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dieb13/burkhard stangl "jardin des bruits" mikroton 2019

Burkhard Stangl guitar, electronics
Dieb13 acoustic and electronic gramophones and electronics

Recorded at Instants Chavires and the streets and metro trains of Paris and Montreuil in May 2019.
Mixing: Dieter Kovacic, Burkhard Stangl at spermuecc studios / Vienna
Mastering: Martin Siewert
Executive producer: Kurt Liedwart
Graphic design: Kurt Liedwart
Photos: Sergey Kolosov /
Photo of the group: Billy Roisz
The front cover is an artwork “Motherboard and plants” by Julien Ottavi

Thanks to: Instants Chavires (JF, Florence, Thierry, Tetyana, Benjamin)
and all the noise sources for this record.

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Burkhard Stangl & dieb13 -Jardin Des Bruits (Mikroton, 2019)

Viennese guitarist-composer Burkhard Stangl has played in a variety of musical contexts, from modern, chamber jazz projects (check his work with trumpeter Franz Koglmann), to collective, free-improvised outfits that explored noisy spectrums as the Polwechsel quartet, efzeg quintet, Schnee duo (with Christof Kurmann) and Chesterfield duo (with partner Angélica Castelló) to writing contemporary music for various ensembles and solo guitar works. His new releases finds him collaborating with two distinct sound artists, exploring old and new technologies.

Burkhard Stangl and fellow-Viennese turntables wizard-sound artist dieb13 (aka Dieter Kovačič), known from his work with Mats Gustafsson in (Fake) The Facts and Swedish Azz), released their first duo album Eh almost twenty years ago (erstwhile, 2002), parallel to their work with the efzeg quintet. Jardin Des Bruits (Garden Of Noises in French) is an excellent title for Stangl and dieb13's continuous exploration of the sonic interactions and possibilities between guitars and record players, acoustic and electric, old and new. The album was recorded at Instants Chavires and the streets and metro trains of Paris and Montreuil in May 2019, and later mixed by the artists. The artwork is by French, fellow sound artist Julien Ottav, founder and artistic programmer of the experimental music organisation APO33.

Stangl once said that he allows himself to play his special, so-called eh tuning only in his duo with dieb13, because of its high emotional tension verging on nostalgia. And indeed Jardin Des Bruits investigates the tension between innocent, fragile and transparent sounds, often played by Stangl and distorted, dirty and noisy ones, most of the time played by dieb13 on acoustic and electronic gramophones and electronics. Together they create a kind of a suite-story comprised of twenty, minimalist segments, some are only a few seconds long, but all suggest alluring, seductive images, even when both dive head on into abstract yet strangely lyrical, white noises as on “Noisy Track”. Stangl and dieb13 pay a symbolic debt to pioneer electroacoustic works on “Sortie de Secours d'IRCAM” (ICRAM is the French Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique where Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez began their sonic experiments). Both enjoy the playfulness irony of “Kabuki”, the cinematic tension of “Godzilla”and the witty “Symphonie für einen Staubsauger” (Symphony for a vacuum cleaner). The emotional version of “eh² live” is a beautiful conclusion of this fascinating journey.

In a way, Jardin Des Bruits is a poetic, sonic reflection of our daily soundtracks, where our most inner and private thoughts are constantly targeted and polluted by random noises and greedy, capitalist corporations and state agencies. Somehow, Stangl and dieb13 offer a clever and balanced perspective that allows us to employ and exploit these disturbing noises to our benefit and cultivate our very own gardens of sounds and noises.

