This is the what you’re looking for; Hamburg’s lowkey pivotal Uli Rehberg, aka Ditterich von Euler-Donnerperg - and quite possible Werkbund! - turns up on ACS for a properly mysterious album of avant sci-fi music starring his kids. A total pearl, RIYL Asmus Tietchens, Gerald Donald, Felix Kubin, Thomas Köner
Drilling down to one of their core influences,. ACS highlight Uli Rehberg’s clandestine atmospheres at their most mysterious and eyrie, offering a clammy handed introduction, where needed, to one of post-industrial music’s key, cult figures, and a deep inspiration on the ACS output. To give some potted history, Uli’s label Walter Ulbrich Schallfolien is behind some 50 releases since issuing Throbbing Gristle’s ‘Journey Through A Body’ in 1982, and S.P.K.’s ‘Auto-Da-Fé’ the year after, with exceptionally enigmatic releases by Uli’s satirical communist avatar, Dr. Kurt Euler and the likes of Mechthildt Von Leusch and Werkbund - who may, or may not be Uli’s aliases - in between. It all remains one of the most covert and intriguing bodies of work in its field, and now ‘Weisheit Aus Des’ only factors that otherworldly allure.
Most crucially Uli possesses a remarkably singular electronic palette, one that prizes ultra HD clarity and space over distortion, with particular taste for gleaming piquant tones that’s perhaps best compared with Gerald Donald’s non rhythm-driven research as Arpanet. Perhaps that’s because they both masterfully use Arp synths? Your guess is good as ours, but surely we can all all agree that these tracks plug into a very fine and rarified zone of electronic inquiry.
The A-side is given to four succinct works of mercurial and amorphous synth practice, organised with an unravelling, elusive logic that’s a joy to follow. The impish unpredictability of his own children’s voices lend a playful counterpoint and complement to his amorphous synth contours, leading down the slipperiest wormholes into scenes evoking ‘Beyond The Black Rainbow’ or some avant-cyberpunk soundtrack, while the B-side rolls out 21 minutes of the most intoxicating , transportive sci-fi drone you may hear in 2021. It’s really that good - exactly the sort of sonic chicanery we listen out for every day, and only very rarely find from this sorta vintage.