Unsung Records has released a free Christmas Compilation that will be available for download until the 26th December. Centrozoon have contributed three tracks, and among the other featured artists are my friends Bernhard Wöstheinrich (The Redundant Rocker), Adrian Benavides, Alex Dowerk (ZweiTon), Lee Fletcher and Yoshi Hampl.
Here’s “A Listener’s Guide to centrozoon” that artist Whitney Leary compiled.
It’s made up from tour photos and excerpts of the round table discussion that Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Erik Emil Eskildsen, Lee Fletcher and I recorded for DEGEM’s web radio this summer. The background music is “Field 2” from our Lovefield album.
You can listen to or download the full one hour discussion here.
I’m neck deep in projects and work, so while I don’t have much time to blog I’m happy to be able to at least point to a couple of new things to listen to and watch.
Namgar preview track
new centrozoon videos
Whitney Leary, the visual artist who has already produced two videos for centrozoon’s Boner MF (Mauls of Reclining and The Yeah Winces) and two for Fire (watch and read Whitney’s statement about them in this blog post), has released another two for Boner AB.
By Us (AB version)
Weak Spelling (AB version)
Markus Reuter interview
Mark Ashby of ProgTopia podcast has interviewed my friend and collaborator Markus Reuter. The interview touches on centrozoon’s way of approaching music among many other of Markus’ activities. Very recommended listening.
Older Than God
Markus’ many activities are also the subject of Lee Fletcher’s documentary feature film “Older Than God”, which is being released in monthly episodes. The first two are now up at www.olderthangod.com.
Further reading and listening
If all of this is not enough, I’ve updated the Press page of my website with a few recently arrived reviews and articles. Also still fresh: this radio chat with Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Erik Emil Eskildsen, Lee Fletcher and me.
The centrozoon/Boner chat with Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Tobias Reber, Lee Fletcher and Erik Emil Eskildsen that we recorded for the DEGEM web radio is now archived on the iapetus-store.com Bandcamp site for free streaming/download (language: English; running time: 54’30”). You can also just play it here:
For more info on Boner see this blog entry about its making and this one for a run-down of how we’re financing the album (yes, that’s present tense - we’re still a little way from breaking even, so if you enjoy what we do and would like to contribute to our efforts we invite you to head over to www.centrozoon.de and order one of the exclusive packages.)
liner notes and credits
Bernhard Wöstheinrich (centrozoon)
Tobias Reber (centrozoon)
Erik Emil Eskildsen (a close friend of cz)
Lee Fletcher (mastering engineer for “Boner” and long time cz collaborator)
Recorded on July 19th, 2012 via Skype conference call
Cut up by Markus Reuter
Thank you to Michael Harenberg and www.degem.de.
Markus Reuter: touch guitar, electronics
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: synthesizer
Tobias Reber: electronics
There’s a new two hour long feature on centrozoon currently airing at the web radio of the DEGEM, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik (German Society for Electroacoustic Music) which is hosted by the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. It’s airing about once every 8-10 hours during the whole of August and September. You can look up the schedule here (we are feature B) and listen at www.degem.de - just click play on the website’s stream player.
The feature is made up of excerpts of a Skype chat that Bernhard and I had with centrozoon collaborator and “Boner” mastering engineer Lee Fletcher and our friend Erik Emil Eskildsen. We got the chance to talk about our band, our current music and out thoughts about it. Markus edited the discussion and interspersed it with music from centrozoon’s “Boner (MF Version)”. We will make the feature available as a download once it goes off air in October.
Thanks to Michael Harenberg at DEGEM for offering us the slot.
Logan, Utah based visual artist Whitney Leary has created these two beautiful new videos for some of centrozoon’s “Fire” live recordings: Fire 4 and Fire 8. I’ve asked Whitney for a brief statement about creating these videos, and this is what he sent me:
“These video’s were shot using a Canon Powershot SD1400 IS (a fairly cheap camera), in video mode of course. The only manipulation of the footage is time stretching, any artifacts are strait from capturing. The music centrozoon does is very electronic, some might question why I would put electronic music with nature video. Well nature and technology bode high intelligence any way you look at it in my opinion, I see the smartest things (technology and us) we have to take into the wilderness, and the world the Divine left us as being highly spiritual bed fellows. Complementary intelligents. Both very inspiring to take in as well as to use to create, art. Try taking your copy of centrozoon music on your headphones, and walk in the park, in the woods, and take a camera. Try and see what the music and the moment inspire you to find, capture it, I bet you will love the experience as much as I do. centrozoon moves.”
centrozoon is releasing “Fire” today, an improv session from June 2011. It’s available for free listening or as a 6€ download at http://iapetus-store.com/album/fire.
