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Christian Muthspiel|Echoes of Techno

Echoes of Techno

Christian Muthspiel & Wolfgang Muthspiel

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Guitarist and Material label head Wolfgang Muthspiel's relatively straight-ahead jazz albums will not have prepared listeners for this challenging but thoroughly enjoyable live duo recording, on which he and his brother Christian play a wide variety of instruments and manipulate a wide variety of electronic sounds and samples to create a shifting soundscape that occasionally verges on jazz but mostly floats somewhere between musique concrète, ambient, and electronica. The album title is pretty apt: While this is by no means a techno album, there are hints of electronic dance music in its textures and use of tape loops and samples. The album's high points include the gorgeous "Voyager -- Transit No. 2" and an equally lovely guitar and trombone duet that stretches out luxuriously over the course of 12 minutes. The only real disappointment is "A-Girls," which starts out mysterious and intriguing but fails to follow up on its promise, and settles into tedium by the end of its seven and a half minutes. Highly recommended overall.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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Actione - Ave. A
00:08:07

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gernot Wolfgang, Composer, Lyricist - AKM, Austro Mechana & Wolf Muth Music, BMI (USA & CANADA), AKM(ROW), MusicPublisher

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Voyager - Transit #2
00:09:38

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, MainArtist - Wolf Muth Music, BMI (USA & CANADA), AKM(ROW), MusicPublisher

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Messiaen Remixed
00:04:32

Wolfgang Muthspiel, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - AKM, Austro Mechana, MusicPublisher

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Episode
00:07:07

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, MainArtist - Wolf Muth Music, BMI (USA & CANADA), AKM(ROW), MusicPublisher

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Ach, Sirenen, Ach
00:06:55

Wolfgang Muthspiel, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - AKM, Austro Mechana, MusicPublisher

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A-Girls
00:07:27

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, MainArtist - Wolf Muth Music, BMI (USA & CANADA), AKM(ROW), MusicPublisher

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I Never Played With Miles
00:12:12

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, MainArtist - Wolf Muth Music, BMI (USA & CANADA), AKM(ROW), MusicPublisher

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Tourists
00:02:58

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Christian Muthspiel, MainArtist - Wolf Muth Music, BMI (USA & CANADA), AKM(ROW), MusicPublisher

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Guitarist and Material label head Wolfgang Muthspiel's relatively straight-ahead jazz albums will not have prepared listeners for this challenging but thoroughly enjoyable live duo recording, on which he and his brother Christian play a wide variety of instruments and manipulate a wide variety of electronic sounds and samples to create a shifting soundscape that occasionally verges on jazz but mostly floats somewhere between musique concrète, ambient, and electronica. The album title is pretty apt: While this is by no means a techno album, there are hints of electronic dance music in its textures and use of tape loops and samples. The album's high points include the gorgeous "Voyager -- Transit No. 2" and an equally lovely guitar and trombone duet that stretches out luxuriously over the course of 12 minutes. The only real disappointment is "A-Girls," which starts out mysterious and intriguing but fails to follow up on its promise, and settles into tedium by the end of its seven and a half minutes. Highly recommended overall.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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