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Faust: Fresh Air (Bureau B)

Recorded during their 2016 US tour, Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier used ever-changing ensembles from different locations on the tour to make these recordings, mated with Peron's field recordings, to blend rhythm, noise, spoken word, strong rock and blues hooks, and experimental/industrial elements; another great, eclectic Faust release!

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UPC: 4015698008579

Label: Bureau B
Catalog ID: BB 254CD
Squidco Product Code: 24005

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack
Track 1 recorded live at WMFU, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Track 2 recorded live at A1 Nico Studios, in Austin, Texas.

Track 3 recorded live at CalArts, in Los Angeles, California.

Track 4 recorded live at A1 Nico Studios, in Austin, Texas.

Track 5 recorded live at CalArts, in Los Angeles, California.

Track 6 recorded live at CalArts, in Los Angeles, California.

Track 7 recorded live at WMFU, in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Jean Herve Peron

Werner Zappi Diermaier

Barbara Manning

Jurgen Engler

Ysanne Spevack

Beata Budkiewicz

Robert Pepper

Ulrich Krieger

Michael Day

Braden Diotte

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"Jean-Hervé Péron , born in Casablanca (Morocco) in 1949 , is an artistic personality of the Channel , musician of his state.

He is a member of Faust, a German avant-garde rock band. He composes, sings and plays bass and trumpet.

Jean-Hervé Péron arrived in Cherbourg in 1951 , at the age of two. He spent his youth in Normandy until he was 18 years old. He studied, learned music theory and began to play several instruments.

In 1968 he spent some time in the United States. Returning to France in June 1968 , he wandered on the roads of Europe, fell in love with a young German and settled in the Hamburg region. In 1971 , he took part in the creation of Faust, of which he became one of the pillars. In the same year, the group released its first LP, simply called Faust , soon followed in 1972 by Faust So Far.

In 1973 , Faust signed with Virgin Records and released a new LP The Faust Tapes , followed by Faust IV (1974).

The group separated shortly afterwards and reformed in 1990.

In 1995 , Faust released a new album entitled Rien pour la label Table of the Elements. Jean-Hervé Péron is noticed with his song " Listen to the Fish" which pastiche Sû la mé , famous Norman song by Alfred Rossel. "

-Wikimanche (Translated by Google) (

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"Werner Diermaier (also known as Werner "Zappi" Diermaier) is a German drummer, best known as one of the founding members of the German krautrock band, Faust. Diermaier has remained with Faust for its entire lifespan and appears on all of their over 30 albums.

In 1969 Diermaier was a member of a German rock band called Campylognatus Citelli, with Hans Joachim Irmler (keyboards) and Arnulf Meifert (percussion). Later that year in Hamburg, at the suggestion of journalist and record producer Uwe Nettelbeck, they joined forces with another German rock group, Nukleus comprising Jean-Hervé Péron (bass guitar), Rudolf Sosna (guitar) and Gunter Wüsthoff (saxophone). The sextet became known as Faust and under the direction of Nettelbeck, they converted an old school-house near the village of Wümme, between Hamburg and Bremen into a studio, where they began working on their first album."

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"Barbara Manning (born December 12, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist whose albums blend elements of rock, folk, pop and proto-punk. She's also known for her cover versions of often obscure pop songs. In addition to an acclaimed solo career, Manning has been active in a number of bands, including 28th Day (with Cole Marquis), World of Pooh, SF Seals, and The Go-Luckys!."

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"Jürgen Engler (born October 12, 1960 in Düsseldorf-Bilk ) is a musician and producer. He was co-founder of the German punk band Male as well as the later band Die Krupps. Engler is an American citizen and lives in Austin, Texas.

Engler grew up in Düsseldorf-Bilk. He attended the Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium, which he left shortly before the Abitur without graduation. He then gave up his livelihood through occasional jobs and played in various music groups. In 1976, he founded the Punk Band Male. After years as a musician with Die Krupps and, he emigrated to the USA in the mid-1990s, where he first lived in Austin and New York for ten years as a green card holder. In the 2000s, he accepted the citizenship of the United States and abolished German citizenship. Since the end of the 2000s, Engler has been living with his wife in Austin, where he works as an established producer for Cleopatra Records.

In addition to his work as a musician, Engler is a producer for the aforementioned groups as well as for other national and international artists. Little is known, that he already held 1996 jam sessions with Dieter Moebius of Cluster and Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru, which led to the founding of the group explosion in 1997. As part of his work at Cleopatra Records he worked with musicians such as Iggy Pop, Trapt, Ministry, Stabbing Westward and Sly Stone and was involved in various Dubstep, Kraut and Space Rock projects. "

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"Ulrich Krieger is well known as a saxophone player in contemporary composed and free improvised music as well as a composer of chamber music and electronic music.

