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Rhythm is neither pop nor avant-garde, but deals simply with the basic principles of any modern music: rhythm. Frank Bretschneider takes his never simple, but all the more heartfelt relationship to rhythm and its complexity to an intense inventory, and this time works less out of suspenseful abstract sounds than out of grooves. The terseness and precision of previous works remains, as well as a preference for high-voltage sounds halfway between noise and tone. What is new is the assemblage of the material -- a combination of programming, composition and construction -- which draws a clear distinction from his preferred loop-based work on foregone albums, is connected with Bretschneider's very idiosyncratic aesthetic of digital sound: controlled and objective. The whole album follows simple mechanical states: on/off, forward/backward, up/down, slow/fast, loud/quiet, dull/brilliant, soft/hard and is characterized by the absence of any romanticism. Still, this return to the elementary, the fundamental, does not diminish the music to dancefloor functionality, instead, Bretschneider always stays emphatically musical and manages to generate sophisticated and complex rhythm-structures which respectively induce minimal deviations in frequency and timing relationships to generate a surplus of funk. In all, Rhythm is probably Bretschneider's most direct, clear and concentrated work yet. Frank Bretschneider works as a musician and composer in Berlin. Since 1996, he has published a number of albums for Raster-Noton, Mille Plateaux and 12K. The music for Rhythm was created between June 2006 and March 2007.
Cat. number: raster 082