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Who better to take on Karlheinz Stockhausen’s intuitive music compositions than the Zeitkratzer ensemble and Fushitsusha hero Keiji Haino‽
Recorded at the same Ruhrtriennale festival, held in Bochum, Germany, which resulted in Zeitkratzer and Haino’s Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum (Karlrecords, 2014), these recordings arose from Haino’s subsequent, spontaneous request to join in with the group’s rehearsals for a performance of Stockhausen’s Aus Den Sieben Tagen - a text-based composition without a single defined note, which, suitably enough, called for the input of adroit interpreters and improvisers.
Written by Stockhausen during 1968 in response to a personal crisis, the original 15 texts are here whittled down to 5 and animated with shocking energy and dynamic range by Japan’s prolific noise pioneer and the world’s premier avant-garde ensemble.
Haino operates at the limits of his capacity for in/human howls and shrieks, matched by the eliding contours of Zeitkratzer’s amplification envelopes and extended instrumental technique, for the first four, shorter pieces, including the spatialized metallurgy of Friedl’s inside-piano technique in Nachtmusik and the self-descriptive Intensität before focussing that nervous energy into a breathtaking 17 minute tract of meditative, throaty drone ululation with the finale Setz Die Segel Zur Sonne.