blank plays duden
coverart by Tobias Rehberger
3 men, 3 record players, 3 records
Ruediger Carl is one of the most important figures to have emerged from
European free jazz. Musicians Oliver Augst and Christoph Korn, who are
a generation younger, work at the cross-roads of improvisation, installation,
electronics, and theory. Theory and sound fit the piece like a made-to-measure
suit, writes music magazine Spex. Oliver Augst, Ruediger Carl, and
Christoph Korn have appeared as Blank in different projects
and releases from FMP and GROB international. Most recently they produced
a wild mix of post-punk and rock n roll with renowned American
artist Raymond Pettibon. (CD: "blank meets Pettibon", live from
Philharmony Cologne, GROB 2003) Their latest project takes the theme of
collection as a starting point. Oliver Augst, Ruediger Carl,
and Christoph Korn have sifted through their own recordings and releases
from recent years, and have broken them down into microscopically small
parts, creating countless strange and colourful fragments. These fragments
are then recorded on vinyl in the form of so-called locked grooves.
On a locked grooves record the grooves form concentric circles,
which means that the pick-up
arm remains in the same position in a revolution, producing a loop of
exactly 1.8 seconds. Over 200 of these loops form the musical material
for the DUDEN performance, which include short songs, sounds, and stories.
DUDEN is released in May, 2004 on vinyl by Cologne-based label eventuell,
part of the a-Musik company. The sleeve has been designed by Tobias Rehberger.
In March 2004 the new CD Post-Blank, designed by Albert Oehlen,
will be released by GROB in Cologne.