Boomkat Product Review:
Beguiling soundtrack by the Danish Fluxus legend, including a notable proto-techno thumper and deeply weird electro-acoustic processing, as previously only available on the soundtrack’s rare 3 x7” also featuring work by Robert Ashley and “Blue” Gene Tyranny
“The most ambitious project Henning undertook, the Penthesilea project is also one of the most successful as it explores the numerous experiments and techniques he had developed throughout his creative life culminating in this ambitious and significant work. Unheard until now and required listening now.
The full narrative of Kleists text unfolds as an audio excursion for the mind to wander. An audiobook presented as sound. The field recordings featured in Rosenfest recordings are featured alongside a wealth of new sonic environments. Horses trot, a boxing match is treated with electronics creating an otherworldly atmosphere. In the piece ‘XIII XIV’ we encounter moments of Henning’s early classical works only to subside in a valley of gentle machines clacking amongst a whispering ghost melody. Elsewhere a thumping proto-techno beat tramples on the once trampled snow we heard in the Rosenfest recordings, a rustic squeak acts as a horn solo, onwards, the wind gets fiercer, the narrative intensifies…
Featuring exceptional performances from Werner Durand (pan-ney, Persian ney and baritone horn with sax mouthpiece), Jan Tilman Schade (violonello and tuba) along with Carla Tatò's almost develish voice and Ernst Kretzer's uncanny soundwork this is a heady unusual cocktail of sound.”