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At this point in his career, Uwe Zahn has been producing electronic music for over 4 decades, the recent run of reissues of his classic turn-of-the-century albums for T++’s Din and the City Centre Offices labels have thankfully ignited a new spurt of activity. ‘Seismograf’ is more patient and glassy than much of his work thus far, situated on the spectrum somewhere between Minimalism, sound design and Ambient.
"In line with his recent body of work, Arovane bundled minimal compositions telling micro-narratives situating in the melodic realm of ambient music. On first sight, it seems common that one can enter or construct such stories through the melodies these compositions offer. However, melodies never stand on their own – maybe only theoretically – but in fact truly reveal their magic through the sonical context they’re embedded in. To Zahn, a crucial part of his practice is all about this latter notion: finding the sweet – and sometimes hidden – spots in sound-design that allow him to express the narratives he wants to share. ‘Seismograf’ could be seen as an ode to this exploration and devoted to the practice of listening - to hear sounds that are otherwise inaudible.
“i am like a seismometer for sound structures that are hidden deep under the surface. an ear on the ground, on the earth. the other ear listens to the sky, the birds, the clouds, the wind.” Arovane