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Recorded between 2011 and 2014, "Stürmische Ruhe" (Stormy Calm) features half an hour of environmental recordings and wavering electronics from concréte legend Brunhild Ferrari and experimental titan Christoph Heemann. Icy and poetic, it's like a meeting point between Lawrence English's "Viento" and Ryuichi Sakamoto's "async".
Originally releasing dadaist tape noise with Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa in the 1980s, Christoph Heemann became an in-demand collaborator, connecting with Merzbow, Current 93 and John Duncan, and establishing Mimir with Jim O'Rourke and the Legendary Pink Dots' Edward Ka-Spel, and Mirror with Andrew Chalk. Ferrari, meanwhile, has collaborated with her husband Luc Ferrari for over four decades on some of the most important musique concréte albums of all time, more recently teaming up with Jim O'Rourke on 2020's Black Truffle-released "Le Piano Englouti". On "Stürmische Ruhe" the two German tape music visionaries connect with restraint and subtlety, pasting together gusty environmental recordings of heavy rain and wind that rub alongside minimal electronic drones and gentle, unobtrusive processes.
For all their respective experience, the duo paint slowly and carefully with sound; it's hard to make out where elements have been treated and where they've been left untouched - whistling wind mimics synthesizer and vice versa, and slammed doors become smashed, processed noise. If you've heard Lawrence English's incredible set of storm recordings "Viento", imagine that with a goopy emotional core and you'll have some idea of what to expect. Stunning!