Exposé Online banner

Arbeit / Schickert / Schneider (ASS) — ASS
(Bureau B BB221, 2016, CD / LP/ DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-05-30

ASS Cover art

The first thing you notice about this album is the delicate crystalline structure of the cover art and then the molecular diagram of aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid. Then there are the track titles “37°,” “38°,” “39°,” “40°,” “41°,” “Acetyl,” “Salicyl,” and “Säure.” Tracks “37°” to “41°” are parts of one long piece that slowly heats up. I can only guess at the meaning. I did find the 37° C is the temperature at which you can dissolve aspirin in water. And 41° C (105.8° F) is the maximum temperature of the human body that can be treated with aspirin. And the final three track titles together are the chemical name of aspirin. Now, I am only guessing, but it appears that the “Acetyl” is by Arbeit, “Salycil” by Schickert, and “Säure” by Schneider. ASS is the collaboration of these three generations of renowned Berlin guitarists: Günter Schickert (born in 1949), Jochen Arbeit (born in 1961), and Dirk Dresselhaus AKA Schneider TM (born in 1970). This musical project blends Schickert’s Krautrock stylings with Arbeit’s punk rock and Dada (Einstürzende Neubaten) and Dresselhaus’ indie / house rock viewpoints to create something new. The combined 22 minutes of the temperature tracks slowly build from abstract sounds, drones, noise, and electronics to include reverbed and reversed sounds, noise bursts, metallic bells, and ultimately sequenced guitar loops to end with a Krautrock flourish. “Acetyl” has a hypnotic vibraphone loop and an improvised trumpet that intertwines with the rhythm and eventually turns melodic. “Salycil” has a strong beat, electronics, and a cool Krautrock vibe. And the closer “Säure,” with its abstract drones, reverberating chords, and high frequency electronics, can be quite harsh on the ears towards the end. Quite an interesting release perfect for the adventuresome listener.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Günter Schickert, Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM), Arbeit / Schickert / Schneider (ASS)

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Edward Ka-Spel - The Painted River of Regrets – During the Legendary Pink Dots 2008 tour they were selling Edward’s The Painted River of Regrets as a limited edition of 399 CDr copies. These were rapidly sold out and Beta-lactam Ring Records...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues