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egobone: études hyperboliques 1-23

étude 1
étude 2
étude 3
étude 4
étude 5
étude 6
étude 7
étude 8
étude 9
étude 10
étude 11
étude 12
étude 13
étude 14
étude 15
étude 16
étude 17
étude 18
étude 19
étude 20
étude 21

total playing time: 51:25 format: mp3, 192 kBit/s
recorded & mixed by k. pfeiffer in berlin, october 2001 - february 2002
published by polybone records

cleaning the vault: here are my "early recordings". there's quite a bunch of stuff i recorded before, but these are the earliest i decided "worth" publishing.
since those are indeed "études", i present them here without too much polishing, warts and all: i even left in the beep from the minidisc recorder at the end of two or three tracks. the digital production was entirely done with "sound edit", a nice little programm, which unfortunately didn't get updated for os x.
(i doubt my girlfriend listened consciously to these pieces - so, no quote from the lady this time).
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egobone: shadel ep

01 left out let be
02 dimm under
03 hushing curtainers
04 thinking at smallsite
05 slomo woolshake
06 stoikrêverieee

total running time: 13:33, format: mp3, 192 kBit/s
recorded & mixed by kai pfeiffer 23.10.2006 in berlin
published by polybone records

well, ok ... since i fancy myself amassing tracks for a growing list of "LPs", "EPs" or "Mini Albums", with each of them missing a last little track here, a slight remixing there, a cover, or even simply a decent track title that refuses to hop into my mind ... so, here's the latest thing i recorded, yesterday evening, and mixed it right away, so it doesn't fall into this loop outside the time continuum, like my other recordings apparently did.

my girlfriend hates these tracks, mostly because of the slow, hesitating, dreamy plucking (some blisters on my right hand's fingers, due to overplaying the day before, obviously had some influence on the esthetical decisions for these tracks). "at least you don't fuck that way", was her most positive comment.
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flash movie - 4,5 mb

drawn, recorded, mixed, programmed by kai pfeiffer
in halle-neustadt, september 2005

this file is suggested for download (right mouse click, save target as ...).
open the file (you need the flash player), set view on 100% first, then on "full screen".
the soundtrack is, like all decent sonic works, not to be listened to on the built-in speakers of some notebook. nothing should be listened through them, really.

in 2005, i was invited by bauhaus-dessau to teach together with ulli lust at their summer academy , held in halle-neustadt, and stay as artists in residence for three weeks.
halle-neustadt was the biggest satellite town of the gdr, consisting entirely of plattenbauten, built mainly for the chemical workers of the buna-leuna werke. until 1989, it was considered very attractive to live in halle-neustadt, because of the "modern comfort" of the plattenbauten. in fact, it was an honour to get an apartment there, which is hard to believe now, but back then was granted foremost to comrads which passed as true believers of the system. accordingly, the "stasi" (= staatssicherheitsdienst), the secret service of the gdr was strongly present, and didn't have any trouble finding enough informers: ca. 10% of halle-neustadts population was feeding the stasi with informations about their collegues, friends, relatives ... which the stasi amassed to grotesque piles of files.
today, the picture changed somewhat. living there is not exactly an honour any more. halle-neustadt was built for 100 000 habitants, now there are only ca. 50 000 left. most of those who stay, are elderly people, and most of those few who move there, are those who have no other choice, many of them unemployed citizens of another part of halle, which will get raided.
halle-neustadt, too, is becoming smaller. as the number of habitants crumbles, more and more plattenbauten vanish. maybe, one day halle-neustadt will be the swamp again, which it was before. all the so far 40 years of its existence, the water had to bee pumped away from halle-neustadts grounds continously.
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EGOBONE: me and greybird watch the swimming land

EGOBONE: »me and greybird watch the swimming land«

be warned: this humble little musical piecette weighs 43.6 mb and plays for 47:40 minutes.

recorded and mixed in berlin, most likely somtime near the end of the year 2004.

published by polybone records 2006

the working title of this track was "MonsterDrone", presumably referring to it's shameless length. but the track feels, i think, not really monstruous. it is quite dense, though. but monstruous drone music would be phill niblocks thick, bombastic sonic blocks, or charlemagne palestines physically exhausting solo piano workouts. or lamonte youngs really long pieces.
originally, the track was about 65 minutes, but the first 18 minutes luckily could get cut to get rid of some annoying parts. i let this thing lay in a shady corner for quite a while. when i finally listened to it again, i was surprised that it didn't bore me to hear it through several times. which probably isn't a strength of the track, but a weakness of my mind. do i suddenly have such a long attention span, or is it early dementia?
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egobone: »nullthreat«

recorded 2004 in berlin

polybone records, 2006

(this track was made from elements of some music i did for an audiovisual piece by a trio called "angstrom": in that, i did the music, while two other guys would mix and manipulate videoclips in real time - vjing, so to say. one was a sort of "video activist" & vj, the other an avant-comics artist, making clips from his drawings. we played two concerts and recorded the aforementioned li'l movie piece. but the energy of my dear colleagues petered out before we got any good - we had some interresting moments which could maybe be called "promising", but anyway, since i fell out severely with my fellow draughtsman a while ago, for all things audiovisual i rely on myself now, which i did before, and which plays to my "control freak" urges. the interaction, while not always pleasing me in the results, was a worthwhile experience in itself, though ...
i called the track "nullthreat" because the "movie" was called "threat", and now the trio's state is "null" - and, i don't think it sounds really threatening in its new version, so that's "null", too.
it is a bit dark, though. that bothers me slightly for my first official release, being currently more into the bright, light sides of existence - but my mind changes directions every 22 minutes, and this track is by no means representative, anyway ... i guess nothing is ...)
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so, in 2004 i got invited as "artist in residence" by museumsquartier wien for one month.
i decided to continue my little vienna project i had started to "research" quite some while before. the utter original task consisted in sitting around in a variety of kaffeehäuser - or, "coffee houses", or, as the french made us all call them, "cafés".
now, isn't that exactly what the viennese people are doing all the time anyway? well, almost: at given times, they will head to a "beisel" for some "schnitzel". the austrian cuisine knows a quite nice variety of meals, but the only one eaten in vienna by its citizens is in fact schnitzel.
indeed, the basic feeling you'll get in vienna is consistency. in vienna, nothing is allowed to change or even move, that could distract too much from the preservation of the grand old times of "k.u.k."
so, the aim is to be mummified, and the viennese try to achieve this state by doing everything really slow, while considering before at length, if it might be even worth to do whatever it is at all.
i, myself perfectly prussian in appearance and residence, consider myself nonetheless entitled to spread all these lazy clichés, just because my love happens to be austrian, and she assured me that they are true - sadly, she thinks, but i say "why, how cute and exotic this sweet melancholia is!", being just as imperialistic and patronizing a german as the austrians think we all are.
the "vienna state of existence" has been considered in much subtler a way in the text animation of the previous post, but only in german.
more to follow.

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