Hominine parts 1 to 3
For their release # 168, Northern Bavaria based experimental legends Doc Wör Mirran have invited their longtime transatlantic friend and repeated co-conspirator Adrian Gormley as well as prolific experimental underground friends and colleagues Frans de Waard and Sascha Stadlmeier. While the core Doc Wör Mirran line-up fulfills the rather typical roles of a band, with instruments such as guitars, percussion, and synthesisers, Stadlmeier and de Waard add lots of textural details using taped and digital samples, sound effects, radio noises, and heavily processed voice. However, throughout the best part of the release, it is Gormley's saxophone that guides us on our way through their collective soundscape.
At times lyrical, at times plaintive, sometimes melodic, sometimes weaving itself into the overall tapestry of sounds, the saxophone proves itself capable of bridging the gap between a melody-based and the more sound-based musical approach followed by most of the players here. Some of the best moments of this three-part album that was culled from one single live session happen when the saxophone interplays with percussive noises from plastic bottles and all sorts of other sounding devices, as well as spaced-out guitars and a theremin. The album gets darker and denser from part to part, ending up as a sort of industrial lounge jazz for a David Lynch movie.
File under: Ambient, psychedelic, free improvisation
factory-pressed CD in cardboard sleeve
Released in 2020
limited to 100 copies
price: 7.00 EUR (excl. postage)
Adrian Gormley – sax, plastic bottle
Sascha Stadlmeier – samples, bass, ekelele, objects, voice, effects, insert
Frans De Waard – radio, cassettes, electronics
Stefan Schweiger – samples, teramine, percussion
Joseph B. Raimond – guitar, synthesiser, loops, ink drawings
Michael Wurzer – synthesiser
Recorded December 3rd, 2017 at Two Car Garage Studios, Fürth Germany.
All cover art by Joseph B. Raimond from the Hominine series of ink drawings, 2019.
As always, in loving memory of Frank Abendroth and Tom Murphy.
This recording is dedicated to Gary Duncan
This is DWM release # 168
Doc Wör Mirran:
Mit Hominine Parts 1 to 3 (ACU 1018) verdichten Joe Raimond und Sascha Stadlmeier die Ereignisse um DOC WÖR MIRRAN im Herbst 2017. Nach "Un-Art-Ed" und "Alternative Facts" mit Konzerteindrücken vom 13. 10. in München und vom 14.10. in Augsburg nun mit einer Studiosesion am 3.12. in Fürth. Mit, zu Raimonds Gitarre & Synthie und Stadlmeiers Samples & Bass, wieder Adrian Gormley am Saxofon, Michael Wurzer am Synthie, Stefan Schweiger an Samples, Theremin & Percussion sowie, als besonderem Gast, Frans De Waard mit Radio, Kassetten & Electronics. Die 168. Veröffentlichung von DWM ist gewidmet dem Gitarristen Gary Duncan (1946-2019), dessen Spiel mit John Cipollina Quicksilver Messenger Service geprägt hat. Hominine meint schlicht Menschen, und Raimonds Artwörk zeigt einige Exemplare der Spezies. Die Jam-Session zeitigte einen Soundscape-Triptychon elektroakustischer Psychedelik, in der sich träumerische Saxofonlyrismen paaren mit bruitistischer Sonic Fiction. Mit quellenden und morphenden Dunkelwellen, Zwitschermaschine, gurrender Vokalisation. Unheimlichkeiten von unter¬halb der Schädeldecke. Nicht so narrativ wie bei Philip K. Dick, aber strange enough, mit sirrenden Spuren, gedämpftem Pulsieren, schillernder Oszillation, brummigen Impulsen, in egofugaler Drift. Im Windschatten von Gormleys Saxofon, dessen Sound aber nicht so standfest ist, dass ihn nicht Kaskaden davontragen. Auch der Dauerton, den er zu holzigen Verwerfungen, metallischem Klingklang und changierenden Dröhnwellen anstimmt, ist Wellen und Wind ausgeliefert. Und dann wiehert auch noch ein traumfahles Ross, zu glissandierendem Thereminalarm. Gormley tremoliert und kaskadiert, die Traumwelt ist erschüttert und in aufgewühltem Delayfluss, dräuend beknarrt, das Saxofon diskant zugespitzt, ein Bullroarer schwirrt. Ein Flow aus sirrenden, pfeifenden, dröhnenden Kreisen und Wellen, die, O Mensch! Gib acht!, in der Dämmerung verhallenhallenhallen.
Dragging myself away from ‘the VAPE’ I find I’ve amassed a small number of releases that you could loosely file under the electro-acoustic improv label. Doc Wör Mirren have been around since God was a lad and according to Discogs have already released 1,562 albums. Or somewhere near that figure. To offset the fact that I don’t have any of these albums, nor have I ever heard a note they make, I’ve taken to evening bouts of self flagellation in a bid to atone for my sins. Without having ever heard a note I sort of know what they’re all about anyway. Like an arty Morphogenesis maybe? Presumptuous moi? Yes. Guilty as charged. A multi-disciplinary, revolving collective then. Improv, sculpture, art, sound. The core collective here joined on Hominine Parts 1 - 3 by saxophonist Adrian Gormley whose tooting, parping and skronking weaves its way through these three pieces. Frans de Waard and Sascha Stadlmeier work in sound effects, radio noise, processed voices and all in all it makes for a meditative, loose, airy and at times tuneful 45 minutes worth of improv, a place where the crinkling of dried leaves meets sax honk meets the tinkling of pipes. A bit like Jan Garbarek wandering in to an electro-acoustic improv session. I can’t say it set my world on fire but neither was it that bad that I wanted to turn it off.
You never know what you’re going to get with a Doc Wor Mirran album. Doc has been one of my favorite bands ever since I first heard some 7”s of theirs back in the late 90s. I was struck by how disparate they all were, sounding like several different bands from one track to the next. That said, I follow whatever they do, and don’t expect all of it to be to my tastes. The group cover so damn much ground that it would be unlikely for all of it to speak to any one listener. I admire that quality! With an extensive discography stretching back to the mid-1980s until today, main docs Joseph Raimond and Bernard Worrick have taken their omnivorous group of ever-changing collaborators through recordings of psychedelic improvisation, rude noise collage, pop songs, free jazz, stately drones and whatever else catches their ears. Albums have come adorned with drawings, paintings, poetry, and a charmingly crude sense of humor that makes it clear that whatever path Doc is taking on any particular album, the group is having fun. The 168th (!!!) release to bear the DWM name, “Hominine 1-3”, is a small-run CD that features three guests in addition to the main duo: sax player Adrian Gormley (also of industrial band PCR), Sascha Stadtmeier (aka Emerge, and the guy who runs Attenuation Circuit), and Vital Weekly’s own Frans de Waard (aka Modelbau etc etc). The entire album has the feel of a live-in-the-studio improvisation. The players are audibly searching and wandering in a loose, easy-going drift at an appreciably leisurely pace. As I listen, I can picture the five musicians jamming, enjoying an afternoon without worrying too much about the final shape these sounds will be edited into. For my ears, though, that ever-present saxophone is hard to take; over three tracks, each one around 20 minutes, the sax almost never stops. Amid less easily identifiable electronic elements, like synth and effected percussion and radio static fuzz, the plaintively melodic horn takes me out of the music too much. I found myself trying to l isten around it. Even when put through delay effects, it always sounds like a player taking a solo while the rest of the group was creating a more unified electro-acoustic texture. Perhaps the album can be heard as a saxophone solo with electro-acoustic accompaniment? Improv fans may enjoy it more than I did.