lasse Marhaug (b. 1974) has since the early 1990s been one of the most active artists in the Norwegian noise/experimental music scene. As a performer and composer he has contributed to well over 300 CD, vinyl and cassette releases over the years, as well as extensive touring and performing live on all continents of the world. In addition to his solo work, Marhaug has collaborated with several artists in the fields of noise, experimental, improv, jazz, rock and extreme metal, as well as working with music and sound for theatre, dance, installations, film and video. In the mid-90s Marhaug started TWR Tapes (still going) and Jazzassin Records (ended 2001). In the 2000s he started the record labels Pica Disk and Prisma Records. In 2011 he started his own print publishing called Marhaug Forlag. He has also been active as an organizer, promoter and producer. Marhaug was born in the northern regions above the arctic circle of Norway, but currently lives in Oslo."

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"Born April 1966, in Marseille, Jérôme Noetinger discovered experimental music under the influence of the Déficit Des Années Antérieures in Caen. Composer/improviser/sound artist working with electroacoustic devices. Composing sometimes musique concrete in the studio, and performing improvised music using electroacoustic devices such as: the reel to reel tape recorder Revox A77 and magnetic tape, analogue synthesisers, mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household objects and home-made electronica. Performing both solo and in ensembles, and collaborating often, and touring extensively internationally. Director of Metamkine, non-profit organisation dedicated to the distribution of improvised and electroacoustic music, which operates with an on-line mail order catalogue. Member of editorial committee of quarterly journal of contemporary sound, poetry and performance, Revue & Corrigée since 1987 Studied electronic music under the direction of Xavier Garcia from 1986 -1988 at COREAM in Fontaine. Organises studio workshops and conferences around such subjects as: musique concrete, improvisation, audiovisual experiments, questions of distribution and production. Active in the international music network since 1984 working with music, dance, films and painting Member of 102 rue d'Alembert, programming coordinator of exhibitions, concerts and experimental cinema from 1989 -1998 [bio continues...]"

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track listing:

1. 004 + Fade 1:50

2. 005 2:43

3. 009 1:44

4. Acid Tape 5:12

5. SP///TOP 5:39

6. Croissant With Ham 7:46

7. A1181 A1370 2:00

8. Kebab CD 5:46

9. Get Up Early 4:33

10. Trk3_GS_GO 7:03
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"when our friend and inspiration Peter Rehberg passed suddenly in July 2021, I felt like I had to do something, and what I'm good at is something Peter deeply loved, producing records. so I put together this project with some of his longtime collaborators and friends, Lasse and Jérôme, Marcus Schmickler mastering and Tina Frank designing.

it's titled Top for multiple reasons but one is that Top was often Peter's entire reply to a message you'd sent, both concise and supportive. a second is that it can also be read 'To P', we miss you buddy."-Jon Abbey

"I still haven't come to accept that we're living in a world with no Peter Rehberg. His passing last summer was an absolute shock. It hit us all so hard. His music, the labels he ran, how he ran them, his knowledge and love for electronic music, his attitude, approach and work ethic. His influence in the three decades he performed, recorded and released music can not be overrated. He often tried to downplay it, but we all knew how much he meant. But most of all we'll miss his persona - that dry British sardonic humour mixed with genuine enthusiasm and endless generosity.

The last time I met him in Vienna he was appalled that I didn't bring records to trade and didn't have time to come visit his office ("What?? No product exchange??") He truly was a parameter for how electronic music was doing at any time. Now he has stepped out of time, and I don't know quite where that leaves us. My guess is he'd want us to keep making weird new music, so when Erstwhile asked if me and Jérôme would be up for recording a duo album in his memory it seemed the way to make sense of the way forward.

We discussed the qualities of Peter's music - his love for rhythmic pulse-oriented materal, icy drones, his anti-musician approach (which often results in the most interesting music, just stripped of vanity), his love for abrupt jump cuts and odd album sequencing. We decided to make the album in the same way he worked, to not multi-track or overly polish the material, just try to capture the ideas in their raw state and trust in them.On my end I decided to use several old Macbooks, which all worked but had moody SuperCollider patches that only worked on those OS systems, with idiosyncrasies I had to relearn. I remember Peter saying he stopped working with laptops when they became too stable and reliable, and trying to create music on a nearly 20 year old Macbook in his honour, I understand what he meant. That the unpredictable element is crucial to the creative process. Now we suddenly have no Peter Rehberg, which seems like the hardest jump cut of all."-Lasse Marhaug, February 2022

"A long time collaboration between Mego and Metamkine.

A long time collaboration as musicians inside or outside of MIMEO.

A long time social collaboration around beers and wine (before he stopped).

And even with this you realized you don't know the people so well.

I've always thought of Peter as a sort of ugly duckling who disrupts the established order only to reveal that he's much more than that, a genius of constantly evolving sound and limitless organisation"-Jérôme Noetinger

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