Boomkat Product Review:
One of the shining, pivotal lights of Germany’s early ‘80s NDW movement, Din A Testbild are subject to a reissue of Programm 3 , which originally arrived 2 years after their seminal debut couplet of electronic explorations for Klaus Schulz’s Innovative Communication.
Headed up by the band’s one constant member Mark Eins, Din A Testbild also includes Ziggy Schöning (keyboard, sequencer programming) and Gina Faust (vocals) amid their “fluctuating conglomerate” for this session.
It’s arguably more whacked out and druggy than it’s predecessor’s zippier avant-pop bits, tracing a wonky late night line from the K-Hole descent of The Person (part 1) thru the clipped machine funk and whorl of smudged porno samples in No Satisfaction, before a very GPO-sounding Mark Eins joins in on vocals and some of thee most messed up synth squiggle you could hope for, and it winds back to pure sleaze in The Call OF Lust.
On the other side, the keening dissonant lather of Naked Beach sounds like a template for so many messed up electro experiments to come, and the slithering loops of The Person (part 2) and the screwed slug of Going Tutu are effectively squalid bedroom/basement music, best known as trip hop, come 20 years early.