the idea for this blog is to post the cream of the cream of the crop in any genre, but I'm making an exception here: not all of this is essential. unlike the 3 recent digital works I posted earlier, which I consider to be all time favorites. some of this is amazing, some of it gorgeous, some of it very interesting, some of it vague, some of it creepy, some of it just fuckin' weird, and some of it is entirely forgettable.
I've written tiny little blurbs about what to expect from each release - but these descriptions should be taken with 1 or 3 grains of salt - they only capture the over all feel.
one thing that is terrible about this man's work is the cover art - a lot of albums have the same design - only name is different. and in the later work the names are even similar. can be confusing. I couldn't find covers for Liliental, Five Manifestoes, and Stockholmer Totentan, so made some up.
thanks to the wonderful creature known as Plesio for these.
if any file needs a password it is: skafunkrulez
Just added another 6 albums to the end of the list - thanks to Lord Direct hailing from Germany. I have not yet heard or have any information on these, can't wait to go through and dig out the gems that are surely buried in that pile.
Moebius, Tietchens, Bekker a.o. - Liliental 1978
the kind of beautiful, melodic, warm and lush teutonic "ambient post-rock" (whatever the fuck that means) one would expect from early Cluster, with added strange sound dimensions - presumably from Mr. Bekker and Tietchens.
Asmus Tietchens - Litia
strange synthy kraut-pop with drum machines (obvious stretch of the word "pop"). first track is unbelievably good - required listening. the album is structured with beats like late Cluster, synth driven undefinable rock-ish affairs with sickly German romanticism.
Asmus Tietchens - Spät-Europa
strange synthy kraut-pop with drum machines. loads of ideas, much of it playful, much of it wonderful, spread over loads of short tracks. some of it sounds like sad but jovial mechanical clowns in a decrepit burlesque.
Asmus Tietchens - Biotop
synthy kraut-pop with drum machines. electro lounge from a quarky alternate universe. a few ace numbers in here, charming like the little robot you found in the future under a heap of junk that miraculously still works.
Asmus Tietchens - In die Nacht
synthy kraut-pop with drum machines. remembering strange episodes from an imagined childhood while riding on a rusty ferris wheels in an abandoned amusement park lost in time. some of it feels farely cyber-punk (from a time when the word cyber was cool).
Asmus Tietchens - Adventures in Sound
a mix bag of improvisational sound collage, plunderphonic concrete-jazz and a few "songs" with rock-ish riffing guitar chords. a lot of it is very noodly and kind of annoying.
Asmus Tietchens & PBK - five manifestoes
feels closer to the digital period, but not as minimal - mostly excercises in grey-scale noise textures and sustained tones.
A. Tietchens & O. Bekker - Stockholmer Totentan
also close to the digital period - 3 long tracks of noise sculptures resolve in menacing voices and disturbing calm. very enjoyable.
Asmus Tietchens - Sinkende Schwimmer
cryptic and oblique sound scapes, may be the most "out there" of the bunch. for die-hard fans only.
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