Ejnar Kanding / Frank Bretschneider: Auxiliary Blue
27 April 2013
Headphone CommuteThe first release in this column which grabbed my attention
is the one by Ejnar Kanding and Frank Bretschneider. The former is a Danish electro-acoustic composer known for intermixing visual and auditory mediums. The latter is none other than co-founder of the German raster-noton label (along with Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai), with a multitude of releases on Mille Plateaux, 12k, and Line. The release collects the duo's cooperative works, where one artist works with the materials of the other.
The result includes some strikingly dark, tense and obscure cinematic pieces, most notable of which is Auxiliary Blue, an audio-visual installation originally commissioned for the Dexia skyscraper in Brussels, and in 2008 adapted by Kanding as an electro-acoustic piece for bass clarinet, percussion, violin and double bass (executed by members of Kanding's 'Contemporánia' ensemble). As you can expect from the master of the staple raster-noton sound, the intricate micro glitchy clicks are sprinkled throughout a repetitive and hypnotic rhythm of acoustic instruments. A challenging but cohesive minimalist record.