Zeit Der Aufklärung

by Aufklärung

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    Cassette + Digital Album

    All tape releases come housed in a metallic black jewellery case, complete with a custom tracing paper Obi strip, gloss card insert, download code and zip lock bag. Professionally mastered and dubbed onto Low Ferric Noise C60 cassette. Includes a special 'Opium' scented incense stick for setting the acquired mood for aural ingestion. Edition of 50.

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Taking their name from the German term "Age of Enlightenment”, the duo Aufklärung tread a somnambulistic journey through pastoral beauty, slowburning psychedlia and caring introspection; a document of two close friends reconnecting. Recording in the winter of 2012, the duo decamped in an abandoned church in an isolated part of the Yorkshire countryside. Instead of the usual exchange of pleasantries, Lucy and Alex, barely saying a word to each other, instinctively turned on a Dictaphone and sat down to takes turns on guitar and the old piano sat by the graveyard. The result is four tantric improvisations that display an innate musical kinship, as if the melodies were pre-written and streaming through the ether, to be plucked and then examined by the pair, commenting on the phenomena in slow and considered conversation. There is a directness and a beautiful fragility to this recordings that completely resonates within the music. Although a mutual affection for La Monte Young and Popul Vuh can be perhaps detected, Johnson and Macarte’s travels are less structured and reflect the circumstances surrounding the recordings; the words come from the strings and the keys. Admittedly inspired by the 21.12.2012 phenomenon and its posit of new human consciousness and awareness, ‘Zeit Der Aufklärung’ speechless conversation could be seen as the awakening of this? Or as simple something serene to be beholden to.


released August 20, 2013

Alex P Macarte - Guitar, Piano
Lucy Johnson - Piano, Guitar

Recorded late 2012 straight to Dictaphone, no edits.



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Tombed Visions Records Manchester, UK

Tombed Visions is a Manchester based cassette label specialising in sound art, ambient music, experimental electronics and improvisation and aims to showcase the fringes of contemporary independent music. All releases are limited edition and packaged with care, combining a love of graphic design, photography, typography with the wondrous sounds released. ... more

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