-- Eyal Hareuveni
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...Weiter geht die Reise nach Paris bzw. an dessen östlichen Ausläufer Montreuil, wo der 13. Dieb zusammen mit Burkhard Stangl im Kulturzentrum Les Instants Chavirés auftrat. Aufnahmen von dort sowie aus den Straßen und Metrostationen der französischen Metropole führen uns in den jardin des bruits. Dokumentiert ist der Garten des Lärms auf dem Moskauer Mikroton-Label, dessen Betreiber leider mittlerweile das Handtuch warf. Mit den Mitteln von Gitarre, Turntables, electronics und field recordings entwirft das Wiener Duo haufeenweise poetische Klangbilder, bis oben angefüllt mit Einfallsreichtum, Klarheit, Krach und unterschiedlich stiller Schönheit. --felix
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If the other CDs highlight unexpected and unprecedented extended acoustic techniques, the Viennese duo on Jardin des Bruits (Mikroton CD 91) extend the intonation still further. That’s because the electric guitar interludes of Burkhard Stangl are mated with the sounds of Paris streets and subways that were recorded collated and modified by turntablist Dieb 13. Over the course of 20 (!) tracks that range from a few seconds to nine minutes Dieb uses found sound such as human voices, footfalls, car horn blasts and the regularized thump of road traffic as leitmotifs. Alternately he weaves the textures into an outpouring of crackles, static and voltage tremors to aurally reflect certain areas around the French capital. Simultaneously he alters their sonic properties by replaying the sounds at various speeds as well as adding vinyl-sourced noises. Meanwhile Stangl’s warm finger-style plucks add the human element. Not that the guitar approach is Arcadian though, except on tracks like “Jardin des Plaantes” where soothing string intersect with the noises of children. The truthfully titled “Noisy Track” on the other hand is almost eight minutes of Stangl mobilizing his most distorted Hendrix-styled fuzz tones that catapult timbres within the accelerating stylus-on-turntable crackles and buzzes created by Dieb. Reaching a crescendo of Hawaiian-styled fretting, guitar lines cut through the static, and then slowly fade. Elsewhere, the two variants of “Gezirpe” or “stagnant water” unroll with single treble notes from the strings alongside aviary and insect-like whistles and chirps. Throughout, collision with sampled gongs, rumbles, clatters and screeches and well-thought-out, descriptive string patterns confirms that an illuminating sound picture can be built up from onomatopoeic suggestions. Plus the disc provides one more instance of unforeseen duos creating exceptional programs. --- Ken Waxmann
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Here is a duo from Vienna. In recent times perhaps not as often found in Vital Weekly as they perhaps once were. Both of them have been part of the Viennese scene of improvisers and composers, working with people as Angélica Castelló, Christof Kurzmann, Christian Fennesz, Billy Roisz, eRikm, Phil Minton, Hans Koch, Mats Gustafsson, Camille Emaille, Anna Högberg, Susanna Gartmayer or in such bands as Efzeg, SSSD, Schnee and (Fake) The Facts. Already in 2002, the two them released an album, 'eh', which didn't make it to these pages and now there is a follow-up. The title is to be translated as 'Garden Of Noises' and was recorded in Paris and Montreuil, containing recordings from inside as well as outside the house; the cover says "recorded at Instants Chavires and the street and metro trains", so there you go. Stangl plays guitar and electronics and Dieb13 plays "acoustic and electronic gramophones and electronics", so I am not sure how that works out in the street and the metro. There are no less than twenty pieces on this CD, spanning from a mere thirteen seconds to ten minutes. I think these short pieces are 'field recordings' in some way, the noise produced outside, and the longer pieces are by the two of them. As I may have written before I am not the world's biggest lover of the turntable as a musical instrument; there is only as much scratched vinyl/wood/paper/metal you can play with one or more tonearms. Here, in duet, with the carefully placed guitar notes of Stangl, it all works well. The six strings howl, burst in feedback or consist of some sparse notes being played. Meanwhile, the turntable(s) are used in what we could probably say it is a similar fashion. It is used to create wild scratchy sounds, electro-magnetic resonances or the sparse crackle underpinning or contradicting the guitar sounds. I think sixty-nine-minutes is a bit long for an album of such demanding music, even when spliced with some odd field recordings. Fifty minutes would have maybe been as or more powerful. I like the way the music bounces from some sheer minimalism to jubilant maximalism, providing some fine variation throughout (also needed with the length of this, I would think). All together: very nice and hopefully it doesn't take them another seventeen years to come up with something new.

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