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Jörg Thomasius / Lars Stroschen — Tonart Drei
(Tonart Berlin no#, 1993, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 1993-12-31

Tonart Drei Cover artDrei is the third avant garde electronic collaboration between Lars Stroschen (AKA Propeller Island) and Jörg Thomasius. Whereas Ein also included Conrad Schnitzler’s playful contributions, Drei is a more uniform work. The 13 tracks are equally divided between the two composers with Lars contributing most of the odd numbered and Jörg most of the even numbered compositions. This alternating aspect juxtaposes the composers’ differing styles in such a way that the music flows from piece to piece without ever boring the listener. What rapidly becomes noticeable is that Lars favors low rumbling slabs of electronics iced over with shimmering shards while Jörg favors the high frequency manipulations, voices, and processed short wave radio similar to Asmus Tietchens. The one factor holding the music together across its 53 minutes is their compositional approach. Each composer starts with an original sound sculpture and then incorporates sonic material from his partner which he then processes further. A noteworthy advancement on Drei is the judicious use of reverberation that lends a warmth and depth to what could so easily have been cold and sterile electronics. While Drei is definitely not for your Yanni fan, it is sure to please the post-industrial avant garde electronic music lover.

Filed under: New releases, 1993 releases

Related artist(s): Jörg Thomasius

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