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"the strings that heal the orchestra"
18 april 2010
& artwork: delphine ancelle-b.
recorded/finished: late 2007/springtime 2008
conducted by aalfang pit pferdekopf at the cognitive oblivion adscript
after a collaborative release with emerge a few years ago under the aalfang mit pferdekopf alias, mirko uhlig is back on ta‚lem after some other releases on mystery sea, AFE or gears of sand. here, mirko shows a new direction in his musical creations. maybe less experimental than before, more direct, emotional and full of melancholy...
1. the strings that heal the orchestra
These three new releases by Taalem are from the younger generation of drone artists.
Mirko Uhlig we may see as the old one from this three, with his work as Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf and later on his solo work. In his recent work Uhlig seems to be interested in finding a musical component again. Some sort of strings are at the core of this piece, which are stretched out to some extent, layered and form a strange piece of music. Indeed a bit orchestral, as indicated in the title. Its cut into three parts (though remaining piece on the release), which comes and goes like a tidal wave. It has a great quiet texture to it, almost solemnly moving about. Away from the deeply dark drone world, and into a more ambient field. Excellent stuff. [...] (FdW)
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This German artist is a member of Suneaters and also co-founder of the Ex-Ovo label and has had releases on Gears of Sand Ibrik, Mystery Sea etc. As you would probably expect from Taalem this is gentle, tranquil drone and minimal ambient stuff. The disc is comprised of a single slowly evolving piece to float and drift away to. I'm reminded of William Basinski as it sort of sounds like it is based around a loop. It's one of those hypnotic loops where you sometimes cannot tell if the loop is changing or whether you are just focusing in on certain elements of it. 4/5 (Ant)