All revenue will go towards the Bonestarter campaign, which I’ve written about in the blog post “This is how we do it”. In addition to the audio release there is free video footage for Fires 2, 3, 4 and 8 on the centrozoon Youtube channel.
liner notes and credits
“Fire” documents the complete evening of centrozoon recordings at the foyer of Gütersloh’s town hall in June 2011.
Taking place five months ahead of the “We Will Tongue You 2011/2012” Tour, the Fire session was scheduled with the primary intention of recording audio and video material to promote centrozoon’s renewed intention of presenting their music live, and to acquire more gigs for the tour. It also marked the band’s first time playing together in over 18 months, so while there was no audience present, the recordings served both as a “sound check” and as way to shorten the wait until the tour.
The revenue from this release will go to support Bonestarter, our homemade crowdsourcing campaign to finance our latest studio album “Boner” which was released on May 9, 2012.
centrozoon - Fire
Recorded and filmed on June 14, 2011 at Rathausfoyer, Gütersloh, Germany
Mastered by Lee Fletcher, Paignton UK
Thank you: Rathaus Gütersloh, Wolfgang Hein, Mia Plaßmann
Released July 14, 2012
Bernhard and I performing/presentating/discussing centrozoon at Capella Hospitalis, Bielefeld, Germany on Monday, July 2. Wonderful location but just a handful of people in the audience. The trip was well worth it, though: it’s always good to spend time with Bernhard, the improv recordings from the previous day are fab, there was time to talk about how to proceed with the band, and the presentation is an experience we can build on.
Photo by Olaf Tilsner.
Cooperativa Neue Musik, a sound art community in Bielefeld, Germany has invited my band centrozoon to present our work on July 2, 2012 as part of the Jour Fixe series of artist talks. Bernhard and I will be there (Markus is on tour with The Crimson ProjeKct) to play music and to talk about the band’s history, approaches and the new album “Boner”.
The presentation will take place at the Capella Hospitalis, Teutoburger Straße 50, 33602 Bielefeld, Germany - www.capella-hospitalis.de.
Also, as a reminder in case you’re not watching the European Football/Soccer championship finals tonight (July 1st), you might want to tune in to this centrozoon broadcast at 8 PM CEST.
centrozoon “Fire” - online broadcast of the upcoming live album at www.welle303.com this Sunday, July 1st, 8 pm CET
“Fire” documents the complete evening of recordings at the foyer of Gütersloh’s town hall in June 2011.
Taking place five months ahead of the “We Will Tongue You Tour 2011/2012” with its 13 concerts in five countries (including a homecoming gig as part of the the Gütersloher Polyphonie concert series), the Fire session was scheduled with the primary intention of recording audio and video material to promote centrozoon’s renewed intention of presenting their music live, and to acquire more gigs for the tour. It also marked the band’s first time playing together in over 18 months, so while there was no audience present, the recordings served both as a “sound check” and as way to shorten the wait until the tour.
“Fire” was released for free to supporters of Bonestarter, the band’s homemade crowdsourcing campaign to finance their latest studio album “Boner”, on June 1, 2012. It will be available to the wider public on July 14, 2012 on centrozoon’s Bandcamp page, with all revenue going towards the Bonestarter campaign - which is still running and offering a variety of deluxe “Boner” packages at www.centrozoon.de.
Video footage from Fire 8 and three more tracks on centrozoon’s Youtube channel.
The audience is cordially invited to to chat and discuss with the musicians Tobias Reber and Bernhard Wöstheinrich at http://welle303.com/chat (Markus Reuter is not available since he is currently on a US tour with the Crimson Projekct).