Mutatis Mutandis

Attenuation Circuit ACT 1001/ACR 1014 | MC/CDR | 2012 | 8,00/6,00 €

"The Dutch label Korm Plastics invited artists to rework material from their 25th anniversary cassette compilation. Acclaimed German drone artist Mirko Uhlig aka Aalfang mit Pferdekopf answered to this invitation with this dreamlike, calm yet suspenseful piece. Attenuation Circuit is very happy to release new music by this gifted artist who will convince sceptics that experimental music can in fact be simply beautiful. And as the work started with a cassette, it is released as a cassette in a limited edition of 30, plus an unlimited CDR edition."

- text by Attenuation Circuit

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About the record

Mirko Uhlig, “one of the better and unfortunately lesser known drone masters of Germany” (Vital Weekly), makes his first appearance on Attenuation Circuit with this album recorded under his Aalfang mit Pferdekopf moniker. This 45-minute acoustic dream journey is a wonderful example of Uhlig’s talent for combing calm dronescapes with the most subtle element of tension while the ambient acoustics of field recordings conjure up an imaginary resonant room.

The three tracks are based on sound material by Frans de Waard published on a tape compilation for the 25th anniversary of the Korm Plastics label, which can be heard at the beginning of the album. As Frans de Waard explains in a spoken introduction to this album, listeners were invited to remix the material, preferably with 4-track cassette recorder. The music on 'Mutatis Mutandis' is Mirko Uhlig's response to this invitation, so it is a fitting gesture that the album is also released as a cassette in tribute to the important role that 4-track machines and the tape distribution scene have played in the development of experimental music. Thanks to Frans de Waard's guest vocal intro, the cassette is a 'tape with the sound of its own making' similar to Robert Morris' seminal sound sculpture 'Box with the Sound of its Own Making', but the music also makes for very pleasent listening on the CD version."

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