Wednesday, 22 July 2015

ANDY ORTMANN






































"inconsequential"
Year:    2015
Label:    Thirdsex
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    6
Time:    38 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Musique Concrète            Noise









All tracks recorded between 2009-2014 at Nihilist Chicago, except The Way, which was recorded onsite (St. Louis, MO) Laumeier Sculpture Park, where Liberman's sculpture of the same title was "played" as the source material for this track. Words from The Auger, excerpted from Clouds Without Water. Aleister Crowley (1909). Edition of 37 copies. A limited seven copies were packaged in deer hide, string & tar. Thirty copies housed in normal cassette cases. C-41 Chrome tape.
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"Provocative Electronics"
Year:    2008
Country:    US
City:    Chicago
Label:    Pan
Format:   LP
Tracks:    4
Time:    37 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:          Musique Concrète          Noise








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"nightmania"
Year:    2004
Label:    Nihilist
Format:   CD
Tracks:    6
Time:    40 min
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise           Musique Concrète









As noted before Andy Ortmann, who used to work under the moniker of Panicsville, is among the more interesting noise musicians from the USA. His latest offering, for now under his own name (a shift that is seen more and more amongst the noise scene), is a six piece CD, each of the pieces on it referring to a painting or drawing in the booklet. Ortmann uses electro-acoustic sound sources, but amplifies them heavily, so they become larger than life. Maybe children's toys smashed to pieces. In addition he plays a wide array of synthesizers, percussive sounds and electronics. Everything is brought to the listener in the form of sound collage, with the final 'The Flies Are Laying Eggs' as the highlight of the album. In an almost Nurse With Wound like atmosphere of spoken words, collage-like cuts and guitar interplay, Ortmann plays his best moment to date.
-Vital Weekly 2004
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