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Bu.d.d.A. - „Bund des dritten Auges“ is a fairly new project involving experimental musicians Sascha Stadlmeier (EMERGE, attenuation circuit Records) and Chris Sigdell (Leaden Fumes (ex-Phased), b°tong) and which plays meditative ambient drones. Sometimes they play with a guest musician, and sometimes not. For those who need names, it may sound like Troum meets Earth together with Eno… but in reality Bu.d.d.A. builds on the legacy of German industrial band NID (1995-2005), who Chris was a member of, and which released a post-humous CD on Auf Abwegen (Asmus Tietchens, etc.).
Chris Sigdell aka B°tong (electronics, samples, guitar) and Sascha Stadlmeier aka EMERGE (electronics, samples, voice), two of the most prolific exponents of the European post-industrial underground scene, have teamed up to form a new project which is destined to include varying guests. The punning project name, which pokes fun at the more esoteric tendencies in the scene (“Bund des dritten Auges” translates as “League of the third eye”), already hints at the fact that there is a third party involved. On this first release, which came out of a 2018 recording session at Màgia Roja in Barcelona, the third member is Dieter Mauson (electronics).
Both Sigdell and Stadlmeier have long been known as exponents of “dark” ambient, and in this collaborative project, they are both at the height of their game as far as deep, brooding textures and reverberating metallic clangs are concerned. The immersive soundscapes, abstract yet cinematic in their ominously sustained (dis-) harmonies, are punctuated, however, by subliminally throbbing microrhythms. Analogue and digital sounds interweave, and while the oceanic drones clearly pay tribute to the “industrial” legacy of acts such as Lustmord and Zoviet France, the occasional digital glitch connects the sound to the present era, where even “industrial” production is no longer only about “metal on metal,” but has become increasingly digital in itself. However, Bu.d.d.A. are clearly less interested in social commentary or the rhetoric of transgression that underpins so much “industrial music,” but rather in the fascination of the sound-in-itself. This is made pretty clear not only by the jokey project name, but also by the mock-provocative, absurdist track titles strongly reminiscent of their peers Feine Trinker bei Pinkels daheim (with members of which Sigdell used to play in Ni?): “Trommelfellatio” (phonetic pun, something like “Ear-drum-sticky blow job”), “Magischer Rochentanz” (Magic [Manta] Ray Dance), and “Menopausenmassaker” (Menopausal massacre).
File under: dark ambient, post-industrial
factory-pressed CD in cardboard sleeve
Released in 2019
limited to 100 copies
price: 7.00 EUR (excl. postage)
BUND DES DRITTEN AUGES ARE:
SASCHA STADLMEIER - ELECTRONICS, SAMPLES, VOICE
CHRIS SIGDELL - ELECTRONICS, SAMPLES, GUITAR
GUEST: DIETER MAUSON - ELECTRONICS
RECORDED AT MÀGIA ROJA, BARCELONA 2018
FINAL EDIT AND MASTERING AT THE LOFT 2019
DESIGN BY CHRIS SIGDELL
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK MÀGIA ROJA