-s a u m a r k t-
20.february 2000-live (feldkirch)
mastered in vienna 2000
instrument: a-100 (doepfer), moog prodigy
design: christian bretter, IWO INT.
(c)&(p) 2000 thilges 3
Artikel in De bug September 2000 Bleed
THILGES 3: Saumarkt
Thilges 3 is Armin Steiner, Gammon and Nik Hummer.
These three founded Thilges in 1996 in order to explore the possibilities
of "live performance electro acoustic installations" utilising
only analogue synths as their sound source and engineering equipment.
Thilges 3 stress the importance of live performances, and their innovations
with developing sound performance systems emphasise this importance. Some
notes on their activities explain that "the rapid motion of sound
patterns combined with the free movement of the listener provides a completely
new access to rhythmic electronic music. Through this approach the listener
is in a position to create his/her own sound and rhythm patterns".
So this being said, there are certain limitations implicit in presenting
this music on a prerecorded disc. But still, if the architecture of the
venue is a factor in and of itself with regard to how the music is received/perceived
by the listener, than every room where this music is played could potentially
render a different effect on said listener. Anyway, all potentiality aside,
the music on this short little disc of 21 minutes is an intoxicating cluster
of developing and evolving rhythms composed of a full range of clicks
and whirrs. In short, this is superb rhythmic electronica, made with little
ornament but with great attention to detail and sound dimension. Thilges
also have a subscription service for their CDs (Saumarkt is their third
release, the previous two are available through their web site), so check
out this innovative trio and keep your eyes peeled for a concert appearance