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Anton Bruhin

Rotomotor / InOut + Vogelsang / Vogelsong / Vogelsung / Vögelsäng + Rotomotor (LP + 4CD Box + CD)

Label: Alga Marghen

Format: LP + 4CD Box + CD bundle

Genre: Sound Art

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€60.00
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This special bundle includes the following Anton Bruhin releases on Alga Marghen:

- Rotomotor / InOut (LP)
- Vogelsang / Vogelsong / Vogelsung / Vögelsäng (4CD Box)
- Rotormotor (CD)



Anton Bruhin - Rotomotor / InOut (LP)

InOut
, a masterpiece for tuning whistle, mouthharps, flutes, toy and party gag instruments, percussion, bells, electric razor, model ship engine with propeller, birdcall whistles, CH-Phon, feedback speaker-microphone, siren, double shawm, falling down spoon, jew’s harp (only two short notes), tearing scotch tape from the spool, ocarina, hair dryer and other noise makers plus occasionally radio tuner was recorded in Zurich between May 17th and May 22nd, 1981, on a Sanyo M7300L stereo radio cassette recorder with both integrated and external microphone. The recorder is in the recording standby position, both RECORD and PAUSE buttons are pushed. Then Bruhin sings or plays a tone into the microphone. During this tone he releases the PAUSE button by pushing it. Subsequently he presses the PAUSE button again within a fraction of a second. Now the first short note is recorded. In InOut thousands of very short notes were added this way, like a patchwork, like an acoustic quilt with geometric irregularities and varied patterns.

Rotomotor, subtitled “ein motorische Idiotikon”, is a 28 minutes long reading representing one of Bruhin's major works. Written in Zurich between 1976 and 1977, then recorded in August 1978 at Etienne Conod’s Sunrise Studio. Rotomotor is a poetic Idiotikon of the swiss-german dialect where, instead of the straight alphabetical order, the words are organized according to the similarities of their letters (each word differ from the previous one by just one letter). For this reading a delay equipment which repeated the signal after 0.6 seconds was used and each word is superimposed to the echo of the preceding one. On one hand this echo generates the rhythm of the performance, on the other it supports the acoustic metamorphosis of the words. Again, a very simple concept perfectly accomplished.



- Vogelsang / Vogelsong / Vogelsung / Vögelsäng (4CD Box)

** 100 copies ** Alga Marghen proudly present the new 4CD edition of the complete cycle titled Vogelsang / Vogelsong / Vogelsung / Vögelsäng from 1977, available now with new artwork and issued in an edition limited to 100 numbered copies. If the idea of recording birds could have come from his friend Hans Krusi (this was a common practice for Art-Brut master Krusi who layered into primitive multi-track sonic sculptures the recordings of the many birds sharing his living space), Anton Bruhin is able to create with the same material a cacophonic and distorted storm of unrecognizable nature… and all this in one single low-fidelity touch.

Anton Bruhin in the 1960s began organizing happenings and performances, creating sound works, designing and typesetting his own books (which he self-published with Hannes R. Bossert through April-Verlag), drawing and writing poetry. Anton Bruhin was a member of the first class to study at the F+F School with Serge Stauffer, famous art teacher and specialist in Marcel Duchamp, where he came into contact with concrete poetry, Fluxus and experimental music. Dieter Roth and André Thomkins are recognizable influences too.

In the mid-1970s Anton Bruhin was surely at the peak of his tape manipulation works. Always using poor techniques and equipment he sculpted everyday-life sonic objects turning them into very accomplished and yet totally experimental music artifacts. The works presented here surely belong to this same period of expanded creativity as Rotomotor and InOut, or a period combining themes of excess and chaos with a pragmatic interest in simple structural schemas.

First issued on the occasion of Anton Bruhin’s exhibition at the Centro Culturale Svizzero in Milano in 2015, these works are now presented with a new artwork in a final edition limited to 100 numbered copies.



- Rotormotor (CD)

This compact disc by Anton Bruhin issued by Alga Marghen is titled Rotormotor and covers two different areas of the artist's research. The first one is represented by a group of works including the short and mysterious environmental recording "ORAX" as well as "Lange Tone," "VERSUCHPILZ 6," and "Paul Is 35," three excerpts from the epic "MC-10 zyklus" created between 1976 and 1977, recording various layers of sound sources on two cassette recorders with loudspeakers. T

The complete zyklus consists of 12 different episodes (each one 10 minutes long) which investigate the multi-layer ping-pong recording technique; the spatial illusion of the monoaural replay which moves away from the listener's ears into the depth of space. Far away sounds coming from a cosmic dimension or from an abyssal space, moving fore and back. The loss of sound quality considered as stoned space improvement. The title-track is a 28 minute-long reading of one of Bruhin's major works. Rotomotor is a poetic Idiotikon of the Swiss-German dialect where, instead of the straight alphabetical order, the words are organized according to the similarities of their letters (each word differs from the previous one by just one letter). For this reading, a delay is repeated in the signal after 0.6 seconds and each word is superimposed into the echo of the preceding one. On one hand this echo generates the rhythm of the performance, on the other it supports the acoustic metamorphosis of the words.

Again, a very simple concept perfectly accomplished. What results from the whole program is maybe difficult to describe, and maybe more easily perceivable in a state of alternate consciousness. But surely, it is a quite unique sense of acoustic approach; so no surprise to see him mentioned in the mythical Nurse With Wound reference list.

Details
Cat. number: plana-B Bruhin bundle
Year: 2022

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