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Diskanted / Emotional Response

Harmonious Thelonious, Stefan Schwander, Don’t DJ, Florian Meyer, The Durian Brothers, Marc Matter, Dusseldorf, Salon Des Amateurs, Diskanted, Diskant, Emotional Response

Emotional Response`s “Diskanted” is four sides of vinyl containing eight tracks selected from the seven E.P.s released on the Diskant label between 2009-2014, collecting and contrasting the productions of Harmonious Thelonious (Stefan Schwander), Don’t DJ, (Florian Meyer), and The Durian Brothers (Stefan & Florian with Marc Matter), all denizens of Dusseldorf’s Salon Des Amateurs. The artists represented here rely on the power of repetition and are painting from a similar palette, yet the over an hour of music manages to feel varied and in flux, the credit for this in part due to the compilation`s excellent curation and sequencing. Polyrhythms pour like water`s song and Reich`s counterpoint gets referenced again, but what sets this likeminded collective apart from the crowd is that they are not fusing traditional elements to modern music (this ain`t no Afro House) and are instead using current technology to recreate music of the ancients. Don`t go looking for hooks, tunes or gimmicks. Everything is just hit like a drum to create a trance-inducing primal noise, altering / lifting the consciousness of both performers and listeners. In that respect Diskant perhaps has more in common with 23 Skidoo`s “The Gospel Comes To New Guinea” and “Seven Songs”, than say fellow Salon Des Amateurs co-conspirator Jan Schulte or African 808 (long player soon come). Performance as ritual, as portal. Jon Hassell`s fourth world inhabited by drum machines and turntablists. Eno & Byrne`s “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” taken to a 21st Century conclusion. Bob Holroyd`s “African Drug” concocted from Nano-samples. Science and nature in symbiotic harmony. Something the Japanese call Shizen or Jinen. The co-existence of man and Earth. Wild sanza and ballaphon jams cut Township Jive. A Vodoun of Ethno Techno field recordings with vinyl crackle for handclaps and feedback for woodwinds. Ndagga digital and Gamelan timbres. I remember being blown away the first time I heard Gamelan . Blown away by its sonic similarities to Detroit`s electronic innovations. This dance must have been within us since our dawn. This means of escape.

Harmonious Thelonious, Stefan Schwander, Don’t DJ, Florian Meyer, The Durian Brothers, Marc Matter, Dusseldorf, Salon Des Amateurs, Diskanted, Diskant, Emotional Response

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