Exposé Online banner

Peter Frohmader — Orakel / Tiefe
(Cosmic Egg UTCE 010 CDR, 1986/2014, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2017-09-14

Orakel / Tiefe Cover art

Released originally as a cassette on Dark Star International in 1986, before ending up on Auricle, this 1983-recorded album is something of a lost classic. I've always thought this was at least as good as any of Frohmader's albums in the 80s and the sonic upgrade it gets on its CDR release (now in its second printing of 20 copies) just makes this even more apparent. This isn't Berlin school electronic or ambient music — it does seem to incorporate electroacoustic / avant garde language, and like a lot of Frohmader's music the Magma influence is still here. Most importantly this is extremely rich, colorful music with an analog depth to its atmospheres you wouldn't expect from the year it was recorded in. It consists of two side-long tracks and it travels through an incredible amount of territory with a really wide range of colors and tones, which makes it continually fascinating during the listen as it constantly transitions from mood to mood, always strange and spooky but never fully abstract. Without the tape hiss it's even more apparent how full and thick all the synthesizing is, how balanced it is between experimentation and enough melodic content to keep one engaged. Overall it's something of a shame this has never gotten wider attention, although this often tends to be true with cassette-original releases. But if ever there was an album reissued on CDR that is worth your attention, especially as it could disappear one day, this is it.


Filed under: Reissues, 2014 releases, 1986 recordings

Related artist(s): Peter Frohmader / Nekropolis

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Kalaban - Resistance Is Useless – The long-awaited second release by this Utah based five piece is well worth the waiting; they have produced an outstanding album that is at once very forward looking, while also being reasonably...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues