s/t . Gunter Adler & Klangkrieg
2002. dl . lp
“Another record from that nice, incestuous Hamburg music movement, a fine split lp between Gunter Adler and Klangkrieg. (…) In his solo work Adler goes out to the world of experimentalism. He plays around with analogue synths and concrete sounds in a partly serious and partly funny way. On the other side you'll find Klangkrieg, which is Tim Buhre and Felix Knoth, the latter being in another life also Felix Kubin. (…) Unlike Adler, they bring more dynamics to their work. Music wise it ranges from sheer ambient silence to quite noisy bits. It's been a while since I heard Klangkrieg, but I must say I very much like this record (…) Both artists poke fun in a serious way with the serious avant-garde and luckily they found the right designer to do a cover that is appropriate.” (Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly)
Gunter Adler is the alter ego of Jürgen Hall, and together with Reznicek, is a member of Hamburg's dada pop super group Groenland Orchester who released two acclaimed albums on Staubgold ("Trigger Happiness" 1999, "Nurobic" 2001). A specialist for psycho-acoustics and psycho-physics, with a background in sound research und psycho-acoustics, he works on the edge of pop and experimental music.
The sound and noise project KLANGKRIEG has been founded in 1987 by Felix Knoth aka Felix Kubin and Tim Buhre. The word "Klangkrieg" defines an Utopian terminal state of urban noise. The group is interested in filtering and processing this noise in order to put it into a musical structure that is dynamic, vivid and suspenseful. Artificial and natural sounds are edited in harsh cut-ups or fine transitions, both showing violence and sensibility next to each other.
In futuristic tradition Knoth and Buhre try to sensitize the listeners ears for daily urban environment that can become music if one distinguishes between active „listening“ and passive „hearing“. Since 1990 Klangkrieg have been working on surround sound projection, text collages, audio art, music for theatre and film. In concerts the group combines analog sound processing (live electronics, contact microphones, finger nails, ants and cut-off hair) and tape sounds with installation and performance elements, also including visual effects or even complete darkness.