JETZMANN – Hölderlin: Unter Die Deutschen


This is a fine mini-CD lasting only 16 minutes by an artist who was totally extraneous to my acquaintances until this evening. Two tracks are featured: in the first, an extract of “Hyperion” by Friedrich Hölderlin is read by Gerhard Fiedler upon a string of rather polished nonfigurative electronic symptoms and microsounds. I don’t comprehend German, therefore applied a standard tactic, that is to say considering the voice as a further instrument. This made me very relaxed, almost to the point of sleep given the late hour after a hard day; it was just like listening to a reverse-tape cultural debate on a badly tuned radio. The second and shorter segment contains numerous elements of asymmetrical abstractness, uneven gases and intoxicating drone vapors smelling of the smoke of harmonic waste materials burned on the dark side of electronica. Good stuff.


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