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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Martyr paste

Hoping to get a review of post-krautrock powerhouse Groupshow's new The Martyrdom of Groupshow (due on ~scape next month) up shortly. In the meantime, hear all 12 sanctioned samples from Team Jelinek/Pekler/Leichtmann lovingly stitched together into a sad anorak's single file so you don't have to (not that you'd have considered it, anyway)...

& here's a still-blinding Berlin performance by the trio a few years back.  

Background (~scape has plenty more in this vein...): "GROUPSHOW is a project by three producers of electronic music based in Berlin: Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler and Hanno Leichtmann. The three artists, steeped in the formal language of minimalism, engage in a boundary-free collective improvisation that has its ancestors in both Fluxus and Krautrock. GROUPSHOW performances do not recreate previously rehearsed or recorded music. Instead, they attempt to make an open-ended aesthetic process both audible and tangible. 

The pursuit of these aims has several practical consequences. Wherever possible, GROUPSHOW position themselves and their equipment in the middle of the performance space, avoiding the use of a stage, risers or any kind of spatial separation between performer and audience. The lighting remains static and clinical throughout the performance while real-time video, filming from directly above the musicians and projected onto a wall or screen, shows the three members playing and manipulating their tangled pile of equipment. 
Whenever possible, GROUPSHOW begin playing before any audience members enter, thus deliberately avoiding the dramaturgical imperative of an opening from which the rest of the musical narrative is expected to unfold. As the intensity of the music and degree of the audience's attention are both subject to flux, GROUPSHOW set no time limit to their performances and members of the audience are free to come and go, engage and disengage with the music as they please.

Everyone loves Andrew Pekler, Hanno Leichtmann and Jan Jelinek and now you can have them in your home or office. The tracks collected here re-live the most memorable moments from approx. 200 Gigabytes of improvised jam sessions. An impressive arsenal of low quality effects pedals played by our three professional amateurs comprises the bedrock on which The Martyrdom of Groupshow was built. Pekler, Leichtmann and Jelinek may switch instruments on a regular basis yet every one of these collages features actual dirt fragments from Groushow HQ, for instance listen closely at 2:13 in ‘Incredibly Comfortable Slippers’."

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