The Bird Was Stolen
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Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Strafe Für Rebellion, or Strafe F.R., is a long-term collaboration between the artists Bernd Kastner and Siegfried M. Syniuga, which started in 1979. After a long period of hibernation, The Bird Was Stolen
marks their return to Touch following four previous releases in the
'80s and early '90s. From their early connection with the local scene,
centered around the Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf, Strafe went on to
develop a unique and influential form of sound sculpture that pioneered
the use of field recordings alongside home-made instruments and the use
of the studio as a performance space. A new track, "Virgin", which
appeared on the recent Touch Movements CD/book (FOLIO 002CD, 2017), gave an early indication that they are back at the peak of their powers. The Bird Was Stolen
presents 14 new compositions that push the signature sound of Strafe
F.R. All songs recorded by Strafe F.R. in 2017 at STRAFE Studio,
Düsseldorf, Germany. Features vocals by Caterina De Re and Strafe F.R. Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft. Mastered by Denis Blackham.
Strafe F.R. explain the recording:
We have a piano that is somehow completely bare-boned as if a butcher
had been at work. The piano is lying on its back -- we can climb into
its corpse. The piano strings are easy to access and we prepare them
with anything that influences a possible recording. Loudspeakers are
installed. Inside the piano we play bass and guitar to use the resonance
of the strings of the piano. 'Pianosmoke' was recorded in this way.
Sound sources are often 'accidents'. We were recording with our old
Uher Portable Tape Recorder -- all of a sudden the machine developed a
strange malfunction: the Uher had problems with its engine. Himmelgeist
was born. The recorder began to 'scratch' like a vinyl record, but it
was the recorder doing everything itself; we could also manipulate the
speed with our hands. This was magnificent. Strange rhythms just
happened, the tape recorder did it... We are thankful that we managed to
record all of this.
3. We often amplify sounds quite loudly,
that actually have a very low natural dynamic. This is interesting when
recording guitar, piano and the human voice... To reduce the normal
recording level by an extreme and amplify the soft, low sounds."
Cat. number: TO 110CD