* Edition of 100 * Wouter Jaspers returns to Muzan with his long time collaborator and friend Steffan de Turck as Preliminary Saturation. Summer Breeze is an ambient-noise album that lives up to its name for just how pleasurable it is to listen to. The music box melody that provides the main theme for “across the floor” functions as a soft counterpoint to the noises and drones that pulse and slide beneath it, evoking images of sunlight and slow stretching shadows. “the house next door” strikes a darker, more mysterious tone, with staggering synth melodies and cavernous drips filling the space and drawing the listener in deeper and deeper until everything gets stripped down. Here, hypnotic tones and repeating percussion are the minimal elements that seem to summon forth a spiritual dancefloor, beckoning us to move our feet.
This duo has been around for thirteen years but in recent years a lot less active. Distance between both musicians might be one reason (The Hague/Tilburg and Berlin), but also other occupations. In the case of Wouter Jaspers (also known as Franz Fjodor, and part of Odd Narrative and Ezdanitoff), his work with the development of musical toys as Koma Elektronik (a company he left late last year) kept him off music for quite some time. The other half is Steffan Turck (also known as Staplerfahrer, part of A Vibrant Struggle, and Hexeneiche). They still get together occasionally, pop open a bottle of wine, light a cigarette and then start to play around with their toys; synthesizers, electronics, electromagnetic waves, and loops. I enjoyed their previous release, 'You Are The Universe' (released by Moving Furniture Records, Vital Weekly 1141), which had an odd yet great take on the notion of cosmic music, here they continue and expand that notion. However, on this tape there is more improvised music feeling to the music, sometimes going a bit too long, such as the music on 'Across The Floor', but the synths that open 'The House Next Door', sound fat and tasty. The second part of that piece has a broken loop of sounds, slowly going out of control, including a voice buried in the mix (or perhaps, from the house next door). The last part of 'Across The Floor' has a powerful drone laced with field recordings from one of Berlin's construction sites. It is all a bit shaky, but throughout, an excellent cassette. (FdW)"