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Jan St. Werner

Glottal Wolpertinger

    “[Jan] St. Werner is boldly and single-mindedly straining to redefine what is possible and push electronic music into uncharted new territory.” - Brainwashed

    Jan St. Werner is a critically acclaimed and internationally recognized sound innovator. In myriad ways; as a solo artist, a collaborator, through his group Mouse On Mars, as a producer, or as a course instructor at MIT, Werner has challenged traditional approaches to creating and experiencing music.

    The sixth instalment of his ‘Fiepblatter Catalogue’ series, ‘Glottal Wolpertinger’, endeavours to transcribe the phenomenon of sound as anarchic and highly sensitive material. His multilayered presentation of the project highlights the ways in which sound and music can fluctuate and morph depending on context.

    In keeping with the series’ collaborative nature, the pieces include contributions from guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, who Werner also collaborated with on Mouse On Mars’ ‘Dimensional People’ and The National’s ‘Sleep Well Beast’.

    ‘Glottal Wolpertinger’ was initially conceived as a radio installation for documenta 14 with each of the tracks broadcasting individually over the course of ten weeks and culminating in a convergence of all eight tracks at a performance in Athens. The pieces consist of microtonally tuned feedback, multispectral drones which Werner modulated and filtered with a purposeful and indeed vocalized emphasis given to the different frequencies and textures used.

    Glottal Wolpertinger is released on LP, pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with a free download card.

    Jan St. Werner, the well-respected artist and musician known for his solo compositions, his work with Mouse On Mars and art pieces, has created a beautifully rhythmic, instantly gripping work with his new album ‘Felder’.

    Werner has created sounds that are listenable and inviting, complex but approachable and, mostly, completely unidentifiable. ‘Felder’ means ‘fields’ in German and here the word refers to conceptual frameworks and subjects and sound fields. Werner mixes organic sounds from French horns and cellos seamlessly with synthesized notes created with one-of-a-kind programs. He builds layers of sound with differing cadences upon one another, creating intricate patterns that connect with each other structurally, rhythmically, semantically and historically. Suggestions of jazz, industrial music, drone and even folk float in and out of the electronic compositions in a seemingly effortless manner; paradoxically, ‘Felder’ was meticulously constructed over the course of four years.

    “Music that makes you hyper-aware of your place in relation to it and something that removes you from thinking about yourself altogether” - Pitchfork

    Werner has collaborated with Markus Popp (Oval), Mark E Smith (The Fall), Damo Suzuki (Can), the scientist / writer Oswald Wiener and the theorist Siegfried Zielinksi on pieces that were premiered at the Chicago Symphony, Phiharmonie Cologne, Barbican London, Radialsystem Berlin, HAU Berlin, Akademie der Kunste Berlin and the German public radio stations WDR, SWR, BR, and DLF. Werner has also shown works at Kunstverein Munich, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Cubitt Gallery London, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and Cornerhouse Manchester.

    In addition Werner has worked with the visual artist Rosa Barba on pieces premiered at London’s Tate Modern, the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

    CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.


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