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Johannes Dimpflmeier


Label: and/OAR

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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MINDBLOWING! The tracks on this CD were recorded between 2005 and 2006, yet the music seems to have surfaced from another time - completely isolated from influences of the current era. Dimpflmeier also seems to be an "assistant" to the unique and arcane instruments that he helped manifest. As he has stated, his instruments seem to be "autonomous - their own masters"... However, that is not to say that it doesn't require a form of mastery to successfully "collaborate" with such strange instruments (with names like "Erede", "Onkel Kranius", "Bicordo Meditar", "Rotellie", "Incubophon", etc. For those in need of references to compare this otherwise idiosyncratic artist's music with, it can be said that those who enjoy so-called "koschmische musik", BBC Radiophonic Workshop or Laurie Spiegel, would also find this music fascinating as well. Born in Rome, Italy in 1945 to German parents, Johannes attended Deutsche Schule Rom (the German School of Rome). Later, Johannes had an internship in Germany with the electronics manufacturer SABA and studied industrial design at Folkwangschule di Essen. Since 1987 he's lived in Tuscania (Tuscany), Italy. Johannes is a self-taught musician using only instruments and sound sculptures that he designed and built. Sounds from nature are also utilized in the making of some of his music. For the first time ever, the work of this little known reclusive artist is being released to the world on CD. Johannes was first brought to public attention in the USA with an interview published by ND magazine in 1999. Before then, his work was mostly known by a close circle of friends and students in Italy and Germany. That being the case, the ND interview was a bit of an anomaly, especially since he didn't really have a release to his credit apart from a very rare self-published cassette which was not even mentioned in the article. After the interview was published, no other release of his work has surfaced until now. Sometime around 2007 or 2008, Michael Northam sent and/OAR a DVDR of Johannes' music along with photographs of his home, studio, instruments, sculptures and paintings. Michael had originally planned to publish a CD of Johannes' work via the Soundmirror label in Switzerland, but the label ceased operations before that took place. It would take another six years before the DVDR containing Johannes' work would be re-discovered in a pile of other discs, and plans were finally made to release the work

Cat. number: either11
Year: 2014

rack 1 performed and recorded in January 2003.
Track 2 performed and recorded in 2002.
Tracks 3, 4, 7 and 11 performed and recorded in October 2003.
Tracks 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12 performed and recorded in March 2003.
Track 6 performed and recorded in August 2003.

Track 2 is based on music theory by G. Gurdjieff.

Thanks to Michael Northam, Amelia Rossi-Landi and Giuseppe Casagrand