His recent focus lies in the experimental fields and fringes of contemporary Pop culture: somewhere in the limbo between Noise and Heavy Metal, Ambient and Silence.

His original compositions go back and forth between Just Intonation, Silent Music, Noise, Instrumental Electronic, often asking for elaborate amplification, and works in the limbo of Rock culture - not accepting stylistic boundaries.

Krieger developed his own, often amplified style of saxophone playing, he calls 'acoustic electronics'. He uses refined acoustic, quasi-electronic sounds, which then get processed, the saxophone often becoming more an 'analogue sampler' rather than a traditional finger-virtuoso instrument. By amplifying his instrument in various ways, he gets down to the 'grains of the sounds', changing their identity and structure from within.

Ulrich Krieger was commissioned to write works for: Soldier String Quartet, oh-ton ensemble, Ensemble United Berlin, KontraTrio, zeitkratzer, Ensemble Experimente, Seth Josel, intersax, Text of Light, and others. His compositions are widely performed by ensembles in Europe and the USA.

He has managed to transcribe and arrange Lou Reeds infamous 'Metal Machine Music', everybody thought impossible to do, for classical instruments, performed by zeitkratzer and other groups.

He also arranged works by Merzbow, Throbbing Gristle, Deicide, Terry Riley, Henry Cowell and others for chamber ensemble.

He collaborates with: Lou Reed, LaMonte Young, Phill Niblock, Text of Light, Lee Ranaldo, Phill Niblock, John Duncan, Zbigniew Karkowski, Merzbow, Thomas Köner, DJ Olive, Christian Marclay, Kasper T Toeplitz, Antoine Beuger, Radu Malfatti, Mario Bertoncini, Michiko Hirayama, Miriam Marbe, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Ensemble Modern, Berliner Philharmoniker, Soldier String Quartet, zeitkratzer, just to name a few.

Krieger has received prizes, grants and residencies from: Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Deutsches Studienzentrum Venedig e.V., Akademie der Künste Berlin, 'Meet-the-Composer' Forum New York, DAAD, Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and many others.

He lived in Berlin and New York, and was 'Composer-in-Residence' in Los Angeles, Rom, Venice, Bologna, and Townsville (Australia).

He studied saxophone, composition and electronic music at the UdK Berlin (University of the Arts) and the Manhattan School of Music New York and performed with orchestras like: Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Rundfunk-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, and many more.

Since 2007 he lives in Southern California, where he is associate professor for the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles."

-Ulrich Krieger Website (

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track listing:

1. Fresh Air 17:31

2. Birds of Texas 2:31

3. Partitur 0:22

4. La poulie 6:38

5. Chlorophyl 8:04

6. Lights Flicker 5:40

7. Fish 11:22
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"Faust's album Fresh Air differs in several respects from its predecessor, Just Us (BB 182CD/LP, 2014). The recordings were made at Jean-Herve Peron's rehearsal studio in Schiphorst in northern Germany, hypnotic pieces with the kind of noisemaking the band is known for.

For the new album, Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier were looking for communication with musician friends and the audience. The tracks were recorded in changing ensembles at changing locations in the USA (during a tour in 2016). In these community recordings, with friendly support from Peron's database of field recordings, a strongly shaded noise music emerged which extends its feelers to the remotest corners of the here and now. Droning, swinging, lusting for freedom, here and there holding out quite stoically as machine-room blues.

On board are the freely fabulous Barbara Manning in a live lecture, Jurgen Engler (Die Krupps) in overdub, and Ysanne Spevack as a wonderful wave-maker on the viola. The seven and a half minute title track begins with the poem by a French school friend of Peron (translated and recited in Polish) and ends in an industrial sound inferno. The singer cries for "Fresh Air" as if it is being taken away from him. Jean-Herve Peron offers a political reading: "Can you breathe calmly here, or are we being poisoned?" "Engajouez Vous!" Peron presents this franco-Faustian artificial word to the audience and rewrites the Marseillaise for the here and now in the track "Chlorophyl". And finally, Zappi has his mini-dada performance with "Schnobs" and "Bia": a small dialect-based text piece, which starts with chlorophyl, goes over the meadow past the cow and lands with the farmer who drinks a beer and schnapps and suddenly sees two cows.

The story of the band can tell that tale nicely. As Krautrockers, Faust had a worldwide career. On their first three albums in the early 1970s, they inhabited the vast field from improvisation to bricolage to rock'n'roll with the ease of rogues and the determination of declared sonic renegades. One can still feel the breathing of this music in current Faust pieces, in the stone-age thudding of "Fish", which Faust anticipated in 1972 on "Mamie Is Blue". "We let the music play through us," says Jean-Herve Peron. Jean-Herve Peron has a little tip for us: Listen to the fish."-Bureau B

Also available on vinyl LP.
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