Boomkat Product Review:
More next level, dark as pitch hydrophone manipulations from Hamburg's legendary experimental technician Asmus Tietchens. Prepare yourself for this one: a mind-altering simmered slop of environmental sound, drone and industrial noise. If u know, u know.
Way back in 1985, Tietchens followed influential plates for Peter Baumann's Egg Records and Nurse With Wound's United Dairies with a sodden set of hydrophone manipulations called "Seuchengebiete", or "plague areas" in English. In 2021, Tietchens is up to his fourth volume in the series, and it's never felt more resonant - for all too obvious reasons.
Tietchens creates an oppressive atmosphere that's at all times noisy, unrelenting and almost oppressively dark; the soundscapes here are comparable to Thomas Köner's early Arctic recordings or Lustmord's chilly dark ambient compositions, but Tietchens' work is more academic and singular. However, even in its grimmest segments, Tietchens never loses sight of the material he's capturing; be it the liquid pressure from running water or the familiar sound of raindrops on a hollow surface, there's always something that centers the sound in a world we can recognize, albeit one that gets progressively more terrifying.
Fantastic stuff for open-minded, open-eared listeners.